Youth & Entrepreneurship Advisor

Sri Lanka

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Youth & Entrepreneurship Advisor
Hayleys, Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC
Sri Lanka
6 to 12 months (flexible)
Time Commitment:
35 hours per week

Assignment Context

Are you dedicated to advancing youth participation in Sri Lanka?

As the Youth & Entrepreneurship Advisor, you will support partner organizations working to improve the socio-economic well-being of poor and marginalized young women of Talawakelle tea estate, by contributing to the creation of inclusive entrepreneurship opportunities. You will support the development of locally driven solutions that advance youth economic empowerment and gender equality. You will provide support in areas such as research, training program design, partnership development, analysis, and strategies for youth inclusion. As the Youth & Entrepreneurship Advisor you will assess the current action plan and propose new ideas to carry out the organization’s empowerment and inclusion agenda.  

Apply now to support youth and young women in entrepreneurship!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support the development of a youth-inclusion or youth engagement strategy to increase the participation and involvement of young people in identified areas of intervention
  • Share best practices with staff by providing training on the development and implementation of strategies and tools for youth engagement, inclusion and entrepreneurship 
  • Support in the design of social and entrepreneur skills training targeted to youth and young women, and help create links to relevant resources to increase the likelihood of setting up a business venture
  • Provide guidance and support to partner organizations on youth responsive initiatives and provide support in building strategic relationships with youth-led organizations
  • 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
  • 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 education in social sciences, international relations or any other relevant field
  • Experience in developing strategies for youth engagement and inclusion essential
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, professionalism and diplomacy
  • Strong analytical skills and capacity to translate complex concepts into accessible information
  • Experience working with entrepreneurship activities or incubator hubs
  • A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering 
  • Flexibility, adaptability, resilience, self-awareness, confidence, ability to work well in a team, interpersonal skills, communication skills and cultural sensitivity 
  • Written and oral fluency in English.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

Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC (TTEPLC) incorporated in June 1992 is a subsidiary of the Hayleys Group. As a member of the Hayleys Group, a multinational conglomerate with a history spanning over 140 years, TTEPLC reaches people with the finest and purest Ceylon teas. Amongst the best tea lands in the country TTEPLC produce high quality teas from its 16 tea gardens situated in the high and low regions. Twelve of the estates are within the Nuwara Eliya district while the rest are situated in Deniyaya and Galle in the South.As industry pioneers, the TTEPLC raised the bar to integrate sustainable practices into the business process and joined forces with external parties such as the Rainforest Alliance to reinforce a sustainable approach. TTEPLC is the world’s most awarded and certified sustainable plantations. At Talawakelle Tea Estates “People” are considered as the biggest asset and their contributions have been the main reason for continued success even in trying circumstances.

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Volunteer Mobilization Team prior to departure and from WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers
  • Travel, meals and accommodation are covered during in-person pre-departure
  • In-country orientation upon arrival in country of assignment
  • Language training in country of assignment, where required
  • Airfare to and from country of assignment
  • Support from the WUSC Administrative Officer for all relevant visas and work permits
  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials
  • Health insurance
  • Modest monthly living and accommodation allowance while in country of assignment
  • Vacation leave entitlement
  • Return 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 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.

Your application and COVID-19

Your work building capacity towards more resilient and inclusive economies is needed now more than ever! WUSC continues to work with our partners around the world through the support of e-volunteers residing in Canada and through the support of Canadians and other expatriates currently residing in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

If you are currently residing in one of these countries and hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status - or hold citizenship or permanent residence status in countries in Africa or Asia - apply today to one of our international volunteer postings or to the general application form! Please specify your current country of residence in your application.

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.

International Departures

WUSC has resumed planning and recruitment for international departures for our volunteer assignments from, earliest, November 2021. However, the current global context continues to evolve and, as we continue to closely monitor international, national and local health information and guidelines, our plans and timelines are subject to change. The health and safety of our partners and our volunteers is our top priority and, as such, we are undertaking a rigorous international volunteer resumption planning process. A number of conditions will need to be met before an assignment will be given the green light to proceed, including the lifting of Canada's non-essential travel restrictions. 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 evidence 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.

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