Program Assistant



Program Assistant

Student Refugee Program Alumni Engagement


Remote (Canada)


Manager, Overseas programming, Durable Solutions for Refugees


Full time, 3 month contract (possibility of extension)


SUP 5 ($ 43,000 – 48,000)


July 15, 2022


As soon as possible (pending confirmation of funding)

Are you passionate about newcomer employment and alumni engagement? WUSC is currently looking for a Program Assistant to become part of our dynamic SRP team!


WUSC (World University Service of Canada) is a Canadian international development non-profit organization. Present in over 25 countries, we improve education, employment, and empowerment opportunities for young people around the world. We work with a unique and powerful network of post-secondary institutions, corporate partners, and volunteers. Our vision is to create a world where all young people can grow up in safe, secure, and supportive environments; where they can learn, work, and play a vital role in their country’s development.

WUSC is the leading Canadian NGO working with students, faculty and college and university leaders on issues of international engagement. A central component of WUSC’s strategic plan is continued delivery and expansion of our programming on Canadian campuses with increased focus on student programs and initiatives that underscore our unique relationship with the Canadian post-secondary community, and contribute to the internationalization of Canadian campuses.

Since 1978, WUSC Local Committees have sponsored more than 2000 student refugees to resettle in Canada and pursue their higher education through the Student Refugee Program (SRP).

Nature and Scope:

Reporting to the SRP Manager – Overseas Programming, the Program Assistant will assist in the activities under a special initiative, supporting the engagement and employment of alumni from the Student Refugee Program in the “Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN)” operated by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The Program Assistant will provide administrative support to the FIN initiative, including:

  • Program support:
  • Coordinate the scheduling of research activities, including arranging interview and Focus Group Discussion (FGDs) logistics
  • Support in identifying and securing the most relevant technology for conducting surveys and other research activities
  • Prepare and send out online surveys and/or mass emails
  • Support the Program officer with maintaining correspondence from SRP alumni
  • Providing or arranging for the translation of research tools (English to French)
  • Administrative and financial support:
    • Updating and maintaining the SRP alumni database
  • Coordinate honorarium payments for the peer facilitators and research participants
  • Prepare requisitions and manage bill payments related to the FIN initiative
  • Other duties as required



  • Diploma, Bachelor’s degree in a related field (administration, social sciences, marketing, international development, public administration), or equivalent with relevant experience.

Experience & Competencies

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to details, including ability to prioritize tasks and handle multiple initiatives simultaneously;
  • Solid computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet, database management, electronic mail and graphics;
  • Strong interpersonal skills: able to work well with teams under tight deadlines;
  • At least two years of experience in a similar field (administrative, planning, project management), overseas experience an asset;
  • Experience working in an NGO environment and in donor-funded projects considered an asset;
  • Ability to translate French-English documents; and
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently.
  • Curious, enthusiastic and willing to innovate and adapt.


  • Bilingual English/French (fluency essential)


Join Us. Our work is important, cutting-edge, and fast-paced. We encourage curiosity, innovation, and flexibility. And we provide a phenomenal learning experience.

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 in the lives of youth around the world. Employees at WUSC work hard to create lasting change in education, economic opportunities and empowerment.

The WUSC office is in Ottawa. Currently WUSC team members are mostly working remotely. WUSC offers flexible working arrangements, competitive benefits, four weeks of annual leave (for full-time employees), safe and healthy working conditions, and fair compensation. Click here to learn more about WUSC Top 100 Employers of National Capital Region 2021.


Preference will be given to alumni from WUSC’s Student Refugee Program

WUSC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on 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.

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