Start Date Mar - May 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, 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
The objective of the placement is to provide technical support and guidance to Fundación Carvajal in the implementation of the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Action Plan, with strategic partners of the Sustainable Colombian Opportunities for Peacebuilding and Employment (SCOPE) project and within the partner organization, with the purpose that the activities are incorporated into the practices of these organizations.
The volunteer will provide technical assistance and strengthen the tools, methodologies and general procedures that the partner organizations of the Sustainable Colombian Opportunities for Peacebuilding and Employment (SCOPE) project, will implement in the innovative model for socioeconomic inclusion of vulnerable groups, including youth, women and victims of armed conflict.
We are trying to match the perfect volunteer to the perfect experience so our start dates can be flexible.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Conduct training that seek to bring awareness on topics of gender and social inclusion (GESI) for the staff of the implementing partner and the strategic partners of the Sustainable Colombian Opportunities for Peacebuilding and Employment (SCOPE) project in the cities of Cali and Buenaventura.
- Support the strategic partners in the process of creating and implementing an internal gender equality and social inclusion policy within the partner organizations.
- Support the implementation of activities necessary to identify ways to overcome barriers to access and of the permanence of the population in situation of vulnerability.
- Support the partner organizations' HR team in the implementation of measures that promote inclusive selection, recruitment and retention of personnel.
- Systematize good practices and lessons learned and report on them.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences, Gender Studies, Sociology, Social Work, Political Science or a related field
Essential Professional Background:
- Strong ability and experience in project design, strategic planning, business management and capacity building
- Strong experience in field visits and community work
Fundación Carvajal is a non-profit organization created in 1997 with the main goal to improve the social conditions of most vulnerable communities in Cali and the rural zone in Valle del Cauca (Colombia).
The organization was born thanks to the Carvajal family donation of one portion of the stocks of the Carvajal Group, making this foundation the main stakeholder of this company. In the development of its social action, Fundacion Carvajal donate its profits and manage resources from national and international cooperation in order to implement income generation, education, household and environment projects towards the enhancement of vulnerable population.
In order to maximize the impact of the intervention, Fundacion Carvajal is doing this social labor in the most strategic regions in Cali and the department of Cali and they are looking for the articulation with other actors in this region.
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.