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.
ELIGIBILITY: Local National, must be legally entitled to work in Ghana
REPORTS TO: Project Director
CONTRACT TERM: 5 months
APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 29, 2021
EXPECTED START DATE: December 31, 2021
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 womens economic
participation, and enhance access to decent work for marginalized women in non-traditional sectors.
Nature and Scope
Under the direction of the Project Director and with the support of the Public Engagement and Advocacy Officer, the National Volunteer will contribute to the advocacy objectives of the INVEST project in Ghana. The successful candidate will support INVEST project partners to strengthen a newly established TVET coalition; informing strategic planning and forming working groups that will lead to the promotion of advocacy initiatives that support women in non-traditional trades. Volunteer will also support project mentorship partners to elevate their advocacy and communication efforts.
Guide TVET and mentorship partners to implement advocacy strategies to support the promotion of women in non-traditional trades within the TVET sector in Ghana;
With support of the Secretariat, develop a framework for operationalizing a TVET Coalition; including the establishment of working groups, a strategic plan and, an advocacy toolkit; Support coalition to design, coordinate and execute training, workshops and events to complement fulfillment of the TVET Coalitions mission.
Support the TVET Coalition and Mentorship Partners to identify communication and engagement needs and propose required interventions to assist;
Support the INVEST communications team in content development and dissemination for organisational activities and those involving project work streams;
Support the Public Engagement & Advocacy Officer in the development of communication and advocacy materials, tools and resources for project partners.
Participate in pre-assignment online or in person training/orientation;
Ensure the representation and engagement of women in all activities and program benefits; Submit volunteer timesheets, reports and deliverables as required by the project communication team and partner organization assigned to by WUSC.
Required Skills or Experience
A Bachelors Degree in Community Advocacy, Social Justice, Development Communications or a relevant field
A minimum of two years of post-national service experience in advocacy, programs, communications, social marketing etc.
Experience in developing communications and advocacy tools, resources, content and plans. Comfortable using online working platforms
Access to a reliable internet connection (for remote working where needed)
A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including content development Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity Written and oral fluency in English
Knowledge of a local language will be considered an asset.
How To Apply
The INVEST Project envisions this volunteer placement to be based in the WUSC Accra office and supporting the following partner organizations. Priority will be given to applicants with prior experience working with any of these entities or within the TVET and/or advocacy spaces.
Vocational Training for Females (VTF) Programme is a Christian-based NGO providing support services to enhance the delivery of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Ghana and skills development in general. VTF is very instrumental in championing and influencing policies that have led to the current dispensation of TVET in Ghana. VTF delivers services Including; advocacy, entrepreneurship development, stakeholder networking, awareness creation, job placement & counselling, micro credit, literacy and numeracy training in the TVET sector.
The Ghana TVET Coalition (G-TVET) is a national advocacy group dedicated to achieving access to Quality and Relevant Skills Training for Employment and entrepreneurship through influencing government policies on education and skills, and citizens attitude and perceptions about TVET.
The Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training Ghana (CTVET Ghana) is a national regulatory body set up by an Act of Parliament of the Republic of Ghana to coordinate and oversee all aspects of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Ghana with the major objective to formulate policies for skills development across the broad spectrum of pre-tertiary and tertiary TVET within the formal, informal and non-formal sectors.
WUSCS SAFEGUARDING POLICY
WUSCs activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion and sexual exploitation and abuse of any
form. Successful applicants will be required to sign off on the WUSC Code of Conduct and the Self-Disclosure Form.
WUSCs activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion, sexual exploitation or abuse of any form. Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal record check where appropriate.
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. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.
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VOLUNTEER BENEFITS AND SUPPORT
Monthly living allowance
Vacation Entitlement in accordance with WUSC Volunteer Program Policy
Support and Guidance from the team
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