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Institutional Strengthening Advisor - Gender And Social Inclusion Mainstreaming

12 Month | Start Date between Apr - Jun 2017

Honduras - Advisor 1


Location Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3

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


Mesa de ONG’s Comanejadoras de Areas Protegidas de Honduras (MOCAPH) is an organization that improves the management systems of protected areas of Honduras by performing a variety of actions. Through the support of strategic partners, MOCAPH develops and delivers training workshops to remain up to date on socio-environmental management instruments, protected areas issues and trends, and to contribute to increased management capacities. MOCAPH aims to achieve long sustainability with its capacities, be a platform for the exchange of good practices and focus on issues that are important to the country, and particularly in protected areas.

Your role as an Institutional Strengthening Advisor will involve supporting the members of MOCAPH by offering technical and topical support, implementing action plans and conducting research on technical and specific issues they are facing in their work. You will be able to contribute to the improvement of the management system for protected areas in Honduras through the strengthening of the organizations. As an Institutional Strengthening Advisor you will have the opportunity to put your skills in action by designing and facilitating workshops and advising the organization on relevant issues.


As a volunteer, you will:

- Research and learn about Mesa de ONG's Comanejadoras de Areas Protegidas de Honduras and its members

- List current members and create a database with basic information

- Create a directory of the organization and its members

- Research using primary and secondary sources  

- Develop a diagnostic of organizations to be supported to improve their capabilities

- Conduct an analysis on gender within organizations and Mesa de ONG's Comanejadoras de Areas Protegidas de Honduras

- Create an action plan

- Lead the implementation of the action plan to strengthen members of Mesa de ONG's Comanejadoras de Areas Protegidas de Honduras

- Provide advice on gender issues

- Design and facilitate workshops to improve technical capacities, knowledge of issues, communication, finance and/or accountability

- Create tools to strengthen capacities

- Revise processes and services to support members

- Revise internal mechanism of coordination among members and staff

- Participate in meetings, networks, work tables and other network events

- Promote strategic alliances

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- University degree in Environmental Studies and/or equivalent experience in a related field

Essential Professional Background:

- Knowledge or experience in planning and strategy design

- Design of workshops and training including personalized materials and tools   

- Previous experience teaching, training and/or facilitation processes    

- Knowledge/experience applying tools to insure gender mainstreaming

- Demonstrated experience of working in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams

- Use of technologies


About Our Partner


Mesa de ONG's Comanejadoras de Areas Protegidas de Honduras

Our partner, the Mesa de ONG's Comanejadoras de Areas Protegidas de Honduras, performs a variety of actions and activities, in order to improve the system of management of protected areas of Honduras. One of their responsibilities is to prepare and develop public positions on issues of importance to the country, especially in protected areas.

With the support of strategic partners, they develop and deliver workshops and training in each chapter-Regional of the organization. Through training, organizations are updated in socio-environmental management instruments, protected areas issues and trends, and to contribute to increase their management capacities in order to reach sustainability in the long term. The organization is also an exchange platform to share and learn good practices


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. 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.