Volunteer Program Advisor

Location Bogota, Colombia

Start Date Sep – Nov 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 7 Months

Language Requirements English, Spanish

English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4

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

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


Are you passionate about volunteering and have experience in program evaluation? If so, this role could be for you!

As a Volunteer Program Advisor, you will support our partner in Colombia, Alianza Social Uniandina, in documenting and evaluating their volunteer programs. Your skills in monitoring and evaluation will help with the development of indicators for impact measurement and to document the different ways their volunteers support organizations in Colombia.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Identify and categorize volunteer opportunities in Colombia with organizations, initiatives and social ventures or areas of social responsibility of private companies

-Compile, organize and present available resources available nationally and internationally for the management of volunteering in different types of organizations

-Design of a training program with levels of development for volunteers.

-Propose a scheme of indicators for later evaluation and measurement of impact based on results (oriented to volunteers and the overall impact of the volunteer program)

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Experience with RBM and theory of change models

- Training in adult-learning methodologies

Essential Professional Background:

- 2-3 years of experience carrying out research

- Experience in results-based management and design, particularly the design of indicators


About Cuso International and Our Partner


Cuso International

Cuso International is a development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships, and compassionate donors. We mobilize hundreds of skilled volunteer professionals every year to work with local partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada to create positive, lasting change. Established in 1961, Cuso International is dedicated to tackling today’s most important development issues.


Alianza Social Uniandina

Alianza Social Uniandina is the Social Responsibility Program of the Alumni Association of the Universidad de los Andes - Uniandinos. They bring together and coordinate different actors to strengthen spaces in the community sector with the objective to create opportunities and innovative solutions to transform the reality of Colombia. With 22 years of experience, they work to achieve three main priorities:

  1. Strengthening of social organizations: To bring tools and knowledge to social organizations in order to strengthen and extend their impact and mandate in time. Support is offered through comprehensive monitoring and identification of needs; strategic planning sessions; link to professional volunteers; and providing training spaces.
  2. Professional volunteering: we look for professional volunteers interested in building more solidarity in the world, by sharing their knowledge and skills with social organizations. We currently have more than 300 social organizations registered on our volunteering platform
  3. Developing alliances: we establish networks that bring value to society. We participate in spaces groups and networks to generate opportunities for sustainable development in the country.

For more information: https://www.alianzasocialuniandina.org/sobre-nosotros


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

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

- Travel and accommodation for the pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation (more details below)



Pre-departure Training and Briefing

We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. As a volunteer you will have an advisor to support you through the pre-departure process and you will receive essential training as part of your preparation. This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement country 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.Self-directed briefing with documents and online training provided by your volunteer advisor and external resources

2.Online health briefing

3.Fundraising 101 Webinar

4.Pre-departure Training -Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID) course


In-Country Training and Learning

As a volunteer, you will receive an In-Country Orientation (ICO) that builds upon 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.



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.