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Positions: Small and Micro Enterprise Advisors (SME Advisor)
Type: 3-month international placement with international travel and a modest allowance to help cover daily costs including accommodation, meals, transportation and communication
Organization: EQWIP HUBS
Countries: Bolivia, Ghana, Indonesia, Peru, Senegal, Tanzania

Duration: 3 months
Language Requirements: Fluent in English or French or Spanish
Departure Dates: January, March, May
Supervisor: Hub Coordinator

The Role:

The SME Advisors will collaborate with EQWIP HUBs in-country team and the successful recipients of the Youth Innovation Fund - a fund that provides eligible youth support to launch their business ideas. Through the Youth Innovation Fund, program participants who have graduated from the EQWIP HUBs entrepreneurship training have the opportunity to receive both financial and non-financial support, including business coaching, additional training and mentoring. SME Advisors will provide assistance to these youth and will help them integrate key start up business skills and fundamentals, through direct training and coaching, to be successful in their business ventures.

As an SME Advisor, you have a passion for social enterprise, international development, participatory learning, coaching and entrepreneurship. You have familiarity with the role of accelerators and the business model canvas approach. You have demonstrated skills in converting a business plan to an operational, sustainable business have strong knowledge in finance, accounting and/or marketing. You are motivated to support young leaders in their community and help them take their business ideas to the next level. SME Advisors will be recruited twice a year for placement periods of 3 months each. Apply now for placements starting in January 2018.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Identify the areas in which entrepreneurs require additional support and develop new business training modules;

  • Participate in the Youth Innovation Accelerator workshop and assist in the delivery of training sessions;

  • Support peer to peer collaboration and the development of support networks for entrepreneurs;

  • Collaborate with HUB Network members to enhance the enabling environment for youth starting a business;

  • Collaborate with staff, and volunteers, to assist youth in the administrative and financial procedures as they launch their businesses,

  • Support youth in developing creative marketing and strategic plans for small businesses;

  • Conduct relevant business training on financial planning, basic accounting and budgeting;

  • Provide direct coaching to youth entrepreneurs for the operationalization of their business;

  • Provide recommendations for the overall entrepreneurship program strategy to increase the quality of interventions and the impact on youth.


  • University degree in Business Administration, Enterprise development or related field.

  • 3-5 years of experience in start ups, accelerators, entrepreneurship or business development.

  • Knowledge of creative approaches to marketing

  • Awareness of business model canvas approach

  • Competence in financial management and financial planning for small businesses

  • Strong communication skills.

  • Understanding of gender sensitive approaches

  • Experience working with a multi-stakeholder team

  • Overseas work experience and cross cultural experience are considered an asset.

  • Coaching or mentoring experience

  • Experience working with youth


EQWIP HUBs is a network of 17 global youth innovation spaces powered by Canada World Youth and Youth Challenge International that propel #YouthForward.

EQWIP HUBs is a new way of approaching long-term sustainable development.

It’s a network of 17 youth innovation spaces called ‘EQWIP HUBs,’ where youth – especially women – come together to develop market-relevant skills, build networks, learn from mentors, and access technology. Located in Bolivia, Ghana, Indonesia, Peru, Senegal and Tanzania, they are places where the passions and determination of young people are transformed into the confidence and abilities that will allow them to access employment or entrepreneurship and take control of their own futures.

Together, we’re on a mission to propel 100,000 #YouthForward by 2020.

EQWIP HUBs is generously funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.


More than just a placement, EQWIP HUBs provides an opportunity to expand your leadership skills and develop your network. An EQWIP HUBs placement offers:

  • Immersive Living: EQWIP HUBs volunteers will live in the heart of local communities.
  • Allowance: Every EQWIP HUBs volunteer receives international travel and a modest allowance to help cover daily costs including accommodation, meals, transportation and communication.
  • Safety First: Safety is our top priority, and medical and security insurance are provided

Core Competencies:

We recognize that certain competencies help to make a volunteer successful. We look for and promote the following competencies for all our volunteer placements:

  • Ability to work effectively within cross-cultural teams
  • Ability to think creatively and to solve practical problems
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Cross cultural awareness and competency
  • Resilience


Apply Now!

We thank all applicants for your interest in EQWIP HUBs, however, only those applicants that meet our eligibility criteria will be contacted.

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GoodWork ID: 41161       Date posted to Sep 1 2017