Human Resources Advisor

Position: Human Resources Advisor

Employer: WUSC - MERIT project

Location: Mongolia

Deadline: September 17, 2017

Employment Type: Volunteer

Position Level: Mid Level

Salary Range:

Closing Date: September 17, 2017

Full Description

Brief Description:

DURATION: 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.

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and Canadian Executive Services Organization (CESO) are working in partnership to implement the Mongolia: Enhancing Resource management through Institutional Transformation (MERIT) initiative. MERIT is a multi-year initiative that will enhance the public sector management of the Mongolian extractive sector to maximize its contribution to sustainable economic and social development. With the technical support of qualified Canadian volunteers, MERIT is working closely with several partners to build capacity in a number of areas, including gender equality, HR management, Leadership development, monitoring and evaluation, environmental management, delivery of quality training, public consultation and inter-agency collaboration, with the overall objective of responsible resource management in Mongolia.


Dornod is the easternmost of the 21 aimags (provinces) of Mongolia. The provincial capital of Choibalsan is located 700km east of Ulaanbaatar. Dornod is a mineral-rich province (petroleum, uranium, gold, coal, fluorspar), and the site of a number of large mining and petroleum activities at various stages in the mine lifecycle. The Dornod aimag government is seeking to improve the management of the extractive sector through engagement with the MERIT project. Much of this work will involve the proper implementation of existing strategies and policy plans, and framing of new policies and plans that can have positive effects on the efficiency and efficacy of functions within the aimag government.

The current Aimag Government was formed recently after the parliamentary elections in 2016, including new appointments of Department Directors. Dornod aimag administration currently consists of the Governor, two Deputy Governors, Director of Governor’s office and six divisions: Public administration, Development Policy, Social Policy, Finance, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Legal Divisions. The Governor’s office employs 40 staff members. In addition, there are 22 public sector agencies in Dornod aimag. More than 50% of these agencies are headed by women. There are a total of 4000 civil servants in Dornod. Currently, many government staff at officer and management levels are young and have relatively limited experience in managing the extractive sector and Dornod administration is eager to collaborate with the MERIT project on the HR capacity development initiative. Two short-term volunteers have worked in Dornod Aimag’s Governor’s Office from May to June 2017, focusing on implementation strategies for the Governor’s Action Plan 2016-2020.

MERIT has a project officer based in Dornod who will work closely with government, MERIT volunteers and other key actors (e.g. ministry staff, community leaders) to coordinate MERIT’s work in Dornod and oversee progress on the capacity development activities within Dornod.

The MERIT project has initiated a Human Resources Competency Development Framework and started its implementation at national level government agencies in Ulaanbaatar. A long-term volunteer will start work to support this process at Mineral Resources and Petroleum Authority of Mongolia (MRPAM) in September 2017. All HR assignments are well-coordinated and the volunteers receive briefing and guidance from previous volunteers.

The HR Competency Development Framework used by MERIT is a comprehensive, systematic way of establishing the foundation of human resources development. This tool will help the Dornod Governor’s office to identify and define the key competencies required across the organization in order for personnel to effectively and efficiently perform their functions, and so that the organization can achieve its objectives. The Framework also provides opportunities for continuous professional development. The HR Competency Development Framework will be implemented over a specific period of time and using a multi-phased approach.

The Human Resources Advisor will support the process of building capacity of civil service staff in Dornod aimag in order to create an effective organizational infrastructure and institutional memory to mitigate the operational challenges in Dornod Aimag government. The Advisor will work as a team with other MERIT Advisors to review, assess and build capacity of the current organizational/functional structure and existing human resources.
Specifically, the Human Resources Advisor will provide assistance in implementing the Human Resources Competency Development Framework.
The HR Advisor will:
- Provide advice, guidance, training, coaching and mentoring to the management and staff in implementing the framework;
- Support and coordinate with the other technical advisor(s) to mainstream gender and develop leadership competencies in key staff members and their functions;
- Assist in competency model integration with key HR processes and provide necessary capacity development sessions to build knowledge and capability in a timely manner;
- Design and implement a task-related communications plan for the implementation of the framework in order to coordinate with other HR advisors (previous and future);
- Encourage the participation and inclusion of women and youth in all activities.

- University degree in Human Resources Management, Talent Management or Leadership development, including study in gender concepts;
- Familiar with the HR Competency Development Framework;
- Experience in generalist HR, Performance management and development, Training and development and employee communications;
- Strong communications skills;
- Ability to work in a cross-cultural environment;
- Ability to work independently and with respect to a variety of actors;
- Ability to work in remote locations with limited resources or connectivity;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
- Excellent networking and relationship building 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.

- 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.


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