Program Development Advisor

Title: Program Development Advisor
Partner(s): Himalayan Grassroots Women's Natural Resource Management Association (HIMAWANTI)
Location of Assignment: Nepal, Lalitpur
Contract Duration: Flexible duration (3-8 months)


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.

The Himalayan Grassroots Women’s Natural Resource Management Association (HIMAWANTI) Nepal is a non-profit, non-political NGO dedicated to strengthening the grassroots level women in sustainable natural resource management in Nepal. HIMAWANTI Nepal aims to promote solidarity among grassroots women in order to enhance their access to natural resources as well as to the equitable distribution of resources and benefits accruing from these resources, through consultation and networking. HIMAWANTI Nepal’s mission is to ensure the development of appropriate policies and decision making processes related to programs aimed at organizing rural women and promoting their strengths while conserving and managing the nation's natural resources.

HIMAWANTI Nepal is not profit organization. This organization has been functioning on the basis of volunteer contribution of the grass root level women. These women need more support with proposal writing and report writing for institutional development and sustainably.

HIMAWANTI Nepal seeks a volunteer Program Development Advisor to build their capacity for proposal and report writing.


  • Explore and identify solicited and unsolicited proposal calls relevant to activities of HIMAWANTI;

  • Provide support to the HIMAWANTI team in writing concept notes and proposals;

  • Train and coach HIMAWANTI staff in writing effective proposals;

  • Fundraising for new projects to invest in natural resources sustainability and empowering rural women;

  • Support HIMAWANTI in writing reports for ongoing projects;

  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies;

  • Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities of and all program benefits; and

  • Write reports required by HIMAWANTI and the Uniterra program.


  • Degree and/or training in International Development or a related discipline

  • Experience in proposal writing

  • Work experience in natural resources or with women related organization is desirable

  • Willing to work in a small office in a limited resource context

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments

  • Demonstrated coaching or mentorship skills, including tact and professionalism

  • Written and oral fluency in English

Volunteer Benefits and Support

  • 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!

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the ages of 18-70.

  • Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, and 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.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume/CV and cover letter to Robin McLaughlin, Recruitment Marketing and Posting at WUSC, at