Project Development Advisor – Columbia

The Volunteer’s Role:

Are you passionate about developing and implementing business strategies and proposal writing to support Small and Medium-sized businesses?

If so, this might be the role for you!

As a Project Development Advisor, you will bring your expertise to support and strengthen the capacities of our partner ACOPI (Asociación Colombiana de Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas) and its affiliates in Bolivia.

Apply for this position and help SMEs located in small communities of the Colombian Caribbean region.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Monitor platforms for calls for cooperation projects and national calls for contracts.
  • Coordinate with ACOPI’s work team for the necessary collection of input information to develop the projects and to follow up on the proposals that have already been submitted.
  • Update and follow up on ACOPI’s project bank, proposing different methodologies applicable to national and international calls for proposals.
  • Lead the presentation of projects in national and international calls for proposals, and monitor the results of the calls for proposals to which the company has applied.
  • Lead implementation processes of proposals that receive successful results and funds, strengthening a MEAL system in the implementation phase.

Essential Requirements:

Studies in political science, economics, administration, sociology or others related to these careers.

Essential Background:

  • 3+ years experience in project management.
  • Knowledge or experience working with the private and public sectors in development partnerships.
  • Knowledge of the economic and development dynamics of the territory.
  • Experience in project formulation.

What’s in it for YOU? A life-changing experience!

About Us, the Project and the Partner:

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 Colombiana de las Micro, Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas (Bolivar)

ACOPI is a private non-profit association that seeks to contribute to the productive transformation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The Colombian Association of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACOPI) was founded nationwide on August 27, 1951, as a result of the merger of entities that exist at the time in the most important industrial cities of the country.

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


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:

Please note that if you are shortlisted for the placement, you will be required to:

  • Provide two Professional References and one Personal Reference
  • Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada Only
  • 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

Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest

Click here to apply!


June 15, 2023


September 30, 2023




Cartagena, Columbia


Cuso International