WUSC (World University Service of Canada) is a Canadian non-profit organization working to create a better world for all young people. We bring together a diverse network of students, volunteers, schools, governments, and businesses who share this vision.
Together, we develop solutions in education, economic opportunities, and empowerment to overcome inequality and exclusion for youth around the world, particularly young women and young refugees. WUSC currently works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an annual budget of approximately CAD $40 million.
We have over 90 staff in our Ottawa office, and over 200 people overseas implementing 16 development projects in collaboration with donors such as Global Affairs Canada, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank.
Volunteering for development is one of the important ways in which WUSC pursues its mission. The IGNI+E project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, supports over 70 partner organizations to advance gender equality and the economic empowerment of 1.2 million youth around the world.
IGNI+E harnesses the knowledge, capacity, and expertise of skilled Canadians through volunteer assignments and public engagement activities to assist partners in improving their performance, advocating for gender equality, and implementing more sustainable, innovative, and inclusive initiatives and services for poor and marginalized youth, particularly young women.
Overseas, our volunteers collaborate with a wide variety of partners, including enterprise and social enterprise development incubators, skills training centers, women’s organizations, and youth groups.
In Canada, WUSC works with institutions and individuals to identify, prepare, and support volunteers who travel overseas to support our partners. Our network in Canada also works with WUSC to raise awareness among Canadians to inspire greater action on global development issues. Our collective focus is on sustainable and inclusive changes to create a better world for youth.
The goal of Social Enterprise Ghana (SE Ghana) is to organize and develop a strong ecosystem for the social enterprise sector by increasing funding, driving policy, intensifying learning and innovation, and ensuring that there is adequate research and data on the sector.
Social Enterprise Ghana is a part of the larger African Social Entrepreneurship Network (ASEN) which seeks to improve the social entrepreneurship ecosystem across the continent. Social Enterprise Ghana, like other networks around the world, brings together social entrepreneurs to support one another, leadership development in the social entrepreneurship space, and advocate for their shared interests.
- Assignment ID: VA 105710
- Assignment Title: Gender Advisor
- Partner: Social Enterprise Ghana
- Country: Ghana
- Duration: 9-10months
- Time Commitment: 35hours
Are you passionate about gender equality and social inclusion? Do you have gender equality skills to share?
As the Gender Advisor with Social Enterprise Ghana, you will support the development and review of the gender strategy and training curriculum for the partner and its members to build a vibrant social enterprise network ecosystem.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Assist social enterprise Ghana to review its current gender curriculum and training content for its members
- Provide orientation and gender training to social enterprise Ghana members on how to promote and understand gender issues within their operations
- Ensure that a gender equality lens is consistently applied in the execution of all activities
- Use an intersectional lens to ensure the inclusion and participation of young women and other marginalized youth, as well as their representation, in all activities related to gender curriculum and training development
- Support the inclusion of environmental sustainability climate action principles into the program design and engage stakeholders
- Participate in pre-assignment training
- Participate in at least 3 public engagement initiatives before, during, or after the assignment. Volunteers will be equipped with the tools, training, and support to achieve these goals. Volunteers will also have one virtual check-in with the Public Engagement Officer throughout the course of their assignment
- Submit reports as required by the partner organization and by WUSC.
Required Skills or Experience
- Degree and/or training in social science or a related field
- Demonstrable experience in gender and women economic empowerment work
- Ability to conduct research
- A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and volunteering
- Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills, and cultural sensitivity
- Experience with group facilitation and training, including content development, is considered an asset
- Written and oral fluency in English.
Apply today to have an impact on Ghanaian farmers’ incomes!
HOW TO APPLY
CLOSING DATE: APRIL 01.2022
- Support and guidance from the WUSC Team prior to assignment and from WUSC Country Team while on assignment
- Pre-assignment training to learn about the volunteering for development program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context, and network with other volunteers
- WUSC country orientation
- Modest monthly living allowance
- Pre-assignment medical exam
- Health insurance
- Criminal record verification
- Vacation leave entitlement
- Debriefing after completion of an assignment
- An incredible opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to global development, enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!
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