Resource Mobilization Advisor


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Canadian International Volunteer
Eligibility Requirements:
Open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada only
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Assignment Title:
Resource Mobilization Advisor
Africa Agribusiness Academy
6 to 12 months (flexible)
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Assignment Context

Are you passionate about agribusiness, food security and improving economic opportunities for youth and women? Do you have resource mobilization skills to share?

As the Resource Mobilization Advisor with the Africa Agri-business Academy in Uganda, you will support the AAA Resource Mobilization team to review their resource mobilization strategies, enhance their proposal writing skills, contribute to donor mapping database, develop resource mobilization communication materials, support the development of partnerships and mobilization of resources for AAA.

Apply today to have an impact in improving Agri-food entrepreneurship and food security in Uganda!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support the Africa Agri-business Academy (AAA) management to review their current resource mobilization strategy and support the development of strategies tailored to specific donors;
  • Review partners’ donor database, advise on donor targeting, partnership development and developing a robust resource mobilization plan
  • Review past proposals and feedback from donors, identify capacity gaps and make recommendations
  • Provide capacity building on donor funding trend analysis in Uganda, resource mobilization and proposal writing
  • Support partnership management and resource mobilization tracking mechanisms; identify ways in which existing partnerships can be expanded with other collaborators; and provide support to management in the mobilization of resources;
  • Use an intersectional lens to ensure the inclusion and participation of young women and other marginalized youth, as well as their representation, in all activities related to resource mobilization
  • Ensure that an environmental sustainability lens is consistently applied in the execution of all activities (e.g. data collection tools, etc)
  • 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 international development, business administration, social science, or a related field
  • Experience working with a membership organization, international non-profit program and/or partnership development
  • Experience in resource mobilization, partnership building, proposal writing and/or donor mapping, fund management
  • Knowledge of donors trends in African countries
  • Ability to do research, analyze information and draw insights
  • 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 is 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

Founded in 2010, the Africa Agribusiness Academy (AAA) is an entrepreneur platform seeking to foster innovation and growth of small and medium scale agribusiness firms in Africa, with the ultimate aim to contribute to economic growth and improvement of rural income and food security in Africa. AAA is a membership-based organization with 521 members in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi and Rwanda.AAA facilitates strengthening of entrepreneurship in agribusiness for successful agricultural growth and rural development. The approach is driven by the private sector and brings together a core group of successful African agri-food entrepreneurs who provide role models for a new generation of (mainly young men & women) entrepreneurs. These models create a momentum for other daring entrepreneurs willing to take risks and trigger a self-sustained process of market driven entrepreneurship in Africa. The main deliverable is a vibrant platform for small and medium agribusiness enterprises in the value chains of poultry, dairy, fish, honey, agri-inputs, fruits and vegetables. The platform allows for experience sharing in technological innovations, peer to peer learning, business to business and engagements of other value chain actors.

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
  • 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

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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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