Social Inclusion and Empowerment Advisor
Position # 1220-157

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:

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

PARTNER:

Malawi Microfinance Network

LOCATION:

MALAWI , Lilongwe

DURATION:

Flexible duration

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:

Malawi Microfinance Network (MAMN) is a membership organization with more than 25 microfinance institutions working to create an enabling environment for the development of a sustainable microfinance industry in Malawi. Some objectives include developing, promoting and regulating microfinance activities, facilitating the exchange of experiences, ideas, innovations, information and technologies, building the capacity of microfinance institutions and lobbying for favourable policies. To learn more visit www.mamn.mw/

Under the direction of the Malawi Country Director, the Social Inclusion and Empowerment Advisor will contribute to the implementation of the Uniterra program as it relates to youth engagement and entrepreneurship development.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Facilitate training and learning opportunities for Uniterra program partners, staff and volunteers on social and youth inclusion and engagement;
  • Follow-up with interested partners to develop related strategies and tools;
  • Support the development of project strategies that align with program goals of inclusion and youth participation in business and economic activities, with the aim of increasing levels of employment and income;
  • Develop innovative youth empowerment activities and trainings that can be adapted to and used by partners in their projects, and the Uniterra program innovative intervention strategy;
  • 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 as required by the Uniterra program

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree and/or training in community development or international development or a related discipline
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in community development with a focus on youth (e.g. engagement and participation)
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about working with youth
  • Experience with participatory training and facilitation methodologies
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to new situations
  • Demonstrated coaching or mentorship skills, including tact and professionalism
  • Written and oral fluency 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.