Company: WUSC (World University Service of Canada)

Location : Accra

Job Status : Contract

Job Expires: 31 January, 2021



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.

Job Description

  • ELIGIBILITY Local National, must be legally entitled to work in Ghana
  • REPORTS TO INVEST Project Director
  • CONTRACT TERM 2 years with possibility of renewal
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE Position open until filled
  • EXPECTED START DATE January 11, 2021

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:

  • Coordinate and deliver initial consultations with key stakeholders including private sector, women entrepreneurs, economic intermediaries and other ecosystem players to support program activities, to identify potential partners, and to activate key networks
  • Support a needs assessment and market analysis in consultation with female entrepreneurs to understand opportunities and barriers they face
  • Support a needs assessment/survey and market analysis in consultation with economic intermediaries to understand current gaps in knowledge and practice related to support for climate related businesses run by female entrepreneurs.  This will support design of the workshop series in each country.

INVEST (50% LoE)

  • Develop and support execution of private sector engagement strategy for the INVEST project
  • In collaboration with the INVEST team coordinate integration of private sector partner representation within public social marketing campaigns and outreach to identify potential new women and female youth enrollees in INVEST training programs and related TVET programs.
  • Contribute to the development of an innovative challenge fund for private sector partners
  • Support local incubators, accelerators for the delivery of gender-sensitive after-care BDS  for women entrepreneurs
  • Co-organize with industry partners, business competitions for INVEST project entrepreneur beneficiaries
  • Contribute to creation of sponsorship engagement strategy targeting private sector employers financing of gender sensitive, market relevant skills training for young urban poor women.
  • Undertake any other tasks assigned by the Project Director

AWCE (50% LoE)

  • Lead and produce a country strategy and work-plan aligned with the AWCE project’s overall work-plan and strategy in close coordination with the WUSC Program Manager, Project Officer and MERL Advisor (WUSC project team)
  • Facilitate design and delivery of workshops series on gender and market barriers faced by climate-focused female entrepreneurs organized for economic intermediaries across Ghana.
  • Provide strategic input to support research related to women’s contribution to green growth and a roadmap on gender-sensitive green entrepreneurs in coordination with MERL Advisor.
  • Support knowledge dissemination to economic intermediaries, entrepreneurs and international development audiences through organized events, knowledge products, networking social media, and other avenues.
  • Identify and support potential partners (economic intermediaries) to apply for AWCE capacity building fund
  • Develop a database of economic intermediaries, female entrepreneurs, technical advisors and other relevant key stakeholders in each country

Required Skills or Experience

Education & Experience

• Degree in business or other relevant degree or adequate experience;


• At least 10 years technical experience in a similar capacity

in private sector relationship building, entrepreneurship, business development services or other relevant sectors; • Strong experience in business development, climate change and/or women’s economic empowerment programs desirable.


• Competent in engaging effectively for project planning and management with the private sector, government and


technical and vocational education and training institutions; • Extensive experience working with entrepreneurs, economic intermediaries and other business development support organizations and experts in Ghana. This could be direct experience with these groups or on related assignments (e.g. private sector development initiatives, foundation activities);

• Willingness to travel frequently to Western and Ashanti Regions;

• Strong grasp of concepts such as climate change,

environmental sustainability, entrepreneurship, business development support services, impact investing and gender lens investing;


• Excellent presentation, leadership, mentoring and coaching

ability and team building skills;

• Familiarity with inclusive market systems approaches to international development;

• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;


Experience in building the capacity of staff and partners, both formal and informal;

• Ability to actively participate as an effective member of a team and take initiatives to strengthen the implementation of the project;

• Proven ability to work productively with various stakeinoTo Top and to meet tight deadlines with a focus on producing quality products;

• Knowledge of, or willingness to learn and use google applications (google docs, google hangouts, etc.;


How To Apply


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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 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’s 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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