Project Management Advisor
Position # 1249-023


Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)


Mongolia: Enhancing Resource Management through Institutional Transformation


MONGOLIA , Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, with potential travel to other parts of the country


Flexible duration


Departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and position will remain open until filled.


World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and Canadian Executive Services Organization (CESO) are working in partnership to implement the Mongolia: Enhancing Resource management through Institutional Transformation (MERIT) initiative. MERIT is a multi-year initiative that will enhance the public sector management of the Mongolian extractive sector to maximize its contribution to sustainable economic and social development. With the technical support of qualified Canadian volunteers, MERIT is working closely with several partners to build capacity in a number of areas, including gender equality, HR management, leadership development, monitoring and evaluation, environmental management, delivery of quality training, public consultation and inter-agency collaboration, with the overall objective of responsible resource management in Mongolia. MERIT has a strong local team based in Ulaanbaatar, as well as Project Officers based in 4 provinces (aimags). This team works closely with partners, MERIT volunteers and other key actors (e.g. other donor-funded projects, community leaders) to coordinate MERIT’s work.

The Project Management Advisor will support the continued capacity building of MERIT partners in key thematic areas, such as in Human Resource Development, Gender Equality or Monitoring and Evaluation. MERIT, with the support of highly skilled short-term technical experts, is developing models and plans to be implemented by partners, however these experts are not able to ensure the continued implementation of these initiatives. The Project Management Advisor will work alongside MERIT partners to ensure that recommendations and plans are implemented and that adjustments can be made accordingly. This long-term assignment will be coordinated alongside short-term assignments by technical advisors responding to the current needs and status of the program.

One priority area for MERIT is the implementation of a HR Competency Development Framework within certain partner’s, which is a comprehensive, systematic way of establishing the foundation of human resources development. This tool will help government agencies to identify and define the key competencies required across the organization in order for personnel to effectively and efficiently perform their functions, and so that the organization can achieve its objectives. The Framework also provides opportunities for continuous professional development. The Project Management Advisor would work alongside partners to ensure the continued implementation of the Framework.

This assignment is for a minimum duration of 3 months, with the possibility of extension. MERIT is also interested in candidates in longer-term assignments (up to 12 months).


  • The Project Management Advisor will support the capacity building process, and the implementation of MERIT initiatives within public sector agencies, for example coordinating and overseeing the implementation of the HR Competency Development Framework at MRPAM or other partners. of public service staff within MERIT partners, working as a team with other MERIT Advisors and staff. Specifically, the Human Resources Advisor will provide assistance in the ongoing implementation of the Human Resources Competency Development Framework;
  • Provide capacity building support, coaching and mentoring to MERIT partners, for example on the implementation of the HR Competency Development Framework;
  • Support the ongoing implementation of the Framework, including assessing progress and identifying necessary adjustments;
  • Support the project management of the steps designed in the Framework;
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other Short-term Advisors and MERIT staff, including from other thematic areas, such as gender equality, monitoring and evaluation, and leadership development;
  • Conduct partner readiness assessments to determine if partners are ready to move to the next phase of the Framework;
  • Complete all reports required by partner organizations, MERIT and WUSC, including monthly and final volunteer activity reports, as required;
  • Encourage the participation and inclusion of women and youth in all activities.


  • University or diploma studies in project management, organizational development, leadership or a related field;
  • Human Resources Management, Talent Management or Leadership development would be an asset;
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and communicate effectively;
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural environment;
  • Ability to work independently and with respect to a variety of actors;
  • Ability to work in remote locations with limited resources or connectivity;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Excellent networking and relationship building skills.


  • Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.
  • Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • Support for accompanying partner and up to two dependents
  • In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in-country.
  • Language training in-country where required.
  • Return flights, visas and work permits.
  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.
  • Health insurance.
  • Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.
  • Accommodation while overseas.
  • Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!


  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the age of 18-70.
  • Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, travel documentation).
  • With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.


  • You must ensure that you have a SYGESCA session open and that your profile contains a curriculum vitae before applying for the position. 
  • You must ensure that you have a SYGESCA session open and that your profile contains a curriculum vitae before applying for the position.