TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:
Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)
Unaccompanied assignment - This assignment does not include support for accompanying partners or dependants
Hayleys- Kelani Valley
SRI LANKA , Hatton, Sri Lanka
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. For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit: Uniterra.ca
Kelani valley plantations PLC (KVPL) is a subsidiary of Hayleys, a leading manufacturer of protective hand wear in the world. The company was incorporated as a regional plantation company in June 1992. It was initially managed by DPL plantation PVT LTD, acquiring the controlling interest in 1995 the company comprises of 26 estates covering over 13000 hectares in total with almost equal extent of tea and rubber, spanning three distinctive agro-climatic regions. KVPL manages 4042 hectares of tea plantation and produces approximately 7 million kg of tea annually. The specific locations of the plantations enable the company to offer a wide product spectrum, each carrying individual features of attraction. KVPL works to improve the sustainability of tea production, the lives of tea workers, and the environment in which tea is produced. Through its Corporate Social Responsibility Program, it provides housing, hot water, electricity, child care, and healthcare services to the tea workers.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provide support to the Human Resources Manager and the team to implement the Human Resources programs, which are developed to improve the quality of life of the women in the estates;
- Provide support in training the estate youth on preparing a Curriculum Vitae, learn interview skills, and other necessary skills for obtaining a job;
- Provide support in preparing success stories and case studies on women and youth empowerment;
- Provide support in creating strategies to attract unemployed youth to the estate and to the tourism industry;
- Provide technical support for the effective and efficient implementation of the Human Resources programs in the organization;
- Provide support in developing case studies, articles and press releases documents on Human Resources best practices;
- 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; and
- Write reports required by Kelani Valley Plantations and the Uniterra program.
- Degree in Gender Studies, International Development Studies, or any other relevant field
- Experience conducting training sessions or workshops for youth
- Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written)
- Excellent leadership and networking skills
- Work experience in multicultural environments is an asset
- Ability to work well independently as well as in a team
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.