Location Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Start Date Apr - Jun 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 11 Months
Language Requirements English, Spanish
English Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
Spanish Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
The Volunteer’s Role
We are looking for someone passionate about economic methodologies research and socio-economic investigations. If this project sounds interesting - this is the placement for you!
As a Socio-Economic Researcher, you will integrate different research methodologies in working research teams. Additionally, you will provide support and advice in the strategic plan to build engagement between the private and public sector in current projects.
The Institute of Socio-Economic Research "José Ortiz Mercado" (IIES-JOM), part of the Faculty of Economic, Administrative and Financial Sciences (FCEAF) of the Autonomous University Gabriel René Moreno (UAGRM), is specifically positioned to the international index of economic research centers Ideas-RePEc-Edirc-Econpapers.
The main mission of IIES-JOM is to disseminate working documents, collect data and research, and conduct economic investigations in the field of social and economical studies.
The IIES-JOM has also a Center for Economic and Social Development (CEDES), whose line of research is inter-related to economic growth, fiscal sustainability, local demographic studies, and macroeconomics applied with emphasis on the Bolivian economy and its impact of public policies. The Statistics analysis and econometric methodologies are available from official sources (INE, BCB, UDAPE).
As a volunteer, you will:
- Review and analyze the scientific bibliographic documents using a systematic information search approach.
- Design and elaborate methodological tools to be implemented in the field of research.
- Assist in the coordination and programming of field research.
-Collect Data in field research.
- Conduct surveys, interviews and other field work activities, as well as systematize and analyze the information gathered in the field.
- Participate in the development and writing of reports and key documents.
- Participate directly in the drafting of documents and reports.
- Support in any other additional activity when necessary.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- University degree in economics, social sciences, business management, Economic development, Political Science, Research methodologies, or other relevant area.
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience in social and economical research
- Experience in evaluating social and economical investigations
- Experience in facilitating conferences and seminars
About Our Partner
Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno
The Autonomous University of Gabriel René Moreno (UAGRM) was founded in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in 1880 to respond to the educational needs of the region. Today UAGRM is one of the biggiest universities in the country. Its mission is to train professionals with the aim of contributing to the sustainable human development of society and the region, through scientific and technological research and university extension and its vision is to develop university extension and social interaction functions, within the framework of activities of teaching and research whose purpose is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the population, preserve the environment and strengthen cultural identity.
The UAGRM currently manages 17 faculties in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra and provinces. The faculties are: Legal Political and Social Sciences, Economic, Administrative and Financial Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Exact and Technological Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Financial Audit or Public Accountancy, Polytechnic, Humanities, Engineering in SciencesOf Computing and Telecommunications, Northern Provincial Faculty, Faculty of Valleys of Santa Cruz, Sciences Of Habitat, Design and Art, Sciences Of Human Health, Chaco Provincial Faculty, Provincial Faculty of Ichilo, Provincial Faculty of la Chiquitania and Pharmaceutical and Biochemical Sciences.
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.
- 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 (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months
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 to Cuso International before or after their field placement. Volunteers can also request e-volunteer support to help them with their work, or any other partner-requested task 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 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 pre-departure training, an 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.