Gender Advisor

Position: Gender Advisor

Employer: World University Service of Canada

Location: Bolivia

Deadline: January 21, 2018

Employment Type: Volunteer

Position Level: Mid Level

Salary Range:

Closing Date: January 21, 2018

Full Description

Brief Description:

DURATION: 12 months

Departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and position will remain open until filled.

Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 200 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers. Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic subsectors.

For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit:

The Municipal Agency for Tourism Development La Paz Maravillosa is the La Paz Municipal Autonomous Government’s body in charge of developing and promoting touristic activities. The Agency seeks to link the tourism sector with the handicrafts sector, to increase the number of tourists visiting La Paz, building on the city’s nomination as one of the world’s seven most beautiful cities.

As part of the PQDI program, the volunteer will provide support to the “Indigenous Women and Youth in the Integral Development of the Communities of Zongo and Hampaturi” project, which is being implemented in La Paz, Bolivia, in the communities of Huayna Potosí and Pampalarama. The project seeks to improve the socioeconomic well-being of indigenous women and youth by facilitating a larger access to the tourism market in the La Paz region.

- Assess the skills of partners and beneficiaries with regards to the approach of equality between women and men.
- Map local, regional and national actors who are leaders in gender equality
- Develop and facilitate training and learning opportunities for Uniterra in-country staff, volunteers, beneficiaries, partners on gender equality
- Collaborate with local partners to develop strategies and tools to increase the participation of women and female youth and promote their increased access to and control over tailored services and products.
- Develop tools and create case studies of best practices in gender mainstreaming.
- Document gender mainstreaming tools and good practices and share these with other Uniterra volunteers, PQDI partners and country staff
- Document gender mainstreaming tools and good practices and share these with other Uniterra volunteers via our program information-sharing platforms (i.e. Moodle, Wikiterra)
- Ensuring that gender equality and youth inclusion and engagement are taken into account

- University degree in a relevant field (ie. international development, social sciences, social work)
- Experience in participatory training methodologies
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills
- Passionate about gender equality
- At least two years of experience in a related area of work
- Experience in research, data collection and information gathering
- Adaptability, flexibility, excellent team working skills and cultural sensitivity
- International development experience an asset
- Good level of spoken and written Spanish

- Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.
- Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
- In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in-country.
- Language training in-country where required.
- Return flights, visas and work permits.
- Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.
- Health insurance.
- Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.
- Accommodation while overseas.
- Vacation leave entitlement.
- Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
- An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

- Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the age of 18-70.
- Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, travel documentation).
- With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.


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