Gender Policy Advisor – Volunteer in Colombia (Spanish)

Position: Gender Policy Advisor - Volunteer in Colombia (Spanish)

Employer: Cuso International

Location: Bogota, Colombia

Deadline: May 20, 2024

Employment Type: Volunteer

Position Level: Mid Level

Salary Range: Monthly Stipend

Closing Date: May 20, 2024

Full Description

Brief Description:

This Volunteer Placement is Located in: Bogota, Colombia

Start Date: April 2024

Placement Length: 12 Months

Language Requirements: Spanish & English

Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada Only

The Volunteer’s Role
Fundación ACUA and Cuso International have been championing the advancement of women's public policies in the mid-Pacific region, where the municipalities are presently in a technical phase that requires the creation of finalized public policy documents per the public policy cycle.

Your support will involve creating detailed implementation strategies and actionable plans designed to empower women in these areas to spearhead the execution of the public policies after approval by the Municipal Council.

Accordingly, the aim of the activities outlined in this work plan is to provide precise compliance and technical support to meet these particular needs aligned with the ongoing processes in these regions.

Apply today to make a difference!

As a volunteer, you will:

Review public policy documents on women in the municipalities of Guapi, Timbiquí, Lopez de Micay and El Charco and the advocacy processes. Formulate a work and action plan with each community in conjunction with other Cuso volunteers based on the needs presented.
Support the fine-tuning of the document/guide for the implementation of the Public Policy on Women, taking into account the municipal, departmental and national development plans. In addition to this, the Development Programs with a Territorial Approach (PDET) and corresponding legal frameworks should be included.
Creation of tools (guides, training, routes, etc.) to support the implementation of women's public policies and action and advocacy plans in each municipality. Diagnose, create, pilot, evaluate, improve, finalize.
Essential Requirements:

Experience working at the community level with women in vulnerable situations.
Experience leading training processes with women in vulnerable situations.
Essential Background:

Degree or diploma in public policy, political science, government, development studies, gender studies or other.
Project management or knowledge in results-based management.
What’s in it for YOU? A life-changing experience!

About Us, the Project and the Partner
Cuso International

Cuso International is an international cooperation and development organization that works to create economic and social opportunities for marginalized groups. Together with our partners, we are focused on efforts to advance gender equality and social inclusion, improve economic resilience, and deliver progress on climate action. We believe that by sharing skills, we can build better futures. Founded in 1961, Cuso International works in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada.

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, to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing the 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 - Fundación Activos Culturales Afro (ACUA)

The Afro Cultural Assets Foundation –ACUA- is a non-profit entity that was created as an IFAD program in 2007 and later became a foundation in 2010. ACUA promotes the sustainable empowerment of cultural assets of organized Afro-descendant communities. ACUA, in co-ownership with Afro-descendant communities, contributes to the promotion of innovative income-generating initiatives, the recovery of cultural knowledge and practices, and economic and social inclusion. The Foundation manages projects in Latin America for the development of Afro-descendant communities with the main objective of closing the gaps and improving the living conditions of the rural Afro-descendant population.

Terms and Conditions
Cuso International's 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 (eg. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.

Support Package

Modest monthly living allowance
Accommodation while in placement
Round-trip airfare and visa/work permit costs
Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication, and health insurance
Pre-departure training, in-country orientation and reintegration debriefing
On-the-ground support through our Cuso International's 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 before your departure
Due to the COVID-19 situation, be double vaccinated following the
We seek individuals who share our values and are dedicated to supporting marginalized groups, including those from the LGBTQIA+ communities.


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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