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Monitoring And Evaluation Advisor (Baseline)



Location: Bogota, Colombia

Start Date: November 2021

Placement Length: 6months

Language Requirements: Spanish Level 4-Intermediate & English Level 3-Intermediate,  


Volunteers must be currently living in Colombia and have either of the following statuses:

  • Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status in Canada
  • Citizenship of a neighbouring country other than Colombia

The Volunteer’s Role

Cuso International is looking for a volunteer with a strong MEAL background as a part of an international program whose focus is to contribute to the development and empowerment of women, girls, and people in situations of inequality and vulnerability in Colombia.

If you want to contribute to the start of a new International Volunteer program in Colombia and are interested in working with local partner organizations, this could be the position for you.

As a volunteer, you will:
  • Further familiarize self with Cuso International documents and guidelines for monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL), Logic Models (LM), and Performance Measurement Frameworks (PMF) and Capacity Assessment Process (CAP).
  • Review draft Laos country strategy, theory of change, and systems previously used by CUSO-VSO for partnership development, and M & E, together with results and reports from livelihoods baseline analysis with beneficiaries.
  • Work with program staff to establish baselines for the Laos program and completion and application of the country-level LM and PMF.
  • Train and coach other volunteers, staff, and partners in new M & E systems, testing and refining indicators with a selection of partners and volunteers.
  • Provide e-volunteering support to local partners and Cuso International after the field placement.


Essential Requirements:
  • University degree in Administration, Business, Social M.A. in Administration, Business, Social Sciences or related field


Essential Background:
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, project planning and management, monitoring and evaluation, preferably with a range of clients and stakeholders such as community and civil society organizations, INGOs, national and local governments, and the private sector.     
  • Demonstrated experience leading or working in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams. Experience in community economic development or business advising is an asset.
  • Understanding of participatory approaches to development.


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


About Us, and the Project

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.


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/transport and cost of health insurance for volunteers from outside the region
  • 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.

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.


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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