Human Resources Advisor
Position # 1249-020


Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)


Mongolia: Enhancing Resource Management through Institutional Transformation


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


6 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 our 4 implementation 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.

Through initial engagement with various partners, MERIT identified a need for clarity around HR competencies and processes, and a Human Resources Competency Development Framework was developed. In 2017-2018, implementation has begun at national level government agencies, particularly Mineral Resource and Petroleum Authority of Mongolia (MRPAM). As this work continues at MRPAM and begins within other agencies, a long-term HR Advisor will support this process to ensure the continued implementation of the Framework and its various components. This long-term assignment will be punctuated by well-coordinated short-term assignments responding to the current needs and status within each partner that is implementing the Framework.

The HR Competency Development Framework used by MERIT 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 HR Competency Development Framework will be implemented over a specific period of time and using a multi-phased approach.

The MERIT Human Resources Advisor (Long-term) will be providing support, mentorship and overall project management on the implementation on the HR Competency Development Framework.


  • The Human Resources Advisor (long-term) will support the process of building capacity of public service staff within MERIT partners in order to create an effective organizational infrastructure and institutional memory to mitigate operational challenges. The Advisor will work as a team with other MERIT Advisors to review, assess and build capacity of the current organizational/functional structure and existing human resources.
  • Specifically, the Human Resources Advisor will provide assistance in implementing the Human Resources Competency Development Framework.
  • Under the direction of the MERIT Project office, provide overall project management of the assignments outlined in the annual work plan.
  • In collaboration with the Short-term HR Advisors and the Partner Implementation Team, establish an implementation plan for each component of the Framework.
  • Provide subject matter expertise support to the Implementation Teams.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to the partner HR Resources allocated to the implementation project team.
  • Conduct a partner readiness assessment to determine if the partner is ready to move to the next phase of the Framework.
  • Act as a liaison between the Project office in Canada, Mongolia and the HR Technical Lead to advise on the project status.
  • Coordinate with the other volunteers from other thematic areas, such as gender, monitoring and evaluation, operational effectiveness, leadership development, etc., in order to ensure coherence and sustainability of the processes and policies being implemented;
  • Assist in competency model integration with key HR processes and provide necessary capacity development sessions to build knowledge and capability in a timely manner;
  • Design and implement a task-related communications plan for the implementation of the framework in order to coordinate with other HR advisors (previous and future);
  • Encourage the participation and inclusion of women and youth in all activities.


  • University level studies in Human Resources Management, Talent Management or Leadership development, including study in gender concepts;
  • Familiar with HR Competency Development Frameworks;
  • Experience as an HR manager, or in Performance management, change management or project management with an HR focus;
  • Strong communications skills;
  • 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.