Volunteer Community Selector

Position: Volunteer Community Selector

Employer: Cuso International

Location: 44 Eccles #200, Ottawa, ON

Deadline: September 30, 2018

Employment Type: Volunteer

Position Level: Mid Level

Salary Range:

Closing Date: September 30, 2018

Full Description

Brief Description:

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 are currently looking for francophone/bilingual volunteer Community Selectors to provide their time and expertise in the selection process to assess candidates’ suitability to work as volunteers on-the-ground, primarily abroad as well as domestically with Indigenous communities.

Some selectors have been international volunteers themselves, others have experience working overseas or have experience interviewing either in their work or through volunteer activities. Selectors come from a wide range of professional backgrounds.

What you gain:

• Opportunity to share your input and experience and to become an influence for people that are seeking to create change in the world;
• Opportunity to meet an internationally diverse group of people at an important transition stage in their lives;
• Opportunity to meet and work with other Selectors coming from a wide range of backgrounds and to make important connections for the future;
• Opportunity to promote Cuso International’s mission to eradicate poverty through equitable and sustainable development; and
• Opportunity to develop assessment skills through experience and ongoing training.

What happens during Assessment Day?

Assessments are conducted using the Assessment Centre Methodology, which involves a one-on-one interview coupled with group activities over the course of a day. The day is designed to assess the personal qualities of candidates against a number of previously identified dimensions or competencies. Potential selectors are also required to go through an assessment process so that both they and Cuso International can determine whether there is a good match between their needs. The role of Community Selector is a demanding one. The Assessment Methodology involves full concentration, note taking on what candidates say and do throughout the day, and an end of day discussion with 2 other selectors to determine if a candidate has demonstrated each of the 6 dimensions.

Time commitment:

• Minimum of 6 - 8 days per year, mostly weekdays, 8 am – 6 pm with occasional, infrequent later ending times. Selectors are expected to be available to stay until final decisions are made.
• A schedule of upcoming assessment days is sent out well in advance and selectors choose dates based on their own availability.
• Assessment Days are held at the Cuso International office in Ottawa, at 44 Eccles Street.

Characteristics and Requirements of Community Selectors:

Ability to:
• Identify with Cuso International’s purpose and values statement;
• Communicate proficiently in either official language;
• Have a non-judgmental approach in dealing with a wide range of potential volunteers;
• Feel confident in exploring sensitive personal issues;
• Be willing to work within Cuso International’s assessment and selection guidelines;
• Work effectively as part of a decision-making team of Selectors;
• Make individual assessments and be willing to reassess these in the light of additional information;
• Respect candidates’ confidentiality;
• Meet the annual requirements for participation in Assessment Days (minimum 6-8 days/year); and ongoing training (approximate annual half-day session); and
• Attend a mandatory initial Selector Assessment Day (October 2018) and Selector Training weekend (October 26-28). These will both take place in French.

Application information:

If you are interested in the Community Selector role, please send an introductory letter and your CV to geralyn.klassen@cusointernational.org

Deadline: September 30, 2018

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