Project Management Officer

Position: Project Management Officer

Employer: World University Service of Canada

Location: Bolivia

Deadline: January 21, 2018

Employment Type: Volunteer

Position Level: Mid Level

Salary Range:

Closing Date: January 21, 2018

Full Description

Brief Description:

DURATION: 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.

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:

The Municipal Agency for Tourism Development La Paz Maravillosa is the La Paz Municipal Autonomous Government’s body in charge of developing and promoting touristic activities. The Agency seeks to link the tourism sector with the handicrafts sector, to increase the number of tourists visiting La Paz, building on the city’s nomination as one of the world’s seven most beautiful cities.

As part of the PQDI program, the volunteer will provide support to the “Indigenous Women and Youth in the Integral Development of the Communities of Zongo and Hampaturi” project, which is being implemented in La Paz, Bolivia, in the communities of Huayna Potosí and Pampalarama. The project seeks to improve the socioeconomic well-being of indigenous women and youth by facilitating a larger access to the tourism market in the La Paz region.

In close collaboration with the Sector Program Officer and the PQDI Project Coordinator, the volunteer will have the following responsibilities:
- Support the PQ DI Project Coordinator in gathering the baseline information for the project’s launch and implementation, as well as to facilitate monitoring and evaluation.
- Support the PQDI in the capacity-building of beneficiaries in financial management and other areas required by the coordinator.
- Support stakeholder engagement
- Support the PQDI in the documenting information gathered in trainings, meetings and others.
- Support the PQDI in writing reports, managing the project’s photo bank on the social networks and Facebook pages of CECI and the Uniterra Program.
- Share research findings, tools, lessons learned and recommendations with PQDI project partners and CECI-Uniterra staff.
- Support the development of activities to enhance links between public, private and community actors to strengthen local artisan enterprises and tourism services.
- Support the PQDI in the logistical organisation of events with the project’s stakeholders
- Encourage the participation of women and youth in all activities developed during the course of the mandate.
- Produce the reports required by the project and the Uniterra program.

- University degree in Management, Economics or other relevant field
- Solid experience in project and financial management
- Analysis, synthesis and writing capacities
- Knowledge of Equality between Women and Men Policy
- Experience in international cooperation an asset
- Innovation, flexibility and diplomacy capacities
- Capacities to adapt and tolerance to ambiguity
- Capacities to advise and train adults
- Experience in research and data/information gathering
- Experience in the management and systematisation of quantitative and qualitative information (Monitoring and Evaluation)
- Experience of participatory training methodologies
- Good level of spoken and written Spanish (Indispensable)

- 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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