Location Georgetown, Guyana
Start Date Feb - Apr 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 11 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
The overall purpose of this placement is to support World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Guianas and its Shared Resources Joint Solutions (SRJS) partners to implement the gender component of the program to allow for increased participation and contribution to natural resources and environmental governance decision making processes.
The specific objectives of the Cuso Volunteer are to:
- Contextualize the application of gender equity and social inclusion (GESI) of the SRJS program using a rights-based approach (RBA);
- Frame the engagement within the broader context of environmental justice;
- Build the capacity of SRJS partners; and
- Support the implementation of the gender component of the Program
As a volunteer, you will:
- Develop the gender and inclusive approach for SRJS building on rights-based approach in the context of environmental justice.
- Support SRJS partners to develop gender policies; identify and or develop interventions to increase representation and participation of vulnerable groups in natural resources management/environmental governance decision-making processes.
- Develop training resources and execute training to staff, partners and key stakeholders to strengthen capacity on RBA and environmental justice focusing on mainstreaming gender in their interventions.
- In collaboration with the Global Gender Office (GGO), develop gender (GESI) integration guidelines to embed gender in lobby & advocacy and specific gender-responsive intervention’s, and test the application of these guidelines.
- In collaboration with GGO, support the development of GESI/RBA indicators to monitor and report on the effectiveness of implementation (beyond sex disaggregated data).
- In collaboration with GGO, University of Guyana and WWF Guianas support the development of a Seminar Series on Gender and Environment, including climate change and conservation.
- Coordinate and plan a Gender and Environment Forum
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- University degree in social/political sciences, international development, human rights, gender studies, social work, law, public policy, or related field.
Essential Professional Background:
-Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated experience in a position (s) related to the promotion of gender equality, diversity and/or women’s development issues.
World Wildlife Fund
WWF is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations, with over five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. Its overall mission is to “stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature, by: conserving the world's biological diversity ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable.”
WWF has been active in the Guianas since the 1960s, starting with conservation work on marine turtles. The Guianas office opened in 1998 and focused both on terrestrial and marine ecosystem conservation issues. The mission of WWF Guianas is to conserve distinct natural communities, ecological phenomena, and maintain viable populations of the species of the Guianas in order to sustain important ecological processes and services that maintain biodiversity, while supporting the region’s socio-economic development.
WWF Guianas works at the Guianas sub-region with programs in Suriname, Guyana and to some extent in French Guiana. The Guianas has a Strategic Plan in place with the first implemented over the period 2011-2016. That plan has been subsequently updated in 2015 for the period 2015-2020 and its conservation pillar focuses on four (4) conservation goals – forests ecosystems; freshwater ecosystems; mangrove and coastal wetlands and marine ecosystems. WWF Guianas recently launched a new program – Shared Resources, Joint Solutions (SRJS) Program to support the implementation of its Strategic Plan.
SRJS is grounded in the empowerment and broader involvement of civil societies in decision making practices and focuses on the Guiana Shield Eco-Region with specific activity implementation in Guyana and Suriname. The SRJS program is a global and is currently being implemented in sixteen (16) countries (low and lower middle income) across nine (9) eco-regions. It aims to safeguard the ecosystem-based International Public Goods (IPG) climate resilience, food and water security through the implementation of innovative, practical and workable joint solutions in collaboration with civil society groups undertaking a landscape management approach to safeguard and to sustainably manage critical landscapes that provide the most essential ecosystems services on which local communities and broader economic development depends.
The implementation of the SRJS program across the Guiana Shield Eco-Region and specifically in Guyana and Suriname covers the southern regional landscape, the greenstone belt and the marine areas in both countries. In Guyana WWF has been collaborating with key CSO’s including the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB), South Central Peoples Development Association (SCPDA), Policy Forum Guyana and partnerships with the Department of Fisheries, Protected Areas Commission etc. to implement specific activities four (4) strategic areas – forests, freshwater, marine and environmental governance to increase the areas under conservation or sustainable management, reduce mercury use and strengthen environmental policies and legislation.
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.
- 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.