Gender And Inclusion Advisor

Sri Lanka

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Assignment Title:
Gender And Inclusion Advisor
Hayleys, Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC
Sri Lanka
4 months
Time Commitment:
10-15 hours per week (flexible)
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Assignment Context

Are you dedicated to advancing gender equality for women in Sri Lanka?

As the Gender and Inclusion Advisor, you will assist in the development and implementation of Talawakelle Tea Estates Women and Youth Empowerment project. As a result of Covid-19, the organization has faced various strategic challenges, including a delay in their live training sessions. As the Gender and Inclusion Advisor you will assess the current action plan and propose new ideas to carry out the organization’s empowerment and inclusion agenda.

Apply now to support women’s empowerment in Sri Lanka!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support the development and implementation of program strategies and activities designed to improve the quality of life of women and youth in the tea estates
  • Assist in the design of surveys and research with tea estate employees and youth on the perception of the estate work and gender issues and give recommendations
  • Assist in developing and sharing case studies, articles, and press releases
  • Assist in developing project proposals designed to improve the standard of child development centers and health care centers leading to increased participation and engagement of women
  • Identify training and development needs in order to improve the wellbeing of the female employees
  • Identify strategies to promote a new, more inclusive model of employment in the tea plantations
  • Participate in pre-assignment online training
  • Undertake public engagement and fundraising activities before, during, and after their volunteer assignment and will be equipped with tools, training, and support to achieve these goals
  • 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
  • Co-develop an e-volunteer work plan with the partner organization and WUSC country office using the WUSC volunteer work plan template
  • Participate in organizational and project improvement activities such as surveys, assessments and learning/planning sessions
  • Submit volunteer timesheets, reports and deliverables as required by the partner organization and WUSC.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree and/or training in Gender Studies, International Development or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience working in gender equality and youth inclusion
  • Able to conduct relevant research on applicable principles and good practices
  • Experience in gender programming and implementation
  • 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
  • Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including content development
  • Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Written and oral fluency in English
  • Experience living and working internationally is a strong 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

Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC (TTEL), Horana Plantations PLC (HPL) and Kelani Valley Plantations PLC (KVPL) form the Hayleys Plantations sector. The three companies collectively account for 4% and 5% of Sri Lanka’s tea and rubber production respectively and cover 60 Tea and Rubber estates with a land area of almost 19,500 hectares. As industry pioneers, the Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC raised the bar to integrate sustainable practices into the business process and joined forces with external parties such as the Rainforest Alliance to reinforce a sustainable approach. Furthermore, Hayleys Plantations are the world’s most awarded and certified sustainable plantations.

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Volunteer Mobilization Team prior to assignment and from the WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • Re-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.


Your work building capacity towards more resilient and inclusive economies is needed now more than ever! WUSC continues to work with our partners around the world through the support of e-volunteers residing in Canada and through the support of Canadians and other expatriates currently residing in Ghana, Uganda, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

If you are currently residing in one of these countries and hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status – or hold citizenship or permanent residence status in countries in Africa or Asia – apply today to one of our international volunteer postings or to the general application form! Please specify your current country of residence in your application.

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International Departures – On Hold

If you are currently residing in Canada and interested in volunteering internationally with us, we still want to hear from you! We are continuing to recruit for international volunteer positions, though departures are on hold until September 2021. This date is subject to change. We will not send international volunteers until we are fully confident that it is safe to do so.

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