PARTNER NAME: Indigenous Peoples’ Health Improvement Association
LOCATION: Mondulkiri, Cambodia
LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: 2 months
FUNDING ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS : Must be Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: Fluent English– Level 4-5; and willingness to learn Khmer (language training provided)
*This placement is conditional upon availability of funds from our donors.
ABOUT CUSO INTERNATIONAL
Cuso International is a non-profit development organization that works through volunteers. Each year, we send hundreds of global citizens to work on collaborative development projects in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. We are one of North America’s leading international development organizations that works through volunteers.
ABOUT THE PARTNER
Indigenous groups make up nearly 85% of the population of Mondulkiri, and are severely marginalized in terms of access to basic services, including education and healthcare. Under VSO Cambodia’s new country strategy, which is currently being developed, we are likely to focus on good governance within provision of basic services, and Mondulkiri is one of our priority provinces. In Mondulkiri a major NGO in the field of both governance and health is the international organization Health Unlimited. Health Unlimited established IPHIA, with the support of DfID, to promote community-led development in the region and they are now an independent community association –although Health Unlimited still plays a strong advisory role.
IPHIA is working on strengthening government-designed systems to involve communities in their own health service provision. IPHIA is starting to play a key role in strengthening commune councils (through whom all community-led decisions around healthcare must ultimately be channeled) and in building the capacity of village health volunteers and committees as part of this process. IPHIA is also working with Health Centers to ensure that they are properly communicating with, and serving their communities.
THE VOLUNTEER’S ROLE
This is an extremely important placement, not only in developing the capacity of a new and potentially very important association, but also in guiding VSO’s future work in the region. IPHIA and Health Unlimited have both approached VSO to support them to build the capacity of this new organisation. Staff are committed but inexperienced, and the volunteer would be expected to work across a broad range of organisational development areas.
Specific roles and responsibilities:
- Research and analyze the current issues on Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) in Cambodia, especially in Mondulkiri Rattanakiri Provinces
- Review existing government policy and strategy on WASH
- Identify which local partners are working in WASH and which of these should be a priority for VSO to partner with
- Identify potential donors which are supporting WASH
- Identify gaps and issues, as well as make recommendation for VSO intervention on WASH
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Essential Skills and Qualifications:
- Degree in the health field, preferably with a qualification in WASH
- Minimum 2 years’ experience working in, or conducting assessment on WASH Project/Program
- Ability to design assessment tools and methodology
- Ability to write an assessment report
- Experience of working with minorities and/or indigenous peoples
- Experience of working with volunteers
TRAINING AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Our training and support package covers the costs of being an overseas volunteer, allowing you to enjoy a modest but healthy lifestyle while you volunteer abroad. This includes:
- Attendance at a Cuso International assessment day (candidates are expected to cover the first $150 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and accommodation costs)
- Travel and accommodation costs associated with five day pre-departure training course held in Ottawa.
- Return airfare and visa/permit (this includes a return flight in the case of a family emergency)
- Coverage for required vaccinations, medications and health insurance
- Accommodation while overseas
- A modest living allowance, which varies depending on the country where you are placed
- Quarterly payments to support you in your placement
- Modest support for accompanying partners
Please apply online at http://www.volunteerplacementsoverseas.org/english/job.asp?x=677 BEFORE JULY 12, 2013, quoting referral code CAM0497/0002/0001 and the name of the placement.