Human Resources Advisor
Position # 1235-014


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


WUSC / EUMC Sri Lanka


SRI LANKA , Colombo


6 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 multi-year vocational training reform project, launched in 2014 and continuing until 2019. Sri Lanka has set ambitious economic growth targets. The country’s economic performance is dependent on a supply of well-trained Sri Lankans to work in its key economic drivers – tourism & hospitality, construction, information technology and automotive industries.

The ASSET project supports Sri Lanka’s economic development plan through improving linkages between private sector, government and training providers. ASSET links the human resource needs of growing businesses to those individuals wanting to enter the workforce but lacking the appropriate skills. The project connects unemployed youth to training for existing jobs. Technical assistance interventions ensure training meets private sector needs and standards. In order to improve public perceptions concerning skilled trades, a social marketing and communications campaign will be conducted both regionally and nationally. ASSET’s Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) component focusses on increasing the presence of young women and other marginalized groups in employment.

The ASSET project seeks to supports the entry of skilled male and female youth into the four trades and technology sectors. The project also supports employment for marginalized youth: including people with disabilities and young people that are affected by the Sri Lankan civil war. Many private sector companies and employers are not, especially those that have small and medium business lack strong HR capacity, including systems and procedures, which adversely affects their ability to retain young employees. A Human Resources Management Advisor is required to support the GESI Manager and the project’s private sector partners to become better small and medium sized employers in key areas such as recruitment, management, retention and human resource policy development. This assignment, builds on existing research and some capacity development activities that are ongoing.


  • Reporting to the GESI Manager the key responsibilities of the volunteer will be to:
  • Support private sector partners to update their HR policies, practices and procedures;
  • Facilitate and train private sector personnel and HR managers to integrate GESI;
  • Develop relevant materials, plans and policies to support GESI integration;
  • Support planning and setting of GESI targets for employment in the key sectors;
  • Support acceptance and improvement of recruitment of marginalized persons;
  • Work collaboratively with WUSC staff and partners as needed.


  • Specialization in human resources management
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in HR, systems development, organizational development
  • Previous experience working with youth and marginalized groups
  • Strategic vision and strong analytical capabilities
  • Cultural sensitivity, strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong personal initiative, resourcefulness and capacity to work independently
  • Strong communication and writing 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.