Volunteer Opportunities

Position - External Relations Advisor


Field of Work (sector): Communication and marketing
Country: eSwatini
Duration: 12 Months
Language: English
Deadline: June 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.

Project description and context:

TUSONGE Community Development Organization has been established since 2011 in the regions of Kilimanjaro and Arusha, Tanzania. TUSONGE envisions a society where people enjoy equal rights to sustainable livelihood, well-being, and play developmental roles as committed citizens.

Our mission is to enable marginalized women, men, youth, and children to create prosperity, health, freedom and contribute to vibrant care economies. We are specialized in women economic empowerment, the inclusion of people living with disabilities, advocating for women in local leadership positions, sustainable and eco-friendly farming, and we utilize the Human Rights Based Approach.

Main responsibilities

  • Increase capacity of TUSONGE in documenting and sharing the achievements reached by projects
  • Enhanced skills of TUSONGE staff in managing relationships with funding partners
  • Developed external relation strategy and all staff trained on how to implement it
  • Map and identify strategic individuals and partner TUSONGE wish to establish relationships with
  • Guide the Board of TUSONGE directors in maintaining external relationships

Qualification criteria for selection include:

  • Undergraduate University Degree (or equivalent) Communications, Marketing, International Development
  • Experience in external communications
  • Skills in management of external relations
  • Partnerships development and management
  • Knowledge and experience of programs in advancing women’s equality and economic autonomy.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or training in international cooperation, preferably in a non-profit environmental at the local level is an asset.
  • Excellent ability to work autonomously and willingness to take initiative.
  • Capacity to work collaboratively with a team, in person and from a distance.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills to support volunteers, including mentorship and counselling.
  • Exceptional intercultural competencies and attitudes, including patience and respect for local expertise and work culture and intercultural communication.
  • Ability to cope with cultural isolation and a different standard of living.

Eligibility criteria:

  • ***IMPORTANT: 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.
  • The volunteer must be available to attend an online pre-departure trainings: 4 July – 14 July 2022
  • Willing to conduct fundraising and public engagement activities before, during and after the placement

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.