Project Supervisor


Each year, Canada World Youth (CWY) hires Project Supervisors to manage its youth exchange in the field.

About CWY: A non-profit organization, Canada World Youth (CWY) is a world leader in developing international volunteer and educational programs for young people aged 15 to 35. Since 1971, more than 36,000 people from Canada and around the world have participated in our programs in 68 countries. These programs are designed to help youth experience the world for themselves, learn about other cultures and diverse Canadian communities while developing leadership and communication skills. Mainly focused on health and environment, the educational experience offered by CWY allows the development of a sustainable social responsibility dedicated to enriching the lives of young people that have a desire to become informed and active global citizens.

Programs: Depending on the program, a group of young volunteers from different cultures live with host families and do volunteer work for a period of 3 months to 1 year together. Most programs are divided in two phases, one in a Canadian community and the other in one of our partner countries. Youth volunteers are usually paired with a counterpart from the partner country throughout the entire youth exchange. Youth volunteers have an opportunity to participate in a meaningful international volunteer experience, learn about other cultures, acquire useful skills for the future, gain a better understanding of global issues, and contribute to the strengthening of health or environmental projects in their host communities.

Your role: As a representative of CWY, you will work in close collaboration with CWY staff, international and local partner organizations, and with the Project Supervisor from the partner country in order to implement all aspects of CWY’s volunteer and educational exchange for a group generally comprised of as many young adults from Canada as young adults from the partner country.

Under the supervision of the Program Manager, the Project Supervisor assures the quality of learning and the management of a youth exchange consistent with the protocol.

Job Title Immediate Supervisor
Project Supervisor Program Manager
Date job revised Name of Incumbent
January 2014 Position to be filled
Budgetary responsibility Supervisory responsibility
No No


In keeping with Canada World Youth policies and where applicable in close cooperation with his or her counterpart:
  • Contribute to the smooth running of the youth exchange;
  • Develop, implement and evaluate non-formal educational programming with an emphasis on development education and the sectors of health, environment and gender;
  • Facilitate the youth volunteers’ learning in a non-formal educational context;
  • Facilitate the involvement of youth volunteers in community based health and environmental projects in Canada and overseas;
  • Maximize interactions among community members, including local youth and youth volunteers on the exchange in order to encourage mutual learning and engagement;
  • Ensure the health and safety of youth volunteers and their respect of standards of behaviour;
  • Develop and maintain respectful and positive relationships with partner organizations, host communities in Canada and overseas;
  • Manage the exchange budget and the emergency fund with a high level of accuracy;
  • Act as Canada World Youth lead youth exchange representative (may include special mandates).

According to the goals and nature of the exchange, responsibilities could include:

  • Prepare and implement administrative and logistical elements for the smooth running of the youth exchange;
  • Participate in the development of the exchange budget;
  • Secure the necessary funding to implement the exchange;
  • Recruit and select youth volunteers;
  • Fulfil the partner’s reporting needs.




Required qualifications and experience

Particular working conditions

  • Post-secondary diploma in a relevant field or equivalent;
  • Experience in a similar role or equivalent;
  • Work experience in a developing country is an asset.
  • Irregular and unpredictable working hours;
  • Capacity to live far from his or her residence;
  • Meet the health requirements for the position and undergo the required medical tests;
  • Clear criminal record check pertaining to the solicited position;
  • Ability to travel by plane and to drive a car in all seasons.
  • Contract start date* : between April and June;
  • Length* : between 3 months to 1 year;
  • Expenses : Domestic and international transportation costs, vaccination costs, as well as food and lodging expenses in the overseas country, are covered by CWY.


*Depending on the program


Work area knowledge and skills

Interpersonal skills and aptitudes

  • Ability to work in intercultural contexts;
  • Experience in budget management and demonstrated aptitudes for financial management;
  • Proven risk evaluation as well as crisis and incident management experience;
  • Working knowledge of issues impacting community and international development;
  • Experience in facilitation, training and group dynamics;
  • Ability to speak and read English and French and to write in one of the two languages;
  • Ability to speak the language of the exchange country.


  • Demonstrated ability to manage and work with diverse groups of youth and young adults;
  • Confirmed ease in establishing respectful and positive interpersonal relationships;
  • Ability to handle stress and to adapt to rapid change;
  • Ability to work autonomously.



Recruitment and selection process: To apply for this position, you must send your resume and a cover letter. We primarily recruit Project Supervisors for exchanges taking place in their own regions, but if you are willing to work elsewhere in Canada, please mention this in your application. If you are being considered for the position, you must participate in an evaluation session and/or interview during which your skills and attitudes will be examined according to established criteria.

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Canada World Youth is committed to equity in employment and diversity.

This posting represents an opportunity to realize our focus on increasing underrepresented groups such as Aboriginal peoples, visible and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further diversification.

We would like to thank in advance all the candidates for their interest in Canada World Youth.

Please note that only candidates invited to an interview will be contacted.