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:
The Woman Farmer Foundation is legally registered as a Non-Governmental Organization seeking to economically empower rural women and young girls to promote sustainable livelihoods through sustainable agriculture. While the vision is to identify, recognize and develop a corps of “model” women farmers across Eswatini who will inspire and capacitate their communities to mitigate the effects of rural poverty, the Foundation’s mission is to empower and develop the woman in the agricultural sector and in the process uplifting her low social status.
Forming part of an organization’s employee supportive department, the support for improved HR policies and roles within the Woman Farmer Foundations of priority to support all employees who are key to any change processes within the Foundation and for employee’s skills development for the success of the Foundation.
The need for a volunteer to provide expertise under this mandate is essential to facilitate the success of the Foundation’s objective through upscaling the Foundation’s employees as they venture into their tasks.
Description of the volunteer mandate
- Build capacities to implement more inclusive and innovative initiatives on the Foundation’s projects and programs
- Contribute to all advocacy initiative regarding the Foundation’s objective, i.e. economically empower rural women and young girls to promote sustainable livelihoods through sustainable agriculture.
- Encourage analysis & reflection within the team in order to ensure constant strategic reflection on issues related to their job descriptions
- Support the development of an organizational approach to skills development.
- Knowledge sharing and capacity building on responsibilities of HR Officers & roles.
- Prepare educational material or training of trainers on the roles of HR
Qualification criteria for selection include:
- University Degree (or equivalent) in Human resources;
- Minimum 2 years of experience in related fields;
- Previous experience in Africa with demonstrated understanding of country context and culture is considered a strong asset.
- Excellent organizational and administrative skills.
- 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.
- Being a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
- Share the commitment on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct
- The volunteer owns his computer;
- Be available to participate in training prior to the start of the mandate.
- Be available to offer support of either 21 hours or 35 hours per week.
A modest compensatory amount will be offered to those selected.
Opportunity to get credit for the experience.
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, send your CV and Cover Letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank all applicants but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.