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Employment and Business Advisor - Volunteer in Peru

Location: Lima, Peru
Start Date: February 2024
Placement Length: 12 Months
Language Requirements: Spanish 
Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada Only

The Volunteer’s Role
Are you looking to improve the situation of exclusion experienced by the most vulnerable population in accessing the labour market? If so, with your knowledge and experience, you can support causes to advance this population's social and economic development in Lima.

Cuso International is looking for someone to collaborate with the Kallpa team at the Youth and Inclusive Employment Centre (CJEI) in the San Juan de Miraflores district in Lima, Peru.

Through this position, you will contribute to the strengthening of business management for vulnerable populations (people with disabilities, teenage mothers, Venezuelan refugees and/or migrant women, LGTBQ+, etc.) who have started and/or have a business underway to achieve their social and economic inclusion.

The position will be vital in generating self-employment and the social and labour insertion of vulnerable people.

As a volunteer, you will work with the team of the Kallpa Association. This organization has been working throughout Peru since 1990, building innovative proposals in a participatory way to expand opportunities for the sustainable development of the population.

As a volunteer, you will:

Provide support in the creation of a business plan for young entrepreneurs who participate in the entrepreneurship workshops.
Carry out an analysis to understand the personal and business factors of the business in progress and to determine the areas to improve and strengthen business management.
Conduct workshops for personal strengthening and empowerment (soft skills and coaching) for self-employment (entrepreneurship) and employment (job placement).
Conduct workshops to strengthen business management to properly lead a business venture and make it more profitable and sustainable.
Provide advice and follow-up for implementing their improvement plan (diagnosis) of their business in progress.
Conduct calls and follow-up visits to the entrepreneurs of CJEI users who have strengthened their businesses.
Participate in management meetings in the Lima region and with the local government technical team to improve the CJEI's strategy.

Essential Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Economics, Political Science, International Administration, Business Management or similar.
Complementary courses in diversity and socio-economic inclusion, gender approach, among others.
Basic knowledge of Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Basic use of design programs such as Canva (asset).

Essential Background:
Experience in placing people in jobs.
Experience in setting up a business.
What’s in it for YOU? A life-changing experience!

Support Package

Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending on country)
Accommodation while in placement
Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication, and health insurance
Pre-departure training, in-country orientation, and reintegration debriefing, including travel and accommodation (more details below)
On the ground support through our Cuso International country program office
Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months


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.
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