Volunteer Opportunities

Position - Gender Specialist


Field of Work (sector): Gender equality and social inclusion
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 HRAC whose mission is to advance and protect human rights in Ghana. HRAC provides free legal assistance to needy individuals, communities, vulnerable groups, at-risk populations and institutions to support networks of women, youth, children, excluded groups, and like-minded organizations to strengthen their agency to claim and exercise their rights.

Description of the volunteer mandate

The volunteer we are seeking should participate in:

  • Monitoring and analysis of developments on gender at both national and international levels
  • Assisting with the development of organizational gender policy and mainstreaming
  • Assisting with the management of gender-specific programs in accordance with organizational and project needs
  • Assisting with the development of appropriate gender-sensitive indicators for measuring performance in monitoring and reporting of program/project results/outputs and objectives against agreed-upon indicators
  • Fulfillment of any other tasks assigned by the Executive Director or Programs manager


  • Currently enrolled in or graduated from a relevant post-secondary degree in social science especially gender studies, or relevant discipline
  • A minimum of 3 (three) years professional experience in the field of development, focusing on gender programming relating to gender equality and women’s rights projects
  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders and partners related to gender equality and women’s empowerment, including governments and civil society organizations, in a development context
  • Experience in research and policy-level analysis
  • Experience in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating progress of gender centred projects
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. is as an asset
  • Previous experience in
  • Africa with demonstrated understanding of country context and culture is considered a strong asset. 
  • Ability to cope with cultural isolation and a different standard of living.
  • Exceptional intercultural competencies and attitudes, including patience and respect for local expertise and work culture and intercultural communication.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills to support volunteers, including mentorship and counselling.
  • Capacity to work collaboratively with a team, in person and from a distance.
  • Demonstrated knowledge/skills and/or experience with the Result Based Management approach.
  • Excellent ability to work autonomously and willingness to take initiative.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or training in international cooperation, preferably in a non-profit environmental at the local level is an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience of programs in advancing women’s equality and economic autonomy.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills.


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.