Business Development Advisor

Malawi

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Assignment ID:
VA-104891
Assignment Title:
Business Development Advisor
Partner:
TIMVENI Media
Country:
Malawi
Duration:
6 to 12 months (flexible)
Time Commitment:
35 hours per week

Assignment Context

Are you passionate about business development? 

As the Business Development Advisor with Timveni in Malawi, you will work with the Station Manager to support the growth of Timveni through identifying new business opportunities, expanding awareness of the organization and developing a resource mobilization strategy.

Apply today to make an impact in youth empowerment through media!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support Timveni to undertake market research to identify new business opportunities
  • Provide support in developing marketing and communication tools to inform clients and staff of new products
  • Provide guidance on developing communication channels to enable effective collaboration amongst stakeholders including youth
  • Provide training in identifying and responding to resource mobilization opportunities for the organization 
  • Support in increasing the visibility of the organization by identifying and developing partnerships and potential relationships with clients and key stakeholders, including NGOs, government organizations, media houses, and prominent social media profiles 
  • Undertake public engagement and fundraising activities before, during, and after their volunteer assignment. You will be equipped with tools, training, and support to achieve these goals 
  • Ensure that a gender equality lens is consistently applied in the execution of all activities
  • Support partners to empower young women and promote a culture of gender sensitive representation in all activities and program benefits.  
  • Submit reports as required by the partner organization and by WUSC.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree and/or formal training in business administration, marketing, or other related field
  • Demonstrated experience in business development, particularly related to media and sales 
  • Experience in digital marketing with be considered an asset 
  • A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering
  • Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including content development considered an asset 
  • Experience living and working internationally considered an asset
  • Written and oral fluency in English

Project Description

Volunteering for development is one of the important ways in which WUSC pursues its mission. The IGNI+E project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, supports over 70 partner organizations to advance gender equality and the economic empowerment of 1.2 million youth around the world. IGNI+E harnesses the knowledge, capacity and expertise of skilled Canadians through volunteer assignments and public engagement activities to assist partners in improving their performance, advocating for gender equality, and implementing more sustainable, innovative and inclusive initiatives and services for poor and marginalised youth, particularly young women. Overseas, our volunteers collaborate with a wide variety of partners, including enterprise and social enterprise development incubators, skills training centres, women's organizations, and youth groups. In Canada, WUSC works with institutions and individuals to identify, prepare, and support volunteers who travel overseas to support our partners. Our network in Canada also works with WUSC to raise awareness among Canadians to inspire greater action on global development issues. Our collective focus is on sustainable and inclusive changes to create a better world for youth.

Partner Description

Timveni is a youth media organization working to empower youth to understand their human rights and responsibilities as citizens. Timveni has evolved from a radio project to an independent institution and acts as a platform for youth to discuss challenges in their communities. Timveni encourages youth to make observations, integrate these observations into a positive world view, and express them through speeches, music and other creative expressions. Timveni is able to facilitate engagement between youth within and across districts to communicate their views to decision makers in Malawi via the Timveni Radio and Timveni Television platforms.

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Volunteer Mobilization Team prior to departure and from WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers
  • Travel, meals and accommodation are covered during in-person pre-departure
  • In-country orientation upon arrival in country of assignment
  • Language training in country of assignment, where required
  • Airfare to and from country of assignment
  • Support from the WUSC Administrative Officer for all relevant visas and work permits
  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials
  • Health insurance
  • Modest monthly living and accommodation allowance while in country of assignment
  • Vacation leave entitlement
  • Return debriefing after completion of assignment
  • An incredible opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to global development, enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

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. International volunteers will also be required to submit a criminal record verification.

WUSC is a signatory to the Cooperation Canada Leaders’ Pledge on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct. The pledge represents the shared commitment as Canada’s global development and humanitarian leaders to ensure the full implementation of practices and policies that will protect and respond to our own staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. We are committed to creating safe and respectful workplaces and programs that promote gender equality and are free from gender-based violence, including by addressing and responding to all abuse of power, holding people to account, and protecting the vulnerable. Read the full pledge.

Your application and COVID-19

Your work building capacity towards more resilient and inclusive economies is needed now more than ever! WUSC continues to work with our partners around the world through the support of e-volunteers residing in Canada and through the support of Canadians and other expatriates currently residing in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

If you are currently residing in one of these countries and hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status - or hold citizenship or permanent residence status in countries in Africa or Asia - apply today to one of our international volunteer postings or to the general application form! Please specify your current country of residence in your application.

As an e-volunteer, you can work remotely from your kitchen table and still make an impact through WUSC’s e-volunteering program! See available e-volunteer opportunities below and click here for our e-volunteer FAQ.


International Departures

WUSC has resumed planning and recruitment for international departures for our volunteer assignments from, earliest, November 2021. However, the current global context continues to evolve and, as we continue to closely monitor international, national and local health information and guidelines, our plans and timelines are subject to change. The health and safety of our partners and our volunteers is our top priority and, as such, we are undertaking a rigorous international volunteer resumption planning process. A number of conditions will need to be met before an assignment will be given the green light to proceed, including the lifting of Canada's non-essential travel restrictions. All individuals considering volunteering internationally with WUSC must demonstrate openness, flexibility and accept to meeting the following conditions:

  • Volunteers must be fully vaccinated (two vaccine doses) against COVID-19 and be able to provide evidence of vaccination.
  • Volunteers must meet Canadian and Assignment Country Government and airline requirements related to PCR testing.
  • Volunteers must agree to follow all COVID-19 mitigation instructions as issued by the Canadian Government, WUSC and by the local authorities in the country of assignment.

See available international opportunities below and click here for our international volunteer FAQ.

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