Location Cartagena, Colombia
Start Date Mar - May 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 8 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 4
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 volunteers like you to provide support to ACOPI in the implementation of the "Ruta Inclusiva" so that the activities there are incorporated into the practices of strategic allies of the Project SCOPE in the city of Cartagena.
SCOPE is a project financed by the Canadian government that seeks in alliance with the national and territorial government, private companies and civil society, provide opportunities for formal employment to women, youth and victims promoting their socio-economic inclusion and Increasing the levels of labor equity for people in situations of vulnerability entering the world of work.
The main objective of the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Strategy (GESI), which is implemented transversally in the project, is to support the reduction of social and gender inequalities in access to sustainable employment opportunities with private sector partners, governments and NGOs and at the same time promote equity in participation in economic initiatives for women and youth, in particular the victims of armed conflict and other vulnerable groups.
The project implements in each of its strategic lines the approach of gender equity and social inclusion of Cuso International, through the implementation of the "Inclusive Route" which seeks through a series of tools by companies, To favor the retention of labor in young people, women and victims of the armed conflict (population in vulnerable situation) in companies that have undergone a process of training for the development of policy and practices of human resources management as well as the obtaining of the capacity to reproduce tools and transmit it to potential partners.
For the reasons described above, in partnership with ACOPI, a volunteer is required to provide advice and strengthen tools, methodologies and general procedures that the partner organizations of the SCOPE project implement within the framework of the technical assistance provided by Cuso International In terms of gender and social inclusion.
The following are the main activities to be carried out with their expected results.
* This placement is funded through the SCOPE Project of Cuso International. For more information on the project, please visit: http://www.cusointernational.org/programs/projects/project/scope.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Bring awareness through trainings to the staff of business associations and other partner´s organizations, in the incorporation of the gender approach and social inclusion.
- Support the process of creating and incorporating a policy of gender equality and social inclusion within the joint ventures of ACOPI and its partner organizations.
- Identify barriers of employment for women, youth and victims of armed conflict in each partner and support the innovation, creation and follow-up of activities to overcome these barriers.
- Accompany the HR teams in incorporating processes that promote the selection, recruitment and retention of personnel in an inclusive manner, such as: elaboration and review of resumes, inclusive applications, fair evaluations, tax incentives, fair interviews, activities for the well-being of employees, flexible schedules, among others.
- Report on good practices and lessons learned.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in social work, psychology, gender studies, sociology, community development or related field.
Essential Professional Background:
- Skilled and strong ability and experience in areas of human resources management, project design, strategic planning, business management and capacity building.
- Experience in field visits and community work, preferably in Latin America.
Asociación Colombiana de las Micro, Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas
ACOPI is a private non-profit association that seeks to contribute to the productive transformation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The Colombian Association of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACOPI) was founded nationwide on August 27, 1951, as a result of the merger of entities that exist at the time in the most important industrial cities of the country.
ACOPI was born with the aim of representing and unifying the SME to the exercise of their needs, duties, their vocation and defense; Promoting national and local government standards that contribute to the improvement and development of SMEs. At regional level, born on March 23, 1973. It has 12 sections, is a federated entity each section is autonomous in its decisions, ACOPI Seccional Bolivar currently has agreements with the vast majority of universities in Bolívar and is a corporate member of the Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar UTB where our facilities are.
With UTB they have the project ACOPI Joven to support the young entrepreneurs graduates of the universities of the region in subjects of business development and innovation. With the Superintendency of Industry and Commerce have the program CATI Support Center for Technology and Innovation, to support entrepreneurs in intellectual property issues.
Allied with the National Service of Learning SENA train the officials of the affiliated companies, in 2016, they trained 756 officials in topics transversal to all organizations, this year we started with SENA a course in Technology in Logistics and transport especially focused on Companies Of Logistics of the city.
ACOPI seeks to be a leader and spokesperson in the development of government policies and sector strategies aimed at boosting the regional economy.
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.