Mining Impact Study Advisor
Position # 1249-011


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


Mongolia: Enhancing Resource Management through Institutional Transformation


MONGOLIA , Choibaslan, Dornod province


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.


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, 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.


Dornod is the easternmost of the 21 aimags (provinces) of Mongolia. The provincial capital of Choibalsan is located 700km east of Ulaanbaatar. Dornod is a mineral-rich province (petroleum, uranium, gold, coal, fluorspar), and the site of a number of large mining and petroleum activities at various stages in the mine lifecycle. The Dornod government is seeking to improve the overall management of the extractive sector through engagement with the MERIT project. Much of this work will involve the proper implementation of existing strategic and policy plans, and framing of new policies and plans that can have positive effects on the efficiency and efficacy of functions within the aimag government. There will also be a focus on raising awareness of income-generating opportunities and promoting constructive and mutually beneficial collaboration between all levels of government, local communities and industry.

MERIT has a project officer based in Dornod who will work closely with government, MERIT volunteers and other key actors (e.g. ministry staff, community leaders) to coordinate MERIT’s work in Dornod and oversee progress on the capacity development activities within Dornod.

In order to initiate MERIT’s work in Dornod, a study on the impact of mining in the province is required. In particular, this study will focus on mapping the flow of revenues from mining and petroleum activities, employment, contracting, and identifying the direct and indirect financial impacts and benefits to the Aimag from mining and petroleum projects, keeping in mind the various stakeholders at play: the local government, industry, national government, community members, etc.


  • Following on the work completed by another MERIT volunteer, the Mining Impact Study Advisor will finalize a mapping of revenues flowing from mining and petroleum exploration activities in the province. The study is to be carried out in a team manner and aims to identify direct and indirect financial impacts and benefits to the Aimag and soums (municipalities) from the mining and petroleum projects. By conducting this study, MERIT project will increase awareness of mining sector advantages and disadvantages for the local government and local community, as well as the national level regulators, and provide evidence-based information to the public.
  • To accomplish the study, the Advisor will work in a team with MERIT project staff and another volunteer to perform the following tasks:
  • Collect and review existing materials, work on survey tool refinement and setting of priorities for research agenda;
  • Undertake a mapping study on mining revenues, involving aimag and soum government officials, local communities, mining companies, business traders/contractors and other available sources that represents key stakeholders and the supply chain for mining procurements;
  • Analyze the gathered information and data, finalize the Report, and develop a recommendation to better manage potential mining revenue streams at the local level.
  • The Mining Impact Study Advisor will:
  • Review existing policies, procedures and laws influencing the revenue flow from mining and petroleum activities in Dornod province;
  • Review work completed by other MERIT volunteers and staff in preparation for the study, and work alongside MERIT staff and volunteers as necessary;
  • Use or update plans, templates and tools for the impact study, including interview guides and networking;
  • Finalize the mapping study on mining revenues, involving government officials, local communities, mining companies, contractors and other available sources that represent key stakeholders and the supply chain for mining procurements;
  • Work with government, community members, industry leaders, and other key actors to capture the remaining data to map the revenue flowing from mining and petroleum activities;
  • Work closely with MERIT staff and government actors to validate findings;
  • Analyze the gathered information and data;
  • Produce a detailed study/report that can be published and used by MERIT to frame future work with Dornod government to address revenue flow from mining activities;
  • Develop recommendations to better manage potential mining revenue streams at local level;
  • Encourage the participation and inclusion of women and youth in all activities.


  • Strong research, analytical, and writing skills;
  • Past experience in conducting economic impact studies would be a strong asset;
  • Knowledge of the mining/extractive sector and relevant activities would be a strong asset;
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Comprehensive 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.