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WUSC improves education, economic, and empowerment opportunities for youth. We work with a diverse network of students, volunteers, institutions, governments, and businesses. Together, we foster youth-centered solutions to overcome inequality and exclusion.

Position location:                 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Reports to:                            Uniterra Asia Regional Coordinator & Director of Programs,WUSC Ottawa

Contract term:                      1 year contract (with possibility to renew)

Salary and Benefits:           In accordance with local conditions and WUSC policies Start date:  September/October, 2019

Application deadline:          Monday August 26, 2019

Nature and Scope:

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a Canadian non-profit organization that works to create opportunities for education, employment and empowerment for under-privileged youth and women worldwide. WUSC’s approach is based on over six decades of experience of working in multi-sectoral partnerships to improve the lives and means of subsistence of marginalized persons in developing countries. WUSC works with and through its partners from the South – in government, civil society and the private sector – to foster, notably, an environment favourable to the aspirations and full participation of youth.


WUSC has over 30 years experience in Sri Lanka managing successful partnerships in TVET, enterprise development, gender equality and workplace improvement. Presently the main program in Sri Lanka is the Uniterra volunteer cooperation program.


Uniterra is a volunteer cooperation and international development program that strengthens organizations and networks by pooling expertise and knowledge. Jointly implemented by WUSC and CECI, the Uniterra Program contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of local communities in 14 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Uniterra supports the development of inclusive market systems in order to address the root causes of market failure and to facilitate systemic changes. To do so, Uniterra works in specific product and service sub-sectors to in order to enable 5.6 million women and youth from poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries to improve their economic and social well-being.

Uniterra prioritizes local ownership of results through working in partnership with strategically placed local partners to improve the quality and relevance of services, and facilitate access to economic opportunities for women and youth. In Sri Lanka, the Uniterra program focuses its efforts in tourism and garments sectors.


The Uniterra Program is in its final phase of implementation in Sri Lanka and WUSC is preparing to design the next phase of programming in Sri Lanka.The new programming seeks to


strengthen the performance of WUSC’s Sri Lankan partners to foster innovation that can advance gender equality through enhanced economic empowerment and social enterprise development for poor and marginalized youth, in particular young women. Applying a

gender-sensitive, inclusive market systems approach, the new programming will concentrate on the ecosystem of youth entrepreneurship and employment, working nationally in scope.


Nature and Scope:


Under the direction of the WUSC Director of Programs and the Uniterra program Asia Regional Coordinator, the Sri Lanka Country Director (and Uniterra program Country Coordinator), is responsible for the overall implementation of WUSC programming and program development in-country with an emphasis on the Uniterra Program. He/she shall represent WUSC in Sri Lanka, managing relationships with key partners and donors and helping to identify new programming opportunities for WUSC in the country. He/she will ensure the coordination of all Uniterra activities and is responsible for managing its human (employees and volunteers ) and its material and financial resources. He/she shall represent the Uniterra Program in dealings

with different agencies and organizations ensuring linkages and synergies between the Uniterra Program and other WUSC projects and activities in the country. The Sri Lanka Country Director for Uniterra is the main point of contact for the Program’s partners and volunteers. He/she is responsible for maintaining a solid network of partners – from public and private sectors, and civil society – to achieve the Program’s objectives. In carrying out this mandate, the Sri Lanka Country Coordinator for Uniterra will be supported by local country employees, as well as one or more Program support volunteers. The Sri Lanka Country Coordinator for the Uniterra Program, may count on the support of colleagues from the region and teams in Canada for volunteer mobilization, financial management, training, sectoral analyses, and monitoring and evaluation.


Key areas of Responsibility:

Responsibilities as Country Representative for WUSC (25%):

Under the authority of the Director Programs, the Country Director for Sri Lanka will:

  • Represent WUSC in dealings with in-country governmental agencies, the Canadian government (Embassy, Global Affairs Canada), other funders and strategic partners in the country.
  • In collaboration with the Programming Development team identify potential funding sources to develop programming in the country and coordinate the preparation of program proposals.
  • Ensure the effective implementation of projects under your responsibility as Country Director.


Responsibilities as Country Coordinator for the Uniterra Program in Sri Lanka (75%):


Program coordination

  • In collaboration with the Asia Regional Coordinator, ensure a coherent and effective implementation of the Uniterra Program in-country and alignment with the country’s priorities development
  • Represent the Uniterra Program in Sri Lanka when dealings with in-country governmental agencies, the Canadian government, other donors and strategic partners for the Program in the
  • Coordinate the development of annual work plans and reports of the Uniterra
  • Manage all activities of partners and volunteers in relation to the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Uniterra programming in the country;
  • Ensure the delivery of the Program’s expected results in-country by establishing agreements with partners and through planning, activities monitoring and results reporting.
  • Manage the Uniterra Program in accordance with the policies, procedures and strategies established by the Program and by
  • Meet annual targets with regards to the number of volunteers and expected person-days.
  • Ensure the documentation of results and good practices of the Uniterra Program in Sri Lanka and the generation of content and knowledge, with the goal of the communication and dissemination thereof, both internally and
  • Ensure the integration of Gender Equality concerns in all Program activities in country; organize training sessions, if
  • With the support of the Monitoring & Evaluation specialist (possibly a volunteer), integrate or ensure the integration of result-based management in activity planning and reporting of results; organize training, if
  • Manage the closing down of this phase of programming and the starting-up of new programming


Human Resource management

  • Ensure program personnel management in the country, by supervising recruitment, training and performance reviews, in accordance with current policies and
  • Ensure that procedures are implemented to support volunteers upon their arrival and over the entire duration of their mandates, addressing aspects such as welcoming volunteers to the country, housing, security, living and working conditions, end of contract issues and emergency medical evacuations, with due consideration for how conditions may affect women and men
  • In close collaboration with the Operations Unit in Canada, participate in the recruitment and mobilization of Canadian
  • Coordinate the recruitment process for Global South and in-country volunteers (process to include the signing of contracts and volunteer mobilization).
  • Organize appropriate in-country training/orientation sessions for Program volunteers, taking into account the specifics of each mandate, and in preparation for the
  • Support program personnel, partners and volunteers in the development of their intercultural skills and, if necessary, organize


Finance and administration

  • In collaboration with the Asia Regional Coordinator, and with the support of the Finance Manager, plan and manage financial and material resources in accordance with Program guidelines and the policies and procedures of


  • Develop Uniterra Program annual budgets and ensure ongoing budget
  • Authorize Program expenditures, sign or co-sign cheques and approve the required financial
  • Ensure that the emergency and security procedures established by WUSC with respect to volunteers and Program personnel are implemented, updated and


Other Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the identification and securing of additional funding resources to support and leverage Uniterra Program partners’
  • In Sri Lanka, the Country Coordinator will also serve as WUSC Country Director, a position that concerns representation and management of non-Uniterra




MA in a relevant discipline or relevant work experience deemed as equivalent.


Experience and Competencies

  • Seven to ten years of experience in managing development cooperation programs
  • Two years of experience in coordinating intercultural teams and experience in volunteer management
  • Relevant experience in developing partnerships and
  • Experience in needs analysis, capacity building and
  • Experience in personnel
  • Experience in project development and project management including budget development and
  • Excellent communications and representation
  • Knowledge of national development strategies, particularly in relation to the economic sector, businesses, entrepreneurship, employability, and vocational and technical training.
  • An innovative, entrepreneurial
  • Proficiency with information technologies and computer skills (Word, Excel, the Internet, etc.) and familiarity with Google Drive and Gmail an
  • Knowledge of youth and women’s employment and entrepreneurship, gender lens investing and blended finance models is considered an
  • Adherence to the Gender Equality and social inclusion



Proficiency in English; both written and oral.


WUSC offers a dynamic international work environment with a diverse intercultural workforce.

We offer employees exciting opportunities to apply their skills and gain experience all

while making a difference for youth around the world. We believe youth have the potential to provide for their families, build strong communities, and create positive social change for future generations. Employees at WUSC work hard to create lasting change in education, employment and empowerment.

WUSC is an equal opportunity employer. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

If you wish to apply for this position, please send your resumé with a covering letter quoting reference number (19/23) to: jobs@wusc.ca before August 26, 2019.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@wusc.ca