Gender Advisor
Position # 1249-003


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


Mongolia Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry


MONGOLIA , Ulaanbaatar


12 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) have formed a consortium led by CESO for the design and implementation of the Mongolia: Enhancing Resource Management through Institutional Transformation (MERIT) initiative. MERIT is a multi-year (2016-2022) initiative that will enhance the public sector management of the Mongolian extractive sector to maximize its contribution to sustainable development. MERIT is working closely with several key partners, including the Mongolia Ministry of Mining, the Mineral Resources Authority of Mongolia and the Petroleum Authority to support gender mainstreaming within the extractive sector in Mongolia.

MERIT has developed a Gender Equality Strategy to guide mainstreaming gender equality within internal operations and in their work with partners to ensure equitable access and benefit to project activities, resources and outcomes for women and men in Mongolia. Studies suggest a gender bias in the distribution of opportunities and benefits for women in Mongolia’s extractive industry that could widen gender gaps in access to resources and resource-related prospects if left unaddressed. Contributing to these disparities is an absence of women’s participation at the senior levels of decision-making within Mongolia’s political and economic institutions. Therefore, MERIT supports partners to enhance their management through:

Gender analysis and gender mainstreaming to identify and respond to gender inequalities and gaps;

Capacity development through introduction of best practices, assessment and monitoring tools, training curriculum, mentoring opportunities and organizational systems and processes to improve policies and procedures;

Leadership development by supporting women’s equitable participation in project activities and identify and support women to participate in leadership training programs and exchanges; and

Research to better analyze and target interventions and support improved decision-making through collection of sex disaggregated data and sharing of best practices.

The Gender Advisor will provide technical support to the Ministry of Mining, Mineral Resources Authority and the Petroleum Agency on the mainstreaming of gender within current and new strategies. Under the direction of the MERIT Project Director she/he will work within the Ministry to facilitate training, coaching and mentoring on the inclusion of gender within human resource management, sector policies and procedures; and support gender strategy planning for the Ministry and its Agencies. The Gender Advisor will also work in conjunction with other government bodies as required including the Secretariat of the National Committee on Gender Equality, the public agency responsible for ensuring the promotion of gender equality in Mongolia in accordance with the National Law on Gender Equality and in compliance with international conventions such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).


The Ministry of Mining of Mongolia is a government agency responsible for developing policy and regulations in the mining sector, formulating long- and mid-term strategies, providing policy guidelines, developing economic and investment policies. It also provides leadership for public administration and human resource management, legal advice and support to development of international cooperation within the sector. The Ministry of Mining coordinates the process of implementing government legislation, policies, programs and projects; evaluating and monitoring the implementation of legislation; and undertaking financial auditing for budget expenditures and investment. There are two agencies operating under the Ministry of Mining:

Mineral Resources Authority of Mongolia (MRAM) supports the administration of the mineral resources in formulating development policies, providing required information and creating a favorable environment in implementing policy guidelines and increasing investment in the Mongolian mining sector. MRAM provides services related to exploration and mining licenses in order to implement the government regulations in the minerals’ sector. It is also responsible for providing leadership in public administration and human resource management.

Petroleum Authority of Mongolia (PAM) is responsible for increasing the role of the petroleum sector in economic development of the country. PAM sets up and administrates oil exploration and production contracts, implements regulations and manages petroleum products import and export.


  • The Gender Advisor will support the Ministry of Mining and its Agencies through the following:
  • 1. Conduct an assessment of the training needs of management and technical staff and draft a gender training module and gender analysis tools and guides to assist mainstreaming activities;
  • 2. Provide training, coaching and mentoring on gender concepts and analysis of human resource management, sector policies and procedures;
  • 3. Support strengthening of identified policies and procedures related to the extractive industry to be gender inclusive;
  • 4. Provide guidance on the mainstreaming of gender within current and new strategies including the identification and inclusion of gender indicators that align with international and national requirements for monitoring and evaluation;
  • 5. Identify gaps in sex-disaggregated data collection and provide guidance on methods of collection and analysis;
  • 6. Support leadership development and mentoring opportunities for women in the Ministry and Agencies;
  • 7. Work closely with Gender Focal Points within the Ministry and Agencies and other key Ministerial staff;
  • 8. Work collaboratively with the Secretariat of the NCGE, MERIT staff and other partners to advance gender equality goals; and
  • Prepare progress reports as required including adjustments and recommendations for further actions to support partner activities.


  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in gender studies/ development studies/ international relations/ law/ social work/public administration or other relevant field.
  • 2 to 3 years of relevant experience with sound practical experience in gender analysis and mainstreaming in strategies, programs or projects
  • Strong skills in policy analysis, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, particularly within government or a large institution
  • Experience in training development and facilitation
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Strong cross-cultural skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Proven ability to motivate others and work as part of a team
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Awareness of gender equity issues in the extractive sector would be an asset
  • International development experience also 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.
  • 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.