General Call for Applications
Position # 1253-006


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


Women's Economic Linkages and Employment Development (WE LEAD)


JORDAN , Amman with travel to other areas


12 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.


WUSC and its consortium partner, Canadian Leaders in International Consulting (CLIC), are implementing the Women’s Economic Linkages and Employment Development (WE LEAD) project in Jordan. WE LEAD, a project funded by Global Affairs Canada aims to increase women’s empowerment for sustainable economic growth; this will be achieved through activities focusing on women’s employment by businesses and the reduction of gender-specific barriers to women entering into and remaining in the workforce. The WE LEAD project is being implemented over a period of four years, from March 7, 2017, to March 31, 2021, in three locations (East Amman, Irbid and Salt) in Jordan.

Women’s Economic Linkages and Employment Development (WE LEAD) project will contribute to increased women’s empowerment for sustainable economic growth in three target areas – East Amman, Irbid and Salt. The project will address barriers that inhibit women’s access to, and retention in, the labour market in Jordan through skills-based development, finding solutions to child care and identifying safe and affordable transportation. The expected results of the project include 1) Increased employment of women by businesses, and 2) reduced gender-specific barriers to women entering into and remaining in the workforce.

Enhanced targeted institutions – Linkages and participation with the private sector and health industry partners will integrate women into gainful employment, specifically through their participation in curriculum design, review of programming and industry attachments. VTCs will be strengthened to deliver quality market-driven and gender-sensitive skills training programs in health administration and related sectors, including through the strengthening of instructors’ technical skills strengthened to deliver training and counselling.

Enhanced capacity of women – Women will gain demand-driven technical and soft skills that will increase their employability in the health sector, as well as gain on the job training through internships with the private sector.

Increased awareness – Stakeholders will be engaged through a variety of participatory campaigns and training sessions around the importance and value of women in the workplace, laws and protection. Efforts will be made to improve workplace conditions for women through focused campaigns on childcare and transportation in the workforce and enhanced community knowledge and awareness on the importance of women’s economic opportunities, conflict resolution and gender equality in the workplace. Sensitization on workplace safety as well as labour laws for waged employees and responsibilities of employers will also be addressed through training with employers and the community and students taking skills building programs.


  • WE LEAD is currently recruiting individuals with professional backgrounds, experience and knowledge in any of the following areas:
  • Private Sector Partnership development;
  • Capacity development (training);
  • Redesign of policies, procedures, norms and systems within medium-sized, large or complex organizations;
  • Transportation.
  • Early Childhood Education;
  • Gender mainstreaming;
  • Human Resources management;
  • Communications;
  • Stakeholder engagement;
  • Monitoring and evaluation / results-based management; and
  • Project management and/or strategic planning.
  • If you don’t see an area that speaks to you, but you are still interested in volunteering with WUSC in Jordan, we encourage you to apply.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural and multidisciplinary environment;
  • Strong personal initiative, resourcefulness and capacity to work independently;
  • A positive attitude and an ability to work as part of one or many teams;
  • Strong problem-solving skills 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.
  • 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.