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  • POSITION: Green Economy Adviosr
  • LOCATION: Ghana
  • EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Volunteer


Sunday, May 28, 2017


DURATION: 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 will 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 WAGES Project Coordinator, and in close collaboration with the Economic Development Specialist and the WAGES team, the Green Economy Advisor will provide strategic advice on formulating a green economy strategy for the WAGES project engaging global best practices. The Green Economy Advisor will also support the project to develop partnerships to benefit from green economy approaches to growth, with special focus on economic growth, and the opportunities from clean technology as a way of generating new growth; value added knowledge-based economy, creating green jobs, and increasing competitiveness.

Green Economy Analysis:
- Support a market analysis of scope for green economy in the two districts including economic growth potentials in specific sectors such as agriculture, mining, and waste.
- Support a market analysis of scope for growth of green procurement and environmental goods & services.
- Assessment of clean energy technologies development/transfer, market barriers and finance.
- 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.

Capacity Building:
- Conduct workshops with public/private sectors to explore potential of green economy in generating new high-value added opportunities, green jobs, and improved economic competitiveness.
- Design Green Economy Strategy based on assessment of opportunities for economic growth and competitiveness, and consultations with relevant stakeholders, public and private.
- Training on green economy market based policy instruments and best practice models of finance and technology transfer practices.

Knowledge Sharing:
- Support dialogues with partners at the 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.

- A university degree in Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, Project Management, Economics or related field
- Proven and demonstrable 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
- Excellent knowledge of Environment and Development (Green Growth)
- Thorough understanding of business strategic development
- Excellent knowledge of strategic business planning methodologies, tools and techniques
- Demonstrated ability to articulate, package and sell business
- Excellent leadership, managerial, coaching, mentoring and interpersonal skills in 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.
- Comprehensive health insurance.
- Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.
- Accommodation while overseas.
- Vacation leave entitlement.
- Support for accompanying partners and up to two dependants on placements of greater than 12 months.
- 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 for participating in the program: $2,000 for assignments of 4 months or less; $1,500 for over 4 months.