Project Development Advisor

Position: Project Development Advisor

Employer: World University Service of Canada

Location: Bolivia

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Employment Type: Volunteer

Position Level: Mid Level

Salary Range:

Closing Date: April 30, 2019

Full Description

Brief Description:

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

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


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.

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 Fall 2018 assignments


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:


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.

- Work closely with the Country Director, Uniterra program partners and relevant team members in the identification of donors and the development of projects, especially those relevant to the sector funds of the Uniterra program
- Contribute to the strategic monitoring of business opportunities with bilateral and multilateral donors, foundations and other sources of funds operating in Canada, Bolivia and in Latin America;
- Regularly inform the country director of business opportunities and provide guidance for the establishment of collaborative relationships, ongoing networking and consultation among organizations and individuals in Bolivia and their Canadian and international counterparts;
- Provide support to the marketing and advocacy strategy of the country office and its partners with existing and potential funders, including foundations;
- Explore new innovation opportunities for the Uniterra program;
- Support the writing of proposals and calls for proposals, ensuring gender equality integration from the beginning of proposal design;
- Contribute to sharing of lessons learned and best practices in business development with the country team;
- Produce the reports requested by the program and the partner organization; and
- Work to ensure participation and representation of women and men in all activities and program benefits.

- 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

- 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!

- 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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