Human Resource Specialist - Volunteer in Jamaica

September 9 2022
Industries Non-profit organisation - NPO
Categories Compensation -Benefits, Generalist, Govt., NPO, Social & Community work, Govt., NPO, Social & Community Work, Health, Security, Disability, HR support, HR, Training, HR, Training, HRIS, ATS, Industrial psychology, Career transition, Reassignment, Internal communications, Labor Relations - Legal, Organizational Development, Payroll, Productivity, Performance, Efficiency, Recruitment, Staffing, Relocation, Global mobility, Training - Development - Improvement
Toronto, ON

Location: Kingson, Jamaica

Start Date: October - December 2022

Placement Length: 12 Months

Language Requirements: English Level 5-Fluent

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada Only


The Volunteer’s Role

Your work as a volunteer will help our partners, the Junior Achievement team in strengthening their HR systems, policies and procedures. Junior Achievement Jamaica’s (JAJ) internal systems are in need of revision and new policies and procedures need to be put in place. This relates to HR policies, strategic planning and overall staff engagement processes. Additionally, operational procedures also need to be strengthened. As a volunteer, you would support JAJ in creating these systems and procedures- through reviews, new documentation and implementation of global HR best practices.


As a volunteer, you will:

  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of current systems through a SWOT report
  • Outline a detailed plan of action to help facilitate the strengthening of the internal operations.
  • Update operations manual, job descriptions and additional HR documents.
  • Train staff in operational policies and procedures.
  • Create staff engagement best practices toolkit for staff
  • Conduct learning sessions with staff on HR best practices


Essential Requirements:

  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and independent judgment
  • Commitment to and understanding of youth development
  • Extensive experience in strategic planning and developing organizational plans
  • Good experience working with teams
  • Experience conducting training
  • Experience with operational plans and policies
  • High level of initiative with the ability to self-motivate


Essential Background:

  • Degree or diploma in organizational management, HR management, NGO management or related field


What’s in it for YOU? A life-changing experience!

About Us, the Project and the Partner

Cuso International

Cuso International is a not-for-profit development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality. Each year, we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals to work alongside local partners to maximize their impact through capacity building. We work in partnership with governments, civil society organizations, multilateral agencies and the private sector to develop and deliver programs aimed at advancing gender equality, promoting the empowerment of women and girls, and improving access to and quality of economic opportunities for young people.


Project - Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE)

Cuso International will deliver the Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE) project, with a contribution from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) over seven years (2020-2027). SHARE aims to improve the economic and/or social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly women and girls, in developing countries, with a view to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing engagement of Canadians in international development and key global issues, this project will aim to increase the performance of country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality, in support of the action areas of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.


Partner - Junior Achievement Jamaica

Junior Achievement Jamaica (JAJ) is a non-profit, non-government organization (NGO). Since 2008, JAJ has been operating in Jamaica, executing programs designed to build the economic success of youth ages five (5) through twenty-four (24). Such programs are based on decades of research, implementation and reviews by our parent organization, Junior Achievement Worldwide (JAW) that has operations in more than 120 countries.





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 on 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 (more details below)
  • On the ground support through our Cuso International country program office
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
  • Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months


Other Requirements:

  • Please note that if you are shortlisted for the placement, you will be required to:
  • Provide two Professional References and one Personal Reference
  • Complete an oral assessment during your preliminary telephone interview in the language required for your placement
  • Obtain a Police Check at our request
  • Complete a full medical exam and be medically cleared by the Cuso International Medical Advisor prior to your departure
  • Due to the COVID-19 situation, be double vaccinated in accordance with the World Health Organization-approved vaccines.



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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