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Position: Recyclable Materials Markets Management Advisor 
Organization: Uniterra / WUSC & CECI

Remuneration: living allowance, accom., airfare, more (see below)

Location: GUATEMALA, Guatemala city
Duration: Flexible duration (3-8 months)
Expected departure date: Departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and position will remain open until filled.


Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 200 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers. Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic subsectors.

For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit:


The Gremial de Recicladores (solid waste Recycling Association) promotes the business development of the recycling industry that could lead to a culture of conservation of the environment within society and also strengthen the economy. The Association’s objectives are: to be recognised as the Union representing Guatemala’s recyclers; promote legislation that would provide more advantages and opportunities; enhance and modernise the recyclers’ work through value-adding to the ongoing process; bring about changes in the people’s individual and collective behaviour and conscience regarding the conservation of natural resources.In this context, the volunteer would support the development of a market analysis of recyclable material in the department of Guatemala


  • Advise on the general organization of waste characterization in the district.
  • Support the identification of logistics routing for waste collection, based on the waste characterization survey.
  • Assist in the planning of a private collection centre.
  • Help identify opportunities for collaboration with other projects and institutions.
  • Prepare a market analysis on recyclable materials, based on the information collected.
  • Promote accessibility and participation in relation to all program activities for both women and men, particularly young women and men.
  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies
  • Produce reports for the Program and the partner, as required.


  • Degree in administration, environmental management or a related discipline.
  • Experience in comprehensive solid waste management or a related field.
  • Creativity and good interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledgable about and interested in environmental issues.
  • Aptitude for opportunity identification.
  • Knowledge and work experience in training and sensitization workshops.
  • Consulting support and training skills.
  • Ability to work in an intercultural environment.
  • Aptitude for working independently, as well as teamwork skills.
  • Strong sense of organization.
  • Command of Spanish


  • Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.
  • Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in-country.
  • Language training in-country where required.
  • Return flights, visas and work permits.
  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.
  • Health insurance.
  • Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.
  • Accommodation while overseas.
  • Vacation leave entitlement.
  • Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!


  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the age of 18-70.
  • Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, travel documentation).
  • With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jul 4 2019    ID: 54096