Governance Advisor
Position # 1228-171


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


Tanzania Women Chambers of Commerce




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 Tanzania Women Chamber of Commerce (TWCC) is an umbrella organization uniting sectoral business women associations, companies, and individuals to form a united front to advocate, lobby and network for the wellbeing of their businesses and prosperity of women entrepreneurs. With about 2,000 members, TWCC is mobilizing women entrepreneurs in the informal sector to join business associations to learn from each other, share challenges and make their voice heard and participate in business forums at national and international levels.

The Governance Advisor will support the TWCC in building the governance capacity of staff and board members.


  • Analyze the current organizational structure of TWCC and assist in the development of services focused on women and youth;
  • Support TWCC in pursuing new business opportunities with bilateral and multilateral funding agencies, foundations, and other donors active in the country;
  • Facilitate capacity building activities aimed at establishing guidelines on governance best practices;
  • Facilitate the assessment of TWCC’s governance effectiveness and develop action plans to address identified gaps;
  • 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 TWCC and the Uniterra program.


  • Degree and/or training in international development, social sciences, or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in organizational management
  • Excellent judgement and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to new situations
  • Experience in participatory training methodologies
  • Experience as an international volunteer is an asset
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments
  • Demonstrated coaching or mentorship skills, including tact and professionalism
  • 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.