Human Resources Advisor

Mongolia (MN)
Volunteers will receive a monthly living allowance and a monthly accommodation allowance.
March 15, 2019
May 14, 2019
Employment Type
Full time
Designations Required/Preferred

Volunteer Assignment – Human Resources Advisor

Partner: MERIT Program, multiple partners including Mineral Resource and Petroleum Authority of Mongolia (MRPAM)

Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, with potential travel to other parts of the country

Duration: 3 months +

Expected Departure Date:

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. MERIT has a strong local team based in Ulaanbaatar, as well as Project Officers based in 4 provinces (aimags). This team works closely with partners, MERIT volunteers and other key actors (e.g. other donor-funded projects, community leaders) to coordinate MERIT’s work.

MERIT has identified a need for improved HR management and processes, and a Human Resources Competency Development Framework is being adapted to the Mongolian government agency context, beginning with MRPAM. The MERIT Human Resources Advisor will build the capacity of key staff within the agency to implement the framework, and will provide support on the actual implementation, including helping to make assessments and adjustments as necessary. This long-term assignment will be coordinated alongside short-term assignments by technical advisors responding to the current needs and status of the program.

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 government agencies 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.

This assignment is for a minimum duration of 3 months, with the possibility of extension. MERIT is also interested in candidates in longer-term assignments (up to 12 months).

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Human Resources Advisor will support the process of building capacity of public service staff within MERIT partners, working as a team with other MERIT Advisors and staff. Specifically, the Human Resources Advisor will provide assistance in the ongoing implementation of the Human Resources Competency Development Framework. 

  • Provide capacity building support, coaching and mentoring to MRPAM, and potentially other partners, on the implementation of the HR Competency Development Framework;
  • Support the ongoing implementation of the Framework, including assessing progress and identifying necessary adjustments;
  • Support the project management of the steps designed in the Framework;
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other Short-term Advisors and MERIT staff, including from other thematic areas, such as gender equality, monitoring and evaluation, and leadership development;
  • Provide subject matter expertise support to the MERIT team;
  • Conduct partner readiness assessments to determine if partners are ready to move to the next phase of the Framework;
  • Complete all reports required by partner organizations, MERIT and WUSC, including monthly and final volunteer activity reports, as required;
  • Encourage the participation and inclusion of women and youth in all activities.


  • University level studies in Human Resources Management, Talent Management or Leadership development would be an asset;
  • Experience as an HR manager, or in Performance management, change management or project management with an HR focus;
  • Familiarity with HR Competency Development Frameworks;
  • 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 the 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 the 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.