Soft Skills Development Advisor
Position # 1248-145


Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)
Unaccompanied assignment - This assignment does not include support for accompanying partners or dependants


Hochiminh City College of Economics


VIET NAM , Ho Chi Minh City


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.


Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 200 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers. Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic subsectors.

For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit:


Ho Chi Minh City College of Economics (HCE) has 25 years of training experience. It is located in District 10 of the vibrant and fast-growing Ho Chi Minh City. The college is currently providing different training programs in 7 main areas including Accounting, Business Administration, Foreign Trade (Import-Export), Commerce, Tour Guiding, Business English and Social Work to a student population of around 4,000.

HCE’s objective is to offer students the knowledge and practical experience needed to attain success in the work field. However, there is a gap between the ability of graduates and the expectation of companies.

HCE is seeking a Student Development Specialist who can build the capacity of the students’ affairs’ staff to design student development activities.


  • Review and identify gaps in student training and develop a plan to address the gaps;
  • Develop activities and training sessions to address the gaps;
  • Provide training to student affairs’ staff to develop and implement plans to address these gaps;
  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies;
  • Ensure the participation and representation of women and youth in all activities of the mandate; and
  • Produce reports required by HCE and the Uniterra program.


  • University Degree
  • Experience in working with students and coordinating students’ activities among multiple stakeholders
  • Experience in organizing conferences or other events
  • Experience leading groups with participatory approach, training experience
  • Experience in unstable or high-risk settings is an asset
  • Experience in gender analysis is an asset
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vacation leave entitlement.
  • 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.