Mentorship Program Advisor

Position: Mentorship Program Advisor

Employer: World University Service of Canada

Location: Ghana

Deadline: January 14, 2018

Employment Type: Volunteer

Position Level: Mid Level

Salary Range:

Closing Date: January 14, 2018

Full Description

Brief Description:

DURATION: 6 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.

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 Artisan’s Association of Ghana (AAG) was established in January 2011 as a membership based organization, which currently has over 3000 members from four regions of Ghana with a goal to expand. AAG exists to create a network of artisans that trains, upgrades skills and supports the certification of youth and master craftsmen to increase the quality of services toward meeting global standards. As a membership-based association, AAG strives to create partnerships with businesses and employment opportunities for members, and provides training and certification opportunities.

The Mentorship Program Advisor will support AAG to develop the needed institutional capacity to plan, establish and effectively manage a women’s mentorship program for female members of AAG working in Ghana’s residential construction sector.

- Review and identify gaps in women’s mentorship programs in Ghana and elsewhere;
- Consult key stakeholders, partners and women entrepreneurs in Ghana;
- Develop a concept for a women’s mentorship program in Ghana’s residential construction sector to be shared and validated with Uniterra program stakeholders and partners in Ghana;
- Develop a women’s mentorship program guide with tools, best practices, resources and concrete strategies relevant to the construction industry to support the successful implementation of the program by AAG and other employers;
- Provide implementation training to AAG staff for the women’s mentorship program;
- Develop a strong relationship between AAG and other stakeholders in supporting and coordinating the mentorship program;
- Support AAG in the identification of resource persons, institutions and entrepreneurs to act as potential mentorship ambassadors;
- Promote the equal participation and representation of women and men in all activities;
- Prepare reports as required by the Uniterra program and the partner organization.

- Degree or formal training in education, construction, social work, psychology or a related field
- Experience in employment, training or recruitment sectors, including job search methods
- Experience with establishing mentorship programs
- Knowledge of the residential construction labor market is an asset
- Understanding of barriers to employment faced by women in non-traditional trades
- Ability to produce recommendations from analysis of trends, strategic priorities, and stakeholder interests
- Strong written and oral communication skills to draft documents and present to various audiences
- Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
- Proven meeting coordination skills, including action plans and preparation and distribution of documents
- Self-starter with excellent organization, planning and time management skills
- Demonstrated ability to achieve goals through collaboration with a team
- Proficient in the use of databases, word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software
- 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.


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