Research advisor
Position # 71199-138

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:

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

PARTNER:

Camara de Mujeres Empresarias de Bolivia

LOCATION:

BOLIVIA , La Paz

DURATION:

12 months

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.

OVERVIEW:

OVERVIEW:

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

PARTNER DESCRIPTION:

CAMEBOL, the Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs of Bolivia (Cámara de Mujeres Empresarias de Bolivia), is a non-profit organization which brings together women engaged in business activities. It includes both women entrepreneurs and executives, as well as natural or legal persons established in Bolivia. CAMEBOL’s membership presently includes over 350 women entrepreneurs. It supports its members through training and technical assistance. To that end, it has established working alliances with institutions and foundations to provide training and management programs, which are mainly aimed at SMEs. The objective of this mandate is to support CAMEBOL’s organizational strengthening and development.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support CAMEBOL in the completion of a basic research study on the status of female entrepreneurship in Bolivia
  • Encourage the development of tools designed to collect accurate data on the number of women entrepreneurs and high level women executives in the city of La Paz
  • Facilitate the systematization of information which accurately indicates the impact arising from the active participation of women entrepreneurs, particularly regarding the social and economic repercussions on sector incomes
  • Produce recommendations, based on analysis of this research, to facilitate the elaboration of a strategy for empowering women entrepreneurs
  • Support the implementation of said strategy
  • Collaborate in the development of research processes, geared to women, men and youth, in collaboration with CAMEBOL’s management team
  • Produce reports for the partner and the Uniterra program, as required
  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Diploma in Investigation, Project Management or any other equivalent field
  • Experience in research and investigation
  • Capacity of autonomy and teamwork
  • Support capacity advice and training
  • Ability to analyze, summarize and write
  • Very good sense of organization
  • Very good knowledge of Spanish
  • Knowledge of the Equality between Women and Men Policy an asset
  • Experience in international cooperation would be 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!

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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.

TO APPLY:

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