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Public Policy Advisor (Development, Economy, And Productivity)

Quibdo Chocó Colombia

11 Months | Start Date between Feb - Apr 2019

Location Quibdo, Colombia

Start Date Feb - Apr 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 11 Months

Language Requirements Spanish

Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, 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.

The Volunteer’s Role


We are looking for a volunteer like you to work along with our partner Economic Development Secretariat. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the construction of a policy on economic development, employment and productivity under the bio approach for the municipality of Quibdó. You will actively participate in the preparation of diagnoses and the formulation of recommendations for making decisions in the area of economic development, tourism, competitiveness, employment and productivity.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Develop a diagnosis of the initiatives and strategies for income generation, opportunities and employment in the municipality of Quibdó.

- Provide support for the development of activities of the technical committee for the formulation of public policy on economic development

- Contribute to the construction of a touristic plan as an economic and productive development initiative.

- Provide support for the implementation and strengthening of entrepreneurship initiatives of the Economic Development Secretaria and the Department of ulture, women, and youth.

- Provide support for the evaluation process of the project “Huertas agrícolas caseras” , which is an initiative of social, economic, and productive inclusion for women and young people from Quibdó.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Degree in Political or Social Sciences, Economy, Political Science or related fields.

Essential Professional Background:

- Knowledge and experience in public policy, local development, tourism, and biodiversity.

- Experience in research.

- Excellent writting skills

- Experience working with local development, roduction and social inclusion

- Knowledge and experience in income generation.

- Experience working with vulnerable population.

About the project


Alcaldia de Quibdo

The Municipalities have defined the instruments that allow the control for the realization of their plans, programs and projects, through a management of quality, efficiency and effectiveness.


The local government formulates, implements and evaluates policies aimed at strengthening productivity and competitiveness of companies, generating quality employment opportunities and food supply in the city, through the management and institutional coordination of economic development policies. The improvement of international economic integration and the provision of business development services, financing, decent work and science, technology and innovation, which allows improving income levels, food security and food sovereignty and the quality of life in urban territory And rural areas of the city.


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

- 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.