Gender Advisor
Position # 1249-019


Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)


Institute of Geography and GeoEcology


MONGOLIA , Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, with potential travel to other parts of the country, particularly MERIT’s 4 project aimags: Tuv, Dundgobi, Sukhbaatar and Dornod


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, 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 Project Officers based 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.

MERIT has identified a need for training, coaching and mentoring in gender equality and inclusion awareness, the development and implementation of policies to achieve gender mainstreaming, and improved gender sensitivity across all program themes. Work has begun with many MERIT partners to establish a better understanding of gender and gender issues, including facilitating training opportunities for gender focal points within a variety of government agencies. In addition, a Gender Community of Practice has been established to ensure that the learning can be institutionalized in a more sustainable way.

The MERIT Gender Advisor will support the process of ensuring continued gender equality training and the implementation of gender mainstreaming activities. This long-term assignment will be coordinated with short-term assignments responding to the current needs and status within various partners.

This assignment is for a minimum duration of 3 months, with the possibility of extension. MERIT is also interested in candidates in longer-term assignments (up to 12 months)..


  • Provide support and capacity building to MERIT partners in gender equality and gender
  • mainstreaming;
  • Design and deliver training sessions on gender awareness, inclusion and mainstreaming;
  • Provide support to the Gender Community of Practice, gender focal points and other MERIT TAs on gender mainstreaming to make policies and procedures more gender equitable;
  • Support the implementation of gender equality and gender mainstreaming initiatives within MERIT partners, such as gender audits, gender-sensitive work planning, etc.
  • Complete all reports required by partner organizations, MERIT and WUSC, including monthly and final volunteer activity reports, as required;
  • Encourage the participation and inclusion of women and youth in all activities.


  • University degree in education, sociology, gender studies or a related field;
  • Past experience in gender mainstreaming, preferably in an educational context;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Excellent communication and reporting skills;
  • Knowledge and experience in monitoring and evaluation activities will be an asset.


  • 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.