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Gender Equality Advisor

11 Month | Start Date between Jul - Sept 2017

Location Vancouver

City  Calabar

Start Date Jul -  Sep 2017 (flexible)

Length of Placement 11 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4

Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


The Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Access and Development Project (YouLead) is a capacity building project promoting young women and men employment and entrepreneurship in Cross River State. The YouLead Project aims at developing and supporting appropriately trained and skilled entrepreneurs and workers, and promoting the appropriate policies, regulations and enabling environment (‘green jobs in a green economy’) for this to occur in an environmentally sustainable and market driven manner.

The purpose of the placement is to contribute to the achievement of gender equality results in the YouLead project. As a Gender Equality Advisor with YouLead, you will support staff, volunteers and partners in understanding gender mainstreaming, delivering expected gender equality results – including sexual and reproductive health, and communicate such through technical advice and capacity building. You will also monitor and support the implementation of the YouLead Gender Equality Strategy (GES) and the Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP), as well as provide technical advice to ensure the effective implementation of GES and GEAP in project components – entrepreneurship & value chain, environmental management system, financial inclusion, monitoring and evaluation, and policy. You will also work very closely with the Gender Equality Project Officer for YouLead to strengthen her capacity to deliver GE results.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Familiarize self with Cuso International documents and approaches for gender mainstreaming and Gender Equality & Social Inclusion (GESI); YouLead Gender Equality Strategy (GES) and Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP), VOICE SRH; Nigeria Gender Equality reports and analyses; and partner Gender Equality Audits, as well as other relevant information.

- Work with the Gender Equality Program Officer (GEPO), YouLead program staff, and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) team to review GES and GEAP as needed, design effective tools, implement, and monitor gender equality results.

- Working in collaboration with GEPO, build capacity of YouLead staff, partners, international and national volunteers on gender equality mainstreaming, YouLead expected results, and deliver technical support to component Program Managers.

- Provide technical support to YouLead Communication Officer to enhance gender sensitive reporting, stories, videos, etc.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

University degree in Social Sciences with specialization in Gender Studies or equivalent qualifications.

Essential Professional Background:

- Minimum 3 years of experience in gender mainstreaming and gender programing, preferably with a range of stakeholders (community and civil society organizations, INGOs, national and local governments).

- Demonstrated experience leading or working in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.

- Understanding of participatory approaches to gender mainstreaming and gender training skills.


About Our Partner


Cuso International Nigeria Program Office

Cuso International has supported Nigeria’s development priorities since 1961 through their work in the education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihood, youth employment and entrepreneurship sectors. Cuso International is now executing the YouLead project in Nigeria that is supported by the Government of Canada.

The YouLead project is designed to promote youth employment through job creation and entrepreneurship in the natural resources sectors — agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and ecotourism — as well as to support state government institutions in developing natural resource policies and programs. YouLead will support skills transferal and growth in the small business sector by matching experienced Nigerian and Canadian professionals with Nigerian youth.

Cuso International is currently exploring opportunities to widen their scope of work in Nigeria with the potential of implementing a health program in Cross River State that could expand to the Lagos State over the next 5 years. The main goal of the health program would be to increase the quality and gender responsiveness of health services for women, children and youth by ministries, departments, agencies and civil society organizations.


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.


Volunteer Story


My name is Harsh Sodhi, and I am currently enrolled in the full time MBA program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Last year, Rotman entered into a partnership with Cuso International, whereby, in order to get hands on experience, students who have completed their first year of school can be placed in different parts of the world where Cuso International has a footprint. I spent 10 weeks working with Cuso International on the Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Access and Development (YouLead) project in Calabar, Nigeria.

The YouLead project aims to create employment for youth, specifically in the agribusiness sector, in Cross River State. Project goals include training 12,000 people in the basics of running a business, creating 4,500 new businesses, and creating 2,000 jobs in already established businesses. My specific contribution to the YouLead project is in the form of providing business development support and advice. As such, the work I have done includes site visits to three new Local Government Areas, the creation of a financial literacy pack, data analysis of the project’s grant giving process, and recommendations on how to improve training materials.

As a result of the analysis conducted, the grant process is undergoing a review to make it more effective. Further, the financial literacy pack will ensure that entrepreneurs who were not practicing any form of bookkeeping will now accurately track the financial performance of their businesses, thus opening up avenues of credit from financial institutions.

I am very happy that I have been able to make this contribution and hope that the work I have done will have a long term impact in the lives of the people in Cross River State.