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Communications Advisor

6 Months | Start Date between Nov 2017 - Jan 2018

Location La Paz, Bolivia

Start Date Nov 2017 - Jan 2018 (flexible)

Length of Placement 6 Months

Language Requirements English, Spanish

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 of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


Cuso International in Bolivia is looking for a communications volunteer like you to advise and support CISTAC in their communication strategy.

CISTAC is an organization that has over 20 years of experience on working on positive masculinities and gender equality from the male point of view. During the late boom of masculinities, CISTAC needs support in communications.

You'll work with your local colleagues in transferring your communications knowledge, promoting CISTAC's activities and creating educational opportunities for a positive masculinity approach. You'll help CISTAC to reach an abundance of people that they haven't been able to engage in this important cause.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Develop and implement a communications strategy.

- Share recommendations and improve CISTAC'S official website.

- Support in the design and development of communications tools, materials and online activities.

- Advise and support in the development and management of CISTAC's social media platforms.

- Support CISTAC in their public awareness and promotion.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

Degree on communications, marketing, graphic design or other relevant area.

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience in communications and online activities.

- Experience in website development and design.

About Our Partner


Centro de Investigación Social Tecnológica Apropiada y Capacitación

El Centro de Investigación Social Tecnológica Apropiada y Capacitación (Center for Social Research and Appropriate Technology Training) or CISTAC is a national non-governmental organization that focuses on contributing to the gender equality through different thematic areas, such as masculinities, sexual and productive rights and gender-based violence. CISTAC works with civil society organizations, as well as the private and public sector on the development of healthy masculine identities for men and young males as a way to combat human trafficking, gender violence, spousal abuse, among others.


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.