Volunteer Opportunities

Position - Project Support Officer 

VCP

Field of Work (sector): Project development and management
Country: Ghana
Duration: 12 Months
Language: English
Deadline: June 19, 2022

***IMPORTANT ELIGIBILTY CRITERIA:

  •  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.

OUR VISION

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 WiLDAF Ghana which is part of a Pan Africa Women’s Rights network called Women in Law and Development in Africa, whose mission is to use the law as a tool for development to ensure that women’s rights are respected, promoted and protected by way of promoting and reinforcing strategies that link law and development in order to increase women’s participation and influence at the local, national and international levels. WiLDAF is operational in several African countries including Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This volunteer mandate is needed because the volunteer will assist in the coordination of all communication activities and strategies of WiLDAF Ghana to ensure that the impact and scope of our work are captured to first keep our network members, partners and donors informed, as well as preserving institutional memory.

Note: also, that the Project officer covers both FSTP and non FSTP components

Immediate Supervisor:  Project Coordinator

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

(29 % of total time allocated: Out of this 20% will be on FSTP and 9% on Non-FSTP)

The Project Officer will be expected to spend 29% of her time on the EU Enough! Project. Out of this, 20% of their time is to be spent directly managing the sub-granting scheme and monitoring sub-grantees’ implementation. Another 9% of their time will be spent organizing and providing technical assistance and training to strengthen the organizational, advocacy, and technical capacities of the co-applicant and third parties to prevent and respond to SGBV (no-FSTP because technical assistance and training are ineligible).

  • Responsible for execution of activities under WiLDAF Ghana’s component of the ENOUGH! Project at both FSTP and non-FSTP levels
  • Ensure the timely submission of reports to the Project Coordinator for review and onward transmission to the ENOUGH project PMU.

Activities

  • Execute all the ENOUGH! Project related tasks as may be assigned by the Project Coordinator
  • Supervise the Activities of and collate the reports of all Field Workers in the project districts
  • Furnish the Project Coordinator with periodic reports per the ENOUGH! Project reporting guidelines but also indicating the progress of work outlining milestone achievements, work pending, constraints and discussion points
  • Together with the M&E Officer, periodically visit project locations to track progress on the ground
  • Regularly update the Communications Officer with information on the Project
  • Comply with timelines for accounts, reports in line with donor demands

Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, Gender and Development, or Project Management
  • Knowledge of Gender, Gender Based Violence Issues a plus
  • Previous experience with working with children a plus

Eligibility criteria:

  •  Be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Willing to conduct fundraising and public engagement activities before, during and after the placement
  • 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.
  • The volunteer must be available to attend an online pre-departure trainings : 6 – 13 July 2022

Personalized support before, during and after the mandate provided by an experienced and welcoming team. The Crossroads’ experience includes the following:

  • Monthly 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.

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APPLICATION

To apply for this position, please send motivation letter and resume to volunteer@cintl.org   clearly stating mandate and country in the subject line.

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.

 

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