Research and Curriculum Development Advisor (E-Volunteer)

Sri Lanka

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Assignment ID:
VA-105420
Assignment Title:
Research and Curriculum Development Advisor (E-Volunteer)
Partner:
Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management
Country:
Sri Lanka
Duration:
4 months (with the possibility of extension)
Time Commitment:
5 to 35 hours per week (flexible)
Volunteer Location:
Canada (remote)

Assignment Context

Are you dedicated to advancing gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in Sri Lanka?

As the Research & Curriculum Development Advisor (E-Volunteer), you will support Sri Lanka Institute for Tourism & Hotel Management (SLITHM) to research new requirements and assist in re-vitalizing the curricula. SLITHM is a government Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) preparing youth, including young women for opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industry.

Apply to this position and support youth in tourism and hospitality!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Conduct a needs assessment to identify gaps and areas needing improvement in the academic course structures
  • Support a revitalization of the curricula and make recommendations based on the needs assessment
  • Share best practices and research findings on how to improve the curriculum 
  • Assist in setting up a unit that will be focused on research and curriculum development
  • Participate in pre-assignment training
  • Participate in at least 3 public engagement initiatives before, during, or after the assignment Volunteers will be equipped with the tools, training, and support to achieve these goals. Volunteers will also have one virtual check-in with the Public Engagement Officer throughout the course of their assignment
  • Set up a personalized volunteer fundraising page on the WUSC fundraising platform and share it in your networks. Volunteers will be supported with the tools, training and support to achieve the fundraising goal.
  • Ensure that a gender equality lens is consistently applied in the execution of all activities
  • Support partners to empower young women and promote a culture of gender sensitive representation in all activities and program benefits.
  • Submit reports as required by the partner organization and by WUSC.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree and/or formal qualification in Hotel Management or a related field
  • Experience working in the hotel sector, business management or strategic management 
  • Demonstrated experience in developing curricula for educational institutes considered an asset 
  • A good understanding of TVET institutes for youth vocational training considered an asset
  • Ability to work independently as part of a remote working group
  • Comfortable using online working platforms
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering
  • Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Written and oral fluency in English
  • Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including content development considered an asset
  • Experience living and working internationally considered an asset.

Project Description

Volunteering for development is one of the important ways in which WUSC pursues its mission. The IGNI+E project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, supports over 70 partner organizations to advance gender equality and the economic empowerment of 1.2 million youth around the world. IGNI+E harnesses the knowledge, capacity and expertise of skilled Canadians through volunteer assignments and public engagement activities to assist partners in improving their performance, advocating for gender equality, and implementing more sustainable, innovative and inclusive initiatives and services for poor and marginalised youth, particularly young women. Overseas, our volunteers collaborate with a wide variety of partners, including enterprise and social enterprise development incubators, skills training centres, 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. 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.

Partner Description

The Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (SLITHM) is the only government approved premier Institute in Sri Lanka. Following the ever expanding tourism sector in the country with developments in the travel & hospitality industry, the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management provides sound professional training to cater for the fast developing needs of the local and international hotel and tourism industries with the best trained and most highly motivated management professionals. Over the years SLITHM has fine-tuned its programmes to meet the specific needs of Sri Lanka and Asia’s changing industry wide market needs. New schemes of training are introduced frequently with opportunities to specialise in industry specific areas, allowing students to be more flexible in the choice of training and provides multiple entry – exit points. SLITHM also recognizes prior learning, which benefits those who have gained hands-on experience in the industry and who wish to acquire further knowledge through a sound professional qualification. Further, in order to facilitate students island-wide, provincial schools have been set up in Anuradhapura, Bandarawela, Kandy, Koggala, Ratnapura, Kurunegala Pasikuda and Jaffna.

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Volunteer Mobilization Team prior to assignment and from the WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • Pre-assignment training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for e-volunteering in an intercultural context and meet other e-volunteers
  • Country orientation to better understand the cultural context of the country
  • E-volunteers who contribute a minimum of 21 hours per week are eligible to receive an allowance of $35 CAD per day, up to a maximum of $700 CAD per month. This allowance is taxable income.
  • Debriefing after completion of assignment
  • An incredible opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to global development, enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

WUSC’s Safeguarding Policy

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 sign off on the WUSC Code of Conduct and the Self-Disclosure Form. International volunteers will also be required to submit a criminal record verification.

WUSC is a signatory to the Cooperation Canada Leaders’ Pledge on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct. The pledge represents the shared commitment as Canada’s global development and humanitarian leaders to ensure the full implementation of practices and policies that will protect and respond to our own staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. We are committed to creating safe and respectful workplaces and programs that promote gender equality and are free from gender-based violence, including by addressing and responding to all abuse of power, holding people to account, and protecting the vulnerable. Read the full pledge.

Reprise des départs de volontaires internationaux

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Toutes les personnes qui envisagent de devenir volontaires à l’étranger avec l’EUMC doivent faire preuve d’ouverture d’esprit et de flexibilité, et accepter de remplir les conditions suivantes :

  • avoir reçu une vaccination complète (deux doses de vaccin) contre la COVID-19 et être en mesure de fournir une preuve de leur vaccination;
  • respecter les exigences du gouvernement canadien et du pays d’affectation, ainsi que celles des compagnies aériennes en ce qui concerne les tests de réaction en chaîne de la polymérase (PCR);
  • accepter de respecter toutes les directives visant à atténuer la propagation de la COVID-19 émises par le gouvernement canadien, l’EUMC et les autorités locales du pays d’affectation.

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L'EUMC continue également de collaborer avec ses partenaires partout dans le monde grâce au soutien de volontaires en ligne résidant au Canada. En tant que volontaire en ligne, vous pouvez travailler à distance de votre table de cuisine et avoir un impact grâce au programme de volontariat en ligne de l'EUMC! Consultez les possibilités de volontariat en ligne ci-dessous et cliquez ici pour lire notre FAQ sur le volontariat en ligne.

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