Senior Program Officer, VCP Careers – WUSC (World University Service of Canada)


Job Title:    Senior Program Officer, VCP

Organization:  WUSC (World University Service of Canada)

Duty Station:  Kampala,

Reports to:
Program Manager, VCP


About US:

WUSC (World
University Service of Canada) is a Canadian non-profit organization working to
create a better world for all young people. We bring together a diverse network
of students, volunteers, schools, governments, and businesses who share this
vision. Together, we develop solutions in education, economic opportunities,
and empowerment to overcome inequality and exclusion for youth around the
world, particularly young women and young refugees. WUSC currently works in 25
countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an
annual budget of approximately CAD $40 million. We have over 90 staff in our
Ottawa office, and over 200 people overseas implementing 16 development
projects in collaboration with donors such as Global Affairs Canada, the UK
Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Asian
Development Bank, and the African Development Bank.


Job Summary:  Under the supervision of the Program Manager,
VCP, the Senior Program Officer provides support to partners and volunteers in
pursuit of the VCP’s target results. He/she shall be responsible for leading a
process to facilitate market system development in selected sub-sectors while
taking care to ensure the inclusion of women and youth. He/she shall ensure
results-based management (planning, activities monitoring and results
reporting) and provide support to Program stakeholders. He/she shall support
the Program Manager in the program implementation related responsibilities. Are
you an experienced development professional who enjoys working with volunteers?
Do you believe in sustainable and inclusive changes to create a better world
for youth? WUSC is currently looking for a Senior Program Officer to join our
new Volunteer Cooperation Program in Uganda.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

development and support

Lead the
development of program intervention strategies in selected subsectors,
identifying long and short term partners.

local partners and volunteers in developing needs assessments and capacity
building plans in order to identify and achieve expected program results in

local partners in identifying areas where they need support and assist them in
translating needs into realistic volunteer mandates.

the establishment of partner committees and encourage collaboration and synergy
among their members.

the establishment of agreements with local partners and, in certain cases,
between in-country partners and Canadian partners.

partners and volunteers in identifying and securing financing to ensure the
ongoing sustainability of Program activities.

linkages with private sector companies of interest in relation to the
development of inclusive markets.

mobilization and support

collaboration with local partners, program support volunteers and the Program
Manager, implement procedures to support volunteers upon their arrival in
Uganda and for their entire stay in the country (housing, security, living and
working conditions, end of contract issues and emergency medical evacuations) with
consideration for how conditions may affect women and men differently.

in the recruitment process for Global South volunteers.

appropriate training/orientation sessions, taking into account the specifics of
each mandate, in preparation for the arrival of North-South volunteers and the
departure of South-North volunteers.

evaluation and reporting

In close
collaboration with local partners, ensure the timely preparation of annual work
plans and reports, in accordance with the Program’s management guidelines.

encouraging the active participation of partners and volunteers at all phases
of the project cycle, coordinate the implementation of the VCP program’s
approach to improve organizational performance, advocate for gender equality,
and implement more sustainable, innovative, and inclusive initiatives and
services for poor and marginalized young women.

social media and other knowledge sharing and networking platforms to increase
visibility of the and its partners, as well as for the results achieved.

the documentation of results and good practices and the generation of content
and knowledge, with the goal of the communication and dissemination thereof,
both internally and externally.

the development and utilization of the sector’s best practices and
evidence-based techniques and mobilize the contributions of partners and

gender equality and youth inclusion strategies in the implementation of
interventions, and ensure the monitoring and evaluation of the gender equality
and youth inclusion results.

required, in collaboration with partners, the completion of a participatory
environmental impact assessment, as per Global Affairs Canada and in-country
requirements, and the Program’s own guidelines.

other related tasks, as required.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

applicant must hold a university degree in a relevant discipline (international
development, economic development, business development or development studies)
or equivalent years of professional experience.

At least
five years of experience in development programs that support the economic
development sector, entrepreneurship or business services development.

experience in providing support to international volunteers.

experience in developing partnerships and networks.

experience in needs analysis, capacity building and training.

experience in budget management.

of economic development policies and strategies in Uganda, particularly in
relation to economic development, entrepreneurship, employability, and
vocational and technical training.

experience in an intercultural context.

with information technologies and in computer skills (Word, Excel, Google
Drive/Docs/Gmail, etc.)

to gender equality approach and social inclusion.

written and verbal communication skills in English.

organizational and time management skills.

interpersonal skills.

enthusiastic and willing to innovate and adapt.

fluency in English is required.


How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should apply online at the link below.




Deadline: 15th October 2020


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