Proposal Development Advisor

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Cuso International


Proposal Developer and Communications Advisor (E-Volunteering)

Location: Ethiopia

Partner: PADet

Length of Placement: 3 to 4 months

Planned Start Date: January, 2015

Eligibility: Open to American Citizens and Permanent Residents

Language Requirements

English Level 4 (Advanced)

About Cuso International

Cuso International is an international development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of skilled volunteers. Each year, we place volunteers from North and South America in developing countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Volunteers collaborate with local partners on health, education, environment, social justice and livelihoods

projects, sharing knowledge and experience to create sustainable change.

About PADet

Professional Alliance for Development (PADet) is a local NGO implementing community based development interventions in Amhara, Oromia and Afar Regional States since 1998. It is registered with the MOJ as a charity with the Charities and Societies Agency. Since its establishment, PADet has been implementing various development programs impacting the wellbeing of children, women and youth in target areas. The organization has four strategic objectives:

- Sexual and Reproductive Health,

- HIV/AIDS prevention and care,

- Livelihood promotion and

- Child protection.

PADet is also member of various networks and consortiums at regional and national level of which CORHA,PANE and CCRDA are the major ones. Such forums are also used to share and learn experiences from others.

For more information: (to be updated soon)

The Volunteer's Role

To contribute to PADet's fundraising efforts through proposal development. More specifically, this will envolve:

In collaboration with PADet staff, to draft, edit and submit at least 2 proposals for funding to support the following areas of PADet's work:

- child protection


- livelihood

- food security

- in new areas of interest, namely environment and climate change

- to support institutional development

Skills and Qualifications

Essential Academic Qualifications:

University level qualifications in social sciences or related field

Essential Professional Background/Competencies:

2 years experience with grant and proposal writing

3 years experience working in one of PADet's program areas or in the context of climate change/environment or agricultural value chains

Desirable Professional Background/Competencies:

Significant personal or professional ties to the country or region of the placement (Significant personal ties include persons having immediate or extended family relations or ancestry in the country of the placement. Significant professional ties include persons who have lived and worked in the specific country of the placement preferably for a period of two or more years.)

Training and Financial Support

E-Volunteers will participate in a one-hour online orientation session in e-volunteering procedures. Information materials about working and communicating in an online environment are also available on the project web site:

Based on approval, we will provide reimbursement to a maximum amount of USD $100, with receipts, for communications expenses such as Skype minutes, photocopying, and mail. Long-distance telephone call expenses will not be covered.

Technical Requirements

E-Volunteers are expected to supply their own basic home office equipment and have a moderate knowledge of computer technology. Please refer to the Technical Requirements document for a complete list of requirements:

About the initiative

The 'Diasporas for Development Initiative’ is a public private partnership generously supported by USAID and Accenture, implemented by Cuso International.

The 'Diasporas for Development Initiative’ is a two year pilot project designed to address the challenge of human resource gaps in developing countries, often due to 'brain drain,’ by engaging US-based volunteers to share their skills with Cuso’s local program partners.

The program takes a two pronged approach to promoting diaspora engagement in countries of ancestry:

1. Developing partnerships with Diaspora Partner Organizations (DPO’s) in the U.S. through reciprocal exchange of support; and,

2. Recruiting US-based professionals from the diaspora to share their skills in support of projects that build employability and entrepreneurship skills in their countries of ancestry (focus on Secure Livelihoods).

For more information on the innitiative and it's partners:


Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Weekly commitment: 3-5 hours
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