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Gender Specialist

Quezon City, Philippines

12 Months | Start Date between Feb - Apr 2019

Location: Edmonton

City  Quezon City, Philippines

Start Date Feb - Apr 2019  (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


This placement offers an opportunity for a seasoned gender and development expert to apply his/her expertise in the implementation of livelihood and social enterprise programs with gender equality and social inclusion as a cross-cutting theme.   The program will involve agricultural, fishing, weaving and other rural communities in the Western Visayas (Region 6) and Eastern Visayas (Region 8) Regions which are not only among the poorest regions but also among the most vulnerable areas in the country.

This placement is best suited for an experienced gender expert to support Cuso International’s newest field office in Asia in the implementation of its gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) strategy. As gender specialist based in the country program office (CPO), the volunteer will lead capacity-building, tool development and networking activities to fulfill the GESI strategy. S/He will design and implement capacity-building for CPO staff, volunteers and partner organizations.   S/He will likewise oversee a team of volunteer gender specialists to be deployed to selected local partner organizations At the same time, s/he will support the rest of the Cuso volunteers in the Philippines to integrate GESI and equip them with the knowledge and skills to be gender champions in their placements.

As a volunteer, you will:

-Formulate the GESI action plans building on the gender mainstreaming strategy paper of the country program office (CPO)

-Coordinate with MEAL to incorporate GESI in the MEAL Framework

-Lead capacity-building activities on gender mainstreaming for staff and volunteers including development or application of tools, coaching and mentoring

-Establish gender network for Cuso International Philippines

Essential Academic Qualifications:

University Degree in the Social Sciences, Economics, Politics and International Development, or any related field with Women’s Studies or Gender as a major course

Essential Professional Background:

- Min. 5 years of experience in gender mainstreaming or integration in development projects


About Our Partner


Cuso International Philippines

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.


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 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

- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

- 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.



Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.


Residency and Citizenship  



The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.



Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You  must  check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

  • Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
  • Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.