Green Economy Advisor
Position # 1252-011


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 , Bogoso (Occasional travel to 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.


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 and the WAGES team, the Green Economy Advisor volunteer will provide advice on global best practices for the green economy strategy. Support with partnership development will also aim to ensure that stakeholders benefit from green economy approaches to economic growth, clean technology opportunities, value added knowledge-based economy, green jobs, and increased competitiveness.


  • Support a market analysis for green economy in the two focus districts, including growth potential in sectors such as agriculture, mining, and waste;
  • Support a market analysis for green procurement and environmental goods and services;
  • Conduct an assessment of clean energy technology development/transfer, market barriers and financing;
  • Develop policy recommendations for overcoming market barriers to expansion and commercialization of clean technologies, including market-based economic incentives and green finance mechanisms;
  • Develop policy recommendations for testing, standardization, and certification of clean technologies, especially renewable energy;
  • Conduct workshops with public and private sector stakeholders to explore the potential of the green economy in generating new high value added opportunities, green jobs, and improved economic competitiveness;
  • Guide strategy design based on the assessment of opportunities and stakeholder consultations;
  • Provide training on green economy market-based policy instruments and best practices in finance models and technology transfer;
  • Support dialogues with stakeholders at local and national levels to share green economy models and experiences;
  • Support the incorporation of green economy in WAGES project forums to exchange best practices and build opportunities for cooperation.


  • Degree in entrepreneurship, environment and business, economics or a related field
  • Excellent knowledge of Environment and Development (Green Growth)
  • Thorough understanding of strategic business development, and planning tools and techniques
  • Proven ability to develop fresh approaches and innovations
  • Strong entrepreneurial drive, passion and ability to help shape the marketing strategies of small businesses and start-ups
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate, package and sell business
  • Excellent leadership, coaching, mentoring and interpersonal skills in a team setting
  • 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.