4 National Volunteer (Business Development)
Jobs at:World University Service of Canada
Deadline of this Job:
31 March 2021
Date Posted: Friday, March 26, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed
Company : World University Service of Canada
Category: Sales / Business
Location :Daboase or Bogoso, Western Region, Ghana
Job Status: Fixed Term
Education: Bachelor’s Degree
Experience: 2 years
Job Expires Mar 31, 2021
WUSC (World University Service of Canada) is a Canadian non-profit organization working to create a better world for all young people. We bring together a diverse network of students, volunteers, schools, governments, and businesses who share this vision. Together, we develop solutions in education, economic opportunities, and empowerment to overcome inequality and exclusion for youth around the world, particularly young women and young refugees. WUSC currently works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an annual budget of approximately CAD $40 million. We have over 90 staff in our Ottawa office, and over 200 people overseas implementing 16 development projects in collaboration with donors such as Global Affairs Canada, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank.
Position location: Daboase or Bogoso, Western Region, Ghana
Reports to: Economic Development Specialist, Ghana
Contract term: 9 months
Starting Date: April 2021
Application deadline: 31st March 2021
Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) is a leader within an international network of partners combating poverty and exclusion. Our main area of expertise is in the building of development capacity of local partners in four main areas: sustainable economic development, food security, human security and emergency response, and gender equality. Present in several countries, CECI contributes to improving the conditions of thousands of people and changing lives, every day.
WUSC and CECI have formed a consortium led by WUSC for the design and implementation of a West Africa Governance and Economic Sustainability in Extractive Areas (WAGES) project (2016-2022). WAGES aims to support sustainable, broad-based and inclusive economic development in three countries in West Africa, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Guinea. WAGES will contribute to inclusive local economic development by contributing to the creation of jobs, especially for women and youth, reducing poverty and generating revenues for local businesses. WAGES will support gender equality by strengthening women’s ability to participate in community decision-making processes, increasing women’s access to market-relevant and business development skills training, and ensuring that women benefit from new employment opportunities generated by the project. .
Nature and Scope
The National Volunteer (Business Development) is to provide support to the Economic Development Specialist in the implementation of the activities related to the sustainable economic development component of the WAGES Project in the extractive sector, in the two Districts (Prestea-Huni Valley and Wassa East) in the Western region.
• Strengthening youth and women entrepreneurs’ business operations
• Support youth and women entrepreneurs in the two districts to improve their business operations in agribusinesses, green economy, agro-processing and services subsectors
• Support and monitor master craft youth trainees receiving training from trades masters and linking them to market opportunities.
• Business formalization, financing and marketing
• Provide ongoing support to beneficiary youth and women entrepreneurs to formalize their enterprises/businesses with the FDA, GSA, GEPA, GNCCI etc.
• Provide support to youth and women entrepreneurs to open bank accounts with financial institutions and other financing schemes/initiatives to help them expand and grow their enterprises.
• Supporting to organise trade shows and create market linkages with private sector buyers and mining companies for women and youth entrepreneurs.
• Work effectively with the Economic Development Specialist, volunteers, interns, consultants and partners implementing project component activities.
• Provide ongoing support to project grant beneficiaries and gather success stories and lessons from the grant application by youth and women.
In collaboration with the other project team members, contribute to the production of quality reports (monthly, half-year and annual) in a timely manner and according to the project PIP and AWPs schedules.
Required Skills or Experience
A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Business Administration or related field.
Experience and Competencies
• A minimum of two years of post-national service experience in sustainable economic development or business development.
• Proven knowledge and experience in business regulation and small business financing in Ghana.
• Excellent skills in cross-cultural and inter-personal communication;
• Commitment to the concepts of Gender Equality;
• Proficiency with technology of information and communication (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet);
• Working experience with international volunteers and experts will be considered an asset;
Superior oral and written skills required in English;
Oral skills in one of the local languages spoken in Wassa East or Prestea-Huni Valley.
Work Hours: 8
Experience in Months: 24
Level of Education: Bachelor Degree
Job application procedure
WUSC is an equal opportunity employer. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities.
If you wish to apply for this position, please send your résumé with a covering letter quoting “National Volunteer (Business Development)” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No telephone calls please.
Volunteer Benefits and Support
Monthly Living Allowance
Vacation Entitlement in accordance with WUSC Volunteer Program Policy
Support and Guidance from the team
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