Strategic Planning Advisor


Position: Strategic Planning Advisor

Location: Swaziland - Malkerns

Partner: boMake Rural Projects

Starting: May 2017

Duration: 8 Months

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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. 

Gone Rural (Pty)

Gone Rural's mission is to create home-based sustainable income for over 760 women in Swaziland’s rural areas. The products combine tradition with innovation to create Afro-chic home accessories and bold statement pieces. With commitment to sustainable social responsibility and Fair Trade Principles we have successfully created a business model that empowers 762 rural women by providing them with home based income and skills training. Gone Rural sells to over 300 customers worldwide and is committed to growing its sales base and volume to generate more income for Rural Women.


boMake Rural Projects (formerly Gone Rural boMake)

boMake Rural Projects, a non-profit organization (NGO) in Swaziland, was founded in 2006 by Gone Rural (Pty) to assist its producers-762 rural women and their communities with education, health and social needs. Gone Rural provides a regular source of income generation to the women and boMake complements this by implementing social programs reaching over 6,000 people. By implementing education, health, women’s empowerment and community development projects, boMake supports the economic development of women and their communities. Asides from direct services delivery such as paying school fees for 360 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC’s) annually, providing clean drinking water in 10 communities and creating access to a mobile wellness clinic for more than 2000 people, boMake also trains women on gender based violence, women’s rights and leadership skills.


boMake Rural Projects organizational planning and HR processes fall under the management structure of governance: Board, Executive Director, Program Coordinator, Program Officers, and Administration. A needs assessment was done in 2005 and revised in 2012. This led boMake Rural Projects to focus on five key areas: Heath, Education, Women’s Empowerment, WASH and Community Development. Its 2013 – 2017 Strategic Plan has been developed and is currently implemented. In 2017, a new strategic plan will be developed.


Mandate historical context

Gone Rural and boMake Rural Projects conduct a needs and impact assessment every 5 years to assess the needs of the artisans and their communities. These then factor into the planning for Gone Rural and the strategic plan for boMake. boMake Rural Projects is due to have a new strategic plan at the beginning of 2017.


Main responsibilities include:


  • Review previous data collection tools and update
  • Design data collection schedule with Gone Rural and boMake teams
  • Collect data through surveys, interviews and focus groups 
  • Analyse data and compile report on the needs of the artisans and their communities, as well as the impacts of programming over the last five years
  • Use data as part of strategic planning process, as well as research done on funding climate, national strategic direction, and resources of the organization
  • Finalize boMake strategic plan for 2017-2022, have approved by Board of Directors


Qualification criteria for selection include:

  • Degree in international development, M&E or strategic planning
  • Experience working at a strategic level with NGOs
  • 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 experience an asset
  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • Effective and proven writing skills
  • Strong presentation and oral communication skills
  • Computer Skills: Microsoft applications and internet research
  • Knowledge of and/or experience working with social enterprises is an asset


Eligibility criteria:

  • Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • Must be 19 years and older
  • 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



To apply for this position, we kindly ask that you fill out Crossroads' online application form. Please contact our Program officer - Volunteering if you have any questions:  simidele@cintl.org  

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


Crossroads International gratefully acknowledges the support of: