- Assignment Type:
- Canadian International Volunteer
- Eligibility Requirements:
- Open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada only
- Assignment ID:
- Assignment Title:
- Program Design and Innovation Advisor
- Invest in Africa
- 6 to 12 months (flexible)
- Time Commitment:
- 35 hours per week
Are you passionate about improving economic opportunities for youth in Kenya? Do you have project design skills to share?
As the Project Design and Innovation Advisor with Invest in Africa (IIA) you will support the design of innovative projects for regional engagement in private sector development. You will also provide guidance on how to implement targeted interventions that promote Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) growth. You will also assist in shaping an organizational culture that promotes innovative programming.
Apply today and contribute to improving the quality of support provided by IIA to Small and Medium Enterprises in Kenya!
Roles and Responsibilities
- Support the review of existing projects and recommend innovative improvements
- Assist in developing innovative ways to implement the project strategies in order to ensure bigger impact and sustainability of SMEs and IIA
- Identify key partnerships designed to complement and enhance specific projects
- Collaborate to design, research, develop, analyze and suggest new project concepts as well as strategies
- Provide training to strengthen the organization’s capacity and awareness of the benefits of sustainable, long term results
- Assist in providing technical guidance and training on Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) systems for existing and new projects
- Collaborate with the partner to ensure that youth, particularly young women and marginalized youth, are included in any capacity strengthening activities focusing on program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
- Support the inclusion of ESCA principles into the program design and engage ESCA stakeholders
- Ensure that a gender equality lens is consistently applied in the execution of all activities
- 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 training in program/project management, international development, development studies, or a related field
- Demonstrated experience in program management, and monitoring and evaluation
- Passion for innovative thinking and program adaptation
- 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.
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.
Invest in Africa (IIA) is a private-sector initiative that collaborates between private companies, public bodies and donor organisations. Their aim is to increase local businesses’ access to markets, skills and finance. Bringing together leading companies across sectors allows IIA to be both more cost-effective and more impactful in supporting investment into Africa. IIA has three areas of focus: 1. Connects multinationals and larger businesses to credible local suppliers (Small and Medium Enterprises SME);2. Improves SMEs access to skills, contracts and finance to build long term capacity; and3. Helps improve the investment climate and quality of policy discussions in Kenya.IIA is focused on job creation and improving the business environment for both investors and local SMEs. Their priority is to increase the linkages between large international companies, domestic companies and smaller local businesses as well as to increase access to skills, markets and finance.
- 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!
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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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