Employment and Business Advisor – Peru

Location: Lima, Peru

Start Date: February 2024

Placement Length: 12 Months

Language Requirements: Spanish Level 4-Advanced

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 passionate about addressing the challenges of exclusion faced by the most vulnerable individuals in accessing employment opportunities? If so, your expertise and experience can make a meaningful difference in advancing the social and economic development of this population in Lima.

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

In this role, you’ll play a pivotal part in enhancing business management skills for marginalized groups (such as individuals with disabilities, teenage mothers, Venezuelan refugees, migrant women, LGBTQ+ individuals, etc.) who have initiated or are currently running businesses, aiming to facilitate their social and economic integration.

This position holds significant importance in fostering self-employment opportunities and facilitating the social and labour inclusion of vulnerable communities.

As a volunteer, you’ll work closely with the Kallpa Association’s team. Since 1990, this organization has been actively engaged across Peru, crafting innovative, participatory approaches to broaden opportunities for the sustainable development of communities

Join us by applying today and contribute to making a meaningful impact!

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!

About Us, the Project and the Partner

Cuso International

Cuso International is an international cooperation and development organization that works to create economic and social opportunities for marginalized groups. Together with our partners, we are focused on efforts to advance gender equality and social inclusion, improve economic resilience, and deliver progress on climate action. We believe that by sharing skills, we can build better futures. Founded in 1961, Cuso International works in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Canada.

Project – Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE)

Cuso International will deliver the Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE) project, with a contribution from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) over seven years (2020-2027). SHARE aims to improve the economic and/or social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly women and girls, in developing countries, with a view to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing engagement of Canadians in international development and key global issues, this project will aim to increase the performance of country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality, in support of the action areas of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.

Partner – Asociación Kallpa

The Asociación KALLPA focuses on promoting quality education throughout the community by carrying out projects, providing materials and developing methods to expand their work in education throughout the area.

The organization has identified the need to address issues of employment and income generation while maintaining its focus on young people and their involvement in building sustainable communities. With the help of Cuso International, KALLPA has founded two Youth Employment Centers in Peru.

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 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

Other Requirements:

  • Please note that if you are shortlisted for the placement, you will be required to:
  • Provide two Professional References and one Personal Reference
  • Complete an oral assessment during your preliminary telephone interview in the language required for your placement
  • Obtain a Police Check at our request
  • Complete a full medical exam and be medically cleared by the Cuso International Medical Advisor prior to your departure
  • Due to the COVID-19 situation, be double vaccinated in accordance with the World Health Organization-approved vaccines
  • We seek individuals who share our values and are dedicated to supporting marginalized groups, including those from the LGBTQIA+ communities


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.

How to Apply:

Click here to Apply: https://cusointl.org/3REfY3Q


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Lima, Peru


Cuso International