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 TVET: Advisor
CONTRACT TERM: 2 years with possibility of renewal
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position Open Until Filled
EXPECTED START DATE: March 29, 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
The Project Officer is responsible for supporting the INVEST project with technical, programmatic, and administrative assistance. The Project Officer serves as the projects consistent link to Takoradi activities, and provides the day-to-day problem solving, technical input, writing and editing, and coordination that the Takoradi field activities require. The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience in international development and enjoy supporting local development actors to lead change. The candidate should also possess key issue area expertise in at least one of the following: TVET, gender, education, entrepreneurship, or business development services.
Maintain existing partnerships and grow the organizations network of private sector partners;
Maintain strong relationships with project partners (especially those implementing activities within Sekondi-Takoradi), providing technical assistance, appreciative coaching, listening and empathy throughout implementation;
In collaboration with the MERL Advisor, support data quality control for project management database and systems;
Collect project immediate outcome and output data and prepare for use in promotional materials, publications, events, and other reports;
Routinely interface with INVEST advisory and operations teams to ensure strong internal and external coordination on training and outreach activities in the field;
Support project and organization-wide activities, events, and campaigns actively and as needed;
Undertake a range of administrative duties and tasks that may reflect substantial variety and complexity;
Support to plan, design and deliver project activities.
Required Skills or Experience
Bachelors degree in Development Studies, Public Administration, Business Administration or a relevant field is required;
At least 3 years experience working in the development sector, including experience working alongside and championing local development actors;
Candidates should possess excellent analytical skills, strong writing skills, excellent time management and interpersonal skills, and be dedicated to promoting global grassroots development;
Ability to work effectively in an inter-cultural, diverse and complex work environment;
Ability to work as part of an international team in a participatory manner; Ability to communicate effectively in English language – both written and orally; Preference will be given to candidates residing in or near to Takoradi.
How To Apply
WHY WORK WITH WUSC?
Join Us. Our work is important, cutting-edge, and fast-paced. We encourage curiosity, innovation, and flexibility. And we provide a phenomenal learning experience.
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 Ghana Country office is centrally-located in Accra. This position is to be located in our field offices in Takoradi and Kumasi. We offer competitive benefits, four weeks of annual leave (for full-time employees), safe and healthy working conditions, and fair compensation. Relocation expenses cannot be extended to selected candidates at this time.
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.
If you wish to apply for this position, please submit an application via https://forms.gle/3EKwtvdkoc2h2vNB8
Note. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.