Overseas Volunteer Opportunities for Canadians an permanent residents in
Malawi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana and Senegal
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Volunteers
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Locations: Lilongwe, Malawi
Addis Abba, Ethiopia
Tamale, Ghana, Senegal
Time commitment: 1-year, full-time assignment
Language Requirements: English (level 5 fluent) for Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia and Malawi French (level 5 fluent) for Senegal
Reporting to: CDF Canada Country Program Officer
No. of Positions: 5
Are you looking for a position where you can build a solid base of grounded experience that could kick-start a career in research, monitoring and evaluation? Are you a curious person with strong skills to learn quickly in new environments? Does the idea of doing applied research in a culturally diverse environment excite you?
Roles and responsibilities
As a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Volunteer you will support the CDF Canada country project team to track, document and report on project achievements in of CDF Canada’s VOICE for Women and Girls Project. Working under the CDF Canada’s Country Program Officer (CPO), the MEL volunteer will support data collection and analysis, information management and reporting processes and products. Your work will feed into high-quality communications with the Canadian government, the Canadian public and other stakeholders about activities, outputs and its outcomes of the VOICE project. With the support of the CDF Canada’s MEL Specialist and the CPO, you will help refine methodologies and tools for collecting data in the country. Liaising with CDF Canada’s country partners, you will have the opportunity to travel on a regular basis to the project sites in the country to collect and validate data.
Experience and Qualifications
- A degree in the Social Sciences, Agriculture, International Development or another relevant field
- Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative social science research methods
- Ability to conduct research and experience with project cycle management
- Experience with group facilitation and training
- A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering
- Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
- Excellent organizational and report-writing skills
- Strong interpersonal and team working skills
- Written and oral fluency in English for Malawi, Kenya, Ethiopia and Ghana. Written and oral fluency or French for Senegal.
Additional experience considered an asset:
- Knowledge of statistics.
- Experience working with monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
- Content development for adult education
- Experience living and working internationally
- Demonstrated ability to remain patient in difficult environments, manage expectations in low resource situations, and stay positive in the face of challenges
The VOICE for Women and Girls project is a seven-year initiative (2020 – 2027) aimed at strengthening the performance of developing country partner (DCP) organizations and co-operatives in particular, to advance gender equality and economic empowerment of 50,000 women and men from marginalised communities, in particular young women, in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Malawi with a focus on action areas of the Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), namely:
- Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls, and
- The growth that works for everyone.
The Project responds to the needs identified by women and men members of co-operatives and the wider community in the countries of operation and is designed to increase the capacities of individual producers and primary co-operatives to support more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient growth.
Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada is working with six partner organizations in Malawi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana and Senegal, each of which has close ties to primary level co-operatives. Supporting institutions, including apex co-operatives, co-operative colleges, and government/regulatory institutions are also being engaged to increase the capacity and prioritization of vulnerable groups. One MEL volunteer is required in each country to work with staff from CDF Canada, our partner organizations, and local co-operatives to gather data, and convert that data into information and knowledge useful to all stakeholders, including the Canadian government.
- The support and guidance of CDF Canada’s Canada-based and in-country staff
- A modest monthly living and accommodation allowance
- Logistical support on arrival
- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication, and health insurance
- Pre-departure and in-country orientation
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
CDF Canada strongly encourages all volunteers to fundraise at least to contribute to enhancing their work in the field.
Pre-departure and in-country orientation
Please submit a resume and letter of intent to [email protected]. You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Successful candidates will be required to obtain a police check from their local police/RCMP detachment. All applicants are thanked for their interest in CDF Canada; however, only those selected for an interview