Volunteer Posting 620

Communications Advisor
Cuso International
Lima, Peru
more than 8 hours per week
closes in 4 days (Tue, 31 May)

Location: Lima, Peru

Start Date: April 2022

Placement Length: 12 months

Language Requirements: Spanish Level 4-Advanced

Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada Only


The Volunteer’s Role

Cuso International is looking for a person passionate about the rights of women, girls and LGTBIQ+ people! The general purpose of the position is to provide technical assistance to DEMUS in the implementation of its communication campaigns to promote a life free of violence, without discrimination and with sexual autonomy for women and LGTBIQ+ people.

Demus is a feminist organisation committed to promoting transformations in the hegemonic culture that reproduces machismo, heteronormativity, classism, racism, etc., as well as to make visible the violation of sexual and reproductive rights of women and LGTBIQ+ people, and to demand justice. Our campaigns contribute to the recognition and full exercise of sexual and reproductive rights, translated into platforms such as Somos2074, Caso Manta, #DecidirSinCulpa, #IgualdadDeGéneroYA, Defensoras no están solas, Justicia Arcoíris, among others.

With your knowledge and experience you will be able to support causes to advance the full exercise of women's rights. If you are interested in generating impact and contributing to the rights of women, girls and adolescents towards gender equality, this could be the position for you.


As a volunteer, you will:
  • Monitor news and/or current events to feed our campaigns and institutional positioning
  • Support in the proposal and development of audiovisual material according to the requirements of the campaigns and/or institutional positioning
  • Support in the monitoring and review of the communication products of the campaigns according to milestones and/or key dates.
  • Support in the monitoring of the CM's of campaigns and management of institutional social networks.
  • Support in the verification of data provided by the CM's reports and/or communication contracts of the campaigns, for a permanent analysis, monitoring and evaluation
  • Develop success case files on Demus campaignsContribute with the articulation with the communications team of CUSO and GAC to improve the scope and dissemination of Demus activities
  • Support DEMUS and Cuso International with the campaign implementation matrix.


Essential Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in communication, journalism, socio-political marketing
  • Work experience and/or studies related to feminism, gender and human rights
  • Basic-intermediate command of audiovisual tools ( Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere)


Essential Background:
  • Development or implementation of communication, marketing and/or branding strategies
  • Knowledge of and commitment to gender equality
  • Good writing, editing of reports and publications
  • High organisational level of assigned activities.
  • Ability to work in a team and support various campaigns simultaneously.


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 - Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE)

Cuso International will deliver the Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE) project, with a contribution from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) over seven years (2020-2027). SHARE aims to improve the economic and/or social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly women and girls, in developing countries, with a view to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing engagement of Canadians in international development and key global issues, this project will aim to increase the performance of country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality, in support of the action areas of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.


Partner - DEMUS - Estudio Para La Defensa De Los Derechos De La Mujer

DEMUS is a feminist organization that fights for human rights, in particular, the sexual and reproductive rights of women to promote the free exercise and questioning of the hegemonic paradigm on women and their sexuality.  


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


COVID-19 Travel Vaccination

All volunteers are required to be double vaccinated with the World Heath Organization approved vaccines.


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.


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.


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 Polices and Code of Conduct.


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 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.

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