TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:
Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)
Unaccompanied assignment - This assignment does not include support for accompanying partners or dependants
Red de Organizaciones Económicas de Productores Artesanas y artesanos con identidad cultural- Red OEPAIC
BOLIVIA , La Paz
EXPECTED DEPARTURE DATE:
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: Uniterra.ca.
Organizacion Economica Para el Desarrollo (OEPAIC) is a national network in Bolivia which represents over 4,000 artisans from rural and peri urban regions. Its members are self-managed organizations assembled in 8 national associations. The network strengthens coordination between artisans’ organizations with traditional cultural identities. OEPAIC's main objectives are to defend the rights of artisans who have a traditional cultural identity; represent member organizations in dealing with the State, civil society and international stakeholders; support improvements in production and the marketing of products by affiliated associations; and strengthening the network.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Conduct a needs assessment for the implementation of an e-commerce platform related to Red OEPAIC;
- Support the Red OEPAIC in the development of an e-commerce platform that meets the needs in terms of graphic conception, creation and content;
- Support the management of graphic design and web page development;
- Facilitate training processes for producer associations in the development of electronic tools to promote online commerce (selection of web content, opening of Facebook and Twitter accounts, and other communication channels conducive to the sector's growth);
- Support the development of training workshops in graphic design and web page development;
- Encourage training in e-commerce for Red OPEAIC's partners;
- In collaboration with Québec sans Frontières program youth participants, produce a guide with practical tips on how to efficiently implement and run virtual stores;
- Support high-end producers and artisans associations in the development of e-commerce mechanism to respond to online orders and sales;
- Identify strategies for mainstreaming gender equality and youth inclusion in all activities
- Produce the reports required by the partner and the Untierra Program.
- University degree in marketing, communications, business, commerce and/or practical experience in the development of e-commerce platforms
- Experience working with producers and e-commerce
- Experience in market development, marketing strategies for artisanal textile products
- Experience in group facilitation with a participatory approach
- Ability to work independently and as a team
- Leadership Capacity
- Adaptation and tolerance
- Ability to work in an intercultural environment
- Availability to travel frequently
- Have a good level of Spanish (ESSENTIAL)
- Basic knowledge of Bolivia's textile and garment industry is an asset
VOLUNTEER BENEFITS AND SUPPORT:
- 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.