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Gender Advisor

Location: Lima, Peru

Start Date: November 2021

Placement Length: 12 months

Language Requirements: Spanish Level 4-Advanced


Volunteers must be currently residing in Peru and have either of the following statuses:

  • Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status in Canada

Por favor aplicar solo si eres ciudadano canadiense o residente permamnete de Canada y te encuentras en este momento en Peru



The Volunteer’s Role:


If you want to be part of the national effort to promote women 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 support the advancement of women´s rights and help 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 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


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
  • Accommodation while in placement, return airfare/transport and cost of health insurance
  • Training and 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


Training and Briefing

We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. You will have an advisor to support you through the process and will receive essential training as part of your preparation. This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement and culture, help you identify and plan your own learning, and help you stay safe and healthy during your placement.


Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Cuso International works with poor, vulnerable and marginalized people, mainly women and girls, to eradicate poverty and inequality. We understand the need to uphold and enforce the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct.

At Cuso International, we believe that all people, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), sex, age, record of offences, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity or disability have the right to live lives free of harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse.

Cuso International considers all forms of harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse to be incompatible with fundamental belief in the human dignity of all people, international and national agreements and standards, and with its core values. Cuso International volunteers must agree to uphold the Child Protection, Prevention of Workplace Violence, Prevention of Workplace Harassment and Discrimination, and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Polices and Code of Conduct.


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