3-month volunteering opportunity
This volunteer assignment includes accommodation for a partner and two dependants! There's never been a better time to volunteer!
LOCATION: Zuunmod, Mongolia (capital of Tuv aimag, one hour from Ulaanbaatar) and other soums within Tuv aimag
DURATION: 3 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.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
VOLUNTEER BENEFITS AND SUPPORT:
World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and Canadian Executive Services Organization (CESO) are working in partnership to implement the Mongolia: Enhancing Resource management through Institutional Transformation (MERIT) initiative. MERIT is a multi-year initiative that will enhance the public sector management of the Mongolian extractive sector to maximize its contribution to sustainable economic and social development through responsible resource management. With the technical support of qualified Canadian volunteers, MERIT is working closely with several partners to build capacity in a number of areas, including gender equality, HR management, leadership development, monitoring and evaluation, environmental management, delivery of quality training, public consultation and inter-agency collaboration, with the overall objective of responsible resource management in Mongolia.
MERIT has a strong local team based in Ulaanbaatar, as well as Project Officers based in our 4 implementation aimags. This team works closely with partners, MERIT volunteers and other key actors (e.g. other donor funded projects, community leaders) to coordinate MERIT’s work.
One of MERIT’s areas of focus is on building the capacity of local governments in the aimags and soums to effectively implement the government’s extractive sector related policies and regulations, given that extractive activities take place almost entirely in the aimags. Beginning in 2018, Tuv aimag will be supported by MERIT, in particular to address environmental challenges caused by extractive activities. As of December 2017, a total of 231 exploration and 1115 mining licenses (gold, coal, tin, fluorspar and limestone) have been granted in the aimag territory, with 32 of them being considered active.
Formal agreements between resource companies and local governments affected by resource projects are mandated by Mongolian Law, and the central government has issued Local Cooperation (benefit) Agreement templates. Local Cooperation Agreements (LCAs) are becoming an important mechanism for increasing benefits to local communities. The implementation of LCAs has been limited to date. Where Agreements have been made – using the government templates or more informally – the focus has been on infrastructure development, local hiring and local procurement, especially of food products.
Little to no progress has been made on introducing environmental protection into the LCAs, in spite of the fact that the LCAs explicitly name environmental protection as an area to be covered. One underlying reason for the lack of inclusion of environmental protection in the LCA discussions is the low level of capacity to deal with environmental issues at the aimag and soum levels.
MERIT has developed a practical approach to establishing LCAs between industry and resource extraction-affected soums. As a follow up to this effort, the project will work to support ongoing inclusion of environmental protection initiatives into the LCAs.
The scope of this assignment is to develop a coherent framework for environmental impact assessments for resource extraction-affected soums in Tuv aimag, and define possible MERIT initiatives in the area of environmental protection, recognizing the Project’s focus on strengthening the aimag capacity to support the soums. The Environmental Protection Advisor will support the collection of baseline environmental data through field-based environmental review in resource extraction-affected soums in Tuv aimag (and possibly other MERIT implementation aimags and soums). If both the volunteer and the MERIT Project agree, the assignment can go up to 12 months.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Apr 5 2019 ID: 52963