Business Marketing Advisor – Ethiopia

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Start Date: February 2024

Placement Length: 6 Months

Language Requirements: English Level 5-Fluent

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada Only

The Volunteer’s Role

In this role, you will contribute to the efforts of the Ministry of Labor and Skills (MoLS) whose goal is to create 20 million jobs by 2030.

Your main duties will revolve around developing strategic internal and external communications for fundraising while also supporting the team in increasing their knowledge about communications.

Apply today and help us to make a difference!

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Understand the needs, and design a marketing strategy to support Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)
  • Enhance the international market presence to get into the export market
  • Support the design and implementation of business plans
  • Design and implement digital marketing strategies to boost the online presence
  • Organize and deliver staff capacity-building training

Essential Requirements:

  • Degree in International Business development, business administration, management, economics or a related field

Essential Background:

  • A minimum of 5 years of technical experience in Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), including a minimum of 3 years working for a national enterprise or MSME organization required.

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 – Ethiopian Women Lawyers’ Association

Ethiopian Women Lawyers’ Association (EWLA) is a non-profit women’s advocacy group founded by Ethiopian women lawyers. Their mission is to see a country where women are equal and articulate its mission as promoting the economic, political, social and legal rights of women and assist them to secure full protection of their rights under the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and other international human rights conventions.


Experience in Strategy development, program design, training facilitation and program management and working with CSO’s.


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 World Health Organization-approved vaccines
  • 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:

Click here to Apply:


December 19, 2023


March 31, 2024




Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Cuso International