Gender Advisor – Women’s Rights

Location: Edmonton

City  Lima, Peru

Start Date  Apr – Jun 2019  (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements Spanish

Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4

Language Scale:

Please submit a Spanish Cover Letter and Statement of Interest

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only


The Volunteer’s Role


We are looking for someone passionate about the defense of women’s rights!

As a volunteer, you’ll be working with the Women’s Affairs Office of the National    Ombudsman –an autonomous public institution that defends Peruvian’s human rights– to support gender mainstreaming and training for its staff.

You will also apply your expertise providing technical assistance to the Women’s Affairs Office on knowlegment management and dissemination of research findings to public institutions, civil society organizations and citizens.

This volunteer placement will be located out of the Ombudsman’s office in Lima,  

Peru’s bustling and diverse capital, where you will work with a committed team of lawyers. It’s a great small-team environment, with plenty of opportunity to learn, as they relate to different sectors of public administration.

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 institutionalization and implementation of action plan of the gender and interculturality network.

– Provide support in the development of communication materials.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

– 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 Professional Background:

– Knowledge of gender and social development issues in Latin America

– Knowledge of 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 Our 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.

As the head of the institution, the Ombudsman, who was elected by two-thirds (majority) of the Peruvian congress for a five year term, enjoys immunity and cannot be held responsible in civil or criminal court for any recommendations, criticisms or doubts expressed, including opinions emitted in the exercise of the functions of the office. In addition, the Ombudsman can act with total independence in the fulfillment of all duties and is governed by the constitution and its own regulatory law.

The Ombudsman’s Office does not have the function of a judge or prosecutor nor does it act as a substitute for any other authorities. It does not sentence nor impose fines or any other sanctions. As a result, its views or opinions are not administratively or judicially binding. The implementation of its recommendations and suggestions is based on the power of persuasion which it exercises to create awareness among public authorities that their actions should adhere to legal norms and respect for the rights of citizens.

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 and in-country orientation

– Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

– Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer

– Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

– Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

– Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation



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.



Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.


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 assessment and 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 travelling 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 an assessment day, training course, 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 travelling. 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.