Psychosocial Researcher - Volunteer in Colombia

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Location Medellín, Cartagena, Barranquilla or Bogotá, Colombia
Start Date Dec 2017 - Feb 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
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:
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.
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
- 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
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