Social Entrepreneurship Advisor (E-Volunteer)

Sri Lanka (Remote)

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Partner Name: Lanka Impact Investment Network (LIIN)

E-volunteer Location: Canada

Partner Location: Sri Lanka

Duration: 4 months

Time Commitment: 12-15hrs/week

Context for the Assignment:

Are you passionate about social entrepreneurship? If so this might be the role for you!

As the Social Entrepreneurship Advisoryou will explore strategic plans and activities to ensure that small and medium social enterprises supported by the Lanka Impact Investment Network (LIIN) are able to survive the current challenges. You will support LIIN in successfully developing a capacity enhancement plan for its programs such as the Emerging Women’s Summit and the online pitching platform LIINKEDway. You will provide technical advice, management support and technical inputs required to assess, develop, plan and execute its Capacity Enhancement Programme for social entrepreneurs.

Apply to this position and support women in Sri Lanka!

Functions

  • Design and implement a needs assessment review to identify capacity gaps;
  • Based on findings, develop capacity enhancement online training material, create discussion forums and information sessions for social entrepreneurs;
  • Support organizations in creating platforms to provide technical assistance and expertise aimed at youth on the implementation of projects/business plans;
  • Develop individual or industry specific sample business continuity plan templates;
  • Guide and mentor social entrepreneurs in their learning journey;
  • Provide training and guidance to partner organizations on entrepreneurship to strengthen their capacity to create and identify economic opportunities for youth;
  • Participate in pre-assignment online training;
  • Undertake public engagement and fundraising activities before, during, and after your volunteer assignment. You will be equipped with tools, training, and support to achieve these goals;
  • Ensure the representation and engagement of women in all activities and program benefits;
  • Co-develop an e-volunteer work plan with the partner organization and country office using WUSC volunteer work plan template;
  • Participate in organizational and project improvement activities such as surveys, assessments and learning/planning sessions;
  • Submit volunteer timesheets, reports and deliverables as required by the partner organization and WUSC.

Requirements

  • Degree and/or training in Business Administration or a related field;
  • Minimum 2-3 years of experience in entrepreneurship or business development;
  • Experience working with entrepreneurship support organizations, incubators, or social impact investment firms an asset;
  • Experience designing and implementing a needs assessments considered an asset;
  • Understanding social enterprises and social financing considered an asset;
  • Ability to work independently as part of a remote working group;
  • Comfortable using online working platforms;
  • Access to a reliable internet connection;
  • A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering;
  • Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including content development;
  • Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity;
  • Written and oral fluency in English;
  • Experience living and working internationally is a strong asset.

Details

Partner Description:

As Sri Lanka’s first impact investment firm, Lanka Impact Investment Network (LIIN) is focused on channeling private capital to solve pressing social and environmental issues by promoting impact investing across the country. This includes actively investing in social enterprises through their impact investment funds as well as providing business development support to nurture a well-developed ecosystem of social entrepreneurs across the country.

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, Sri Lanka locked down the entire country and imposed a curfew in all the provinces. This halted many economic and entrepreneurship programs in the country. Many of the Lanka Impact Investment Network initiatives were postponed. LIIN is currently focussed on supporting its beneficiaries to minimise the impact of the lockdown.

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.

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Your work building capacity towards more resilient and inclusive economies is needed now more than ever! Though we have temporarily closed our offices globally, WUSC continues to work with our partners around the world, including through the support of e-volunteers residing in Canada. You can work remotely from your kitchen table and still make an impact through WUSC’s NEW e-volunteering program! See available opportunities below.

If you are interested in volunteering internationally with us, we still want to hear from you. We are continuing to recruit for open international volunteer positions, though departures are on hold. We will not place volunteers internationally until we are fully confident that it is safe to do so.