Village Savings and Loans Advisor - Open to all Nationalities

Cuso International, Calabar & Ogoja, Nigeria

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationFinance and Accounts
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th June, 2019

Job Description

Location Calabar & Ogoja, Nigeria

Start Date Jul – Sep 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 6 Months

Language Requirements English

Open to all nationalities outside of Nigeria

The Volunteer’s Role

As the Village Savings and Loans Advisor, you will support the implementation of project activities that involve growing agricultural-based businesses among Cameroonian refugees and host community members. Additionally, you will assist in the delivery of a cash grant and loans model that will equip recent refugees with enough capital to grow their businesses.

In this role, you will support your project officer by organizing and assisting in the delivery of capacity-building workshops in themes of entrepreneurship, life skills, and other thematic areas intended as learning opportunities for Cameroonian refugees and host community members. During this role, you may reside in both Calabar and Ogoja as home bases for project activities in cities Boki, Obanliku, Akamkppa and Calabar in Cross River State, as well as some communities in Benue state.

Apply to this unique opportunity to share your business knowledge with Cameroonian refugees, to improve their wellbeing and livelihoods!

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Provide support for strengthening of agribusiness business models among Cameroonian refugees and community members
  • Provide support to the Project Officer in the implementation of the cash voucher and loans model
  • Provide support to the Project Officer in the organization of content, coordination, and delivery of learning worships in entrepreneurship, life skills, and other thematic areas
  • Provide support, coaching, and mentoring to Cameroonian refugees and communities of interest

Essential Academic Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree or its /Equivalent in Business, Marketing, Development studies or related field

Essential Professional Background:

  • 3 - 5 years’ experience in Business Development
  • A good knowledge of business start-ups approach and practice
  • Strong experience in end market assessment & analysis
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Experience with gender mainstreaming
  • Good communication and interpersonal 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
  • 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


We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.

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