Gender-Based Violence Service Expert

Location Yangon, Myanmar

Start Date  Jun - Aug 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 9 Months

Language Requirements English

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

Language Scale:

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


Are you passionate about rights for women and girls?

Tharthi Myay Foundation's mission is to promote social justice and the rule of law in Myanmar through direct grant making and capacity building support to local organizations and networks. As a Gender Based Violence Service Expert you would work with Tharthi Myay Foundation to support their grantees and community partners through training, facilitating and coaching/mentoring around the spectrum of Gender Based Violence (GBV) relevant services and advocacy work. Apply now and support the law-making process that protects the rights of women and girls.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Conduct an analysis of the current situation, services and infrastructure for Gender Based Violence support

- Work with local partners to understand their challenges and capacity needs

- Develop capacity building strategies and resources

- Provide capacity building support in service delivery, documentation and advocacy work

- Support TMF Gender Team staff as required and review on organizational development profile

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- University Degree/Professional Certificate in Social Work, Psychology/Counselling, Gender Studies, Law or relevant field

Essential Professional Background:

- At least 3 years work experience on GBV survivor support and/or women’s rights

- Gender mainstreaming/sensitivity understanding and work experience


About Our Partner


Tharthi Myay Foundation

Tharthi Myay Foundation is a Myanmar national non-governmental organization founded in January 2017. It is the former Yangon field office of a US-based charitable foundation called Partners Asia.

Tharthi Myay Foundation believes that deep and lasting change occurs most effectively through supporting local leaders of communities that are experiencing injustice. Their program areas focus on access to education, promotion of the rule of law and especially land rights and access to justice for all. They work with those Myanmar civil society organizations and activist lawyers that have initiated their own solutions to problems they identified at the local level. Tharthi Myay Foundation aims to share and promote tangible and practical interventions that can have an impact at national policy level.

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.