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Partnership Development Advisor

CUSO International


Location:  La Paz, Bolivia
Start Date: Mar - May 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement: 12 Months
Language Requirements:
Spanish, English
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4


Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role

The general objective of this placement is to improve the development actions of the Platform of Canadian Civil Society Organizations in Bolivia (aka COCAB in Spanish) and have a better formal representation as a Canadian Civil Society Organization with the Bolivian Government and other local international institutions. The selected volunteer will work to forge partnerships between COCAB and other partner organizations as well as strengthen the current working platforms and contacts.

The Platform of Canadian Civil Society Organizations in Bolivia (COCAB) is a non-for-profit inter-institutional network founded in 2011, that unites 18 organizations that have a direct presence in Bolivia and implement programs and projects nationally, or through strategic partners in the country.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Develop and improve the actions of Canadian cooperation through better coordination between the COCAB members and its allies.

- Support and improve the more formal representation of the Canadian Civil Society with the Bolivian Government and it's relationship to other local and international institutions.

- Establish alliances with new contacts and potential members by promoting and strengthening the platforms of work and current partnerships.

- Coordinate and support the implementation of COCAB's Annual plan and Board´s activities.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- University Degree on International Development or other relevant field

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience in management and coordination of projects or similar.

- Experience in public relations and/or government relations.

About Our Partner

Coordinadora de Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil Canadiense en Bolivia

The Platform of Canadian Civil Society Organizations in Bolivia (COCAB) is a non-for-profit inter-institutional Network founded in 2011, that unites 18 organizations that have a direct presence in Bolivia and implement programs and projects nationally, or through strategic partners in the country. The Network was formed with the aim of facilitating dialogue with the Bolivian state, international cooperation and development actors, thereby strengthening coordination, synergy and knowledge management of member organizations.


COCAB is a model of learning, coordination and synergy, strengthening in this way the contributions of member organizations to the improvement of the quality of life of the Bolivian population. Representation of Canadian organizations in Bolivia allows us to report on their activities, thereby developing a space for access to information by interested persons and institutions.

Terms and Conditions:

Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.

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 (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)

- 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


We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.


Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.

Residency and Citizenship


The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.


Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You  must  check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

  • Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
  • Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.

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