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Position: Urban Agriculture Platform Advisor
Type: international position with living allowance, accom., airfare, more (see below)
Organization: Cuso International
Location: Lima, Peru, South America

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

Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale:
Please submit a Spanish Cover Letter and Statement of Interest.

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only.

Peru 3

The Volunteer’s Role

As people increasingly migrate to urban settings, more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. It is vital to plan and provide for sustainable and resilient food systems which reflect this challenge. In Lima, the world’s second largest desert city after Cairo, intra- and peri-urban agriculture is increasingly recognized for its role in food security and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

In 2015, producer groups, non-governmental organizations, universities, eco-markets, food basket programs, and activists came together to establish a multi-stakeholder platform to build on decades of community-led efforts, promote dialogue, collaboration, and consensus-building, facilitate planning, coordinate activities, and promote effective ways to integrate urban agriculture into public policy.

This is where your experience and skills are needed!

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Facilitate participation and interaction within the platform to carry out its action plan;
  • Ensure effective coordination and internal communication between members, facilitating cross-learning and collaboration;
  • Organize activities, meetings and workshops;
  • Seek out new members and develop innovative ways to recruit them;
  • In close collaboration with the steering committee, provide support for communications and outreach efforts.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

  • Degree in Community Development, Social Science, International Development, Communications, Social Work, or equivalent experience.

Essential Professional Background:

  • 2-5 years of relevant professional experience
  • Strong writing, editing, and communications skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills as well as ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work under pressure of deadline, to multi-task and to manage time efficiently
  • Creativity, sound judgment and ability to work both independently and in a team
  • Strong planning skills
  • Ability to use online tools and software
  • High-level attention to detail and evidence of a superior work ethic

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

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GoodWork ID: 39273       Date posted to Mar 29 2017