Youth Inclusion Advisor
Position # 1226-098

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:

Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)
Unaccompanied assignment - This assignment does not include support for accompanying partners or dependants

PARTNER:

COUNCIL FOR TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING

LOCATION:

GHANA , Accra

DURATION:

11 months

EXPECTED DEPARTURE DATE:

Departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and position will remain open until filled.

OVERVIEW:

Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 200 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers. Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic subsectors.

For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit: Uniterra.ca.

PARTNER DESCRIPTION:

The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) is a national body created to coordinate and oversee technical and vocational education and training in Ghana. COTVET formulates policies for skills development across the spectrum of pre-tertiary and tertiary education, formal, informal and non-formal sectors. It is also establishing Ghana's Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system to improve the productivity and competitiveness of the skilled workforce and raise the income generating capacities of people, especially women and low income groups, through the provision of quality, demand-driven and competency-based training programs and complementary services.

The Youth Inclusion Advisor will support the development of a youth inclusion strategy and will provide support to the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET). The Youth Inclusion Advisor will support COTVET in reviewing and evaluating strategies to ensure the interest and retention of youth, and will evaluate its capacity for guiding training providers in achieving program quality.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support the development of a youth engagement policy and inclusion strategy for Uniterra and COTVET;
  • Provide technical leadership in youth inclusion;
  • Work closely with the Uniterra Program Officer to develop engagement and partnerships between WUSC Local Committees and private sector actors;
  • Contribute to the design of assessments and evaluations related to youth inclusion with partner organizations;
  • Support plan and implement accessible and gender-inclusive capacity building activities among partner organizations;
  • Seek out and maximize opportunities for synergy with youth-focused programming in Uniterra program sectors of focus for Ghana;
  • Manage and update data on youth inclusion, in collaboration with the Uniterra program team;
  • Document best practices and lessons learned in implementing youth inclusion activities, including the ways in which gender influences them;
  • Work to ensure the representation and participation of youth and women in all activities;
  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies; and
  • Produce reports required by COTVET and the Uniterra program.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree and/or formal education in social sciences, community development, or a relevant field
  • Minimum 2 years experience in community development work, with a focus on designing and delivering youth engagement activities
  • Experience with research, monitoring and evaluation, including participatory approaches
  • Commitment to and understanding of youth inclusion and gender equality principles
  • High degree of demonstrated intercultural sensitivity and professionalism
  • Ability to analyse challenges and make sound operational decisions
  • Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Experience working in cross-cultural settings and teams is a strong asset
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to new situations

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS AND SUPPORT:

  • Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.
  • 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.
  • In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in-country.
  • Language training in-country where required.
  • Return flights, visas and work permits.
  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.
  • Health insurance.
  • Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.
  • Accommodation while overseas.
  • Vacation leave entitlement.
  • Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the age of 18-70.
  • Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, travel documentation).
  • With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.

TO APPLY:

  • You must ensure that you have a SYGESCA session open and that your profile contains a curriculum vitae before applying for the position.