Strategic Planning Officer
Position # 71199-126

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:

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

PARTNER:

Movimiento de la economía solidaria y comercio justo en Bolivia

LOCATION:

BOLIVIA , LA PAZ

DURATION:

3 months

EXPECTED DEPARTURE DATE:

The expected start date and duration are flexible and subject to change. The departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Please note that we are currently recruiting for Summer 2019 assignments

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

February 3, 2019

OVERVIEW:

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 170 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. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic subsectors.

For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit: Uniterra.ca.

The Movimiento de la Economía Solidaria y Comercio Justo en Bolivia (MESyCJ), was established as a representative body for the country's producers. It is a network of organizations dedicated to the promotion of the social and solidarity economy in nine regions of Bolivia, in both urban and rural regions. MESyCJ's mission is to promote, develop and publicize the social economy and fair trade. It is also intended to be a point of reference within the sector at the national and international levels. Solidarity, transparency and mutual respect are among its principles and basic values. The MESyCJ is made up of 75 organisations of producers, associations and other civil society organisations.

MESyCJ is looking for a volunteer to contribute to the development of a strategic plan in order to identify innovative approaches to delivering programs.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Contribute to the assessment of innovative concepts developed by partners and Uniterra staff;
  • Contribute to the identification of innovative approaches to achieve program goals and address issues related to young women and men in sectors such as workforce and entrepreneurship and increase their participation in activities;
  • Contribute to the implementation of the innovative strategic plan, ensuring that goals are reasonable and measurable;
  • Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities of and all program benefits; and
  • Write reports required by partners and the Uniterra program as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Pursuing a University degree in business administration, economics or any other relevant field
  • Work, academic, internship or volunteer experience in the area of strategic planning
  • Experience or interest to work on innovative approaches or innovation
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments
  • Have an intermediate written and oral level of Spanish

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!

TO APPLY:

  • Send us your Curriculum vitae, and a cover letter at the attention of Students Without Borders at swb@wusc.ca

FOR APPLICATIONS TO THE STUDENT WITHOUT BORDERS PROGRAM:

    This position is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may still be eligible to apply. Please contact swb@wusc.ca for further information.

    To apply, send us your Curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, and two letters of reference to the attention of Students Without Borders at swb@wusc.ca .

    Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

    Successful candidates will be expected to make a financial contribution of $5000.00 to the Uniterra program. With this contribution being made, Uniterra will cover applicable costs, such as: flights, accommodations, a monthly living allowance, vaccinations, visas, and medical insurance coverage.

    If you are in an academic program that is partnered with Uniterra, the conditions of your application and financial contribution may differ. Please follow the instructions you've received from your academic program, or contact swb@wusc.ca for further information.