Communications and Research Advisor

City  La Paz, Bolivia

Start Date  Jun - Aug 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 9 Months

Language Requirements Spanish, English

Spanish Reading: 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

English Reading: 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


The Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Laboural y Agrario (abbrev. CEDLA, Research Centre for Labour and Agrarian Development) is a nationally recognized investigation center that focuses its research on the labour market and employability issues. They work in conjunction with worker’s unions (urban and rural), development organizations, financial partners, and the private and public sectors focused on improving their social responsibility.

We are now looking for you to support CEDLA by generating public awareness through articles, notes, and other publications through different communication channels. Your publications will be based on the information and investigations gathered on employability and labour market issues in Bolivia, as well as the communications department's operations. In this role, you would suggest improvements to better the function, coordination, and communication between the different units and its overall efficiency. You would be also involved in organizing events, workshops and similar events as per the planned agenda.

The volunteer will use research skills, investigation abilities, and systematization of the information obtained by CEDLA, as well as any additional tools needed to complete the necessary tasks.


Start dates can be flexible. However, start dates also depend on the partner organization’s needs.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Conduct a periodical investigation and report any updates in the Bolivian Observatory on Employability and Social Security (Observatorio Boliviano de Empleo y Seguridad Social, OBESS). This requires information based research on labour related issues from different sources.

- Diagnose youth employability in Bolivia

- Organize rand facilitate round tables, debates, workshops and other events to discuss the findings, analysis and investigation data on employability and youth.

- Develop and support the coordination of the Platform on Labor Rights, which is led by CEDLA

- Identify information sources held by CEDLA and analyze the data to give appropriate suggestions and recommendations the organization; and ameliorate the functionality of the communications department.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-University Degree in communications, journalism, marketing, social sciences or other relevant area.

Essential Professional Background:

- Solid experience in writing and research.

- Strong investigation capacity using primary and secundary sources.

- Experience in the use of statistics data base

- Good knowledge in communications.

- Strong capacity in organizing events.


About Our Partner


Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Laboral y Agrario

El Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Laboral y Agrario (CEDLA), founded on January 21, 1985, is a private non-profit association based in the city of La Paz, Republic of Bolivia. CEDLA is a research center that generates and disseminates critical knowledge on labour issues which influences public debate and workers' and organizations' actions.


CEDLA's actions are concentrated in:

  1. a) Urban and rural workers and their organizations.
  2. b) Development institutions, financial, and other important social and partner organizations in achieving corporate goals.
  3. c) Other public and private institutions, as users who use the information and analysis to guide and enrich their own work.
  4. d) Institutions and related networks in Latin America as allies to generate regional debate.

CEDLA is affiliated nationally with the National Union of Social Action Institutions (UNITAS) and at the international level the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO)


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.