Gender Advisor (Spanish Required)

Position: Gender Advisor (Spanish Required)

Employer: Cuso International

Location: Lima, Peru

Deadline: August 31, 2022

Employment Type: Volunteer

Position Level: Mid Level

Salary Range:

Closing Date: August 31, 2022

Full Description

Brief Description:

Location: Lima, Peru

Start Date: June 2022

Placement Length: 6 months with the possibility of extension

Language Requirements: Spanish Level 4-Advanced

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada Only

The Volunteer’s Role
If you want to be part of the national effort to promote women's rights and support the reduction of discrimination affecting women in Peru, this might be the perfect position for you.

As the Gender Advisor, you will support gender mainstreaming and training for the Ombudsman's office staff. You will also apply your expertise providing technical assistance to the Women's Affairs Office on knowledge management and dissemination of research findings to public institutions, civil society organizations, and citizens.

In this role, you'll work and be supported by the Commissioners for Women's Affairs (Ombudsman Office) This placement is located in the Ombudsman's office in downtown Lima.

Apply to this position if you are passionate about the defense of women's rights and you are committed to supporting the advancement of women´s rights and helping them to live a life free of violence and discrimination.

As a volunteer, you will:

Provide technical assistance to strengthen the dissemination of their thematic reports and research findings in the Women’s Affairs Office.
Train staff in gender mainstreaming and gender-based violence.
Provide support for the implementation of the action plan of the gender and interculturality network.
Provide support in the development of communication materials.
Provide support to the Gender and Interculturality Network of the Ombudsman's Office

Essential Requirements:

University degree in Political Science, Social Sciences (Sociology, Anthropology), Humanities (Social Psychology, Social Work), Law or related field
Specialization on gender issues and/or public institutions

Essential Background:

Knowledge of gender and social development issues in Latin America and fundamental human rights
Experience training diverse audiences
Good communication and interpersonal skills, in order to communicate with stakeholders of different backgrounds
Ability to work under pressure and demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks

What’s in it for YOU? A life-changing experience!

About Us, the Project and the Partner
Cuso International

Cuso International is a not-for-profit development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality. Each year, we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals to work alongside local partners to maximize their impact through capacity building. We work in partnership with governments, civil society organizations, multilateral agencies and the private sector to develop and deliver programs aimed at advancing gender equality, promoting the empowerment of women and girls, and improving access to and quality of economic opportunities for young people.

Project - Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE)

Cuso International will deliver the Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE) project, with a contribution from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) over seven years (2020-2027). SHARE aims to improve the economic and/or social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly women and girls, in developing countries, with a view to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing engagement of Canadians in international development and key global issues, this project will aim to increase the performance of country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality, in support of the action areas of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.

Partner - Defensoria del Pueblo (Ombudsman)

The Peruvian Ombudsman’s Office is an independent state institution created by the Constitution of 1993.

Mission: To protect the constitutional and fundamental rights of individuals and the community; to supervise the public administration in the fulfillment of their duties; and to provide public services for citizens.

Vision: To contribute to a complete respect of fundamental rights by public sector entities and enterprises while also providing public services and contributing to the consolidation of an inclusive, equitable and sustainable society.


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 on 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 (more details below)
On the ground support through our Cuso International country program office
Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months

Other Requirements:

Please note that if you are shortlisted for the placement, you will be required to:
Provide two Professional References and one Personal Reference
Complete an oral assessment during your preliminary telephone interview in the language required for your placement
Obtain a Police Check at our request
Complete a full medical exam and be medically cleared by the Cuso International Medical Advisor prior to your departure
Due to the COVID-19 situation, be double vaccinated in accordance with the World Health Organization-approved vaccines.


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.

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