Volunteer Opportunities



Field of Work (sector): Management and strategic planning, Project development and management
Location: Mbabane
Country: eSwatini
Duration: 6 Months
Language: English
Deadline: September 22, 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, 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.

Partner Description

CANGO is an umbrella body formalized in 1987 and has 70 active members.  Its structure includes the Annual General Meeting which is the highest policy making body responsible for  electing board members, approving annual reports, change constitution, appoint auditors.  Then the Board which consist of 11 members, 9 elected and two appointed based on their expertise.  The Board has an oversight function including setting strategic plan, approving policies,  reviewing financial and programmatic reports to mention a few.  Then there is a Secretariat which has Executive Director, Coordination and advocacy Unit, Finance and Administration and Grants management.  CANGO mandate includes: Coordination, Capacity Building, Advocacy and Grants Management.


Main Responsibilities

  1. Conduct Capacity Assessment – Engage Consortia on planned capacity building, Communication with directors on planned training  and solicit commitment
  2. Staff and board training
  3. Conduct policy and advocacy training – Identify and document policy making processes in Eswatini
  4. Develop and adopt framework to guide directors in advocacy work – Creation of an advocacy training module
  5. Facilitate strategic planning
  6. Develop a succession planning framework to guide NGOs
  7. Ovrsee adoption of framework and dissemination

Qualification criteria for selection include:

  • A Degree in Development studies, Economics, Politics, Social Sciences, Project Management, International Relations, Public Policy, Gender and Women’s Rights, Human Resources or any other related field. Masters in any of the mentioned field will be of added advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or training in international cooperation, preferably in a non-profit environmental at the local level is an asset.
  • Experience in developing various organisational policies for NGO’s
  • Leadership Capacity building experience
  • Experience in corporate governance
  • 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:

  • 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 clearly stating position and country of application 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.