Researchers – Gender And Empowerment (E-Volunteer)
Online placement (E-Volunteer)
Partner Location Myanmar
Start Date Jun - Aug 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 3 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Cuso International’s e-volunteering program welcomes new and returning volunteers to work with our international program partners and volunteers remotely. E-Volunteering offers many of the benefits gained from international volunteering, while having the extra advantage of fitting into one's regular weekly schedule without needing a passport. Contributing and giving back to a community, gaining new skills, and making new connections are common benefits of e-volunteering and for Cuso International it is a great opportunity to engage more people in its mission.
E-Volunteers are expected to supply their own basic home office equipment, Internet and have a moderate knowledge of computer technology. Some of our partners are located in remote areas with unreliable internet connection. In addition, for some of our partners, this is their first experience working with e-volunteers so flexibility and patience is a valuable e-volunteer characteristic.
E-Volunteers spend approximately 3-4 months in a placement and spend 2-10 hours per week working as an e-volunteer depending on the project requirements.
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The E-Volunteer’s Role
Cuso International has recently won a grant to facilitate a conference on indigenous women’s voice in climate adaptation. This research and knowledge-sharing initiative will explore how climate resilience-building strategies developed by indigenous women in South East Asia have the potential for gender transformation and social and environmental justice. It aims to discover what we can learn from these strategies and practices to guide a more inclusive climate policy.
As a component of this initiative, Cuso International country program offices in South East Asia are seeking support from 4 e-volunteers researchers. The research provided will help empower indigenous women and their organization in the countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam with data and evidence to complement their perspectives on livelihood vulnerability and gender inequality. One e-volunteer will undertake the research required for one of these countries and will work collaboratively with another e-volunteer researcher assigned to the Climate and Livelihood Adaptation assignment for that same country.
In collaboration with your co-researcher, this project will involve the following::
-Online desk research. Data gathering and analysis. Documentation and report writing.
-A soft-copy desk-research report of max 20 pages. The report should summarize the available data and analysis for each country according to a standardized structure & template – to facilitate cross-country comparison & learning.
-Bibliography/references and annexes (for more detailed data).
Essential Academic Qualifications:
-A graduate degree (or comparable working experience) in a social sciences discipline with a particular focus on sociology, anthropology and/or gender.
Essential Professional Background:
-Strong skills in online desktop research, data gathering and analysis, and documentation and report writing.
-Commitment to gender equality & social inclusion
Cuso International Myanmar
Cuso International has implemented its VOICE project in Myanmar and 21 other countries which will continue till March 2020. The Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment (VOICE) program (VOICE) in Myanmar will increase the capacity of community-based organizations and government to deliver innovative and sustainable/inclusive development results for poor and marginalized communities, women and youth. Our program will focus on two projects: A Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) project, which focuses on increased security for women and girls; and the Inclusive Sustainable Economic Growth (ISEG) project, which focuses on improving access to employment (either formal or informal) that increases security, income and working conditions, particularly for youth and women including the development of entrepreneurship and inclusive businesses, and the development of value chains in the tourism sector.
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