There is growing interest amongst Canadians, and especially members of the Canadian Tamil diaspora, in contributing their time and professional expertise in a meaningful manner to develop and empower vulnerable communities in war-affected, under-developed, rural, and remote regions of Sri Lanka. However, it is often difficult for these individuals to identify and connect with credible local community-based organizations in Sri Lanka.
comdu.it is a growing global network of diaspora changemakers interested in sustainable development of vulnerable communities in war-affected, under-developed, rural, and remote regions of Sri Lanka, with an emphasis on the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Its mission is to help shift diaspora engagement from charity to sustainability, from aid to economic development, and from remittance to knowledge-based economy. It currently operates in Canada and Germany.
The Associateship program stream provides new and young professionals with the opportunity to discover, connect, and explore their heritage and history in the North and East of Sri Lanka. Applicants will pre-plan a project prior to their arrival in Sri Lanka, do a high-intensity implementation over a specified period of time on the ground in the Northern and Eastern provinces, and continue evaluation upon their return to Canada.
The Institute of Regional Development and Governance (IRDG) was founded by like minded local and overseas professionals for regional development by providing knowledge-based solutions to the complex challenge of post war recovery. IRDG enables participation, partnership and collaboration of its stakeholders to address the multi-dimensional challenges faced by the people of the North-East in its current environment. IRDG operates as a knowledge forum, a “back office” and a “platform” to enable and empower key public institutions, leadership, and overseas investors with data, information and analysis. For more information, please visit https://irdg.org.lk.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Institutional development by structuring and creating systems for validating business processes at the head office based on relevant projects in the villages currently under development.
- Support village development project management on large-scale commercially viable projects.
- Perform duties of documenting project management processes, documenting project monitoring systems, and project reporting.
- Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls’ rights in all activities.
- Completed undergraduate degree or diploma in Business Studies, Business Process Design, Project Management, or related disciplines.
- Excellent presentation, analytical, and oral and written communication skills.
- Interpersonal skills, including open and honest communication, negotiation, and collaboration.
- Full fluency in English and conversational proficiency in Tamil.
- Approaches challenges with curiosity, not judgement.
- Strong personal initiative, resourcefulness and capacity to be self-motivated and also work as part of a team.
- Must be driven to improve the lives of marginalized people, and work with them to do so, in a way that is led by them, for them, and is sustainable and achieves their objectives.
- Must be committed to equality, and by extension, open to learning about resilience, diversity and solidarity from the vulnerable communities they are working with.
- Must be able to lead by example by being open minded, humble, and embrace opportunities to grow personally.
Preferred but not mandatory qualifications:
- Currently in or recently completed graduate degree or post-graduate diploma in Business Studies, Business Process Design, Project Management, or related disciplines.
- Relevant technical skills and practical experience in project management and experience in commercial business environments.
- Work experience in vocational institutions, post-secondary institutions, or international organizations.
Volunteer Benefits and Support
- Fifty percent (50%) of all placement costs covered (travel, meals, health insurance, accommodation).
- Guidance with booking flights, obtaining visa, accommodations, etc.
- Participation in pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about comdu.it’s work, gain practical skills for living and working in a lower middle-income country, and meet other volunteers.
- In-country orientation upon arrival.
- Potential tour and briefing of the Northern and Eastern provinces.
- Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in Sri Lanka.
- Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment.
- The opportunity of a lifetime to provide meaningful assistance to war-impacted communities in the North and East of Sri Lanka.
- Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or Germany between the ages of 25 – 40. Older applicants also welcome.
- Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa process, medical clearance, vulnerable sector checks, travel documentation).
- Successful applicants must raise fifty percent (50%) of their placement costs (travel, meals, health insurance, accommodations).