Volunteer Position - Organizational Development Advisor| Northwest Territories and Nunavut
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Organizational Development Advisor | Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Vets Without Borders has an open Organizational Development Advisor at partner organizations, located in Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Job Details

Job Title: Organizational Development Advisor


Location: Nunavut

Partner Organization: Northern Canine Rescue, NWT SPCA and Paws for Purpose (one position per organization).

Duration: minimum of six months, estimated 3-6 hours a week. Position will be primarily home-based, access to a computer and internet is required, and will include one trip to the community.  

Start Date: As soon as possible

Pre-departure Training: VWB/VSF will provide training orientation.

Eligibility Requirements: Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only.

Academic Requirements: Post-secondary education, preferably in a related field. Non-profit management certificate or similar. 

Fundraising: VWB/VSF encourages each volunteer to raise funds towards the organization’s operations.

Volunteer Application: Organizational Development Advisor, Northern Animal Health Initiative (Primarily remote)

Our Commitment 

Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontière is an equal opportunity employer and values the diversity of our team.

We are committed to inclusive and equitable employment practices and strive to create a workplace that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion. VWB/VSF Canada welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

Please let us know if you require an accommodation and we will work with you to ensure an equitable hiring process. Thank you for your interest in VWB/VSF Canada.

Overall Goal

Support VWB partner in Northern Canada to explore and pursue capacity building opportunities.


  • Conduct a thorough operations and needs assessment to identify organizational development opportunities and make recommendations for sustainable organizational strength.
  • Work with the group to create a strategic road map defining the pathways and milestones (short, medium, and long-term) towards growth and include opportunity and risk considerations.
  • Create and implement a coaching plan that supports the partner with development of systems, tools and processes to strengthen capacity in one or more organizational development domains.
  • Monitor and assess existing program effectiveness, identifying opportunities for enhancement.
  • Seek out and implement additional organizational development support.
  • Submit reports as required by the partner organization and VWB.

All volunteers are expected to promote gender equality, environmental sustainability, and good governance within their placement responsibilities.



  • Senior manager or executive at a non-profit or have studied non profit management in college or university
  • Interest in animal health, particularly in Northern Canada communities
  • Fluent in English (written and oral)
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication skills
  • Understanding of non-profit or charitable processes and requirements
  • Strong financial management knowledge
  • Experience leading teams
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations
  • Experience managing/working with volunteers
  • Knowledge of grant writing and fundraising
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • 1 to 3 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation
  • Commitment to the principles of volunteer cooperation and familiarity with participatory approaches to development, including the promotion of gender equality, good governance, and environmental sustainability


  • Experience coaching and/or mentoring

About the Project: Northern Animal Health Initiative

Canada’s vast, sparsely populated northern regions are defining elements of our nation, where dogs are integral to the culture, and iconic for these regions. Unfortunately, there are wide gaps in access to veterinary services in northern Canadian communities, resulting in animal health and welfare concerns as well as human health and safety issues. There are only a handful of full-time veterinary clinics operating in the three Canadian territories; in addition, long distances, physical isolation of communities, and high travel expenses reduce access to veterinary services across the north. In 2017, a VWB report documented over 50 communities of 100 or more people who were without access to full-time veterinary care. Many of these communities have never had temporary veterinary clinics and have requested the resources to offer basic animal health care, as well as assistance in providing programs to address One Health issues, such as rabies transmission.  .

Learn More About The Northern Animal Health Initiative

About Veterinarians Without Borders

In the global south, more than 90 percent of food animals are raised by subsistence farmers. However, small-scale livestock producers, the majority of whom are women, have very limited access to quality and affordable animal health services.

Aside from the risks associated with the loss of valuable livestock that provides important protein and/or income for low-income households, zoonotic diseases that can be passed from animals to humans offer a very real threat to human health on a wider scale.

Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontières (VWB/VSF) works for and with communities in need to foster the health of animals, people, and the environments that sustain us. VWB/VSF works nationally and internationally to train animal health workers, increase food security, and improve animal and public health.

VWB/VSF provides overseas volunteer placements for veterinarians and other animal and public health professionals.

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