As an entrepreneurship coordinator, the volunteer will work in Kongo village, Ghana with the main aim to support the ongoing activities and development of the shea butter and basket weaving cooperatives. This position is for a person with an entrepreneurship or community development experience in a developing country and strong skills in either marketing, sales or entrepreneurship, as the volunteer will work fully independently in the rural settings in Kongo village, where the main aim is to take the cooperative’s work to the next level. The position requires deep understanding of the realities of development work and entrepreneurship in a developing country and great skills in initiative taking, adaptability and stress management.
Expected results/objectives: to help to build the resilience of the most vulnerable community members in Kongo Village Ghana, regarding the financial constraints through increased ability to earn income independently.
Kongo Community Development Association [KoCDA] is a community based organization in West Africa, Ghana, precisely in Kongo of the Upper East region. The Organization seeks an active individual to play an integral role in various stages of the organizations journey towards helping to leverage existing partnership projects already being implemented in close collaboration with European partners, particularly, Mondo of Estonia. We currently undertake activities such as share butter extraction, basket weaving tree plantation and animal rearing with women groups. We are looking forward to working with an individual who has skills in: organizing activities, planning on boarding, career development, performance management, internal mobility, workshop facilitation, and internal communications. The role is a generalist role with a deep emphasis on talent development and communications. In this role, the volunteer will work with managers and employees across the business to support people.
Operational details & security context
Kongo community is in the Upper East region of Ghana, countryside, hilly and valley-like community in which Europeans can easily adapt, although differences with tropical weather and environment. Ghana as a is a secular country. Three main religions are practiced: African Traditional Religion (5.2%), Christianity (71.2%), and Islam (17.6%). Kongo village is predominantly a Christian/catholic community but very opened to people of different faiths. There is good inter-ethnic/racial relationship. Community members are very open to visitors and Kongo Village has a good reputation of hosting Europeans in the last two decades without any single incidence of security threat. The people are generally welcoming people. There are no tensions between settler and non-settler Communities. There are local police officers that volunteers can reach out to should they be in an insecure situation. There are a number of local health facilities that can handle minor health issues, but there is also a regional referral Hospital, reasonably resourced with well trained medical staff and equipment as well as medication. It is possible to be evacuated within 3 to 4 hours to the National Capital, Accra for serious health or any other emergency. There is a national ambulance system that can reach rural areas.