Start Date Mar - May 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 a volunteer, you will provide technical support and contribute to the design, implementation and coordination of the "Empleo para la Prosperidad" Program (Employment for Prosperity).
This program is focused on bringing formal job opportunities nationwide to youth, women and marginalized groups through the strengthening of their key skills and experiences through training and mentoring. Furthermore, it provides support to its participants in their transitioning into their new jobs.
The volunteer will be linked to the internal work group - Laboratorio de Inclusión Productiva - LIP, a group of young professionals from different disciplines, who works in the methodological development of the programs and projects of the management, seek to introduce ideas and innovative solutions to the different processes of the public policy of productive inclusion, always looking to improve the efficiency of public administration.
The volunteer will work towards strengthening the tools, editing methodologies and general procedures for a sustainable public policy of employability with a focus on gender and social inclusion that will be implemented at the national level. The volunteer will also work towards the development of the activities associated with this innovative model for the socioeconomic inclusion of vulnerable groups in Colombia.
* This placement is funded through the Sustainable Colombian Opportunities for Peacebuilding and Employment (SCOPE) program of Cuso International, which aims to help Colombian citizens in seven cities who are living in poverty—especially youth, women, and victims of conflict—find meaningful and sustainable employment. The SCOPE program will facilitate the recruitment, retention, and inclusion of people in vulnerable situations by the private sector.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Provide support associated with the design of the employability model for the socioeconomic inclusion of vulnerable populations.
- Facilitate workshops and conduct meetings to articulate the expectations of the different actors involved in the implementation of the model.
- Adapt the employability model with a territorial approach as well as carry out pilot projects in the target cities.
- Implement a Gender Equality and Social Inclusion mainstreaming protocol for the partner and its beneficiaries.
- Prepare a reference report for the implementation of the sustainable model at the national level.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences, Political Science or related field; preferably with a specialization in economics.
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience in program management, preferably with a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) background.
- Experience in issues of employability, training, and public policies.
- Experience in field visits and community work.
- Experience in team management and leadership.
- Experience in design and/or implementation of M&E strategies.
Prosperidad Social is the national government agency that seeks to establish policies, general plans, programs and projects for assistance, attention and reparation to victims of violence, social inclusion, attention to vulnerable groups and their social and economic reintegration.
Under the Prosperidad Social, there is the La Dirección de Inclusión Productiva - DIP (Directorate of Productive Inclusion), which is responsible for developing and executing entrepreneurship, employability, food security and comprehensive rural interventions, aimed at consolidating the national poverty reduction strategy, with an autonomous income generation component to the vulnerable population of the country.
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.