Public Engagement Advisor
Position # 1249-021


Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)


Mongolia: Enhancing Resource Management through Institutional Transformation


MONGOLIA , Baruun-Urt town, Sukhbaatar, Mongolia, with potential travel to other parts of the country, particularly within MERIT’s 4 project aimags: Tuv, Dundgobi, Sukhbaatar and Dornod


3 months


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.

One area where MERIT is building the capacity of aimag governments is in public consultation and engagement with communities and stakeholders, with the objective being improved transparency and responsiveness, and the establishment of Local Cooperation Agreements between governments, communities and mining companies. In this regard, aimag governments need to implement communications and public education initiatives in a sound, transparent and systematized fashion. In recognition of the fact that agencies lack capacity in public consultation and engagement with communities and stakeholders, MERIT is recruiting a long-term volunteer to build capacity in these areas, particularly with divisions of the aimag governments that are responsible for this engagement, and with Soum (municipal) level governments as well. These activities will be particularly related to the extractive sector, mine life cycle and the development of local cooperation agreements towards improving attitudes and cooperation in the sector.

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).


  • Provide advice and guidance to MERIT partners on developing and implementing tools, approaches, strategies on public and stakeholder engagement and consultation;
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to aimag staff in the delivery of public consultation and engagement programs, especially in respect to establishing Local Cooperation Agreements;
  • Strengthen aimag government capacity in outreach and public education programs aimed to improve public perception about aimag policies, practices and priorities;
  • Support the development of required communications materials or tools;
  • Coordinate with other MERIT volunteers and staff to support implementation of related plans, tools, and activities of the MERIT project, particularly gender mainstreaming;
  • 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.


  • Work experience in public consultation, community engagement or stakeholder negotiations, preferably in the public sector, mining sector or environmental sector;
  • Expertise in developing, implementing and evaluating communication plans, public consultation
  • tools or strategies;
  • Excellent networking and relationship building skills;
  • Ability to work independently and to exercise judgement;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Cultural, gender, religion, nationality sensitivity and adaptability.


  • 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.