Location Bogotá, Colombia
Start Date Mar - May 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 9 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
Due to funder restrictions, support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.
We are looking for a volunteer like you to advise and support businesses in Bogotá implementing the program "Ruta Inclusiva", to ensure that activities from the program are being incorporated in their processes. In this role, you will also work on systematizing the experiences of these businesses and evaluate the impact of these interventions.
"Empleos para construir futuro" (Jobs to build the future) is a project funded by the Government of Canada with the objective of building partnerships with national and regional governments, the private sector and civil society, to offer formal employment opportunities to women, youth and victims of the armed conflict. The project also aims at improving their socioeconomic inclusion and increase labor equity for people in situation of vulnerability in the labor force.
For this project, we are looking for a volunteer that will join the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion team and will provide support and will strengthen tools, methodology and general processes for the organizations participating in the project. You will support the development of lessons learned and best practices within the businesses implementing the "Ruta Insluiva" in the cities of Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, Barranquilla and Cali.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Implement trainings to raise awareness among employees of business associations and partnering businesses on incorporating a gender and social inclusion focus.
- Systematize information around the impact of the creation and incorporation of practices and policies on gender equality and social inclusion.
- Support the implementation of activities to identify strategies to overcome barriers to access the job market for women, youth and victims of the armed conflict.
- Provide support to the Human Resources teams in partner organizations in the implementation of measures to promote inclusive selection, recruitment and retention of personal.
- Systematize best practices and lessons learned.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Studies in social work, psychology, gender studies, sociology, community development, political sciences or other fields of studies.
Essential Professional Background:
- Strong ability and experience in human resources, project design, strategic planning, business management and capacity building;
- Strong experience in field work and community work.
Cuso International Colombia - SCOPE Project
Cuso International has implemented the Sustainable Colombian Opportunities for Peacebuilding and Employment (SCOPE) Project in Colombia, funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.
The SCOPE Project aims to improve the economic growth of people in situations of vulnerability and to increase the equitable participation of young people, women and victims of the armed conflict, adapting to the needs of the labor market in eight important cities of Colombia: Bogotá-Soacha, Medellin, Quibdó, Cali, Buenaventura, Cartagena and Barranquilla.
SCOPE will adopt policies, strategies and programs for employment and gender equality and social inclusion, volunteerism and mentoring, and develop partnerships with both the public and private sectors to become an innovative model for the socioeconomic inclusion of people in situations of vulnerability.
For more information, please visit http://www.cusointernational.org/programs/projects/project/scope
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
- 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.
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.