Location Lima, Peru
Start Date Feb-Mar 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
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
Join the powerful and dedicated staff of Movimiento Manuela Ramos and work towards a better more equal Peru for women and female youth in the capital city of Lima!
We're looking for a volunteer that is dedicated to improving the gender equality in the country by transferring their knowledge and experience in sales and marketing.
As a volunteer, you will be directly involved in strengthening the capacity of women in the Female Artisan Centre (Casa de Mujer Artesana), a socio-economic development project created by the Movimiento Manuela Ramos (MMR). This project aims to enable craftswomen from rural and impoverished areas of Peru to gain access to markets that enable them to grow their economic standing, provide them with knowledge about their rights as indigenous women and to train them in building their own design, organization, leadership and business management skills to succeed as businesswomen on their own.
You'll be contributing to the development and implementation of sales and marketing strategies that they can access for their own art and crafts.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Develop a marketing plan to promote hand-knitted doll products in the national scale.
- Generate marketing plans to help the women of the centre enter international markets for a variety of Peruvian folklore products.
- Provide your expertise to improve the Female Artisan Centre’s social media strategy, with the aim of improving their presence online and attract new customers thoughout the country as well as abroad.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Degree in marketing, communications, publicity, business administration or similar disciplines
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Experience in developing and/or implementing communication, marketing and/or branding strategies
- Excellent writing, editing and communication skills for developing print and digital materials
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills to be able to communicate with people from diverse cultural backgrounds
- Ability to work under pressure and proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
- Sound knowledge of digital media and social networks
- Creativity and innovation
Movimiento Manuela Ramos
Movimiento Manuela Ramos (MMR) is a non-profit organization focused on women's rights. For 37 years, MMR has been working towards the protection of women's rights and gender equality at the national, regional and local levels in Peru. The organization has contributed to the expansion and recognition of the human rights of women, such as with the first law passed in Peru against domestic violence in 1993, the electoral political quotas for women in 1997, and the Law of Equal Opportunities in 2007, among others. It has also contributed to the adoption of public policies at all levels of government, such as regional plans for gender equality and measures to ensure the observance of the rights of women.
Throughout the years, MMR has strengthened the capacity-building of peri-urban and rural indigenous women and female youth to exercise their rights, to access public services and to improve the quality and compliance of care and standards by duty bearers through citizens' monitoring and advocacy.
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.
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.