Community Disability Services Advisor
Position # 1228-169


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






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.


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:


The Tusonge Community Development Organization (Tusonge) is a non-governmental, non-partisan, vibrant organization with a commitment to encouraging and promoting community development initiatives through a rights-based approach to economic empowerment. Since establishment in 2011, they have worked to enable the success of marginalized women and youth entrepreneurs and, therefore, their contribution to vibrant and sustainable communities. They focus on economic participation and rights, and encourage the use of locally available resources to realize these economic rights. To learn more visit

The Community Disability Services Advisor will develop survivor support strategies in order to support Tusonge in the implementation of a project aimed at addressing gender based violence for people with disabilities.


  • Work with the project officer to develop survivor support programs;
  • Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of current survivor support strategies;
  • Assist in the creation of new support strategies to replace non-functioning services;
  • Provide community engagement support at all levels to staff and service beneficiaries;
  • Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities and all program benefits;
  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies; and
  • Write reports required by Tusonge and the Uniterra program.


  • Degree and/or training in social sciences, community development, or a related discipline
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in community development
  • Ability to solve complex problems by understanding the situation, seeking additional information, considering the alternatives and the circumstances
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments
  • High degree of intercultural sensitivity and diplomacy
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to new situations
  • Demonstrated coaching or mentorship skills, including tact and professionalism
  • Written and oral fluency 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.