VOLUNTEER POSITION

Resource Mobilization Advisor

OVERVIEW

Position: Resource Mobilization Advisor

Location: Swaziland - Manzini

Partner: SWAGAA

Starting: As soon as possible

Duration: 8 Months

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BACKGROUND


Crossroads International is an international development organization that is working towards reducing poverty and increasing women’s rights around the world. Working with local partners and supported by hundreds of volunteers each year, Crossroads leverages expertise and resources, North and South, required to help people overcome poverty and assert their human rights.

Crossroads and SWAGAA have been working in partnership since 2003 in promotion of women’s rights and fight against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Swaziland.
Founded in 1990, SWAGAA is a leader in the fight against gender-based violence in Swaziland. In Swaziland, women face the disproportionate burden of both SGBV and HIV. The Swaziland 2007 Demographic Health Survey (DHS) found a 31% lifetime prevalence of SGBV among women aged 15-49.  The first nationally-representative survey on violence against children (girls aged 13-24) reported that 1 in 3 females had experienced some form of sexual violence (rape, threat of rape, unwanted touching or groping), most often by a boyfriend or husband; and, 1 in 4 had experienced physical violence, typically by a male relative (UNICEF-CDC 2007).  Among 13-17 year olds, only 37% said that their first sexual experience was voluntary, while the rest said it was through persuasion (39%), trickery/deception (13%), or rape (10%).

As the only local NGO established to prevent and respond to SGBV in the country, SWAGAA has a strategic mandate and comparative advantage to address SGBV, while also addressing the intersections of HIV, SGBV and culture. Over the years, SWAGAA has reached national coverage through implementation of programmes in the country’s all 4 regions through 6 counselling sites, primary and secondary schools, and mass media campaigns, reaching local communities to provide coordinated, comprehensive prevention, care and support and access to justice services. Primary beneficiaries have included survivors of abuse and violence, young girls, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs), women living with HIV, men and traditional authorities to remove barriers to access to services. Over time, the demand for SWAGAA services in prevention education and survivor support provision has risen substantially.

The counselling service that SWAGAA provides to the survivors of SGBV is one of the most important services in the country. SWAGAA Care and Support department has four counsellors who provide counselling on a daily basis on wide ranging issues including SGBV, abuse, living with HIV, bereavement, substance abuse etc. SWAGAA’s counsellors provide this very valuable service despite lack of appropriate funding, inadequate state support, lack of referral services and support.  In this under-resourced environment, SWAGAA has identified two crucial areas that need to be addressed to provide support to the counsellors. The first one is to reflect on newer and innovative methods of counselling especially related to SGBV in the context of young girls. Secondly, the counsellors have expressed the needs to learn ways to manage their own emotions and stress that comes from dealing with strongly emotional cases on a regular basis. On another hand, SWAGAA works towards ending violence against girls through its 46 in-schools Girls Empowerment Clubs across the country.  

Historically, through volunteers’ knowledge and willingness to share and to learn, Crossroads supports its partners and their members in two main domains: capacity building in programming and strengthening of institutional capacity.  During the partnership planning of 2015, SWAGAA expressed the need for a volunteer with strong background in developing sustainable resource mobilization plan in accordance with its current strategic planning and programming vision. Under the supervision of SWAGAA, the volunteer will work mainly in Manzini, and sometimes in rural areas.

POSITION DETAILS


Main responsibilities include:

Under the supervision of and in collaboration with SWAGAA, the volunteer will :

  • Develop/validate long term resource mobilization plan, a fundraising strategies and mechanisms responding to SWAGAA immediate and long term programming, needs and vision and include the Corporate Responsibility component as a major contribution;
  • Develop a Corporate Responsibility guide for SWAGAA use and train relevant staff and management on this tool,
  • Develop an advocacy plan for Corporate Social Responsibility and establish contacts to potential responsive corporates bodies with SWAGAA management
  • Update contact list of local and multinational organizations that can assist in supporting the work of the organization;
  • Find potential Corporations for SWAGAA programs and develop relevant proposals
  • Find potential funders for the Girls empowerment clubs and develop relevant proposals

Qualification criteria for selection include:

  • Studies related to resources development, grant writing, fundraising, and donors relations.
  • Extensive experience in Corporate Social Responsibility, grant writing and knowledge of various means of raising funds and in-kind resources on-line, through events, donors’ solicitations (on-line, face-to-face and through mailing campaigns, proposals writing, donors relations);
  • Knowledge and ability to work within a gender equality & women’s rights framework and strong gender analysis;
  • Analytical and information-seeking skills, effective and proven writing skills;
  • Oral fact-finding, presentation and communication skills;
  • Computer Skills: Microsoft applications, PowerPoint and internet research;
  • Training experience an asset;
  • Readiness to deal with change and sometimes challenging context
  • Ability and willingness to work in rural areas and new cultural and professional settings.
  • Strong team player yet able to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • In-country experiences an asset.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • Willing to conduct fundraising and public engagement activities before, during and after the placement
  • In good physical and mental health (medical examination required)
  • The volunteer needs to bring their own computer

 

Personalized support before, during and after the mandate provided by an experienced and welcoming team. The Crossroads' experience includes the following:

  • Daily living allowance (depending of the country of assignment)
  • Plane ticket and local transport
  • Medical insurance and vaccinations
  • Pre-departure training and re-orientation upon return

 

APPLICATION


To apply for this position, we kindly ask that you fill out Crossroads' online application form. Please contact our recruitment officer if you have any question: Martin@cintl.org 

We thank all applicants but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


           
 

Crossroads International gratefully acknowledges the support of: