Cuso International is a development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors. We envision a world where all people are able to realize their potential, develop their skills and participate fully in society. We believe in the power of people, value diversity and take responsibility for our actions and proactively demonstrate that we work with and on behalf of others. Cuso International works in developing countries across the world. We currently have programs in eighteen countries.
Location: Calabar Municipality , Nigeria
BTAN is a network of over 40 CSOs established in 2003 to encourage accountable public sector budgeting through monitoring, analysis and advocacy. The network is composed of formal organisations (NGOs at the state level) and civil society organisations (religious organisations, community/kinship groups) at the local level.
BTAN operates in five (5) LGAs with support from EU-SRIP and has also established volunteer based Community Vanguard Against Corruption and Corrupt Practices (CVACCP) in eleven (11) LGAs. The community vanguards work to ensure effective service delivery as well as engage in the budgetary process in their LGAs. The BTAN secretariat is administered by an Executive Secretary with other staff at the State level and in the Local Government offices.
Since 2006, with funding from the European Union - Support to Reforming Institutions Programme (EU-SRIP), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Concern Universal (CU), BTAN has been actively involved in the budgetary process at the State level. BTAN has built effective relationships with the Cross River State House of Assembly, the Budget Office and the Ministry of Local Government Affairs.
As an indicator of BTAN’s relevance, the Cross River State Government has identified the organization as a recipient of the public sector budget circular issued by the State Budget Office. BTAN is accredited by the Federal Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) to observe procurements in federal establishments.
Apart from the EU, BTAN has received support for its programmes from MacArthur Foundation, United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID) through the Justice Development Peace Commission (JDPC), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Cross River State Department for International Cooperation (DIDC), Overseas Assistance Department- Ministry of Finance, Delta State, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Health Policy Project (HPP) of Futures Group, Washington. BTAN has monitored and tracked Maternal, Neo-natal and Child Health/ Conditional Cash Transfer programs of government since 2009 in collaboration with UNICEF and DIDC, CRS.
In 2013, Futures Group Incorporated through the USAID funded Health Policy Project (HPP) supported BTAN to establish an Advocacy Working Group on Family Planning in Cross River State as well as perform budget tracking and advocacy related to Family Planning Commodities distribution. The FPAWG was able to get the Cross River State Government commitment in creating a budget line to support the distribution of family planning commodities in the Cross River State budget for 2014. The group was able to achieve this through advocacy visits to the chairman and secretary of CRSHA Committee on Finance and appropriation, the Commissioners for Health & Local Government Affairs, the Special Advisers Community Health Dept, Budget Monitoring & Evaluation Dept, Dept. of International Development Cooperation, Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, etc. There were also informal meetings, lobbying/reminders to Clerk of the House of Assembly, Directors of Budget & Administration in the Budget Office.
The organization’s major strength is working with groups and professionals experienced in the areas of health, legislative advocacy and policy analysis.
The volunteer's role
In order to continue their vital work of supporting communities and groups with critical information to advocate for transparency and accountability in delivering essential public services that empowers and protects vulnerable groups, BTAN is in need of a volunteer who will build the capacity of the team to identify, cultivate, secure and steward funders and donors.
We are trying to match the perfect volunteer to the perfect experience so our start dates can be flexible. It would just depend on the partner organization’s needs.
The volunteer will:
Essential Academic Qualifications
Essential Professional Background/Competencies
Desirable Academic Qualifications
Important information for candidates
Cuso International covers the following costs:
- Return airfare and visa/permit costs
- Accommodation while overseas
- Modest living allowance while overseas
- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer
- The cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while overseas and upon return
- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and in-country training orientation
Fundraising: 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.
E-volunteering: Depending on the nature of the placement, the volunteer might be required to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement.
Interested and qualified? Go to Cuso International career website on cusoconnect.cusointernational.org to apply