CV Editor

The CV Program actively assists beneficiaries at a key stage of the process of finding a job, namely drafting their CVs. The Program provides individualized support in this regard by connecting beneficiaries with trained volunteers in a collaborative process that last over 1-3 weeks. As a CV editor, you will be meeting with Beneficiaries (either remotely or in person) on a weekly basis to help them draft immaculate, well-conceived, targeted CVs. In the process, you will also help beneficiaries become more conversant and confident with their professional histories and impart important professional skills including drafting, critical thinking, and emailing etiquette.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Attend the initial training session for CV Editors
  • Coordinate and meet with beneficiaries (either remotely ore at the Lisbon Project’s premises)
  • Develop an understanding of a beneficiary’s experience and education strengths as a candidate
  • Recommend the appropriate CV format(s) to the beneficiary
  • Help the beneficiary understand the information they need to supply to draft their CV
  • Help the beneficiary understand the process by which the CV will be drafted
  • Explain the roles of the editor and beneficiary during the drafting process
  • Manage the drafting process and ensure it is collaborative
  • Finalize, proofread, and format the CV
  • Liaise with the CV Program Coordinator to ensure the CV’s are translated
  • Liaise with the CV Program Coordinator to ensure that finalized CV’s are logged in the LP data system
  • Draft and translate cover letters
  • Help the beneficiaries complete their online profiles for jobs portals
  • Ensure that to the extent possible, the process of drafting or editing a CV is a collaborative exercise with the beneficiary. Both editor and beneficiary should contribute to the best of their abilities, and neither should be passive while the other does the work.
    • Ensuring Collaboration:
      • Respects each person’s ability to contribute to the process
      • Underscores that the beneficiary has a sense of ownership over their CV and job search
      • Serves as an instructive exercise in teamwork, emailing etiquette, and drafting


  • Friendliness (you must be a people person and eager to help)
  • Must be affirmative when guiding beneficiary through the program
  • Must have cultural awareness and ability to interact with people from different cultures, genders, religions and backgrounds
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Respect of beneficiary confidentiality
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Linguistic skills are desirable
    • Fluency in English or Portuguese (or both)
    • Fluency in another language is a bonus as sessions may be held in a third language that is common to both coach and beneficiary.
    • Fluency in Arabic/French/Hindi is also prefferable
  • Willingness to use your own phone and if possible, your own laptop


  • Working in a team that aims to create impact
  • Work experience
  • Free tea and coffee (like all day long)!
  • Meeting people from all over the world and getting to know their stories

Time Commitment: 2-4 hours a week minimum, over 1-3 weeks (per Beneficiary)

Volunteer reports to: CV Program Coordinator

We can’t do it without you! Thank you for being a part of our team.