Business Development Advisor (Canadians Only)



Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


St. Andrew Parish


City Kingston, Jamaica

Start Date Nov 2018 - Jan 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements English


Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only


The Volunteer’s Role


We're looking for a volunteer like you to support three local partners: the Combined Disabilities Association (CDA), the Jamaica Society for the Blind, and the Abilities Foundation, by strengthening their community in Jamaica.

Cuso International collaborates with different types of partners for our work in sustainable economic development, including private sector companies, networks and platforms, to help the communities we work with to achieve sustainable growth and change. The CDA is the preeminent advocacy agency representing persons with disabilities in Jamaica and advocates for access pertaining to housing, public transport, training and education, employment, health care, recreation and many other areas.

As a volunteer with the partners, you will support the development of a social enterprise that will provide a new stream of revenue for the organization. In this role, you will provide support by conducting a business feasibility study for the proposed enterprise, developing a business plan, and identifying potential investors, partners and funders.

As a volunteer, you will:

-Conduct a business feasibility study for a social enterprise

-Develop a business plan for the above

-Identify potential investors, partners and/or funders for the above

-Assist with proposal and grant writing, train staff to be effective grand writers

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-Undergraduate degree in business administration or accounting

-Course work organizational change, strategic management, economics, entrepreneurship

Essential Professional Background:

-Experience developing strategic business plans

-Experience working with people with disabilities      

-Familiarity with the non-profit sector 

-Excellent oral and writing skills

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 health insurance

- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)

- 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 and for in-country orientation

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months

Fee Required


  • Stipend Provided
  • Housing Available


  • International Volunteers