Business Development & Networking Advisor
Position: Business Development & Networking Advisor
Closing Date: August 31, 2019
GHANA , Accra
Flexible duration (3-8 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 subsectors.
For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit: Uniterra.ca.
The Artisans Association of Ghana (AAG) is a membership-based association working toward a network of artisans that trains, upgrades and supports the certification of unskilled youth and master craftspeople, enabling them to provide services that meet global standards. Despite vast employment opportunities that the construction sector presents in Ghana, the participation of women and youth is hindered by limited information and support services. As a membership association with over 3000 members from four regions of Ghana, AAG seeks partnerships with businesses, identifies employment opportunities, and provides training and certification for its members. To learn more visit artisansghana.org/
The Ghana Real Estate Developers Association (GREDA) is a non-profit making organization that seeks to promote the development of a strong private sector participation in housing delivery in Ghana. It also seeks to co-operate and partner extensively with Governement and any other bodies to greatly enhance the delivery capacity of houses in both the domestic and external markets; and to realise the potential housing has for the social economic development of the country in terns of attracting investment and providing stable social climate for economic growth and progress. To learn more visit: http://www.gredaghana.org/index.htm
The Business Development & Networking Advisor will assist in strengthening the capacity of AAG and GREDA to adjust to the growing demand for their construction and property management and maintenance services, and implement sustainable business models.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
– Assist in developing a database for professional skills in residential construction;
– Help to establish a recruitment system to fill identified labour gaps by GREDA;
– Facilitate networking and partnership development for GREEDA and AAG;
– Support in coordinating internship candidates to assist them in securing work placements;
– Facilitate engagement with real estate firms to give placement opportunities to women and youth;
– Review and develop the business strategy of AAG in regards to their employment system;
– Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities and all program benefits;
– Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies; and
– Write reports required by GREDA & AAG and the Uniterra program.
– Degree/formal education in business administration or a relevant discipline
– Minimum 2 years of experience in business development and/or networking, preferably in an international context
– Strong understanding of communication for development, beyond social media
– Experience in innovation and ability to mobilize diverse stakeholders
– Proven ability to engage with private sector actors
– Excellent networking, facilitation, design and business skills
– Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments
– Demonstrated coaching or mentorship skills, including tact and professionalism
– Written and oral fluency in English
VOLUNTEER BENEFITS AND SUPPORT:
– 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.
You must ensure that you have a SYGESCA session open and that your profile contains a curriculum vitae before applying for the position.
For inquiries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org