Business Development and Knowledge Management Advisor – Ethiopia

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Start Date: January 2024

Placement Length: 6 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 to national poverty reduction efforts of the government and climate action, this is the role for you.

As a Business Development and Knowledge Management Advisor, you’ll work with Global Green Growth Institute, GGGI along with their team in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

In this role, you will support the GGGI Ethiopia country office in the areas of business development, knowledge management, communication and project/program report writing, as well as to provide training for related project staff to enhance the organization’s capacity through developing Internal and External Communication strategic document and transferring skilled knowledge to the team.

Ethiopia is home to the third largest number of diplomatic missions in the world, after New York and Geneva. As the national capital, Addis Ababa remains the economic, political and administrative hub of Ethiopia. The city has gained international significance as the headquarter of the African Union (AU), UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) and a regional office for a number of international organizations including UNDP, UNESCO and the European Economic Commission (EEC).

Apply today and help us to make a difference!

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Documenting lessons learnt, and results from past and ongoing projects and using the same to identify funding opportunities across a variety of sectors and donors landscape and using the same to support the country team in proposal development.
  • Supporting the development of project reports using lessons learnt from green growth projects being implemented by the country office and its implementing partners.
  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on climate action for the GGGI Ethiopia country office.
  • Support quality control and brand management of country office communications and publications.
  • Design appropriate communication strategies to enhance the visibility of GGGI Ethiopia.
  • Conduct training for project managers and technical teams on communication, knowledge product development and knowledge management.

Essential Requirements:

Degree in business management, international relations, development economics, international development, knowledge management, or a related field of study.

Essential Background:

  • 5-7 years of practical experience in an international development organization in business development and knowledge management.
  • Strong experience developing funding proposals.
  • Strong experience in collaborating with international development organizations and donors.
  • Experience in building effective partnerships.
  • Experience in knowledge sharing and capacity development.
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills.• Knowledge management and knowledge product development experience.

What’s in it for YOU? A life-changing experience!

About Us, the Project and the Partner
Cuso International

Cuso International is an international cooperation and development organization that works to create economic and social opportunities for marginalized groups. Together with our partners, we are focused on efforts to advance gender equality and social inclusion, improve economic resilience, and deliver progress on climate action. We believe that by sharing skills, we can build better futures. Founded in 1961, Cuso International works in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Canada.

Project – Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE)

Cuso International will deliver the Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE) project, with a contribution from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) over seven years (2020-2027). SHARE aims to improve the economic and/or social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly women and girls, in developing countries, with a view to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing engagement of Canadians in international development and key global issues, this project will aim to increase the performance of country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality, in support of the action areas of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.

Partner – Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

GGGI has been working in Ethiopia since 2010, supporting the Government of Ethiopia’s efforts in the development and implementation of a Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) Strategy. This involves collaborating toward the delivery of Ethiopia’s vision of becoming a climate-resilient middle-income economy by 2030, with a zero-net increase in carbon emissions. Additionally, the aim is to facilitate key systemic transformations in the economy and generate innovative ideas toward a climate-resilient green economy.

Terms and Conditions
Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.

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

Other Requirements:

Please note that if you are shortlisted for the placement, you will be required to:

  • Provide two Professional References and one Personal Reference
  • Complete an oral assessment during your preliminary telephone interview in the language required for your placement
  • Obtain a Police Check at our request
  • Complete a full medical exam and be medically cleared by the Cuso International Medical Advisor prior to your departure
  • Due to the COVID-19 situation, be double vaccinated in accordance with the
  • We seek individuals who share our values and are dedicated to supporting marginalized groups, including those from the LGBTQIA+ communities


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.

How to Apply:

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada Only



November 30, 2023


February 29, 2024




Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Cus International