Location Bogota, 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
Campaign against arms and explosive artifacts and their effects on vulnerable populations in Colombia!
As a volunteer, you will support the Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas staff in a communications strategy and will be responsible for creating media pieces related to the armed conflict in order to position the organization as a leader in the Action Against Mines campaign.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Support the design of a communications plan for the organization and the different projects in line with their specific objectives;
- Support the design and creation of communications material, as well as new projects, focusing on the communications & marketing;
- Support the maintenance of the web page and other communications tools.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Post-graduate degree or certificate in digital
- University degree in communications, media studies, journalism or similar.
Essential Professional Background:
- Minimum 2-3 years’ professional experience working in communications - preferably in social organizations or NGOs, working on issues such as armed conflict (desirable)
- Understanding of the project design and implementation cycles
- Ease using different communications tools, web systems, social media, graphic design and digital journalism tools.
- Strong written and oral communication skills, excellent redaction skills
- Skills for working independently and in a dynamic and multicultural team
Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas
The Association for the Colombian Campaign Against Mines was founded in 1997 and started lobbying activities around the signing of the Ottawa Convention and research to support the annual reports of the Monitor of Mines in Colombia. The Association became a non-governmental organization on the 15th of January 2000 through a constitutive assembly and since has carried out actions and interventions in Colombia with different organizations both nation and international.
Structure: The Association is support by a strong network of individuals and organizations coordinated by its members. The Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas is organized around its members; the national assembly decides upon the Board of Directors who then name the Nacional Directors, those persons responsible for the strategic plan and internal structure and staff.
Today the Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas works in three areas – Action Against Mines; Human Security; and Disarmament – each are supported by the areas of Operations, Administration, Communications and Projects.
Mission: The Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas’s mission is to contribute to the reduction of the social, economic, and cultural effects of arms and explosive artefacts, regulated or prohibited by International Humanitarian Law, used to wound, mutilate and kill.
The Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas works to:
- Create educational projects on the Risk of Mines;
- Accompany victims and assess their cases in the demand for their rights, as well as generate alliances and strategies for the physical, psychological, and social rehabilitation as victims of anti-personal mines.
- Contribute to the universal fulfillment and monitoring of International Humanitarian Law especially in reference to arms and explosive artefacts used to wound, mutilate and kill.
- The development of processes directed at Armed Non-State Actors and their successful abandonment of arms and explosive artefact use, regulated or prohibited by International Humanitarian Law, created to wound, mutilate and kill.
Vision: The Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas has a vision to be the non-governmental organization in the action against arms and explosive artefacts, regulated or prohibited by IHL, used to wound, mutilate and kill; to be the organization that contributes most to reducing the social, cultural and economic impacts of these artefacts and arms in Colombia.
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.