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Researcher On Urban Agriculture And Climate Change


12 Months | Start date between Jun - Aug 2018

Location: Toronto


City  Lima, Peru

Start Date Jun - Aug 2018 (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 2, 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


As people increasingly migrate to urban settings, more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. It is vital to plan and provide for sustainable and resilient food systems which reflect this challenge. In Lima, the world’s second largest desert city after Cairo, intra- and peri-urban agriculture is increasingly recognized for its role in food security and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The overall objective of this placement is to conduct research about the beneficial impacts of urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the city of Lima, Peru. There is growing recognition of UPA as an important strategy for improving the urban environment and contributing to socioeconomic development. However, there is an urgent need for greater evidence and quantification of the benefits of UPA in Lima.

We are looking for a volunteer like you to conduct both desk and field research (e.g. interviews, focus groups, etc.) to demonstrate how UPA helps Lima to become more resilient (e.g. reducing “food miles” by producing food close to urban eco-markets). Based on your research, you will also formulate future scenarios and key public policies, actions and strategies for implementing urban agriculture as a viable climate change adaptation strategy for Lima. The results of the research will be used by Cuso International and Lima’s Multi-stakeholder Urban Agriculture Network to promote UPA as an effective component of climate compatible development strategies and plans.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Conduct desk and field research, including workshops, focus groups, and interviews.

- Validate research findings in a participative manner.

- Draft final report.

- Disseminate research findings.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Degree in Agriculture, Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or a similar discipline.

Essential Professional Background:

- Knowledge /experience in participatory research

- Good communication and interpersonal skills

- High level attention to detail

- Person with creativity, sound judgement and ability to work both independently and in a team


About Our Partner


Movimiento Ciudadano Frente al Cambio Climático

The Citizens Movement for Climate Change (MOCICC in Spanish) is a civil society organization that unites social organizations, NGOs, religious institutions, professional colleges, youth groups and independent citizens to generate actions to defend life and sustainability of the land, which are being threatened by climate change. MOCCIC has no religious or political affiliation.


The partner organization hopes to add the maximum of efforts among Peruvians, to address the causes and effects of climate change that affect their immediate environment, especially the most vulnerable populations.

The partner organization's objectives are:

  • Build and maintain a space that brings together all opinions in favor of the defense and caring for the planet and the threat of climate change.
  • Facilitate the joint efforts of the citizens of Peru, so that they can confront the causes and effects of climate change, from their immediate environment, even in the most vulnerable populations.
  • Influence national policy addressing climate change and promoting sustainable ways of living and solidarity through the revaluation of ancestral practices, promoting joint actions at the local, regional, national and global level.

MOCICC was founded in 2008 and on June 3, 2009, it was publicly presented at the first hearing conducted by the National Climate Andean Community of Nations (CAN) in Lima. MOCICC reached regional audiences in Ancash, Arequipa, Cusco and Moquegua, in the same year.

Since then, MOCICC maintains a sustained effort to reach a place in the political and social scene of international and national negotiations, working to influence national policy addressing climate change, promoting sustainable and inclusive styles of life, and valuing ancestral 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.