Mentorship Program Advisor
Position # 1225-046

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:

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

PARTNER:

Artisans Association of Ghana

LOCATION:

GHANA , Tema

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 Artisans Association of Ghana (AAG) is a membership-based association building a network of artisans that support the certification of unskilled youth and master craftspeople, enabling them meet global standards. Despite vast employment opportunities in the construction industry in Ghana, the participation of women and youth is hindered by limited information and support services. AAG develops partnerships with businesses, identifies employment opportunities, and provides training and certification for its members. To learn more visit artisansghana.org/

The Mentorship Program Advisor will contribute to guiding the implementation of the Mentorship Program Development Strategy, and building the relevant institutional capacity to market AAG to private businesses and the public construction industry in Ghana.  

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support the development of a program to attract more women and young women as members;
  • Develop strong networks with women role models in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) for the mentorship and coaching of young artisans;
  • Facilitate the integration of mentorship and career counselling for young women members into AAG training;
  • Promote the mentorship program with public and private TVET institutions;
  • Develop AAG’s capacity to conduct promotional campaigns for the mentorship program to employment organizations;
  • Provide training and guidance to staff on networking and relationship building;
  • Facilitate institutional partnerships for the local and international promotion of the program;
  • Work to ensure the equal participation and representation of youth and women in all activities and program benefits;
  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies; and
  • Produce reports required by the partner and the Uniterra program.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree and/or formal training in education or a related discipline
  • Experience in employment, training or recruitment sectors, including job search methods
  • Experience implementing and promoting mentorship programs
  • Understanding of barriers to employment for women in non-traditional trades
  • Knowledge of the construction labor market is an asset
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Self-starter with excellent organization, planning and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve goals through collaboration with a team
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to new situations
  • Strong written and oral communication skills 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.