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EWB African Program Staff Applications Open

April 15, 2010 | By |

EWB’s African Program Staff (APS) are a group of exceptional people who have both a passion for creating change with the rural poor in Africa and incredible talent for thinking about development and determining how to make progress on some of the globe’s most intractable problems. Does this describe you? If it does EWB Canada is currently recruiting candidates to join the APS team for departure in Fall 2010 and Winter 2011.

Applications, which are due April 30, 2010, can be found here.

EWB Canada currently works in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Malawi and Zambia to help the rural poor improve their livelihoods and climb out of poverty. Our areas of focus are:

  1. Agricultural value chains;
  2. Water, sanitation and hygiene promotion; and
  3. Planning and rural infrastructure for good governance (only in Ghana).

We work with local partner organizations to help them do what they do better, adding value in a variety of ways:

  • executing on project specific work;
  • building management capacity;
  • improving learning and accountability systems;
  • increasing skills of field staff; and
  • creating stronger connections between different stakeholders.

An APS position with EWB offers professionals and new graduates of any educational background a unique opportunity to contribute to development in rural Africa.  You will use your skills to help change the way human development is approached, both as an individual and as a part of a movement committed to making poverty history.

On a personal note, I found my 4 month, EWB Junior Fellow placement in Ghana in 2005 to be a life changing experience.  I was pushed on both emotional and intellectual dimensions and built connections that will stay with me for a lifetime. Based on this experience, and with a great desire  to once again seek out opportunity for challenge and impact, I recently applied for an APS position with EWB and will be returning to Africa in this role starting in August, 2010.  I encourage you to join me on this adventure by applying to become an APS as well.  You will grow in leaps and bounds as you discover, with EWB’s help, your potential and build skills that will stay with you for your life time. Most importantly, you will work with purpose and contribute to a better world, alongside your African partners.

APS terms run for 12 or 20+ months, with many APS staying on for over 2 years.  All costs for training, travel, and living are provided by EWB. However, if you are an interested recent graduate with outstanding student loan concerns, contact us to explore alternative arrangments before you apply.

Applications are due April 30th, 2010 at midnight. This is the final application round for Fall 2010 and the first of two application rounds for Winter 2011.  For more information on EWB projects in Africa and desired qualities of APS staff, please visit this link.

If you have any further questions,  or would like to discuss this opportunity further, you can:

  • Post a comment below;
  • Contact me, Alyssa Lindsay, here; or
  • Contact Robin Farnworth, EWB’s Director of Overseas Sending