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MERIT supports responsible resource management aimed at sustainable economic and social development in order to improve the livelihoods of communities in Mongolia.

About us

The MERIT project is implemented through a partnership between two Canadian non-profit organizations: CESO (Canadian Executive Service Organization) and WUSC (World University Service of Canada), with the support of Technical Advisors (TAs) and the MERIT team in Mongolia.

Together they combine the skills and knowledge through volunteer short-term strategic support and long-term placements to effectively implement best practices, tools and systems adapted to local needs. MERIT is a seven-year project (2016-2023) funded by Global Affairs Canada.

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Project outcomes:

•  Strengthening the capacity of public institutions working in natural resource management
•  Strong collaboration between public institutions, civil society organizations and local communities involved in resource sector
•  Supporting communities to participate in and benefit from local development
•  Mainstreaming and promoting gender equality in the resource sector
•  Strengthening institutions and developing a knowledge portal to ensure sustainability

Areas of Focus:

•  Human resource competency framework
•  Gender mainstreaming
•  Leadership training
•  Results-based management
•  Knowledge portal development
•  Aimag development
•  Environmental protection


With over 50 years of experience of working in Canada and around the world, CESO knows that developing a strong economic infrastructure leads to sustainable economic and social change. CESO’s Volunteer Advisors share their senior-level professional experience to support clients and partners in creating lasting impacts. For more information visit


WUSC (World University Service of Canada) is a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to improving education, employment, and empowerment opportunities for youth around the world.
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Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers make this project happen. You can be a part of our work towards creating sustainable economic growth in Mongolia. Join us!


Short Term

Partner with CESO to make a difference in Mongolia.

Our short-term assignments are typically 3-4 weeks.

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Long Term

Partner with WUSC to make a difference in Mongolia.

Our long-term assignments are typically 6-9 months.


Q1 How is MERIT different from other CESO or WUSC assignments?

Unlike our international assignments where VAs work directly with local partners, under MERIT the project office in Ulaanbaatar manages relationships with all local partners to design and implement assignments, and Volunteer Advisors support partners through the office rather than directly with the partners.

Q2 How long are the assignments?

MERIT assignments are both short and long term – approximately three weeks to nine months in length.

Q3 What can I expect for local transportation arrangements in Mongolia?

In Ulaanbaatar, taxis are easy to access, and TAs can easily walk to many locations nearby.

Q4 What are the logistical arrangements and costs for Mongolia?

CESO provides all expenses for airfare, in-transit costs, accommodation and meals in-country. TAs get an allowance which includes walk around money, and a meal allowance to cover lunch and dinner. Breakfast is provided by the hotel. CESO also pays for full insurance coverage for the duration of the assignment.

Contact us

Jennifer Adams

Project Director
Oy­un­tu­ya Shag­dar­sur­en

Deputy Director, MERIT
Gale Lee

Director, International Services
Khulan Zalaa-Uul

Program Coordinator
Ashna Faroze

Program Officer
Rob Gil­berry

Senior Project Officer

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