Communications Advisor

Location La Paz, Bolivia

Start Date  Jun - Aug 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 9 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:

Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


As a Communications Advisor, you will support the development and implementation of specific communications strategies for Cuso International Bolivia. You will be involved in the creation of high quality digital and printed communication materials and communication plans while working closely with Cuso International's team in Bolivia and other volunteers.

Cuso International aims to attract diverse audiences in Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, where our work has become increasingly focused and effective. Using appropriate channels, context and content, our objective is to teach and inform about our areas of interest and key activities: challenges, learning, successes and best practices, and giving the voice to the local communities we support. Cuso International also aims to effectively capture and demonstrate the impact and value of international volunteering and work on inclusive alliances to eradicate poverty.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Review, create and plan actions based on the communication strategy of Cuso International in Bolivia.

- Implement a plan, monitor and evaluate the implementation process, and make changes as needed.

- Create a report on Communications indicators and communications market strategies in the field of International Development and volunteering.

- Develop/ support in the development of the Communication Budget

- Support in the creation of communications material about Cuso International in Bolivia, such as  life stories of beneficiaries, partners, and volunteers.

- Gather communications material, such as  photographs, create press releases of activities, develop possible periodic bulletins and short video clips.

- Foster and develop working relations with volunteers, partner organization and communications advisors in the  country.

- Develop a social media plan and be actively involved in local and international networks of International development and volunteering in Bolivia

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Degree in Communications and/or Marketing, or other relevant areas.

Essential Professional Background:

- 2 to 5 years of relevant professional experience

- Experience in the development and implementation of communication strategies.

- Solid ability in writing, editing and communications; experience in the development of printed and digital material.

- Ability to conduct training and workshops on effective communications.

- Solid knowledge about digital communication and social networks


About Our Partner


Cuso International Bolivia

Cuso International Bolivia has been operating for over 40 years with local partners supporting development through the efforts of professional volunteers from Canada and Latin America. During the 2015-2019 period, Cuso International Bolivia is working under the Volunteer Opportunities for International Cooperation and Empowerment (VOICE) Project. Within this project, Cuso International Bolivia is focusing on two project areas: 1) Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth (ISEG) and 2) Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI).


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 (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.