Business Management Advisor

Kenya

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Assignment ID:
VA-105111
Assignment Title:
Business Management Advisor
Partner:
RefuSHE
Country:
Kenya
Duration:
6 to 12 months (flexible)
Time Commitment:
35 hours per week

Assignment Context

Are you passionate about improving educational, economic and empowerment opportunities for young refugee women? If so this might be the role for you!

As the Business Management Advisor for RefuSHE’s Artisan Collective you will support with strategy development, operational improvement, and production management expertise. You will provide a strategic roadmap/plan for the Collective’s growth over the next few years. This includes, but is not limited to, conducting a SWOT analysis of the Collective, assessing its operations and workflows, and developing a detailed business plan with strategies to increase production capacity, enhance supply chain efficiencies, and enhance capacity of the Collective staff with the aim of building a team with a strong business acumen.

Apply today to make a difference in the lives of refugee women and girls in Kenya!

Experience and Qualifications

  • Five years demonstrable experience in business management, management consulting, strategic management of commercial or social enterprises, and/or business operations
  • Experience in financial management required 
  • Experience in change management and operational process improvement
  • Ability to lead, inspire, and develop a commercial centric culture while being sensitive to the social mission and vulnerability of refugee young women
  • Creative thinking, strong problem-solving skills, and an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Self-starter, highly driven, and capable of executing on responsibilities with minimal oversight and follow-up of management is essential
  • Understanding of social enterprises and the social business sector 
  • Experience in manufacturing considering an asset 
  • Experience in change management and operational process improvement an asset
  • A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering
  • Flexibility, adaptability, resilience, self-awareness, confidence, ability to work well in a team, interpersonal skills, communication skills and cultural sensitivity
  • 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

RefuSHE works to protect, educate, and empower orphaned, unaccompanied, and separated refugee girls and young women to build healthier and more resilient futures for themselves and their children. RefuSHE provides a holistic model of services to orphaned and separated refugee girls including education and economic opportunities, case management, a safe house, community outreach and advocacy and research.

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Volunteer Mobilization Team prior to departure and from WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • Pre-departure training to learn about the volunteering for development program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and network with other volunteers
  • Travel, meals and accommodation during in-person pre-departure training
  • In-country orientation upon arrival in country of assignment
  • Language training in country of assignment, where required
  • Modest monthly living and accommodation allowance
  • Airfare to and from the assignment country
  • Visa/work permit
  • Pre-departure medical exam
  • Health insurance
  • Vaccinations and antimalarial medication
  • COVID-19 PCR testing
  • Criminal record verification
  • Vacation leave entitlement
  • Debriefing after completion of assignment
  • Support for accompanying spouse and dependents for assignments of 12 months or longer
  • 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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