Alberta College of Social Workers

Gender Advisor

Barranquilla, Medellín, Cartagena, Quibdó, Bogotá   |      July 17, 2017 12:00

Category:     Volunteer
Closing Date:     10/30/2017
Employer:     Cuso International
Title:     Gender Advisor
Address:      Colombia
City:     Barranquilla, Medellín, Cartagena, Quibdó, Bogotá
Date Posted:     07/17/2017

Location Barranquilla, Medellín, Cartagena, Quibdó, Bogotá, Colombia

Start Date Jul - Sep 2017 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements Spanish

Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 4

Language Scale:

Please submit a Spanish Cover Letter and Statement of Interest

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only

The Volunteer’s Role

Leverage your skills to play a vital role in the implementation of gender equality and social inclusion strategies with businesses all over Colombia.  

Through the Chambers of Commerce in Colombia, you'll reach and advise   private sector companies, government entities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and in their corporate social responsibility practices, human resource management and social inclusion strategies. You'll get the chance to implement a sound Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Strategy designed by Cuso International's Sustainable Colombian Opportunities for Peacebuilding and Employment (SCOPE) Project in Colombia.

The SCOPE Project's GESI Strategy was created to reduce social and gender inequalities in the Colombian workplace in order to create more sustainable employment opportunities for youth, women and victims of the armed conflict (our beneficiaries). The GESI Strategy hopes to implement a series of helpful tools and trainings in the Chamber of Commerce and its partners, to favor the labor retention of our beneficiaries that have already undergone a process of training and psychosocial support.  

Now, your role will be to aid the Chamber of Commerce and its partners to implement the strategy, develop personalized policies and inclusive practices, specifically in human resources (HR) management. You'll walk them through the implementation and providing advice, strengthening the tools and procedures that are essential in the economic growth of these youth, women and victims of the armed conflict while creating a successful liaison of employer and employee.  

Overwhelmed with the responsibility? Not to worry – you won't have to do this alone! Throughout your work, you'll be supported by Cuso International's Program Manager of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion under the SCOPE Project, who will provide you with tools that have already been implemented or created and guidance on your work to make sure that what you achieve and leave behind in Colombia has a possible and sustainable impact.  

We are currently recruiting 5 volunteers under this role to be based out of the Chambers of Commerce offices in the cities of Barranquilla, Medellín, Cartagena, Quibdó and Bogotá.

* This placement is funded through the Sustainable Colombian Opportunities for Peacebuilding and Employment (SCOPE) Project of Cuso International. For more information on the project, please visit:

Qualifications:     Essential Academic Qualifications:

Degree in social work, psychology, gender studies, sociology, community development or related field.

Essential Professional Background:

-Skilled in project design, strategic planning, business management and/or capacity building.

-Experience in field visits and community work, preferably in Latin America.

Description:     As a volunteer, you will:

-Bring awareness through trainings to the staff at the Chambers of Commerce and its partners of employment and social inclusion issues in Colombia.

-Implement the GESI Strategy within the Chamber of Commerce and its partners.

-Identify barriers of employment for women, youth and victims of armed conflict in each partner and support the innovation, creation and follow-up of activities to overcome these barriers.

-Accompany the HR teams in incorporating processes that promote the selection, recruitment and retention of personnel in an inclusive manner, such as: elaboration and review of resumes, inclusive applications, fair evaluations, tax incentives, fair interviews, activities for the well-being of employees, flexible schedules, among others.

-Report on good practices and lessons learned.
Please forward your resume to: