Volunteer Opportunities

Position - PARTNERSHIP & RESOURCE MOBILIZATION OFFICER

VCP

Field of Work (sector): Accounting finance and fundraising, Communication and marketing
Location: Kampala
Country: Uganda
Duration: 12 Months
Language: English
Deadline: September 19, 2021

***IMPORTANT ELIGIBILTY CRITERIA:

Be living currently in Uganda 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 Uganda could apply for a volunteer mandate in Uganda) 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.

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.

Partner Description

The Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) is a sub-regional civil society organisation made up of committed individuals, NGOs, coalitions, and networks driven to transform gender relations globally and especially in the Eastern Africa sub-region. The organisation works in nine countries namely Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.

EASSI was born in 1996 after the Beijing Conference with a mandate to monitor implementation of the African and Beijing Platforms for Action in Eastern Africa and the Beijing and African Platforms for Action are the main international agreements that frame EASSI’s programmes. Over the years, EASSI has taken on other regional and international instruments such as the Maputo Protocol, the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among others.

Vision: A transforming society where women and men realize their full potential through the enhancement of gender equality, advancement of women, and social justice within Eastern Africa and beyond.

Mission; To enhance gender equality and social justice through networking, research, capacity building and advocacy for women. EASSI is committed to the promotion of partnerships and collective action among national and regional key actors working towards the realization of the goals of Global and African Platforms for Action.

Main responsibilities

Context and justification of the mandate (including a short presentation of the Partner, its mission and the reason for the mandate of the volunteer):

The Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) is a sub-regional civil society organisation made up of committed individuals, NGOs, coalitions and networks driven to transform gender relations globally and especially in the Eastern Africa sub-region. The organisation works in nine countries namely Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania.

EASSI was born in 1996 after the Beijing Conference with a mandate to monitor implementation of the African and Beijing Platforms for Action in Eastern Africa and the Beijing and African Platforms for Action are the main international agreements that frame EASSI’s programmes. Over the years, EASSI has taken on other regional and international instruments such as the Maputo Protocol, the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among others.

Our Vision: A transforming society where women and men realize their full potential through the enhancement of gender equality, advancement of women, and social justice within Eastern Africa and beyond.

Our Mission; To enhance gender equality and social justice through networking, research, capacity building and advocacy for women. EASSI is committed to the promotion of partnerships and collective action among national and regional key actors working towards the realization of the goals of Global and African Platforms for Action.

In order to help sustain EASSI’s strong programming work and identify new innovative projects, and given the global changes in the donor funding environment, EASSI is working towards developing improved strategies to mobilize resources, build networks and access sources of funding. The organisation desires to have a Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation Officer, who will have the following responsibilities:

Develop and manage EASSI’s strategic partnerships in the EAC and Horn of Africa region:

  • Manage and coordinate the relationships with key partners and ensure the proactive coordination, monitoring and facilitation of EASSI’s timely response.
  • Provide technical support to senior management and the Board of Directors’ efforts to develop new and innovative partnerships.
  • Help the organization set and monitor annual priorities, goals, and key performance indicators (KPIs) for regional partnerships, in line with the regional and national partnerships and resource mobilization strategies.
  • Coordinate, develop and plan of the partnership building work at the regional level;
  • Provide strategic advice to the staff and Board on building and maintaining partnerships, including the AU, EAC, IGAD, regional women’s organizations and institutions.

Build trust and maintain effective corporate relationships with Donors:

  • Provide technical support to the Management and Board in the preparation of strategic meetings and other consultations with donors, including the preparation of notes, briefs, and other materials.
  • Support the building of a single and direct entry point for donors, building institutional relationships.
  • Support the building of a mechanism for regular updates on donor profiles, databases (e.g., contacts management) and donor intelligence.
  • Identify opportunities to secure additional non-core resources and, where appropriate, liaises with relevant stakeholders (sister organizations) for action, including recommendation on positioning with potential donors, timely follow-up, and support.
  • In liaison with the EASSI programs division, support the preparation of brief funding proposals and concept notes.

Facilitate and monitor the submission of high quality and timely reports to Donors:

  • Build systems to promote compliance with the terms of grants and agreements, across the region.
  • Provide support to programme managers for the preparation of high quality and timely donor reports, including the monitoring, consolidation, editing and revision of all required reports on contributions to ensure the quality and relevance of all products aimed for external audiences.
  • Coordinate with the Programme Manager for the collection of information and preparation of results-based reports for external constituencies.

Qualification criteria for selection include:

  • A Degree in Development studies, Economics, Political Economy, Social Sciences, Gender and Women’s Rights, Communications, Social Marketing, or any other related field. Masters in any of the mentioned field will be of added advantage.
  • Experience in working on gender, and women’s rights
  • 3-5 years experience in a resource mobilization/marketing role
  • Experience in writing material for partnerships/resource mobilization, including policies, project proposals and promotional material
  • Experience in resource mobilization for a development organization
  • Experience in gender mainstreaming
  • Experience in results-based management
  • Demonstrable experience of producing high-quality, credible, and learning-focused project results
  • Ability to produce timely, analytical, and concise reports
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender mainstreaming
  • Proven knowledge of Result Based program planning and management
  • Ability to promote and monitor inclusion of gender-specific objectives, indicators, targets, and activities in ORG programs
  • Knowledge and experience of facilitation techniques and participatory approaches
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • ***IMPORTANT: Be living currently in  Uganda 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  Uganda could apply for a volunteer mandate in Uganda) 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 of approximately 1560 $CAD
  • 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

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.