Researchers – Climate And Livelihood Adaptation (E-Volunteer)

Online placement (E-Volunteer)

Partner Location Laos

Start Date Jun - Aug 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 3 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

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About E-Volunteering


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 an 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 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 Gender Empowerment 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.

-Executive summary

-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 agriculture, food security and/or climate..

Essential Professional Background:

-Strong skills in online desktop research, data gathering and analysis, and documentation and report writing.

-Commitment to gender equality & social inclusion


About Us


Cuso International Laos

Cuso International has been working in partnership with the Government of Lao PDR since 1987, setting up a small office in 1992 and successfully implementing a number of programs in sustainable agriculture over the past ten years, including the Sustainable Integrated Agriculture and Forestry Project (funded by CIDA) and the Farmer to Farmer Training Program (Canada Fund) in Salavan and Sekong Provinces.

The focus of development work has been on sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition together with natural resource management. Cuso also played a prominent role in civil society development with the direct support of a number of local organizations, such as, the Sustainable Agriculture and Environment Development Association, Gender and Development Association and Huam Jai Asasamak (SAEDA, GDA and HJA) in the areas of sustainable agriculture, gender and national volunteering. In 2008 Cuso merged with VSO Canada and commenced a six year period of collaborative work in Laos under a Cuso-VSO “strategic alliance”, which ended in March 2014.


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