Women in Entrepreneurship – International Seminar Participant

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Position: Women in Entrepreneurship – International Seminar Participant
Partner(s): MBC Africa
Country and Place of Assignment: Ghana, Accra
Contract Duration: 2 weeks

DESCRIPTION:
Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 170 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers.

Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic sub sectors.

For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please
visit: Uniterra.ca.

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION
The International Seminar has connected youth from different parts of the world for the past seventy years, creating a space for the sharing of both experiences and knowledge. The 2018 International Seminar will focus on women in entrepreneurship and will be an opportunity for young entrepreneurs from Ghana and Canada to come together to share experiences, develop knowledge and skills, and build networks. The group will be comprised of twenty young entrepreneurs, ten from Ghana and ten from Canada, who are in the early stages of building their business or social business ventures. The two-week program will provide the young entrepreneurs the opportunity to foster and strengthen their entrepreneurial skills through peer-to-peer mentorship, learning, and cross-cultural collaboration. The participants will also take part in guided programming that aims to build general entrepreneurial attitudes and address issues facing women in entrepreneurship.

The 2018 International Seminar will take place in Accra, Ghana, from October 14th-27th.

For more information about the Seminar, please visit our website:
http://uniterra.ca/en/volunteering/international-seminar

RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Take part in conversations, online meetups and activities with other International
Seminar participants prior to Seminar
● Actively participate in workshops and trainings during the Seminar aimed at
strengthening entrepreneurial skills
● Share best practices and lessons learned about your business and experience as an
entrepreneur with other participants
● Share and exchange with Seminar participants on barriers to entrepreneurship for
women and youth in both Ghana and Canada
● In collaboration with the other participants, develop recommendations to the Uniterra
program on how best to support young female entrepreneurs
● Share your seminar experience during outreach activities in Ghana
● Prepare and draft reports as required by the Seminar coordinators and the Uniterra
program
● Please note that some time will be allocated to work on your venture during the
Seminar, however you must be able to commit to all Seminar activities

QUALIFICATIONS:
● Identify as youth (be between the ages of 18 and 35);
● Have a business venture or startup in the incubation or infancy stage
● Interest in exploring and discussing barriers that women in entrepreneurship face
both in Ghana and Canada
● Interest in international development and international issues;
● Able to work in a fast-paced environment
● Strong teamwork skills
● Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability in new situations;
● Interest in creating cross-cultural connections and networks;
● Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills;
● Proficiency in written and oral English.

TO APPLY:
The application should include the following documents:
● CV;
● Cover Letter;
● A short description of your venture that includes the following (maximum 3 pages):
¬ Describe your enterprise or business venture
¬ What have been and are your motivations driving your venture?
¬ What have been some obstacles or barriers and what strategies have you implemented to overcome them?
¬ What long-term impacts do you expect to achieve?
¬ Any other relevant information to help us understand your drive and aspirations.

Eligible and interested Seminar applicants should submit the above documents and forms
by August 10, 2018.

Send your completed application to the Uniterra International Seminar team by email
at: wuscghanaoffice@wusc.ca

 

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