Position title: Specialist, Planning, Performance & Learning
Position location: Ottawa
Reports to: VCP Program Director
Contract term: Indeterminate
Application deadline: February 24th
Expected start date: April 1st 2020
World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a leading Canadian international development organization focusing on three programmatic areas: Economic Opportunities, Education, and Empowerment. Our vision is a better world for youth - a world where all young people, especially women, are empowered to secure a good quality of life for stronger families and communities. 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 a staff of over 90 people in our Ottawa office, and over 200 people overseas implementing 16 development projects in collaboration with donors such as Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank. Globally, we work with a network of higher education institutions, civil society organizations, private sector partners, professionals, students, volunteers, faculty and community leaders to achieve our mission. Volunteering for development is one of the important ways in which WUSC pursues its mission.
The Volunteer Cooperation Program (VCP) supports economic empowerment of marginalized populations, especially women and youth. WUSC’s VCP program has ambitious targets to mobilize hundreds of skilled volunteers a year to support partners in developing countries who are working to advance gender equality and provide economic opportunities to poor and marginalised young people. WUSC works with institutions and individuals to identify, prepare and support volunteers who travel overseas to support our partners for various durations of time. The program will also mobilize Canadians along a continuum of awareness to action on global development issues.
Volunteering for development is one of the important ways in which WUSC pursues its mission. WUSC’s Volunteer Cooperation Program (VCP) has ambitious targets to mobilize hundreds of skilled Canadian volunteers each year to support partners in developing countries where we are working to advance gender equality and facilitate economic opportunities for poor and marginalized young people, especially young women and refugees. Overseas, our volunteers collaborate with a wide variety of partners, including enterprise and social enterprise development incubators, skills training centres, enterprises, women's organizations, and youth groups. In Canada, WUSC works with institutions and individuals to identify, prepare, and support volunteers who travel overseas to support our partners for various durations of time. Our network in Canada also works with WUSC to raise awareness among Canadians to inspire greater action on global development issues. Our collective focus is on sustainable and inclusive changes to create a better world for youth.
Under the supervision of the VCP Program Director and in collaboration with country program staff, the Planning, Performance and Learning Specialist will facilitate planning, reporting and maintain the overall program structure of the Volunteer Cooperation Program. She or he will ensure program coherence and learning and serve as a focal point for planning, results measurement and knowledge mobilization. The Specialist will coordinate closely with WUSC technical advisors to ensure the integration of WUSC’s Gender, Age and Diversity Strategy, WUSC’s Youth Economic Opportunities Strategy and other key cross cutting themes (especially environment, climate change and human rights).
Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning
- Coordinate the development of Annual Work Plans submitted to Global Affairs Canada in close collaboration with the Volunteer Mobilization Manager and Finance Manager for planning process.
- Lead regular updating and monitoring of the evaluation and performance measurement systems and tools to ensure that the systems not only meets reporting needs, effectively capturing development and outreach results, but also allows the Program to identify learning to be shared within the VCP and WUSC.
- Prepare reports to GAC and internal reports to WUSC as required
- Coordinate and participate in the coaching of country teams on the MERL system and tools, ensuring coherence and quality across the program.
- Assist and collaborate with technical specialists and other colleagues to incorporate learning and to facilitate training for program staff and volunteers in monitoring and evaluation, gender equality, and other program related areas.
- Coordinate and commission research, evaluation and impact studies relevant to volunteering for development and economic opportunities for marginalized young women and refugees.
Programming and Strategy
- In close collaboration with the VCP Program Director and technical specialists, refine the program strategy, including theory of change, logic model and performance measurement framework.
- Draw upon WUSC technical advisors, VCP program staff and volunteers to develop strategies for the development of entrepreneurship and employment ecosystems to support marginalized youth, especially young women and refugees.
- Collaborate with technical specialists to develop methodologies and tools for gender analysis, partner identification and selection.
- Coaching overseas staff and volunteers to understand and operationalise WUSC’s programming approach in their country context.
- Ensure the full incorporation of WUSC’s Gender, Age and Diversity Strategy, and develop tools and systems to promote the inclusion of diverse marginalized populations in all program activities.
- Ensure coherence and integration of various cross cutting strategies and themes in the program (i.e. environmental sustainability).
Qualifications and Competencies
Education: Masters Degree in a relevant discipline or relevant work experience deemed as equivalent.
Experience & Competencies:
- 5-7 years experience in program planning, design and monitoring and evaluation with preference for volunteer cooperation programming experience.
- Overseas experience in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and or Latin America;
- Strong experience in gender equality and economic empowerment of youth programming;
- Demonstrated capacity in results based management and in maintaining relationships with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and other development partners;
- Demonstrated ability to take an intersectional approach, including age, gender and diversity;
- Commitment to gender equality and diversity principles;
- Experience in leading and facilitating the development of systems, tools and policies;
- Experience in working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders and fostering strong relationships;
- Excellent administration and organizational skills including the ability to prioritize and handle multiple initiatives and simultaneously working tight deadlines;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work and communicate with diverse audiences, stakeholders and partners;
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial and dynamic environment;
- Openness to work on cross functional/multidisciplinary teams
- Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing priorities;
- Strong analytical skills, critical thinking, foresight and vision;
- Experienced in monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning principles
- Curious, enthusiastic and willing to innovate and adapt.
- Willingness and ability to travel in Canada and Internationally for up to equivalent of two months per year.
Fluent in English and ability to work in French (bilingualism preferred)
Why work with us?
WUSC offers a dynamic international work environment with a diverse intercultural workforce. We offer employees exciting opportunities to apply their skills and gain experience all while making a difference for youth around the world. We believe youth have the potential to provide for their families, build strong communities, and create positive social change for future generations. Employees at WUSC work hard to create lasting change in education, employment and empowerment.
The WUSC office is centrally-located in Hintonburg, Ottawa. We offer competitive benefits, four weeks of annual leave (for full-time employees), safe and healthy working conditions, and fair compensation.
WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion and sexual exploitation and abuse of any form. Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal record check where appropriate.
WUSC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.