Program Design, Delivery and Innovation Advisor


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Canadian International Volunteer
Eligibility Requirements:
Open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada only
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Program Design, Delivery and Innovation Advisor
Uganda Small Scale Industries Association
4 to 12 months (flexible)
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Assignment Context

Are you passionate about micro, small and medium sized business development and sustainability globally? Do you have strategic and operational planning skills to share? 

As the Program Design, Delivery and Innovation Advisor with Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (USSIA) in Kampala, Uganda, you will support programming, operational planning and delivery work to ensure that USSIA’s mission and objectives are met. You will contribute actively to the strategic thinking and innovation process to formulate a strategic plan, evaluate progress and make adjustments to achieve objectives.

Apply today to have an impact on small scale entrepreneurs in Uganda!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support the strategic program design, delivery and innovation in programming of Uganda Small Scale Industries Association’s programs
  • Provide guidance and develop innovative tools to enable staff to meet their responsibilities to effectively and efficiently deliver program in line with vision and mission of the organization development
  • Collaborate with USSIA team 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
  • Work with the team to identify opportunities to engage in greener programing
  • Use a gender equality lens in all stages of proposal writing
  • 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.
  • Submit reports as required by the partner organization and by WUSC.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree in international development, social sciences, business development, project planning and management or related field
  • Training and/or experience in strategic planning, development management, risk management and/or results-based management
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills
  • Excellent computer literacy, including advanced knowledge of spreadsheet software (Excel and Google Sheets)
  • Minimum two (2) years relevant professional experience in your field of expertise.
  • 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

The Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (USSIA) is a not-for-profit business association of Micro, Small and Medium Industries (MSMIs) with a membership base of about 5000 registered Industries. USSIA is driven to support and equip small and medium sized enterprises of Uganda for success and economic growth by enhancing development and competitiveness through quality service delivery and advocacy. Their projects seek to help economies transition towards a private sector-led inclusive green economy, based on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns; support small scale entrepreneurs especially poor people, women and young people have a sustainably improved livelihood incomes; improve institutional and management capacities; and strengthen linkages and partnerships. Their main focus is to be the leading organization in the promotion and development of small scale value addition industries as the engine of growth in Uganda.

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
  • 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
  • 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.

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