Volunteer Opportunities

Position - Resource Mobilization Advisor

E-Volunteer, VCP

Field of Work (sector): Accounting finance and fundraising
Location: Mbabane (or remotely from Canada)
Country: eSwatini
Duration: 6 months
Language: English
Deadline: January 19, 2021


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.

Project description and context:

The Woman farmer Foundation’s mandate is to improve women and youth’s incomes, promoting sustainable livelihoods and to also capacitate women & youth farmers on business management in agriculture. The organization has developed a number of grants proposals with only a few being approved by donors. This has caused the organization to be unable to address various  barriers faced by women and youth farmers in Eswatini. Through the Woman farmer of the Year Competition, which is open to all women and youth farmers involved in the food agricultural enterprises throughout the country, the organization has only been able to support annually only the top 10 women and 10 youth farmers through the competition and train 150 women on agribusiness yet there is a great need to support all competition participants, as the annual intake is in excess of 300 participants. As a result of that observation, the organization needs personnel to be responsible for sourcing grants and ensure donor and partners’ relations are managed by creating a donor file system.

Mandate historical context:

Crossroads International formalized a partnership with Woman Farmer Foundation within the VCP 2020-2027 to ensure the capacity building of the organization, contributing positively to gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. One of such areas where the WFF requests assistance is resource development.

The Resource Mobilizer’s role will contribute to

  • Developing proposals for grant calls
  • Maintaining a file system for potential donors
  • Networking with potential partners and donors for working relations development.

Main responsibilities:

  • Take the lead in identifying funding opportunities (national, regional and international) and developing opportunities pipeline
  • To assist with funding proposal writing processes. This involves writing project and budget plan proposals and coordinating with the different teams
  • To assist in developing a resource mobilization strategy, work plan and constantly follow-up the implementation of the plan
  • Designing and writing materials for communications with different prospective donors and agencies.
  • Ensure compliance through tools and systems creation

Qualification criteria for selection include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in: Development Studies, Economics, Project and Financial Management
  • Minimum 3 years of experience with grant sourcing, proposal development and donor relations
  • Experience or knowledge of development Agriculture
  • Experience or knowledge of international development
  • Knowledge of gender equality


  • English

Eligibility criteria:

Personalized support before, during and after the mandate provided by an experienced and welcoming team.

  • Daily living allowance (amount varies depending on the country of assignment)
  • 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. JOIN THE MOVEMENT!


To apply for this position, we kindly ask that you fill out Crossroads’ online application form.

Please contact our Volunteer mobilisation team  if you have any question: volunteer@cintl.org

We thank all applicants but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.