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INTERNATIONAL PLACEMENT

Position: Public Policy Advisor - Land Use And Wetlands Conservation
Type: international position with living allowance, accom., airfare, more (see below)
Organization: Cuso International
Location Bogota, Colombia, South America

Start Date Jun - Aug 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Please submit a Spanish Cover Letter and Statement of Interest.

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only.

The Volunteer’s Role

Cuso International Colombia is searching for a volunteer like you to support our partner organization in their pilot project of environmental and territorial management that works effectively on incorporating wetland ecosystem protection.

You along with the dedicated staff at Parques Nacionales Naturales (PNN), will initially focus on the following protected wetland areas:

  1. Santuario de Fauna y Flora El Corchal "El Mono Hernández," close to the Caribbean Sea on the border of the Sucre and Bolivar Departments.
  2. Santuario de Flora y Fauna Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, located between the Magdalena River and the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

You will be based out of either Cartagena or Santa Marta, depending on what is more convenient for the partner organization and the work priorities at the time of recruitment.

You'll be asked to provide technical advice, carry-out research, evaluate current status of processes (needs, challenges, etc.), as well as conduct stakeholder mapping.

As a team effort to protect these wetlands, you'll work in coordination with local actors (Flora and Fauna Sanctuary and wetlands teams, local authorities including the infrastructure and roadside authorities), departmental authorities for the departments of Bolivar, Magdalena and Sucre as well as national stakeholders through PNN. This will be imperative to ensure accordance with the national framework for territorial and environmental management and that the work you do aims to support the development and implementation of the General Policy for Territorial Management in Colombia. You'll be asked to provide technical advice, carry-out research, evaluate current status of processes (needs, challenges, etc.), as well as conduct stakeholder mapping.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Use diagnostics carried out by previous volunteers on the current state of wetland management (main challenges, threats, proposed needs), as well as land use public policy and planning processes.
  • Accompany PNN and local governments in reforming their land use policies by carrying out workshops on key theme areas, conflicts, planning as well as other activities as needed.
  • Utilize and update (as needed) tools and guides developed by previous volunteers to train local authorities, communities and other stakeholders on how to prevent and manage socio-environmental conflicts in and around wetlands, with an emphasis on managing a balance between conservation, infrastructure, biodiversity, and human well-being.
  • Use participatory methods with key stakeholders to develop proposals to strengthen the inclusion and effective management of protected areas as well as complimentary conservation strategies, in territorial management and development plans.
  • Assist in the revision of the development and territorial management plans in the municipalities of San Onofre (Sucre), Arjona (Bolivar), Reten and Pueblo Viejo (Magdalena).
  • Support the organization of workshops and meetings to articulate and share best-practices on wetland and protected areas management.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in natural or social sciences with an emphasis or post-graduate degree in climate change, public policy, rural or community development, conservation or planning.
  • A solid understanding of conservation and biodiversity issues and climate change
  • Solid knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies

Essential Professional Background:

  • Undergraduate degree in natural or social sciences with an emphasis or post-graduate degree in climate change, public policy, rural or community development, conservation or planning.
  • A solid understanding of conservation and biodiversity issues and climate change
  • Solid knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies

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

Apply online:

https://curaweb.mindscope.com/CUSOIN04387_CURA/aspx/JobDetails.aspx?lang=en&Job_ID=183

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GoodWork ID: 39270       Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Mar 29 2017