Gender and Economic Empowerment Advisor

Ghana

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Assignment Type:
Canadian International Volunteer
Eligibility Requirements:
Open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada only
Assignment ID:
VA-105545
Assignment Title:
Gender and Economic Empowerment Advisor
Partner:
Africa Skills Hub (ASH)
Country:
Ghana
Duration:
6 to 12 months (flexible)
Time Commitment:
35 Hours per week

Assignment Context

Are you passionate about supporting young people to grow their skills and businesses that will lead to a more inclusive and enhanced economic opportunities for them in Ghana?

As the Gender and Economic Empowerment Advisor with the Africa Skills Hub (ASH) in Accra Ghana, you will support  the Executive Director to develop a comprehensive organizational strategy that will incorporate gender equality and inclusion in all the organization's programs and projects.

Apply today and improve opportunities for young people in Ghana!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the management of Africa Skills Hub, conduct an assessment of the organizations gender and women economic empowerment programs and projects
  • Co-develop a gender equality and women economic empowerment strategy with key performance indicators for the organization
  • Conduct training assessment and identify gaps for further capacity building training for staff
  • Prepare a final gender and women economic empowerment strategy document
  • Participate in pre-assignment 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
  • Set up a personalized volunteer fundraising page on the WUSC fundraising platform and share it in your networks. Volunteers will be supported with the tools, training and support to achieve the fundraising goal
  • 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
  • Ensure that an environmental sustainability lens is consistently applied in the execution of all assignment activities 
  • Submit reports as required by the partner organization and by WUSC.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree and/or training in social science discipline 
  • Demonstrated experience in in gender and women economic empowerment 
  • Ability to work efficiently and collaboratively with a team

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

Africa Skills Hub is a youth employment and business incubator, building skilled African youth as agents of change through practical and accessible learning and coaching tools, delivered online and offline using our Career Pathways Module, which includes Digital Skills, Leadership Skills and Entrepreneurial Skills. They offer several training sessions for young people across Ghana that aim to equip youth with the skills they need to drive the economy, compete on the global stage, and build their own businesses. These programs include: employability programs, data analytics and business intelligence training, hands-on skill training through online and practical training sessions, access to capital for entrepreneurs, accelerator program for small and medium businesses, six months young female business support bootcamp, and evening sessions on how to use online productivity tools in the workplace. The main focus of all these programs is skill acquisition through a network integrated learning style.

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 and national 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.

International Volunteer Departures Have Resumed

Your work building capacity towards more resilient and inclusive economies is needed now more than ever! After a pause on travel since March 2020, international volunteer departures to Africa, Asia and the Caribbean have resumed.

All individuals considering volunteering internationally with WUSC must demonstrate openness, flexibility and accept to meeting the following conditions:

  • Volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be able to provide proof 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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