Women's Economic Empowerment Micro-business Advisor
Important message about COVID-19
With the COVID-19 crisis continuing to affect all corners of the world, Cuso International is assessing our ability to continue with our programming activities while ensuring the safety of Canadian volunteers during these challenging times.
The safety and security of Cuso International staff, volunteers and the communities in which we are present is our top priority and we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and following the advice from public health authorities globally, nationally, and locally.
Some countries have implemented borders and movement restrictions, which has impacted our existing volunteering program delivery but we continue to build our pool of prospective volunteers so we can get back to supporting our local partners and communities as soon as we’re able to do so.
If your volunteer application is shortlisted, a Volunteer Mobilization Advisor (VMA) will contact you to discuss the next steps and will provide you with the relevant information so that you can make an informed decision.
Location Bucaramanga, Colombia
Length of Placement 6 Months, starting in 2021
Language Requirements Spanish Level 4 - Advanced
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 micro-enterprises development? Do you want to share your knowledge and contribute in the strengthening of micro-enterprises led by women victims of gender-based violence?
Cuso International Colombia is searching for a business-savvy volunteer like you that can support our partner organization Fundación Mujer y Futuro to develop a Women’s Economic Empowerment program that will support over 50 micro-enterprises that are led by local women.
As a volunteer, you will:
-Develop awork plan with Fundación Mujer y Futuro staff, understanding the intention/aspirations of the organization to develop a Women’s Empowerment Socioeconomic Sustainability program in order to continue support the group of 50 women leaders and survivors of gender-based violence.
- Carry out a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis of a select group of economic initiatives led by women survivors, and propose different modules that could be developed and piloted to strengthen and improve the initiatives.
- With the approval of Fundación Mujer y Futuro, develop the modules and pilot them with a select group of micro-businesses. Adjust the modules according to the feedback provided by the women entrepreneurs.
- Develop facilitator’s guides and train staff on the modules so they can continue to replicate these modules with the micro-businesses.
- Suggest further areas of work that could be included in a Women’s Economic Empowerment program (linking micro-businesses with financial institutions or credit providers, strengthening their involvement in local markets, etc.)
- Identify opportunities to specialize the training and support provided to the women entrepreneurs that promote their empowerment (personal finance management, leadership training, amongst others).
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in business, marketing or equivalent experience.
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience in entrepreneurship, strategic planning, and/or business management.
About Us, the Project and Partner
Cuso International is a not-for-profit development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality. Each year, we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals to work alongside local partners to maximize their impact through capacity building. We work in partnership with governments, civil society organizations, multilateral agencies and the private sector to develop and deliver programs aimed at advancing gender equality, promoting the empowerment of women and girls, and improving access to and quality of economic opportunities for young people.
Project - Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE)
Cuso International will deliver the Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE) project, with a contribution from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) over seven years (2020-2027). SHARE aims to improve the economic and/or social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly women and girls, in developing countries, with a view to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing engagement of Canadians in international development and key global issues, this project will aim to increase the performance of country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality, in support of the action areas of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.
Partner - Fundacion Mujer y Futuro
Fundación Mujer y Futuro or FMF is a feminist organization that works towards the transformation of women’s lives and the exercise of their rights. FMF develops its work and areas of programming based on the personal, economic, community and political needs of women victims and vulnerable populations; their key areas of work are towards relations based on gender equality and equity; deminishing violence against women; promoting safe, independent and pleasureful sexuality; increasing the participation of women in their distinctive areas of action; and, strengthening the articulation between actors to build networks.
FMF is recognized as a politically and administratively strong organization with consolidated and strategic alliances that support the creation of innovative and integral methodologies, the consolidation of its identity and flexibility to adapt to new action areas.
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 program and in-country orientation (more details below)
- On the ground support through our Cuso International country program office
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Travel and accommodation for the pre-departure training course, in-country orientation, and 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)
- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months
Pre-departure Training and Briefing
We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. You will have an advisor to support you through the pre-departure process and 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.Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID) program - A 45-hour training program that uses a blended learning approach including 4 days of in-person sessions and online e-modules to be completed before and after the in-person session.
2.Self-directed briefing documents, online training and external resources accessed through the volunteer portal
3.Online health briefing
4.Fundraising 101 Webinar
In-Country Training and Learning
You will receive an In-Country Orientation (ICO) that builds upon the 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.
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 traveling 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, 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 traveling. 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.