Gender Advisor
Position # 1189-122


Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)
Unaccompanied assignment - This assignment does not include support for accompanying partners or dependants


Alianza Cacao Perú


PERU , San Martin


Flexible duration


Departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and position will remain open until filled.


Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 200 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers. Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic subsectors.

For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit:


Alianza Cacao Perú (ACP) is a cooperative that brings together public and private investment partners with the objective of having Peru recognized as a world leader in fine cocoa production. They also work to improve producers’ living conditions through a sustainable and alternative dominant business model. The Alliance operates in the regions of San Martín, Huánuco and Ucayali. Its program consists of two phases: establishing a profitable, inclusive and sustainable production model for fine aroma cocoa; and coaching cooperatives and associations of regular and fine aroma cocoa producers on how to gain international recognition through a stronger international marketing strategy and by promoting openness and good governance within their cooperatives.


  • Consultations on project background 
  • Familiarize yourself with the work done during the three years of collaboration between Uniterra and Alianza Cacao Perú (ACP) in both the regional offices and on the ground
  • Familiarize yourself with the modules developed in recent years and promote their implementation
  • Capacity-building and tools development
  • Promote growth in the number of women graduates as technology officers or change agents in their local communities
  • Sensitize the management units at the ACP office
  • Sensitize the ACP team on the gender equality (GE) approach
  • Ensure the integration of the gender perspective in all activities of the capacity-building plans of designated cooperatives
  • Collaborate with different organizations already working on GE and other gender issues among rural women. Ensure prior coordination with the ACP management team to favour synergies
  • Develop tools and case studies on best practices with respect to integrating gender equality issues in the cooperatives of the San Martín region
  • While working with the ACP in other regions, actively coordinate with Uniterra’s gender advisors to ensure coordinated work, animated by the same vision and approach
  • Provide coordinated support in preparing programs and logistics management during strategic events of interest to Uniterra and the ACP
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation advisor in the implementation of the strategy launching gender activities with the ACP and systematize the main milestones and outcomes of said activities
  • Ensure constant coordination with the communications team at the ACP head office and Uniterra
  • Knowledge sharing 
  • Participate actively in networks devoted to advancing gender equality
  • Document the good practices, lessons learned and tools bearing on the integration of GE issues and share this information with other volunteers via information sharing platforms (e.g., GE Facebook page, the virtual library)
  • Write reports (on paper and online), as required by the partner and/or the Uniterra program
  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies.
  • Share the data collected, research, tools, lessons learned and/or recommendations with different organizations working directly or indirectly on women’s empowerment
  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies


  • Academic studies in Feminist Studies, social sciences, Political Science, Community Development, Management or other relevant fields
  • Experience in adult education
  • M.A. in Gender Equality Policy
  • Aptitude for rapid adaptation to intercultural environments
  • Analytical, synthesis and writing skills
  • A very good command of spoken and written Spanish
  • Experience in participatory training methodologies
  • Work experience in Latin America an asset
  • Experience in International Cooperation an asset


  • Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.
  • Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in-country.
  • Language training in-country where required.
  • Return flights, visas and work permits.
  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.
  • Health insurance.
  • Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.
  • Accommodation while overseas.
  • Vacation leave entitlement.
  • Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!


  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the age of 18-70.
  • Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, travel documentation).
  • With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.


  • You must ensure that you have a SYGESCA session open and that your profile contains a curriculum vitae before applying for the position.