Program and Volunteer Support Advisor

Malawi

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Assignment ID:
VA-104914
Assignment Title:
Program and Volunteer Support Advisor
Partner:
WUSC Malawi
Country:
Malawi
Duration:
6 to 12 months (flexible)
Time Commitment:
35 hours per week

Assignment Context

Are you passionate about volunteering for development? Do you have people management and program management skills to share? 

As the Program and Volunteer Support Advisor with the WUSC team in Malawi, you will work with the country team to support in program planning and management activities and contribute to work planning and other tasks which support the effective management of volunteers. 

Apply today to make an impact on youth empowerment in Malawi!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide personal and professional guidance to Canadian and International volunteers and program interns to contribute to the realization of program goals and completion of mandates
  • Support in the design and coordination of in-country orientation for volunteers, program intern and organize volunteer management training for local partners
  • Support in the preparation and processing of immigration documents for Canadian volunteers, including visas, residence, and employment permits
  • Develop strategies to continue to improve the volunteer integration process
  • Support handover from incoming and outgoing volunteers to ensure continuity between mandates and to avoid duplication of work
  • In collaboration with country office staff, develop and implement safety and security protocols, communicate emergency procedures to local and international staff, and liaise with development partners on best practices
  • In collaboration with the Finance and Administration team, develops and manages project specific budgets
  • Support program monitoring and evaluation by liaising with volunteers to consolidate results, document best practices and encourage learning among volunteers and partners
  • Provide support to program communications team including social media, newsletters, and case studies, as required
  • Support country office staff in program related activities when necessary
  • 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.  
  • Submit reports as required by the partner organization and by WUSC.

Experience and Qualifications

Degree and/or formal training in human resources, volunteer management, social sciences, or a related discipline 

Demonstrated experience in volunteer management, or similar experience

Excellent judgment and problem-solving skills

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

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to providing education, employment and empowerment opportunities to women and youth around the world.In Malawi, WUSC is supporting young people especially young women around 2 themes of youth entrepreneurship and gender equality through the IGNI+E project. IGNI+E is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, implemented by WUSC. It is undertaken thanks to the generosity of Canadians and with the financial support of the Government of Canada, provided through Global Affairs Canada.Find us on Twitter: @wuscmwFind us on Instagram: @wuscmalawi

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.

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 with the lifting of Canada’s non-essential travel restriction: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

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 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.

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

WUSC continues to work with our partners around the world through the support of e-volunteers residing in Canada as well. 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.

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