Communications Advisor

City   Lima, Peru

Start Date  Jun - Aug 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 9 Months

Language Requirements Spanish

Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4

Language Scale:

Please submit a Spanish Cover Letter and Statement of Interest

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


We’re looking for a talented and passionate social communicator!

 As a volunteer, you’ll be working with DEMUS, one of Peru’s most prominent feminist NGOs, to provide assistance in the implementation of campaigns to promote a life free from violence and sexual autonomy of women: "Déjala decidir" (Let her decide), 2074 y más (2074 and more), and "Un hombre no viola" (A Man Does Not Rape) which aims at achieving zero-tolerance to sexual violence.

This volunteer placement will be located out of DEMUS's office in Lima, Peru’s bustling and diverse capital, where you will work with a dedicated and talented team of feminist lawyers, sociologists and psychologists! It’s a great small-team environment, with plenty of opportunities to lead and learn.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Support the implementation of the campaigns and initiatives in Lima, Cusco, and Tarapoto.

- Support the development of internal and external communicational materials for the "Un hombre no viola"  campaign as well as other campaigns as needed.

- Provide social media management support.

- Support the on-going analysis, monitoring, and evaluation of the campaigns.

- Support the compilation of statistical data on Gender-Based Violence.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Degree in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing, similar discipline or equivalent experience.

- Courses, workshops and/or seminars on a  gender approach

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience in developing and implementing communications, marketing, and/or branding strategies

- Strong writing, editing, and communications skills; experience in developing print and digital communications materials (e.g. press notes, manifests)

- Good communication and interpersonal skills, in order to communicate with stakeholders of different cultural backgrounds

- Ability to work under pressure and demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines

- Knowledge of digital and social media

- Creativity and innovation

About Our Partner


DEMUS - Estudio para la Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer

DEMUS is a feminist organization that fights for human rights, in particular, the sexual and reproductive rights of women to promote the free exercise and questioning of the hegemonic paradigm on women and their sexuality.

 DEMUS was founded in 1987 when four feminist lawyers decided to create a space where social movements could be discussed and sustainable strategies could be developed for public incidence. During the initial creation, DEMUS worked on the rights of women to live lives free from violence, which later expanded to beyond the topic of law, to include working in social, political, cultural spaces while also incorporating other disciplines such as humanities, psychology, social sciences and communications.

 Today DEMUS continues working on the defense of sexual and reproductive rights of women and LGTBI.

The overall objective is to:

- Promote the notion that the State and Civil Society recognize, respect and guarantee sexual freedom and the autonomy of women.

- Maintain the sexual and reproductive rights legal framework.

- Promote the message that organizations such as various civil societies (feminists, social and human rights movements), public figures and opinion leaders speak and stand up for women's rights as well as sexual independence.


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.