Volunteer Opportunities

Position - Financial Planning and Resource Mobilisation


Field of Work (sector): Accounting finance and fundraising, Project development and management
Location: Malkerns
Country: eSwatini
Duration: 12 months
Language: English
Deadline: September 11, 2021


Be living currently in eSwatini 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 eSwatini  could apply for a volunteer mandate in eSwatini) 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.

Project description and context:

Swaziland Fair  Trades (SWIFT) began in 2007 and strives to empower rural women and artisans involved in the handmade sector in Eswatini through training, trade, and fair-trade advocacy. SWIFT’s network encompasses 3125 people, and we are proud that 87% of all SWIFT enterprises are women-owned or led. This is different from the proportion of women in leadership and decision-making positions in both the public and private sectors – as of February 2019, only 7.2% of parliamentary seats were held by Eswatini women. SWIFT is committed to the capacity building of women because we know that investing in the economic empowerment of women is investing in poverty eradication and economic growth for all.

We are a Small team and often find ourselves working, working and working leaving no time for financial planning. With only one person, Julie doing proposal writing, we have limited recourses for the time required to find potential donors and write proposals.

Main responsibilities

  1. Support the development of a resource development orientated organizational approach.
  2. Proposal writing training for SWIFT team.
  3. Participation in the creation of a five-year financial plan document.
  4. Support SWIFT by developing a new strategy to increase financial autonomy.

Qualification criteria for selection include:

  • Undergraduate University Degree (or equivalent) in International Development, Philanthropy, Management and\or
  • Minimum work experience in resource mobilization, project-based funding project planning and management of community development projects.
  • Experience and in-depth knowledge of solicitation of funds, international organisations and\or working in a similar environment (NGO).
  • Previous experience working with rural populations and/or in the craft industry. Working with artisan groups is an asset.
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and exposure to the developing world
  • Adaptability and flexibility, including the ability to work with and relate to various demographics.
  • Knowledge and experience of programs in advancing women’s equality and economic autonomy.
  • 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, work culture and intercultural communication.
  • Ability to cope with cultural isolation and a different standard of living

Eligibility criteria:

  • ***IMPORTANT : Be living currently in  eSwatini  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  eSwatini  could apply for a volunteer mandate in eSwatini) 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
  • 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.