Location Bucaramanga, Colombia
Start Date Apr - Jun 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish, English
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
English 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
We´re looking for a volunteer like you to support out partner Fundación Mujer y Futuro to develop alliances and outreach, strengthening the organization's public relationships as well as the diffusion of the organization's current and future projects.
(Women's Future Foundation) has an intervention strategy that is formulated based on institutional change and the expected transformation of women’s lives; this strategy takes its target beneficiaries (women) as the basis of all its activities at the foundation.
The foundation has developed four key areas of work:
- Gender Equality: The recognition of gender equality and vulnerable position of women;
- Life free of Violence: The elimination of gender-based violence through capacity-building;
- Sexual and Reproductive Health: The education on sexual and reproductive womens’ rights;
- Participation: The focus on political participation and quotas through education of women’s rights, demand for such rights and knowledge exchange.
The objective of this placement is to support a fifth area of work - Dialogue and Alliances - which will focus on strengthening the organization's public relationships and alliances as well as the diffusion of the organization's objectives and outcomes. The volunteer will support the organization by creating a communications strategy, including content and media to strengthen and support greater sustainability of the organization.
*We are trying to match the perfect volunteer to the perfect experience so our start dates can be flexible. It would just depend on the partner organization’s needs.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Lead in the establishment of a communications strategy for the organization in relation to its 5th area of work: “Dialogue and Alliances”.
- Supervise the creation and management of communications content of FMF’s different lines of action to maintain their media up to date (webpage, Facebook, etc.).
- Support the development of proposals and presentations that communicate the mission and vision of the organization in order to support fundraising activities.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Degree in communications, media, graphic design.
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience using software such as Illustrator, Corel, etc.
- Solid background creating communications content for effective advocacy campaigns.
- Use of social media and networks and tools to measure the impact of results.
Fundacion Mujer y Futuro
Mission: Fundacion Mujer y Futuro is a feminist organization that works towards the transformation of women’s lives and the exercise of their rights. Fundacion Mujer y Futuro develops its work and areas of programming based on the personal, economic, community and political needs of women victims and vulnerable populations; their key areas of work are towards relations based on gender equality and equity; diminishing violence against women; promoting safe, independent sexuality; increasing the participation of women in their distinctive areas of action; and, strengthening the articulation between actors to build networks.
Vision: By 2018, Fundacion Mujer y Futuro is recognized as a politically and administratively strong organization with consolidated and strategic alliances that support the creation of innovative and integral methodologies, the consolidation of its identity and flexibility to adapt to new action areas.
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.