Location Lima, Peru
Start Date Jun - Aug 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 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 Cover Letter and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
As people increasingly migrate to urban settings, more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. It is vital to plan and provide for sustainable and resilient food systems which reflect this challenge. In Lima, the world’s second largest desert city after Cairo, intra- and peri-urban agriculture is increasingly recognized for its role in food security and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
In 2015, producer groups, non-governmental organizations, universities, eco-markets, food basket programs, and activists came together to establish a multi-stakeholder platform to build on decades of community-led efforts, promote dialogue, collaboration, and consensus-building, facilitate planning, coordinate activities, and promote effective ways to integrate urban agriculture into public policy.
This is where your experience and skills are needed!
As a volunteer, you will:
- Facilitate participation and interaction within the platform to carry out its action plan;
- Ensure effective coordination and internal communication between members, facilitating cross-learning and collaboration;
- Organize activities, meetings and workshops;
- Seek out new members and develop innovative ways to recruit them;
- In close collaboration with the steering committee, provide support for communications and outreach efforts.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in Community Development, Social Science, International Development, Communications, Social Work, or equivalent experience.
Essential Professional Background:
- 2-5 years of relevant professional experience
- Strong writing, editing, and communications skills
- Good communication and interpersonal skills as well as ability to work under pressure
- Ability to work under pressure of deadline, to multi-task and to manage time efficiently
- Creativity, sound judgment and ability to work both independently and in a team
- Strong planning skills
- Ability to use online tools and software
- High-level attention to detail and evidence of a superior work ethic
Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina - Programa de Hortalizas
The National Agrarian University (UNALM for its acronym in Spanish) is a public university located in Peru’s capital, Lima. It is the Andean country’s best university in the fields of agricultural, biological, and forestry sciences.
El Huerto is the university’s vegetable crops research program. Its main goal is to promote sustainable and organic agriculture, including urban agriculture. El Huerto has 10 acres of land where organic agriculture is practiced.
For more information, please visit: http://www.lamolina.edu.pe/hortalizas/
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
- 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
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.