Volunteer Opportunities



Country: eSwatini
Duration: 12 Months
Language: English
Deadline: September 18, 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

Imbita Swaziland Women’s Finance Trust is a non-profit making organization registered under Section 21 in 1991. It was founded by a group of Swazi women to ameliorate constraints that were perceived to be responsible for trapping Swazi’s, particularly women in the poverty cycle, thus resulting to slow economic advancement or no advancement at all. The major constraint addressed included the majority of entrepreneurs who start-up income generating activities, but lack technical and financial support to ensure availability of resources for business growth and proper training to ensure forward planning.

Main responsibilities

Imbita created a strategic plan for 2018-2022, and has highlighted the need for technical support on engaging internal stakeholders (staff and board) for aligning and understanding more clearly, the objectives of the organisation;  a clear understanding of their individual roles and how these link to strategic objectives of the organisation, and finally training on board responsibility (beyond approval of strategies, policies there is a need for board to be more accountable/ feel more integrated as part of the organization)

  1. Create a workshop that highlights the organisation’s objectives and how they link to strategic objectives with heightened understanding by board and staff
  2. Board is aware of their responsibility, and actively partakes in championing Imbita’s cause through increased accountability and ownership
  3. Support in the initial development of a strategic plan beyond 2022
  4. Creation of clear board trainings, and sensitization as well as incentivization exercises to ensure that they champion Imbita’s cause at every opportunity they have
  5. Revamping process and procedures around board induction, and supporting with the process in its inception phase
  6. Staff and board training
  7. Facilitate strategic planning


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.