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Social Forum Advisor - Women's Agenda

12 Month | Start Date between Apr - Jun 2017

Peru 4


Location Lima, Peru

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements  

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


The Volunteer’s Role

The PanAmazonian Social Forum this year will be conducted on April 28 - May 1st, 2017 in San Martin, Peru and Cuso International is looking for a volunteer like you to support our partner organization, ONAMIAP in its participation in this important event!

The PanAmazonian Social Forum is a space that brings together thousands of movements, organizations, and individuals working towards an alternative globalization based on social and environmental justice. The forum dedicates itself on the dialogue, proposals and advocacy for the historical and complex challenges that the Amazon and its indigenous people face today. (http://www.forosocialpanamazonico.com/)

Our partner organization, ONAMIAP, has the honor of developing and implementing the Women's Agenda for the VIII PanAmazonian Social Forum and as a volunteer, you will have an essential role in supporting your local colleagues in this agenda. The three main topics to cover are:

  1. Women and Climate Change
  2. Gender-Based Violence
  3. Women's Participation in Politics

As a volunteer, you will:

- Support your local colleagues in developing an inclusive agenda for indigenous women of the Amazon.

- Define gaps and needs of the ONAMIAP staff and work towards their sustainable strengthening in specific topics for the overall development of the organization.

- Develop a methodology on how to effectively approach sensitive topics such as gender-based violence towards indigenous women.

- Carry out pilot targeted training to sensitize indigenous women on gender-based violence and its consequences for themselves and their families.

- Put forth tools and systems with recommendations for your colleagues at ONAMIAP and other women's organizations in their work with indigenous communities.


Essential Academic Qualifications:

Degree in social sciences, humanities, political sciences or similar disciplines and/or equivalent experience

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Experience in the implementation of training processes for diverse audiences
- Understanding /sensitivity to gender equality and intercultural processes
- Experience in the organization of events, conferences, forums


About Our Partner


Organización de Mujeres Indígenas Andinas y Amazónicas del Perú (ONAMIAP)

Organización de Mujeres Indígenas Andinas y Amazónicas del Perú (Organization of Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Women of Peru) or ONAMIAP for its acronym in Spanish, is a national organization of Andean and Amazonian indigenous women in Peru that fights for individual and collective rights of women and indigenous people. Based on respect and recognition of the Peruvian diversity, ONAMIAP develops interventions directed to strengthen its community base, to disseminate its proposals and demands and to advocate in the public agenda to have more spaces for women's and indigenous people's representation in a local, regional, national as well as international levels.



Terms and Conditions


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.


Support Package

- 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.