General Call for Applications for the MERIT Program
Position # 1249-018


Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)


Mongolia: Enhancing Resource Management through Institutional Transformation


MONGOLIA , One of five project locations in Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar, Dornod, Dundgobi, Sukhbaatar, Tuv)


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, a multi-year program funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). MERIT is focused on improving public sector management of the Mongolian extractive sector to maximize its contribution to sustainable economic and social development. With the support of Canadian volunteers, MERIT is working closely with several partners to build capacity in a number of areas, including gender equality, HR management, leadership development, 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.

MERIT has a strong local team based in Ulaanbaatar, as well as in 4 provinces (aimags). This team works closely with partners, MERIT volunteers and other key actors (e.g. other donor-funded projects, community leaders) to coordinate MERIT’s work.

Since 2015, WUSC has been sending volunteers to Mongolia to contribute to the capacity development of key partner organizations and actors within Mongolian civil society, businesses, government agencies and learning and research institutions. Our volunteers have enjoyed the exciting opportunity to contribute to WUSC’s global development efforts while immersing themselves in Mongolian life and culture. Our staff in Mongolia provide the orientation and supportive environment that is necessary for volunteers to be successful in their work and their day-to-day lives in Mongolia.

For more information on MERIT and working in Mongolia, visit the WUSC Mongolia and MERIT Facebook pages! Contact us today to learn more emilief@ceci


  • MERIT is currently recruiting individuals with professional backgrounds, experience and knowledge in any of the following areas:
  • Public sector management - engaged in innovations in terms of modernization, transformation, restructuring of departments or teams within government;
  • Capacity development (training);
  • Redesign of policies, procedures, norms and systems within medium-sized, large or complex organizations;
  • Community engagement including negotiations between communities and government and/or industry, etc.
  • Stakeholder engagement;
  • The extractive industry or natural resource management;
  • Gender equality and mainstreaming;
  • Human Resources management;
  • Environmental protection and management;
  • Monitoring and evaluation / results-based management;
  • 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 Mongolia, we encourage you to apply! Contact our recruitment team at


  • 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.
  • Support for accompanying partner and up to two dependents
  • 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.
  • 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.