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Project Manager, Private Sector, SCOPE



Bogota, Colombia

Reports to:

Technical Director, SCOPE


National, fixed term one year renewable




68,634,229 to 83,425,458 COP

Language requirements:

Spanish, English an asset



Cuso International is currently implementing the project, Sustainable Colombian Opportunities for Peacebuilding and Employment (SCOPE) funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) Canada.  The SCOPE Project will develop programs that provide skills training, work internships, and job placements for at-risk youth, women and victims of the conflict matched to the labour market needs of the private sector in seven major Colombian cities: Soacha-Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Buenaventura and Quibdó.

Cuso International is currently implementing two new projects, Sustainable Colombian Opportunities for Peacebuilding and Employment (SCOPE) and Volunteer Opportunities for International Cooperation and Empowerment (VOICE) Project, both funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) Canada.  The SCOPE Project will develop programs that provide skills training, work internships, and job placements for at-risk youth, women and victims of the conflict matched to the labour market needs of the private sector in seven major Colombian cities: Soacha-Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Buenaventura and Quibdó.

The post holder will have the key role in leading and developing initiatives with the private sector for the SCOPE Project. This will include identifying and developing strategic partnerships corporate sector and developing volunteer placements, supporting volunteers and building networks. The post holder will also work with Technical Director other field and HQ based staff to actively promote the work of the SCOPE Project to variety of audiences in Colombia and Canada.


Project Development & Delivery


Implement key activities for private sector initiatives of the SCOPE Project, with specific focus on youth, women and victims of the conflict in 7 targeted cities.


  • Analyze and maintain an in-depth understanding of the development context with particular focus on employment and training and key stakeholders in Colombia.
  • In collaboration with Technical Director, SCOPE produce a clear sector strategic plan for the initiatives with the private sector component of the SCOPE Project with clear key performance indicators and implementation plan and revise on annual basis.
  • Working in collaboration and in consultation with Cuso International’s local partners, volunteers and other stakeholders, identify relevant development interventions (e.g. strategic partnerships) to deliver established strategic and implementation plans.
  • Ensure the smooth-functioning of placement development and volunteer management systems and processes, within the SCOPE Office and with other Cuso International staff and teams outside of the country.
  • With support of Technical Director and Knowledge Management and Evaluation Manager and HQ based MEAL staff ensure monitoring and evaluation systems are in place understood by partners and volunteers and all relevant deadlines and reports are produced in a timely manner.
  • Ensure the impact of SCOPE’s work and issues arising are captured and promoted into relevant practice and policy debates.
  • In collaboration with HQ staff, local partners, volunteers and other stakeholders, foster and promote a culture of ongoing learning from successes and failures.
  • Feed sector specific information in annual and revised budget setting and work with the Technical Director and finance staff to monitor performance to budget taking appropriate action to remedy any variance.

Partnership and resource development


Productive partnerships with the corporate sector are identified and developed and support the successful implementation of SCOPE activities.


  • Seek out and actively participate in country based,  and where appropriate regional  networks, coalitions, alliances, meetings, forums, debates or any other event pertaining to the SCOPE Project in and where it is possible to champion/represent the SCOPE Project with donors, other agencies, relevant government officials, partners etc.
  • Working in close collaboration with the Technical Director and other Project Managers and headquarters based staff, identify sector specific partnership opportunities and take a lead role in following these up in a timely manner.
  • Work with the Technical Director and Project Managers to develop a resource development strategy to leverages funds from the private sector.
  • When necessary, represent and/or present Cuso international’s work and impact, in meetings, conferences, workshops or any other appropriate forum.
  • Develop realistic project plans and budgets, ensuring compliance with donor requirements.
  • Act as the primary resource person within the country, for sharing and providing information on Cuso International’s gender and social inclusion work for the SCOPE Project.

Volunteer and Placement Management


Cuso International’s volunteers working in country are adequately supported in their placements and working effectively with their local partner organizations.  Volunteers are engaged in all aspects of project development, including helping to set priorities, supporting funding and/or partnership opportunities etc.


  • Work closely with SCOPE Project Team to plan and develop relevant and coherent volunteer placement documentation that clearly link to project strategic goals.
  • Manager in-country volunteers, including supporting on the development of work plans, goals and responsibilities while on placement.
  • Ensure relationships and communication between SCOPE staff and volunteers are cooperative and professional.
  • Ensure excellent communication channels between SCOPE staff, other Cuso International staff and headquarters, so that placement and project information is flowing between all parties and deadlines are being met by all stakeholders.
  • Working closely with the Project Support and Logistics Officer, participate in the development of volunteer in-country orientations upon arrival, facilitating some of the learning and orientation events as appropriate.
  • Support volunteers to understand local context, how change happens and how gender inequalities operate in local context.
  • Keep abreast of volunteer’s progress and/or challenges in their placements and support any learning or professional development they may require to achieve their objectives.
  • Engage volunteers in project planning, development and resource diversification, as appropriate.
  • Assist the Project Support staff in handling any volunteer or partner complaints, conducting investigations where necessary; participate in discussions where policies and procedures do not offer a proper resolution to a volunteer’s concern or situation, involving HQ staff as deemed necessary.
  • Work with the Project Director to ensure emergency and risk-management plan developed at the country-level, is well-communicated, implemented and reviewed on a regular basis, covering the safety and security of volunteers and SCOPE staff. 
  • Keep the Project Director informed of any potential security threat, whether low, medium or high, at all times.

Other duties:

  • Participate in country and regional or global wide staff meetings, as appropriate.
  • As and when required manage, supervise and coach staff.
  • Provide feedback to other Cuso International colleagues, when systems and processes could be enhanced to be more effective and user-friendly.
  • Understand and implement all relevant office administration, health and security, finance, budget and logistical systems.
  • Ensure SCOPE compliance with proper record-keeping guidelines and filing of sensitive employee, volunteer, partner, and donor information.
  • Fulfill any other responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time Project Director, Head of Programs or Director of International programmes.
  • Take responsibility to ensure ongoing professional and personal learning.
  • Provide cover for other colleagues, as necessary.




  • A University degree in a field relevant to the duties of this position, and/or a relevant combination of studies and experience.


  • At least three (3) years’ experience working within development projects, at the community level.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets and creating financial reports.
  • Experience to mainstreaming gender and social inclusion within work and ability to coach and mentor others in this aspect of performance.


  • An excellent understanding and experience of employment and training in Colombia with respect to youth, women and victims of the conflict.
  • Excellent understanding of the project cycle, its tools and phases and at least three (3) years’ experience planning, resourcing, monitoring and implementing development projects.
  • An understanding of role and impact of volunteering as a contribution to international development


  • Good public speaking abilities and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work well and respectfully as part of a diverse team, and in cross-cultural contexts.
  • Ability to respond to emergency situations i.e. medical emergencies, civil unrest, assaults etc.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities, finding innovative solutions to difficult and complex challenges and the ability to persevere to find a resolution.


  • Fluency in Spanish, written and spoken and English language proficiency desired.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal and the ability to use different communication media effectively, including email, telephone, SKYPE, and written correspondence.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to negotiate, persuade, coach, mobilize and develop positive relationships with others internally and externally.
  • Excellent time-management skills and prioritization skills.
  • Computer and Internet proficiency (all Microsoft Office tools, databases, web research, web-based tools and transactions, etc.).


  • Willingness and ability to travel both within country and internationally spending up to 8 weeks a year away from home.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours of work and extra hours, in order to successfully meet deliverables.
  • Valid driver’s license and clear driving record.


  • Fluency in English.
  • Experience being, working with or managing volunteers. 
  • Knowledge of the Development and Socio-Political context of the Latin American countries where Cuso International works.


Your application must be forwarded to, with the competition number: Project Manager, Private Sector 2015-59 clearly marked as the subject number. Applications must be received by Monday, November 23rd, 2015 11:59 pm Eastern Time. No late applications will be considered. Your application letter must not be longer than 4 pages in length and the covering letter, one page. To be considered, your résumé and cover letter should demonstrate that all of the essential qualifications are met. Applications that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered    

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  • Organization: Cuso International
  • Location: Bogotá
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Human Resources
    • Public Policy and Administration
  • Closing Date: 2015-11-23

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