Market Research Advisor
Position # 1225-038


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


National Vocational Training Institute


GHANA , Accra


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.


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:


National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) is a government agency that operates 34 vocational training institutes in all regions of Ghana. NVTI seeks to provide the best systems of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and demand-driven employable skills toward enhancing the income generating capacities of vulnerable groups, such as those dropping out of primary and secondary school. This is done through competency-based apprenticeship, master craftsmanship, testing and career development.

The Market Research Advisor volunteer will work toward Uniterra program and NVTI objectives by assisting to connect industry and employment organizations with market information and demands for its training and apprenticeship program.


  • Provide guidance and support in conducting market research and analysis;
  • Support in compiling findings into a market research database;
  • Advise on and support the drafting of a comprehensive youth- and gender-responsive market facilitation strategy;
  • Provide inclusive and accessible training to staff on the market facilitation strategy, and market research and analysis;
  • Develop tools to track trainees who have entered the workforce following their participation in the training and apprenticeship program; and
  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies;
  • Produce reports required by NVTI and the Uniterra program.


  • Degree in economics, business administration or a related discipline
  • Minimum 3 years of working experience linked to market research and analysis, strategy
  • Experience with business, living and working in international contexts is a strong asset
  • Must be willing to travel to rural areas for field work
  • Excellent written and communication skills in English
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and work well in a cross-cultural team
  • Commitment to and understanding of gender equality, youth inclusion and volunteering


  • 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.