Volunteer Opportunities

Position - Business Development Advisor


Field of Work (sector): Accounting finance and fundraising, Project development and management
Country: Zambia
Duration: 12 Months
Language: English
Deadline: April 30, 2022


  •  Be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Crossroads International is a leading Canadian international cooperation organization, advancing equality for women and girls and eradicating poverty in some of the world’s poorest countries in Africa where women and girls face great adversity: unequal access to resources and economic opportunities, gender-based violence and limited participation in political and public life. Crossroads International works in partnership with local organizations in 9 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, to draw on the skills, expertise, and resources, from the North and the South, required to enable people, particularly women and girls, to overcome poverty and defend their rights.

Crossroads is a registered charity supported by government and non-government funders, and many individual donors around the world.


ONE WORLD where poverty is eliminated, equality prevails, and the rights of women and girls are fulfilled.

Project description and context:

Crossroads International’s 2020-2027 Volunteer Cooperation Program (VCP) entitled Championing Gender Equality Together, funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), will engage Canadian women and men, Canadian stakeholders, Crossroads staff and volunteers, local partner organizations and women and men in sub-Saharan Africa to become Gender Equality Champions. Collectively these Gender Equality Champions constitute a global community of strong change agents and advocates for the advancement of gender equality both in Canada and overseas.

The Project aims to reduce gender inequalities and alleviate poverty by addressing gender-based violence, inequalities in access to resources and economic opportunities, and barriers in exercising strategic forms of choice, voice, and influence, which are the culmination of unequal and discriminatory power relations entrenched in society.  Crossroads will address the root causes of gender-based inequalities and discrimination through a multidimensional holistic approach in the VCP that will, 1) promote women’s rights; 2) advance access to justice and the reduction of gender-based violence (GBV), 3) promote equal representation of women and men, and 4) target inequalities that limit women’s ability to participate in and benefit from economic activities. Crossroads applies a rights-based approach to programming, which extends to promoting, protecting, and defending women’s rights, including strengthening the capacity of women’s rights organizations to participate in and influence policy formulation and hold accountable those who have a duty to act.

Description of Partner

Women for Change is a gender focused NGO that works to build capacities of rural communities especially women and girls to achieve sustainable development. The organisation’s operations are supported by funds raised mostly through grants hence the need for organisation’s strengthened capacity in resource mobilisation from various potential funders both for profit and not for profit organisations/institutions.

Main responsibilities

  • Increase WfC grants from not-for-profit and for-profit funders by at least 30%
  • Diversify funding sources from one current partner to at least three by end of the mandate
  • Resource Mobilization
  • Review of potential funding opportunities against WFCs current vision, mission and strategic priorities
  • Participate in conceptualization and design of innovative projects regarding climate resilience, women’s leadership, sexual and GBV
  • Identification of potential funding partners
  • Provide advisory support to WFC management
  • Organize engagement meetings with potential partners
  • Development of MOUs with potential funders to forge partnerships

Qualification criteria for selection include:

  • Undergraduate university degree (or equivalent)

2nd cycle university degree (or equivalent)

Business Development, NGO management or any relevant social science

  • Specialized vocational training
  • Proposal and report writing skills, social media innovations
  • Culturally sensitive and able to interact with high level executives

Eligibility criteria:

  •  Be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Willing to conduct fundraising and public engagement activities before, during and after the placement
  • Share the commitment of preventing and addressing sexual misconduct
  • In good physical and mental health (medical examination required)
  • The volunteer needs to bring their own computer.
  • The volunteer must be available to attend an online pre-departure trainings : 6 – 13 July 2022

Personalized support before, during and after the mandate provided by an experienced and welcoming team. The Crossroads’ experience includes the following:

  • Monthly living allowance
  • Medical insurance and vaccinations
  • Pre-assignment online training.

Crossroads International is committed to addressing gender-based violence by supporting the innovative work our partner organizations in ending violence against women and girls.



To apply for this position, please send motivation letter and resume to volunteer@cintl.org   clearly stating mandate and country in the subject line.

Please contact our volunteer mobilization team if you have any question: volunteer@cintl.org

We thank all applicants but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.