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Gender Volunteering Program Advisor


Important message about COVID-19

With the COVID-19 crisis continuing to affect all corners of the world, Cuso International is assessing our ability to continue with our programming activities while ensuring the safety of Canadian volunteers during these challenging times.  

The safety and security of Cuso International staff, volunteers and the communities in which we are present is our top priority and we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and following the advice from public health authorities globally, nationally, and locally.   

Some countries have implemented borders and movement restrictions, which has impacted our existing volunteering program delivery but we continue to build our pool of prospective volunteers so we can get back to supporting our local partners and communities as soon as we’re able to do so.

If your volunteer application is shortlisted, a Volunteer Mobilization Advisor (VMA) will contact you to discuss the next steps and will provide you with the relevant information so that you can make an informed decision.



Location Bucaramanga, Colombia

Length of Placement 6 Months - Start dates to be determined based on COVID-19

Language Requirements Spanish Level 4 - Advanced

Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


Do you want to be part of the effort to reduce inequality and discrimination against women in Colombia? If your answer is yes, this might be the perfect position for you.

As the Gender Volunteering Program Advisor, you will work directly with partner Fundación Mujer y Futuro, a prominent feminist organization in Colombia that has been defending and promoting women´s rights for more than 30 years. Your role will be to support the development of program to engage local volunteers who support the organization.

Apply today - this might be the role for you!

As a volunteer, you will:

- Develop your workplan which will serve as an outline for formalizing the volunteer program. Base your workplan on discussions with the partner organization re: expectations for formalizing the volunteer program, timelines, staff time and resources required, and previous experiences managing local and international volunteers. Evaluate how volunteers are integrated into current and past programs.

- With the partner organization's input, create the tools, protocols and manuals needed to formalize volunteer management - these could include a volunteer policy, induction program, tools to monitor and evaluate volunteer work, guidelines for recruitment, conflict management, and recommendations for future recruitment.

- Support and train the Manuela Ramos staff to use these volunteer management tools, ensure that the workflows and protocols are manageable and realistic, and their feedback is incorporated.

- Map institutions or platforms that could be linked to the FMF's volunteer program (universities, other volunteer sending organizations). Create an outreach strategy to support FMF volunteer recruitment.

- Work with the Communications and Advocacy Manager (the lead for the volunteer program), to pilot the improved and formalized volunteer program, incorporating adjustments to the tools and protocols developed.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Degree in social sciences, administration, education, human resources, social work, psychology, gender studies, a similar discipline or relevant experience.

- Knowledge of facilitation and community engagement techniques

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience developing or managing volunteering programs or previous experience working with or managing volunteers directly.

- Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience working with staff from diverse cultural backgrounds.

- Ability to work under pressure and demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.

About Us, the Project and 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 - Fundacion Mujer y Futuro

Fundación Mujer y Futuro or FMF is a feminist organization that works towards the transformation of women’s lives and the exercise of their rights. FMF develops its work and areas of programming based on the personal, economic, community and political needs of women victims and vulnerable populations; their key areas of work are towards relations based on gender equality and equity; deminishing violence against women; promoting safe, independent and pleasureful sexuality; increasing the participation of women in their distinctive areas of action; and, strengthening the articulation between actors to build networks.

FMF is recognized as a politically and administratively strong organization with consolidated and strategic alliances that support the creation of innovative and integral methodologies, the consolidation of its identity and flexibility to adapt to new action areas.


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 country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

- Pre-departure training program 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

- Travel and accommodation for the pre-departure training course, in-country orientation, and reintegration debriefing weekend

- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months


Pre-departure 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 pre-departure process and will receive essential training as part of your preparation. This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement country and culture, help you identify and plan your own learning, and help you stay safe and healthy during your placement.

Overview of pre-departure training:

1.Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID) program - A 45-hour training program that uses a blended learning approach including 4 days of in-person sessions and online e-modules to be completed before and after the in-person session.

2.Self-directed briefing documents, online training and external resources accessed through the volunteer portal

3.Online health briefing

4.Fundraising 101 Webinar


In-Country Training and Learning

You will receive an In-Country Orientation (ICO) that builds upon the pre-departure training. This will be conducted by either the country program office or the supporting partner organization. This normally lasts for 2-10 days (depending on language learning requirements and other factors). In some countries, volunteers will be able to access ongoing language training opportunities. In-Country Orientation equips you with the relevant skills, knowledge, and country-specific information to be successful in your placement. Furthermore, our Country Program Office or local partner will provide you with continuous in-country support throughout the duration of your placement.



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.


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 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 traveling 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 pre-departure training, 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 traveling. 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.


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