Youth Entrepreneurship Advisor
Position # 1220-156


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


The Network for Youth Development 


MALAWI , Lilongwe


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:


The Network for Youth Development (NfYD) is a local non-governmental organization that is committed to empowering youth to play an active role in the development processes that affect their lives. The organization provides a forum where youth from different backgrounds are able to share ideas, exchange experiences and learn from each other. NfYD is working to build a community of self-reliant young people who are participating in the developmental issues that affect them in their communities, regardless of culture, age, gender etc. NfYD has established clubs to work closely with youth in these areas of focus: gender, youth participation, youth and children's rights, human rights, education, climate change and agriculture. For more information about these clubs, please visit

The Youth Entrepreneurship Advisor will provide support to enhance youth entrepreneurial skills by exploring possible business ventures, encouraging youth leadership, and developing business and marketing plans.


  • Support youth in identifying and seizing new business opportunities;
  • Support youth in developing new business proposals and plans;
  • Strengthen the capacity of youth to develop marketing plans;
  • Assist youth in performing research and analysis on issues related to business development, including business intelligence and positioning information;
  • 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 NfYD and the Uniterra program.


  • Degree and/or training in business administration, marketing, or a related discipline
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in business and economic development
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships with professional contacts
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments
  • Excellent leadership, coaching, mentoring, facilitation and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to new situations
  • Written and oral fluency in English


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