- Assignment ID:
- Assignment Title:
- Gender Advisor (E-Volunteer)
- Mzuzu Entrepreneurship Hub (Mzuzu e-Hub)
- 4 months (with possibility of extension)
- Time Commitment:
- 10-15 hours per week (flexible)
- Volunteer Location:
- Canada (remote)
Are you dedicated to advancing gender equality?
As the Gender Advisor e-volunteer with Mzuzu E-Hub, you will support the development of an organizational gender policy, as well as strategies and tools to ensure that gender mainstreaming and inclusion are included in all program planning. In this role, you will also assess existing processes and propose new ideas to further gender and inclusion objectives within the organization.
Apply today and contribute to the empowerment of young women in Malawi!
Roles and Responsibilities
- Support in conducting a gender assessment to identify gaps in programming and within the organization
- Assist in the design of gender and inclusion promotion strategies within the organization
- Support the development of the an organizational Gender and Inclusion policy
- Identify training needs, develop training materials and conduct training on gender equality, women’s economic empowerment and gender inclusion
- Support in the development of monitoring and evaluation systems,tools and resources to track the participation of young women in organizational programming and develop reporting and feedback platforms to increase this participation
- Participate in pre-assignment online training
- Participate in at least 3 public engagement initiatives before, during, or after the assignment. Volunteers will be equipped with the tools, training, and support to achieve these goals. Volunteers will also have one virtual check-in with the Public Engagement Officer throughout the course of their assignment
- 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
- Co-develop an e-volunteer work plan with the partner organization and country office using WUSC volunteer work plan template
- Submit volunteer timesheets, reports and deliverables as required by the partner organization and WUSC.
Experience and Qualifications
- Degree and/or formal training in gender studies, women’s studies, social sciences, or other relevant fields
- Demonstrated experience in gender strategy development and inclusion
- Knowledge and experience in monitoring and evaluation considered be an asset
- 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 trainings, 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.
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.
Mzuzu e-Hub is an entrepreneurship and innovation hub in Malawi providing working space and technical assistance to start-up and early-stage companies by linking them to a network of services for success. The hub focuses on start-up incubation, business development, networking, and capacity building. Mzuzu e-Hub facilitates structured mentorship between young entrepreneurs and innovators with established experts, researchers and icons in technology and business leading to increased skills development.
- Support and guidance from the WUSC Volunteer Mobilization Team prior to assignment and from the WUSC Country Team while on assignment
- Re-assignment training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for e-volunteering in an intercultural context and meet other e-volunteers
- Country orientation to better understand the cultural context of the country
- E-volunteers who contribute a minimum of 21 hours per week are eligible to receive an allowance of $35 CAD per day, up to a maximum of $700 CAD per month. This allowance is taxable income.
- 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.
WUSC has resumed planning and recruitment for international departures for our volunteer assignments from, earliest, October 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.
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