Project Development Advisor
Position # 71199-100

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:

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

PARTNER:

Red de Organizaciones Económicas de Productores Artesanas y artesanos con identidad cultural- Red OEPAIC

LOCATION:

BOLIVIA , La Paz

DURATION:

12 months

EXPECTED DEPARTURE DATE:

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.

OVERVIEW:

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 200 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

PARTNER DESCRIPTION:

Organizacion Economica Para el Desarrollo (OEPAIC) is a national network in Bolivia which represents over 4,000 artisans from rural and peri urban regions. Its members are self-managed organizations assembled in 8 national associations. The network strengthens coordination between artisans’ organizations with traditional cultural identities. OEPAIC's main objectives are to defend the rights of artisans who have a traditional cultural identity; represent member organizations in dealing with the State, civil society and international stakeholders; support improvements in production and the marketing of products by affiliated associations, and strengthening the network.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • In close collaboration with the country director, country team members and partners, the volunteer will
  • Support the research of new opportunities in link with the objectives of the Uniterra Program;
  • Support the country team in developing basic templates for proposal writing to assist the different partners of the Program;
  • Support the implementation and management of a data bank on program opportunities in Bolivia, in link with the Uniterra Program and of interest to partners;
  • Support the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the opportunities;
  • Contribute to the development of innovative projects;
  • Establish and maintain relations with a diversity of actors in Bolivia, in particular in La Paz (donors, governments, partners, collaborators);
  • Produce plans and periodic reports on the progress of the activities;
  • Identify the country team's training needs and plans for continuous education;
  • Share lessons learned and best practices in terms of programming and research of opportunities with the country team;
  • Give due importance to the participation and respresentatoin of women and men in all activities;.
  • Integrate the dimension of equality between women and men in all opportunities/activities;
  • Realise other activities in link with the programming;
  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies. 
  • Produce the reports required by the Uniterra Program and partner.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree in management, project management, administration or equivalent
  • Experience in project development or management
  • Good knowledge of Results-Based Management (RBM)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to analyze, summarize and write
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Knowledge of the Equality Between Women and Men Policy
  • Very good knowledge of oral and written Spanish
  • Experience in international cooperation is an asset

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!

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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.

TO APPLY:

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