TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:
Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)
Unaccompanied assignment - This assignment does not include support for accompanying partners or dependants
Women's Development Center (WDC)
SRI LANKA , Matara
EXPECTED DEPARTURE DATE:
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: Uniterra.ca.
Women Entrepreneurship Program (WEP) is a flagship program of the Institute for the Development of Community Strengths INDECOS, whose objective is to increase the income of self-employed women in the Southern region through micro-financing and business development. WEP works with, encourages and provides support for unemployed or vulnerable women to start new businesses, often in support of the broader tourism sector. Matara is a major city in Sri Lanka, on the Southern coast of the Southern Province, 160 km from Colombo. It is a major commercial hub, and it is the administrative capital of Matara District.
In the tourism sector, we are working to increase opportunity and decrease stigma as a way to increase women’s participation in this growth sector from 6% to 15% or higher. In order to fulfill its mandate, WEP needs to further develop their project management, planning, vision and quality of services. Learning and development continue to be an important tenet of WEP, working to strengthen the capacity of our staff and beneficiaries to be successful. A critical piece in being effective in the role and progressing in the organization continues to be the ability to communicate (both written and oral), knowing the important elements of business communication, personal presence and impact, and influencing and negotiating skills. We are looking for a candidate who can support WEP in database management and improve the services given towards the beneficiaries.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provide guidance and support staff in identifying, implementing, and managing their database infrastructure;
- Provide guidance in monitoring database efficiency;
- Design and prepare reports for management;
- Train WEP staff on how to input and extract data;
- Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies;
- Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities of and all program benefits; and
- Write reports required by WEP and the Uniterra program.
- Pursuing an education in computer science, information technology, data management/administration, data analytics, business, or any other related fields
- Experience in data aggregation, integration, and analysis
- Strong analytical, organizational and leadership skills
- Understanding technology and database software
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments
- Demonstrated coaching or mentorship skills, including tact and professionalism
- Written and oral fluency in English
VOLUNTEER BENEFITS AND SUPPORT:
- 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.