Business Development Advisor
Position # 1252-012


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


WAGES - West Africa Governance & Economic Sustainability in Extractive Areas


GHANA , Accra (Occasional travel to field offices in Daboase & Bogoso)


12 months


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.


The West Africa Governance & Economic Sustainability in Extractive Areas (WAGES) is jointly implemented by World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale (CECI) in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Guinea. Working in partnership with communities, local government, mining companies, and other stakeholders, the project works to enable communities, particularly women and youth, to maximize the socio-economic benefits from extractive resource investment in West Africa. The project’s principal areas of focus include local governance, sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and regional knowledge-sharing on development best practices in mining areas. The expected results of the project include: increasing employment opportunities for community members, especially youth and women; ii) strengthening capacity of sub-national governments and local institutions to leverage opportunities arising from natural resource development, especially the extractives sector; and iii) increasing informed dialogue on local economic growth and governance strategies in regions with natural resource development activities, within the three target countries and across West Africa.

Under the direction of the Project Coordinator, and in close collaboration with the Economic Development Specialist, the Business Development Advisor volunteer will provide support to the WAGES team and Business Advisory Centers, as well as businesses, cooperatives, and individuals to improve related capacities, including considerations related to the green economy, gender equality and youth inclusion.


  • Provide recommendations for approaches to identifying and creating business opportunities, initiatives, and partnerships for the development of viable services or products;
  • Support businesses, cooperatives and individuals to conceptualise, develop, implement and evaluate long-term strategic business growth plans;
  • Provide guidance and training to stakeholders in business plan development and implementation;
  • Train the WAGES team and Business Advisory Centres in the review, analysis and evaluation of business strategies and plans, including approaches to examining their financial viability;
  • Provide advice in the marketing and sales management of businesses and cooperatives;
  • Provide support in the development of work plans, policies, standards, operating procedures;
  • Work to implement gender-responsive and youth inclusive strategies throughout activities;
  • Document and share tools and good practices, maintaining gender and youth inclusion principles and considerations throughout.


  • Degree in business administration, economics, project management or related field
  • Experience with and thorough understanding of strategic business development methodologies, tools and techniques
  • Proven and demonstrated ability to develop fresh approaches and innovations
  • Ability to engage with private sector and mobilize a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Excellent leadership, coaching, mentoring, facilitation and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent presentation, communication and report writing skills


  • 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.