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Cuso International

Indigenous Advisor & Business Management Advisor

Canada-Manitoba-ALL

Winnipeg, Manitoba, (we pay for flights and accomodation)1506040

Company Information

We are a non-profit international development organization, working to improve the lives of people living with poverty and inequality around the globe. Each year we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals who work with local partners to create positive, lasting change.

 

Cuso International has a long history of working with Indigenous peoples worldwide. Underpinning this work has been our belief in the importance of Indigenous self-determination. This continues to be the core of our approach today. Added to this, our values – partnership, respect and integrity, and accountability – guide all of our work and have proven to be in line with the goals and aspirations of our Indigenous partners.  

 

Our current partners deliver locally-driven services and programs that seek to redress power imbalances and eradicate poverty and inequality in their communities. As all of our partnerships are based on mutual learning and growth, we continually seek to expand our own understanding of Indigenous issues and engage in decolonization as an organization.

 

Our most recent Indigenous organization partner, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata has spent three decades working with Indigenous communities in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Using Indigenous ways of knowing, they build the strength and brighten the future of those they serve. This includes: children in care, at-risk youth, survivors of sex trafficking and families dealing with violence. Our work with Ma Mawi, entitled ‘Mino Stat An’ (Cree for “Making Things Right”), involves creating a partnership based upon the shared goals of reconciliation and growing a vital community institution.


Job Description

Placement Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Start Date Jun 05, 2017 – Aug 07, 2017

Length of Placement 2 Months

Language Requirements English

 

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Preference will be given to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous


Indigenous Advisor: apply here; https://curaweb.mindscope.com/CUSOIN04387_CURA/aspx/JobDetails.aspx?lang=en&Job_ID=304

The Volunteer’s Role

 

Through this volunteer placement, the Indigenous Advisor will conduct research and compile recommendations from Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre on how to “indigenize” the practices of non-Indigenous organizations and develop a methodology/toolkit reflecting information gathered.

A representative from Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre will provide project guidance throughout, including providing support for booking of essential meetings and facilitating engagement with Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre staff, clients, and partners.   The volunteer will work closely with the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre staff, clients, and partners to gather information on what “indigenizing” a non-Indigenous organization would entail.

As a volunteer, you will: Compile recommendations from Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre on “Indigenization”:   the volunteer will work with Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre staff to gather ideas on how non-Indigenous organizations (e.g. private sector, universities, civil society organizations, governments) can decolonize.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Undergraduate university degree in relevant field

- Strong knowledge base relating to Indigenous peoples in Canada

Essential Professional Background:

- Due to the nature of the role, preference will be given to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous

- Strong research and report writing skills

- Familiarity with First Nations culture, traditions and approaches

- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral

 

Business Management Advisor

Apply: https://curaweb.mindscope.com/CUSOIN04387_CURA/aspx/JobDetails.aspx?lang=en&Job_ID=305

The Volunteer’s Role

 

The Business Management Advisor will work with the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre executive team to explore ways to increase the capacity of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre by identifying the skills, expertise, and resources required to maximize the efficiency and growth of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre. Through this placement, the Business Management Advisor will conduct a capacity assessment of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre.

The capacity assessment will be based on: a relevant literature and document review, interviews, meetings, focused group discussions and other data collection methods. A validation workshop, or meeting, on the preliminary findings of the assessment will be facilitated by the volunteer prior to the preparation and submission of the final capacity assessment and recommendations.

 

A representative from Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre will provide project guidance throughout, including providing support for booking of essential meetings and facilitating engagement with Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre staff, clients, and partners.   The volunteer will work closely with Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre staff, clients, and partners to conduct a detailed institutional capacity assessment which shall include assessing the existing capacity constraints, capacity development opportunities and training needs.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Conduct Capacity Assessment: The Assessment should address the following key issues and capacity areas (these are not exhaustive and additional issues might appear during the placement):

  • Governance, Organizational Structure and Management
  • Technical Capacity and Human Resources

- Identify areas of need where future volunteers could support Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre: based on the results of the capacity assessment, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre and the Business Management Advisor will identify skills and expertise that will strengthen Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre’s community impact, knowledge, tools and systems.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

Graduate level degree in Management, Public Administration, non-profit leadership or related fields; or Undergraduate university degree with relevant combination of professional training, certification or experience

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience conducting at least one organizational/institutional capacity assessment

- Understanding of First Nations social services issues

- Strong report writing skills

- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.


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About Our Partner

 

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre is a strength and value-based family resource centre delivering community-based programs and services within the philosophy embodied in its name   - which translates from Anishinaabe (Ojibway) into the phrase, “we all work together to help one another.” The Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre believes in accountability, transparency and effective use of resources. Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre works together with families, partners, funders and governments to create community based solutions that build local capacity for self-care.

Established in 1984, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata is a Grandmother in the Winnipeg family of community service-providers with over 30 years of experience working with Indigenous families. They are community people helping other community people reclaim their Indigenous inherent roles and responsibilities as caregivers and the most important teachers of their children.

The Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Inc. (Ma Mawi) was established in 1984 by committed community members who sought an Indigenous solution to supporting and rebuilding families. Since that time, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre has worked to support families to better care for children by creating meaningful opportunities for community and family involvement. Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre believes that strengthening families is a worthy investment in the future.

Today Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre has over 50 programs, 11 sites, and 200+ staff and volunteers.

Visit their website at: www.mamawi.com

 

Terms and Conditions

 

Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.

 

Support Package

- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and emergency medical insurance

- Pre-departure training  

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course, if required


 



Contact Information

Cuso International
Johanna Lazore
Canadian Program Advisor
613-829-7445 x 354
Posting Date: 10-Apr-2017Business Development/Client Relations Contract, Full-Time 2 months Open 205-Jun-2017
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