Volunteer Opportunities

Position - Business Development Advisor


Field of Work (sector): Management and strategic planning, Project development and management
Location: Accra
Country: Ghana
Duration: 1 year
Language: English
Deadline: May 9, 2021


Be living currently in Ghana and meet one of the following criteria:

  • a) Be a citizen of an African country other than the country where volunteer mandate will take place (for example a Kenyan living in Ghana could apply for a volunteer mandate in Ghana) OR:
  • b) 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, in order 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 the partner

Crossroads collaborates with iSpace whose mission is to support the tech, business, and creative start-up community with resources to accelerate innovation in Ghana. These efforts work towards the broader agenda of creating sustainable, inclusive growth by fostering competitiveness and promoting entrepreneurship. iSpace has supported more than 3500 individuals and 158 businesses in business, technology, creative, digital literacy, financial empowerment, mental wellbeing, and other development areas. Of the individuals served, 63% are women and 58% of the ventures are founded or managed by women. iSpace also delivers STEM-based training for primary – secondary children and teens to help them learn technical and soft skills that could improve their test scores and capacity.


Description of the volunteer mandate

The volunteer we are seeking should assist the team in the development of partnerships, support the development of programs, and occasionally train entrepreneurs in business development by:

  • Strengthening current partnerships as well as developing relationships with other tech related organizations locally and internationally
  • Strengthening and building iSpace’s current ecosystem through participation in networking with prospective partners and stakeholders
  • Identifying new business opportunities and providing expert advice on ways to diversify iSpace’s current project portfolio
  • Assisting in training entrepreneurs throughout business development programs, projects, and events
  • Working with the iSpace team and stakeholders to co-create/evaluate upcoming activities



  • Currently enrolled in or graduated from Business Studies, Marketing or related field
  • A minimum of 2 (two) years previous experience is essential
  • Ability to network, work in a team and collaborative environment
  • Interpersonal skills for building and developing relationships with stakeholders
  • A flexible approach to work with the ability to adapt to a fast-paced, ever-changing environment
  • Written and verbal communication skills – necessary for communicating with a range of people, both internally and externally
  • Computer literacy skills are essential to this role
  • Initiative and the confidence to start things from scratch

Eligibility criteria:

  • ***IMPORTANT : Be living currently in  Ghana and meet one of the following criteria:
    • a) Be a citizen of an African country other than the country where volunteer mandate will take place (for example a Kenyan living in  Ghana could apply for a volunteer mandate in Ghana) OR:
    • b) Be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • 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


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

  • Monthly living living allowance of approximately 2100 $CAD
  • 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

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.