Location Medellín, Cartagena, Barranquilla or Bogotá, Colombia
Start Date Dec 2017 - Feb 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Please submit a Spanish Cover Letter and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
Due to funder restrictions, support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.
The Volunteer’s Role
Cuso International Colombia is looking for a volunteer to conduct research and analysis that can explain how psychosocial well-being or lack thereof can have a great impact in a person having sustainable employment.
As a volunteer, you will provide basis data and research as well as follow-up through interviews, reviewing of procedures, recommendations and other tools to implement in their support programs to the population most affected by the armed conflict in Colombia. Your work will be crucial in understanding the relationship between psychosocial well-being and employability, thus strengthening the partner organization in addressing these gaps to achieve professional adaptation and continuity in the Colombian labor market.
You’ll work jointly with other volunteers doing similar work in other partner organizations to find cohesiveness in the research and together, make a greater impact in the communities affected by the armed conflict. You’ll provide advice as well as strengthen tools, trainings and general procedures to the partner organization that fit into the overall framework in the psychosocial sector in Colombia.
We are recruiting for 4 volunteers for this placement the cities of Medellín, Cartagena, Barranquilla and Bogotá.
* This placement is funded through the SCOPE Project of Cuso International. For more information on the project, please visit: http://www.cusointernational.org/programs/projects/project/scope.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Accompany the partner organization in their psychosocial care initiatives.
- Conduct research on primary and secondary sources of the psychosocial initiatives.
- Prepare a research proposal in the areas of: (1) mental health and psychosocial well-being in relation to education, job training employability or entrepreneurship; (2) differential approaches, specifically for women, youth, victims of armed conflict and; (3) strengthening and community participation for the construction of peace.
- Collect, process and standardize data, reviewing relevant literature on the agreed-upon research area.
- Analyze quantitative and qualitative data as a means to prepare reports and proposals.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in psychology, social work, counselling or related discipline. - Degree in psychology, social work, counselling or related discipline.
- Desirable: Training or coursework in public health and/or social issues.
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience in behavioural medicine and/or health psychology concepts.
- Experience working with victims of violence and/or familiar with social issues in Latin America.
- Desirable: Demonstrated capacity in information management, scientific research, and/or data analysis.
About Our Partner
Cuso International Colombia - SCOPE Project
Cuso International has implemented the Sustainable Colombian Opportunities for Peacebuilding and Employment (SCOPE) Project in Colombia, funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.
The SCOPE Project aims to improve the economic growth of people in situations of vulnerability and to increase the equitable participation of young people, women and victims of the armed conflict, adapting to the needs of the labor market in eight important cities of Colombia: Bogotá, Soacha, Medellin, Quibdó, Cali, Buenaventura, Cartagena and Barranquilla.
SCOPE will adopt policies, strategies and programs for employment and gender equality and social inclusion, volunteerism and mentoring, and develop partnerships with both the public and private sectors to become an innovative model for the socioeconomic inclusion of people in situations of vulnerability.
For more information, please visit http://www.cusointernational.org/programs/projects/project/scope
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
- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
- 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 Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work 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 assessment and 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 an assessment day, training course, 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.