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National Volunteering Advisor


12 Months | Start Date between Mar - Mai 2018

 Location Bogotá, Colombia

Start Date Mar - May 2018 (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 of Canada only


The Volunteer’s Role


Cuso International Colombia is looking for a volunteer like you to support our partner, Organizaciones Solidarias in theirn implementation of a local volunteering program.

You'll work with your local colleagues to strengthen the volunteering sector in Colombia through governmental, civil society and youth coalition initiatives. There are three areas of volunteering development that the partner organization is hoping to implement - with the public sector pilot program, youth/university volunteering and strategic partners like Alianza Social Uniandina, and lastly, the National Volunteering System - the umbrella platform for local volunteering in Colombia. Contrary to Canadian culture, volunteering in Colombia is usually regarded as work for non-professionals and/or recent graduates. Organizaciones Solidarias is working to change the volunteering culture in Colombia with your help.

We'll ask you to guide our partner in strategic support to each sector which may mean being flexible to the needs and schedules of each sector, keeping in mind that the goal is strengthen and promote volunteering in Colombia.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Carry out a technical review of the National Volunteering System and the assistance provided by Organizaciones Solidarias as well as the needs of the regional chapters.

- Support the implementation of volunteer programs and strategies with public entities at the state level through capacity building and training to public sector teams - mainly with the DIAN.

- Conduct capacity building and training to the members of the regional chapters of the National Volunteer System and youth volunteering programs.

- Conduct capacity building and training to the members of the regional chapters of the National Volunteer System and youth volunteering programs.

- Support the development of an action plan to help visible volunteering programs at the national, regional and community level.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

University degree in social sciences, international development, organizational management, public policies or related fields. Project Management knowledge.

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience in strategic planning and development of volunteer programs.

- Experience working with community organizations, preferably in Latin America.

- Proficiency in strategic processes for the development of volunteer initiatives.

- Experience carrying out trainings and workshops with public sector and local organizations.

- Ability to design and lead workshops.


About Our Partner


Unidad Administrativa Especial de Organizaciones Solidarias

The government of Colombia will promote the development of volunteerism in the country and the entity responsible for supporting this initiative is the Special Administrative Unit for Solidarity Organizations. This is a new and key partner for Cuso Colombia; working together with the Unit for Solidarity Organizations means participating in multi-stakeholder roundtables at the national level to promote inter-institutional initiatives for active citizen participation and for peacebuilding.

Special Administrative Unit for Solidarity Organizations hopes to Promote, encourage, strengthen and develop solidarity organizations (associations, cooperatives, local organizations, foundations, volunteer/community groups), both institutionally and structurally, to generate development in different areas and regions of the country by supporting and strengthening organizations in and across different sectors as well as promoting volunteerism in Colombia.

In 2018, the Special Administrative Unit for Solidarity Organizations will be recognized as a specialist institution in promoting, strengthening and developing the culture of solidarity, partnership and social entrepreneurship, generating impact on economic growth and social welfare in Colombia.

The program that Cuso International will be working with under this employer is the National Volunteer System. The National Volunteer System is a national committee made up of at least ten departmental volunteer committee members and at least ten other representatives from solidarity organizations at the national level (who have a presence in at least 7 regional departments and who are registered in municipal volunteer councils) as well as organizations with more than 4,000 registered. It is a system that includes groups of organizations, institutions, entities and individuals that carry out volunteering actions.

Their objective is to promote and strengthen volunteering actions through strategic alliances and networking with other solidarity organizations, informal civil society volunteers and the state. The Departmental Volunteer Committees under this system focuses its point relating to volunteer actions in each department, that look to optimize resources and improve norms and procedures in order to strengthen, develop and build bridges between organizations and volunteers.


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.