Youth Entrepreneurship Advisor
Position # 1220-152


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


National Youth Council of Malawi (NYCOM)


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 National Youth Council of Malawi (NYCOM) is a statutory corporation established by the government in 1996 to meet the need for a more focused coordination of youth development programs. NYCOM works toward encouraging, promoting and coordinating youth development and empowering young people to participate effectively in development and governance of their communities. Their programs focus on youth participation and empowerment, reproductive health, and research and evaluation. To learn more visit

The Youth Entrepreneurship Advisor will help to develop the entrepreneurial skills of NYCOM and affiliate staff with the intention of generating jobs and income for youth, especially young women.


  • Support NYCOM in identifying and implementing new entrepreneurship programs for youth organization affiliates;
  • Support the development of social skills workshops and trainings for youth;
  • Support youth workshops and training on entrepreneurship and economic development;
  • Provide technical assistance and expertise to youth on the implementation of projects and business plans;
  • Strengthen the capacity of the partner organization to research new business opportunities for youth groups, and promote the inclusion of youth and young women in entrepreneurship;
  • 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 NYCOM and the Uniterra program.


  • Degree and/or training in business administration, social sciences, international development or a related discipline
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in the economic development sector
  • Experience in youth engagement, training, and inclusion programming
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to maintain good working relationships with relative parties
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments
  • Demonstrated coaching or mentorship skills, including tact and professionalism
  • International development experience is a strong asset
  • 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.