Indigenous Peoples Advocacy Advisor
Location Chinda, Honduras
Start Date May - Jul 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 11 Months
Language Requirements English, Spanish
English Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, 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
As an Indigenous Peoples Advocacy Advisor, you will promote the full and active participation of Indigenous Peoples in public and private decision-making spaces for the defense of their rights and territories.
In this role, you will to contribute to the strengthening of the political capacities of the technical team and leadership cadres of Indigenous Peoples.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Carry out a diagnostic/research of capacity of OCDIH team, available resources, tools, considering the context and needs
- Development of workshops with the beneficiaries and staff based on the strengthening plan
- Carry out a mapping of exiting organizations at national and local level in order to define a strategy to work in network
- Support OCDIH team in the identification and designing of project proposals aimed to support the area of work
- Contribute to the development of an advocacy strategy. Research activities will be part of main activities as well as organization and facilitation of focus groups, conferences, workshops and similar work
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- University degree in social science, international development and/or equivalent experience in a related field.
Essential Professional Background:
- Knowledge of issues related to Human Rights
- Experience with Indigenous population
- Practical research experience with a variety of stakeholders (CSOs, MSMEs, NGOs, local and national government)
- Understanding of inclusive participatory approaches, amongst a variety of stakeholders, including gender sensitive methods
- Demonstrated experience of working in multicultural and multi-disciplinary teams
About Our Partner
Organismo Cristiano de Desarrollo Integral de Honduras
The Organismo Cristiano de Desarrollo Integral de Honduras (Christian Organization for Integrated Development of Honduras) (OCDIH/CONIMCHH) is a non-profit non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on development. Founded in 1993 in the city of Santa Rosa de Copan, OCDIH supports comprehensive development processes, aiming at promoting economic growth of people in neglected rural areas, emergency assistance during natural disasters, social, ethnic, religious and political unrest.
The partner organization focuses on promoting the capacities and rights of women and men and their organizational expressions in a sustainable manner through the perspective of justice and welfare.
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.