Research and Communications Advisor
Location Vientaine, Laos
Start Date Aug - Oct 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 7Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
The Volunteer’s Role
Are you a trained project manager who is passionate about gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls, and their important role in socio-economic development?
We need a volunteer like you to work with the Gender Development Association and Cuso International Laos in gender mainstreaming and training.
Apply now and join a great team that's committed to creating a more equitable work envionment!
As a volunteer, you will:
- Create a diagnosis of the current communications methods used for the Program of Sexuality and Autonomy of the Body.
- Develop internal and external communication strategies for the program.
- Prepare materials for the implementation of strategies.
- Provide support in various events and initiatives related to the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Program of Cuso International.
- Familiarize yourself with Cuso International documents and approaches for gender mainstreaming and GESI programming and review Cuso International Laos research studies, country papers (including CEDAW in Lao PDR), draft project concept notes and documents for recently approved projects.
- You will support Cuso Laos and Gender Development Association (GDA), collaborating in the project management & implementation of current funded projects including:
*UNDEF-Empowerment Opportunities for Youth and Women in Lao PDR
*Views from the Front Line- (Global Network of CSOs for Disaster Resilience) climate change and commuity resilience survey work.
*Stockholm Environmental Initiative- Regional conference on gender, indigenous peoples and climate change and related activities
- Support Cuso Laos and the SE Asia Regional Cuso programme in the further development & management of "AMPLIFY" project concept for Women’s Economic Empowerment and Leadership in Climate Change.
- Provide remote advice to Gender Development Association and assist the Cuso Laos team to develop other means of support to GDA as and when required.
- Work with program staff to build relations with new potential partner organizations working on gender equality (Lao Women’s Union and UN Women as a priority).
- Identify gender mainstreaming activities and initiatives that directly tackle issues relating to inclusion (people with disabilities, indigenous minority groups, and people living with HIV/AIDS).
Essential Academic Qualifications:
-University degree or equivalent in Business Management or Project Management in relation to International Development
Essential Professional Background:
- Minimum 3 years of experience in project management and related programming, preferably with a focus on womens advancement and/ or gender mainstreaming.
- Demonstrated experience leading or working in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
-Well advanced IT and computing skills
About 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.
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.
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
- 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.