Business Development Advisor (South-South Volunteer)

Ghana (South-South Volunteer)

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Partner Name: Artisans Association of Ghana

E-volunteer Location: Canada

Partner Location: Ghana

Duration: 12 months

Time Commitment: Full time

Context for the Assignment:

Are you passionate about supporting the economic empowerment of youth?

As a Business Development Advisor E-volunteer with Artisans Association of Ghana (AAG) you will support in developing a sustainable business plan to guide the organization through recent changes to their program.

Apply today to support the empowerment of youth in Ghana!


  • Guide the development of a sustainable business plan, taking into consideration the existing job matching platform;
  • Provide technical expertise on strategies for engaging with employers and key industry players in order to build the network of the organization;
  • Contribute to the research and evaluation of potential funding sources for the organization within the technical and vocational education and training sector in Ghana;
  • Provide training to organization staff on the business development plan;
  • Participate in pre-assignment online training;
  • Undertake public engagement and fundraising activities before, during, and after their volunteer assignment and will be equipped with tools, training, and support to achieve these goals;
  • Ensure the representation and engagement of women in all activities and program benefits;
  • Co-develop an e-volunteer work plan with the partner organization and WUSC country office using the WUSC volunteer work plan template;
  • Participate in organizational and project improvement activities such as surveys, assessments and learning/planning sessions;
  • Submit volunteer timesheets, reports and deliverables as required by the partner organization and WUSC.


  • Degree and/or training in business administration, or other relevant field;
  • Experience with and thorough understanding of business development planning, strategy and execution, demonstrated experience to develop new approaches is an asset;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with private sector actors, and networking;
  • Ability to work independently as part of a remote working group;
  • Comfortable using online working platforms;
  • Access to a reliable internet connection;
  • A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering;
  • Experience with group facilitation and training, including content development;
  • Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity;
  • Written and oral fluency in English;
  • Experience living and working internationally is a strong asset.


Support Package:

  • Pre-assignment training is provided to all volunteers where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, and meet other volunteers
  • Country level orientation and briefing on the work of WUSC upon beginning assignment
  • Cost of visas and work permits
  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials
  • Health insurance
  • Modest monthly living and accommodation allowance
  • Vacation leave entitlement.

Partner Description:

The Artisans Association of Ghana (AAG) is a membership-based association working with a network of artisans that trains, upgrades and supports the certification of unskilled youth and master craftspeople, enabling them to provide services that meet global standards. Despite vast employment opportunities that the construction sector presents in Ghana, the participation of women and youth is hindered by limited information, appropriate skills and support services. As a membership association with over 5000 members from four regions of Ghana, Artisans Association of Ghana seeks partnerships with businesses, identifies employment opportunities, and provides training and certification for its members in line with country standards. For more information please visit:

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Artisans Association of Ghana implemented a five-year youth skills enhancement project. Aside from providing direct skills training to young people, this project also supported a job matching platform to offer contracts and jobs for artisans. The end of this project coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic and AAG is looking to develop a plan to sustain its business operations beyond the end of this project and the effects of the pandemic.

WUSC’s Safeguarding Policy:

WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion and sexual exploitation and abuse of any form. Successful applicants will be required to sign off on the WUSC Code of Conduct and the Self-Disclosure Form.

Your work building capacity towards more resilient and inclusive economies is needed now more than ever! Though we have temporarily closed our offices globally, WUSC continues to work with our partners around the world, including through the support of e-volunteers residing in Canada. You can work remotely from your kitchen table and still make an impact through WUSC’s NEW e-volunteering program! See available e-volunteer opportunities below and click here for our e-volunteer FAQ.

We are also currently recruiting people with Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status - or people with citizenship or permanent residence status in countries in Africa or Asia - who are presently living in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka or Vietnam. If this is your case, apply today specifying your current country of residence.

International Departures - On Hold

If you are currently residing in Canada and interested in volunteering internationally with us, we still want to hear from you! We are continuing to recruit for open international volunteer positions, though departures are on hold until September 2021. We will not send international volunteers until we are fully confident that it is safe to do so.

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