Location Botoga, Colombia
Start date Jun - Aug 2017 (flexible)
Length of placement (months) 12
English Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
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
We're looking for a volunteer like you to support and promotion the visibility of volunteer activities in Colombia through a digital/online campaign and social media strategy implemented by Organizaciones Solidarias and the National Volunteering System (SNV for its acronym in Spanish).
La Unidad Administrativa Especial de Organizaciones Solidarias (The Special Administrative Unit for Solidarity Organizations) is a governmental entity that works towards promoting, encouraging, strengthening and developing solidarity organizations such as associations, cooperatives, local organizations, volunteer and community groups. Institutionally and structurally, they generate development throughout Colombia by supporting and strengthening organizations across different sectors as well as promoting volunteerism in Colombia.
Currently there is a growing interest in volunteering and a lot of discussion about what role volunteers can play in building peace in Colombia. Cuso International and UAE Organizaciones Solidarias have partnered to support volunteering initiatives in Colombia and are keen to help support a positive narrative about volunteers, the ways they can support communities across different sectors - private, public, university-level, and involve a diversity of actors - youth, recent graduates, professionals, retirees, in a diversity of programs - philanthropic, professional volunteering programs, mentoring, amongst others.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Design a campaign and digital communications strategy for the SNV (Sistema Nacional de Voluntariado) with the aim of improving the visibility of volunteer activities and impacts in the country and at the regional levels, focused on youth involvement and peacebuilding.
- Train the members of the SNV Coordination Committee to continue monitoring and promoting volunteer activities through social media and online campaigns.
- Strengthen the culture of volunteering in Colombia through regular publications, communications pieces, testimonies, as part of the communications strategy.
- Support the promotion of the National Volunteering event and provide coverage of the event.
Essential Academic Qualifications
University degree in communications, graphic design, publishing or marketing.
Essential Professional Background/Competencies
- Expert in communications with graphic design experience, social media management and digital marketing.
- Experience planning and managing online campaigns, especially with NGOs or public entities.
- Experience producing materials using graphic design software - illustrator, photoshop or dreamweaver.
Special Administrative Unit for Solidarity Organizations of Colombia
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 it's 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.
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.
- 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.
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.