Partnership and Program Development Advisor

Position: Partnership and Program Development Advisor

Employer: Uniterra - WUSC and CECI

Location: Ghana

Deadline: May 13, 2018

Employment Type: Volunteer

Position Level: Mid Level

Salary Range:

Closing Date: May 13, 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 Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) was introduced by the government of Ghana to bridge the visible development gap between northern and southern Ghana, with significantly higher levels of poverty in the north. The goal of SADA is to double per capita incomes of northern Ghanaians and reduce poverty to 20 percent within 20 years in the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NSEZ). SADA has been convening the agricultural sector within the NSEZ, which is a new group aiming to provide information and coordinate activities of stakeholders. Among other things, this includes determining research areas, pricing mechanisms for agricultural products, seed availability and cost.

The Partnership and Program Development Advisor volunteer will contribute to Uniterra program and SADA objectives by supporting the coordination and mobilisation of resources for private and public sector organizations within its catchment zone.The visibility of the poultry sub-sector among actors in the agricultural working group is limited, so this assignment will promote partners, businesses and public sector actors within the working groups in northern Ghana. It will also contribute to networking and sharing best practices in the guinea fowl value chain.

- Support the partner in facilitating the effective coordination of the agricultural working group in northern Ghana;
- Conduct a donor landscape analysis to identify opportunities for working group members;
- Facilitate networking and linkages among different partners in the working group;
- Liaise with relevant SADA authorities to identify past and present initiatives, and sources of information for sharing with members;
- Promote Uniterra program partners and sector support in the working group to gather information resources and develop partnerships;
- Encourage partners and other volunteers to participate in activities of the working group;
- Work to ensure equal participation and representation of women and youth in all activities;
- Produce reports required by SADA and the Uniterra program.

- Degree in international development, business, social sciences, or a related discipline
- Experience in conducting research and analysis
- Proven excellence in teamwork and networking, building strong professional relationships
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in an intercultural environment
- Patience and tolerance for ambiguity
- Ability to focus both on results and processes
- Openness to learning
- Interest in and understanding of gender equality and youth inclusion principles
- Strong written and oral communication skills 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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