Entrepreneurship Planning Advisor
Position # 1226-091

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:

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

PARTNER:

Integrated Community Centres for Employable Skills

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 Integrated Community Centres for Employable Skills (ICCES) is an agency within the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations aiming to address youth unemployment, the rural-urban drift of youth and contribute to the development of micro- and small-scale enterprises. ICCES fills a major gap in employment generation by developing young human resources in line with the poverty alleviation goals of the Government of Ghana through over 60 community-based vocational training centres. Training for youth in particular focuses on employability within and around their communities.

The Entrepreneurship Planning Advisor will provide support in creating entrepreneurship and business development training programs for final year trainees, with the intention of generating jobs and income for youth, especially young women.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support the development of entrepreneurship training programs for ICCES final year trainees;
  • Provide technical assistance and expertise to youth on the implementation of projects/business plans;
  • Assist ICCES in creating partnership proposals;
  • Support the development of entrepreneurship skills workshops and trainings;
  • Deliver trainings on product marketing and business networking;
  • Support ICCES in identifying, developing & implementing new entrepreneurship programs for trainees;
  • Guide and work with youth in workshops and trainings on entrepreneurship and economic development;
  • Strengthen the capacity of the partner organization to research new business opportunities for young trainees, and promote the inclusion of youth and young women in entrepreneurship;
  • Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities and all program benefits;
  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies; and
  • Write reports required by ICCES and the Uniterra program.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree and/or formal education in business administration or a related field
  • Minimum 2-3 years of experience in entrepreneurship, preferably in an international setting
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments
  • Demonstrated coaching or mentorship skills, including tact and professionalism
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to new situations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, professionalism and diplomacy
  • Written and oral fluency in English

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.