|Date||25 Nov 2020|
WUSC (World University Service of Canada) is a Canadian non-profit organization working to create a better world for all young people. We bring together a diverse network of students, volunteers, schools, governments, and businesses who share this vision. Together, we develop solutions in education, economic opportunities, and empowerment to overcome inequality and exclusion for youth around the world, particularly young women and young refugees. WUSC currently works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an annual budget of approximately CAD $40 million. We have over 90 staff in our Ottawa office, and over 200 people overseas implementing 16 development projects in collaboration with donors such as Global Affairs Canada, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank.
Are you an expert in entrepreneurship and business support services? WUSC is currently looking for a Business Development Advisor to provide advisory support and project coordination for new projects with emphasis on sustainable private sector engagement.
The INVEST Project
The Innovation in Non-Traditional Vocational Education and Skills Training (INVEST) is a 5-year initiative that will build sustainable pathways to enhanced economic empowerment, well-being and inclusive growth for 5,000 urban poor young women in Accra, Kumasi, and Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana. Working in high growth sectors, the initiative will test and scale innovative, sustainable models to improve the enabling environment, reduce gender-specific barriers to women’s economic participation, and enhance access to decent work for marginalized women in non-traditional sectors.
The AWCE Project
The Accelerating Women Climate Entrepreneurs Project (AWCE) is focused on building the gender-lens investing ecosystem for women entrepreneurs to start and grow climate-related businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The Project will contribute to poverty reduction by identifying and promoting good practices to support women entrepreneurs in climate-related value chains and developing a road map for international development stakeholders to provide further gender-responsive support to women climate entrepreneurs and intermediaries.
Nature and Scope
WUSC Ghana seeks to hire a Business Development Advisor to provide guidance on strategic direction and technical assistance for the improvement of linkages between aspiring entrepreneurs, industry and business development services. The Business Development Advisor role will have a proven track record for brokering private sector partnerships (specifically business development support and gender lens investing) and utilizing said experience to establish sustainable pathways for aspiring young women entrepreneurs to access support services.
The advisor to take responsibility for capacity building and training of economic intermediaries, such as incubators and accelerators, and facilitate learning platforms for intermediaries, investors and businesses to better use gender lens and climate responsive approaches. The Advisor will liaise and consult on an ongoing basis with the main project partners, including private sector, technical and vocational training providers, government regulators, economic intermediaries (incubators and accelerators) and women’s rights organisations. Knowledge and experience working with climate-related sector actors (e.g. energy, agriculture) a plus.
The Business Development Advisor will report directly to the INVEST Project Director and have reporting accountabilities to the AWCE Project Lead.
We are seeking an experienced Business Development Advisor to deliver on key activities contributing to outcomes for the GAC-funded INVEST and AWCE projects:
INVEST (50% LoE)
AWCE (50% LoE)
Required Skills or Experience
Education & Experience
How To Apply
If you wish to apply for this position, please submit an application via https://forms.gle/CEHxQjBPGeqNQKJq8
WHY WORK WITH WUSC?
WUSC offers a dynamic work environment with a diverse intercultural workforce. We offer employees exciting opportunities to apply their skills and gain experience all while making a difference in the lives of youth around the world. Employees at WUSC work hard to create lasting change in education, economic opportunities and empowerment.
The WUSC office is centrally-located in Accra.. We offer competitive benefits, four weeks of annual leave (for full-time employees), safe and healthy working conditions, and fair compensation.
WUSC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
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