Business Development Advisor

Position: Business Development Advisor

Employer: World University Service of Canada

Location: Sri Lanka

Deadline: April 8, 2018

Employment Type: Volunteer

Position Level: Mid Level

Salary Range:

Closing Date: April 8, 2018

Full Description

Brief Description:

DURATION: 12 months

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.

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 sub sectors.

For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit:

The Northern Province Tourism Association was created to bring all tourism stakeholders in the Northern Province under one umbrella to work together to promote and build the tourism industry in the Province. The NPTA works together with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Sri Lanka Promotion Bureau, Sri Lanka Institute and Hotel Management and the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau to develop and promote tourism in the Northern Province. They conduct training program to upgrade the skills and knowledge of the tourism service providers; undertake research and create databases of tourism service providers; and print and distribute, tourism information promotion materials with the sponsorship of government organisations, NGOs, INGOs, private companies or individuals.

- Assess the current business strategies used by NPTA;
- Facilitate the development of new businesses/ products during the off season;
- Support in developing information for tourists through creating a website and offline materials;
- Developing and coordinating marketing campaigns;
- Identify staff training needs and develop plans to fill gaps;
- Provide business recommendation to local hoteliers to promote their services to the respective target audience;
- Ensure social and youth inclusion; and
- Ensure that the selection criteria for identifying potential partners or clients are sensitive to Gender Equality issues.

- 3-5 years’ experience In business development
- Strong personal initiative, resourcefulness and capacity to work independently as well as an ability to work as part of a team
- Ability to work with people from different cultural backgrounds

- 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.

- 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.


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