Gender and Social Development Advisor - Volunteer in Ethiopia

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Start Date: February 2024

Placement Length: 12 Months

Language Requirements: English 

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada Only

The Volunteer’s Role
If you are passionate about helping organizations in Institutional capacity development and enhancing organizational contribution in Gender and Social Development, this is the role for you.

As a Gender and Social Development Advisor, you will be working with Global Green Growth Institute, GGGI based in the African Union along with their team in Addis Ababa Ethiopia in leading and formulating partnerships and networks to achieve and disseminate results.

In this role, you will support GGGI Ethiopia, moving into a period of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is now an opportunity to reset traditional approaches to economic development and shift towards greener, more sustainable initiatives. To guide this shift across the African continent, the African Union developed the Green Recovery Action Plan (GRAP) which provides a framework for sustainable economic recovery from the pandemic.

The ultimate outcome of the Project is an enhanced impact on the economic and climate resilience of the African population, in particular women and youth, post-COVID-19. This will be achieved through progress in three intermediate outcomes:

Strengthening the African Union’s Commission (AUC’s) ability to implement the GRAP

Enhancing skills of national and regional policymakers to develop inclusive green growth policies, plans and programs in alignment with their nationally determined contributions and climate change strategies

Improving the ability for governments and partners to access climate finance for Africa’s green recovery, aimed in particular at initiatives that support women and youth

As a volunteer, you will:

Contribute to ensuring mainstreaming of gender, poverty reduction and social inclusion in GGGI sector and thematic policies, strategies, and operational plans.
Support the design and monitoring of program results as they relate to gender and social development outcomes and outputs.
Support the preparation of selective country gender and social development analysis and assessments.
Support the incorporation of environmental and social safeguards into the project cycle management.
Analyze and prepare knowledge products and services on social development and gender issues of importance, such as studies on current and emerging issues, operational tools (sector checklists and toolkits), and best practices.
Support the design capacity development/training materials and programs for staff and government partners.
Support the identification and build institutional partnerships and champions in government, private sector, and civil society to strengthen.
Support the development of strategies for mobilizing gender-responsive and inclusive, sustainable green finance.

Essential Requirements:
Degree or diploma in Gender Studies, Sociology/Anthropology/Social Development, International/ Development/Affairs, Public Policy, Economics, Human Rights or other social science preferably involving gender studies.

Essential Background:
At least 3-5 years of relevant experience in gender equality and social development of which 2 years at international level.
Substantial experience in the design, monitoring and evaluation of gender projects.
Experience working directly with one or more departments of multilateral or bilateral development institutions in developing countries is important.
Proven experience and expertise with environmental and social safeguards.
What’s in it for YOU? A life-changing experience!

Support Package
Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending on country)
Accommodation while in placement
Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication, and health insurance
Pre-departure training, in-country orientation, and reintegration debriefing, including travel and accommodation (more details below)
On the ground support through our Cuso International country program office
Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months


We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.

Candidates must apply on our website: