Training of Trainers – English as a Second Language
Position # 1235-002


Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)


WUSC / EUMC Sri Lanka


SRI LANKA , Colombo and select districts in the South, East, North and North West


9 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.


Advancing Specialized Skills for Economic Transformation (ASSET) is a five-year vocational training project that was launched in 2014 and will continue until 2019. Sri Lanka has set ambitious economic growth targets. The country’s economic performance depends on a supply of well-trained Sri Lankans to work in its key economic drivers: tourism and hospitality, construction, information technology, and automotive industries.

The ASSET project supports Sri Lanka’s economic development plan by improving linkages between the private sector, government and training providers. The project provides training for existing jobs to unemployed youth lacking the appropriate skills to enter the workforce. In order to improve public perceptions concerning skilled trades, a social marketing and communications campaign will be launched both regionally and nationally.

Hospitality and tourism is one of Sri Lanka’s fastest growing sector and, with the support of ASSET, women, persons with disabilities and other marginalized youth have the opportunity to access jobs in the sector. Communication skills are in high demand and are necessary to enter the labour market. Therefore, written and oral English language skills must be developed in an effective and sustainable manner. However, the majority of ASSET’s implementing partners, which include civil society organizations and private sector companies, lack the ability to provide quality, tailored ESL training to prospective trainees.

The ESL Specialist will report to the Deputy Program Director and will work in close collaboration with the ASSET staff (the Private Sector Manager, the Skills for Youth Employment Manager, the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Manager, and regional team leaders).


  • Support ASSET’s private sector partners in identifying English language requirements for specific positions.
  • Develop or adapt a training syllabus and training material on conversational English for the Sri Lankan tourism and hospitality sector.
  • Offer English training to local counterparts for specific use in the hospitality and tourism sector.
  • Assess the training abilities of local counterparts and provide support as necessary.
  • Support the development of a sustainable ESL plan for the ASSET program and its partners.
  • Support the delivery of English language training to ASSET trainees.
  • Ensure the equal participation of women, youth and men in all activities.
  • With the support of Uniterra, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution for participating in the Uniterra program: $2 000 for assignments of 4 months or less, and $1 500 for assignments of over 4 months.


  • University degree in English, Communications, International Development or related field
  • TESOL, TESL, or CELA certificate
  • Teaching experience
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Strong cross-cultural skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Demonstrated interest in development issues and practice
  • Interest and commitment to gender equality and social inclusion
  • Assessment, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Strong personal initiative, resourcefulness and ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong problem solving 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.
  • Support for accompanying partners and up to two dependants on placements of greater than 12 months.
  • 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 for participating in the Uniterra program: $2,000 for assignments of 4 months or less; $1,500 for over 4 months.


  • You must ensure that you have a SYGESCA session open and that your profile contains a curriculum vitae before applying for the position.