Gender Advisor – BluePrints

Location: Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia,  St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Start Date: January 2023

Placement Length: 10 Months

Language Requirements: English Level 4-Advanced

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada Only

The Volunteer’s Role
The overall purpose of the placement is to strengthen the capacity of the Gender Division to implement gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) into its policies, programs and services that meet the needs and rights of women and vulnerable groups, including the prevention of Gender-Based Violence.

As a volunteer, you will support the capacity strengthening of staff through training on gender equality mainstreaming including the development of monitoring and evaluation tools for GESI integration into programming. You will serve as the gender expert to mainstream gender equality across the broader ministry and other ministries.

BLUEPRINTS is being implemented in four countries: Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. You will work in close collaboration with 3 other Gender Experts in Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. You will also work with a local In Country Program Support Officer to coordinate support to the Gender Divisions and ministries.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Conduct an assessment of staff capacity to implement gendered policies, programs and services
  • Support the development and training resources and conduct training sessions with staff from various ministries, departments & agencies (MDAs) on gender equality mainstreaming into their programs using a human-rights-based approach.
  • Support the development and implementation of gender policies and GBV-related policies.
  • Support the development of GESI/RBA indicators to monitor and report on the effectiveness of program implementation (beyond sex-disaggregated data).
  • Support the updating of the centre’s monitoring and evaluation system to measure the program’s impact, progress and tracking of participant development.

Essential Requirements:

University degree in social/political sciences, international development, human rights, gender studies, social work, law, public policy, or related fields

Essential Background:

  • Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated experience in a position related to the promotion of gender equality, diversity and/or women’s development issues
  • Experience working with government agencies and senior management
  • Experience in training and facilitation

What’s in it for YOU? A life-changing experience!

About Us, the Project and the Partner

Cuso International

Cuso International is a not-for-profit development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality. Each year, we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals to work alongside local partners to maximize their impact through capacity building. We work in partnership with governments, civil society organizations, multilateral agencies and the private sector to develop and deliver programs aimed at advancing gender equality, promoting the empowerment of women and girls, and improving access to and quality of economic opportunities for young people.

Project – BluePrints for Gender Equality

Cuso will be implementing the four-year BLUEPRINTS project funded by the Government of Canada Global Affairs Canada (GAC); the main focus of the project is to strengthen the capacity of local governments in Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines to integrate gender into policies, programs, and services to better reflect the needs, perspectives and interests of the Caribbean’s most vulnerable women and girls.

Partner – Gender Affairs Division, Ministry of Social Development, Housing and Community Empowerment

The Gender Relations Division’s mission is to create an environment to redress gender imbalances through policies and programmes geared towards maximizing women participation in, and benefits from national socio-economic development initiatives and improve the relationship between women and men: the goal of which is to enhance the quality of women ‘s lives and to allow both women and men to achieve their full potential.

REQUIREMENTS

Benefits
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 on 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 (more details below)
  • On the ground support through our Cuso International country program office
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
  • Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months

Other Requirements:

Please note that if you are shortlisted for the placement, you will be required to:

  • Provide two Professional References and one Personal Reference
  • Complete an oral assessment during your preliminary telephone interview in the language required for your placement
  • Obtain a Police Check at our request
  • Complete a full medical exam and be medically cleared by the Cuso International Medical Advisor prior to your departure
  • Due to the COVID-19 situation, be double vaccinated in accordance with the World Health Organization-approved vaccines.

Fundraising

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.

Pre-departure Training and Briefing

We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. You will have an advisor to support you through the process and will receive essential training as part of your preparation. This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement and culture, help you identify and plan your own learning, and help you stay safe and healthy during your placement.

Overview of pre-departure training:

  1. Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID) program
  2. Self-directed briefing documents, online training and external resources accessed through the volunteer portal
  3. Online health briefing
  4. Fundraising 101 Webinar

In-Country Training and Learning

You will receive an In-Country Orientation (ICO) that builds upon the pre-departure training. This will be conducted by either the country program office or the supporting partner organization. This normally lasts for 2-10 days (depending on language learning requirements and other factors). In some countries, volunteers will be able to access ongoing language training opportunities. In-Country Orientation equips you with the relevant skills, knowledge, and country-specific information to be successful in your placement. Furthermore, our Country Program Office or local partner will provide you with continuous in-country support throughout the duration of your placement.Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Cuso International works with poor, vulnerable and marginalized people, mainly women and girls, to eradicate poverty and inequality. We understand the need to uphold and enforce the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct.

At Cuso International, we believe that all people, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), sex, age, record of offences, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity or disability have the right to live lives free of harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse.

Cuso International considers all forms of harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse to be incompatible with fundamental belief in the human dignity of all people, international and national agreements and standards, and with its core values. Cuso International volunteers must agree to uphold the Child Protection, Prevention of Workplace Violence, Prevention of Workplace Harassment and Discrimination, and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Policies and Code of Conduct.

Residency and Citizenship

Residency

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.

Citizenship

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 traveling 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, 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 traveling. 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.

Published:

septembre 23, 2022


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