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Public Policy Advisor - Land Use And Wetlands Conservation

Colombia
12 Month | Start Date between Jul - Sept 2017

Location Bogota, Colombia

Start Date Jul - Sep 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

 

The Volunteer’s Role

 

Cuso International Colombia is searching for a volunteer like you to support our partner organization in their pilot project of environmental and territorial management that works effectively on incorporating wetland ecosystem protection.

You along with the dedicated staff at Parques Nacionales Naturales (PNN), will initially focus on the following protected wetland areas:

  1. Santuario de Fauna y Flora El Corchal "El Mono Hernández," close to the Caribbean Sea on the border of the Sucre and Bolivar Departments.
  2. Santuario de Flora y Fauna Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, located between the Magdalena River and the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

You will be based out of either Cartagena or Santa Marta, depending on what is more convenient for the partner organization and the work priorities at the time of recruitment.

You'll be asked to provide technical advice, carry-out research, evaluate current status of processes (needs, challenges, etc.), as well as conduct stakeholder mapping.

As a team effort to protect these wetlands, you'll work in coordination with local actors (Flora and Fauna Sanctuary and wetlands teams, local authorities including the infrastructure and roadside authorities), departmental authorities for the departments of Bolivar, Magdalena and Sucre as well as national stakeholders through PNN. This will be imperative to ensure accordance with the national framework for territorial and environmental management and that the work you do aims to support the development and implementation of the General Policy for Territorial Management in Colombia. You'll be asked to provide technical advice, carry-out research, evaluate current status of processes (needs, challenges, etc.), as well as conduct stakeholder mapping.

 

As a volunteer, you will:

- Use diagnostics carried out by previous volunteers on the current state of wetland management (main challenges, threats, proposed needs), as well as land use public policy and planning processes.

- Accompany PNN and local governments in reforming their land use policies by carrying out workshops on key theme areas, conflicts, planning as well as other activities as needed.

- Utilize and update (as needed) tools and guides developed by previous volunteers to train local authorities, communities and other stakeholders on how to prevent and manage socio-environmental conflicts in and around wetlands, with an emphasis on managing a balance between conservation, infrastructure, biodiversity, and human well-being.

- Use participatory methods with key stakeholders to develop proposals to strengthen the inclusion and effective management of protected areas as well as complimentary conservation strategies, in territorial management and development plans.

- Assist in the revision of the development and territorial management plans in the municipalities of San Onofre (Sucre), Arjona (Bolivar), Reten and Pueblo Viejo (Magdalena).

- Support the organization of workshops and meetings to articulate and share best-practices on wetland and protected areas management.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Undergraduate degree in natural or social sciences with an emphasis or post-graduate degree in climate change, public policy, rural or community development, conservation or planning.

- A solid understanding of conservation and biodiversity issues and climate change

- Solid knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies

Essential Professional Background:

- Undergraduate degree in natural or social sciences with an emphasis or post-graduate degree in climate change, public policy, rural or community development, conservation or planning.

- A solid understanding of conservation and biodiversity issues and climate change

- Solid knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies

 

About Our Partner

 

National Natural Parks System

The mission of the National Natural Parks System (PNN in Spanish) is to administer the national systems of nature parks and of protected areas in the framework of environmental zoning of the territory, with the aim of in situ conservation of biological diversity and ecosystem representativeness of the country, to provide and maintain environmental goods and services, to protect cultural heritage and natural habitats in which traditional cultures develop as part of the national heritage under principles of transparency, solidarity, equity, participation and respect for cultural diversity.

Their vision is to be a public body positioned in the national arena, with international recognition and social legitimacy, with technical capacity, an effective organizational structure, political influence and financial soundness, that exercises environmental authority in the National Nature Parks System, leading processes of conservation, administration and coordination of protected areas, contributing to the environmental zoning of the country.

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

 

Fundraising

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.

 

E-volunteering

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  

 

Residency

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.

 

Citizenship

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.