Partnership Development Advisor
Position # 1228-202


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


Friends in Development




Flexible duration


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.


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:


Friends in Development (FIDE) is a non-governmental organization in Tanzania that seeks to promote socio-economic transformation with emphasis on environmental conservation. FIDE works with small local organizations to develop the informal sector and promote gender equity in the struggle to eradicate poverty. It seeks to a) Improve agriculture and livestock keeping systems and support related value chains; b) Support environmental conservation initiatives; c) Encourage women's economic empowerment; d) Promote the use and development of renewable energy technologies; and e) Support nutrition and health interventions.

The Partnership Development Advisor will contribute to Uniterra program and FIDE objectives by working closely with the leadership team, staff, and the Gender and Youth Inclusion Advisor volunteers to develop strategic partnerships with local and international potential partners in the interest of improving the sustainability of the organizational mission.


  • Work closely with FIDE director to review the approaches for partnership development and support the establishment of a consistent approach to initiate and maintain relationship with partners;
  • Support FIDE in developing funding proposals with emphasis on approaches to integrating gender equality and inclusion as programming priorities;
  • In consultation with Uniterra Gender and Youth Inclusion Advisors, help FIDE to explore the development of relevant communities of practice for learning and access to professional expertise related to youth and gender mainstreaming;
  • Ensure the participation and representation of women and youth in activities and program benefits;
  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies; and
  • Produce reports required by FIDE and the Uniterra program.


  • Degree in business management, international development or related field
  • Minimum 2 years experience in strategic partnership development
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, professionalism and diplomacy
  • Strong analytical skills and the capacity to translate complex concepts into accessible information
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the multicultural environment in which FIDE operates
  • Experience in developing strategies for youth and women engagement is an asset
  • Experience living and working internationally is a strong asset


  • 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!


  • 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.


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