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Volunteer Business and Technical Experts

Volunteers – Waterloo, Ontario
Department Volunteers
Employment Type Volunteer
Minimum Experience Experienced

MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) is an association of compassionate women and men who invest in people living in poverty around the world so they can unleash their potential to earn a livelihood to provide for their families and enrich their communities. To learn more about MEDA and our work, please visit

In addition to employment opportunities, MEDA recruits individuals for short-term business/technical expert volunteer rolesThese are highly competitive opportunities, available to senior level, experienced individuals who would like to make an impact using their business and/or technical skills in an international development context.

If you would like to be considered for a business or technical expert volunteer opportunity, please upload a cover letter and your resume and complete all of the required additional fields in order to create a volunteer profile.  More information on the specific opportunities will be provided as they become available.  Descriptions of the current opportunities are at the bottom of this posting.  

Business and Technical Expert Volunteers are persons who are not MEDA employees, but are volunteers, engaged to provide specific business consulting and/or technical expertise for a particular opportunity. Most opportunities are 10-20 days in an international location, such as Tanzania, to perform specific tasks within a specified duration.  A portion of orientation, travel, accommodation and per diem costs may be covered for the selected volunteers depending on project budgets available and the volunteer agreement entered. 

In order to apply you must meet the following requirements:  

  1. Volunteers must be able to sign an agreement and commit to a work plan.
  2. Volunteers must have specialized skill & knowledge relevant to the opportunity.
  3. Volunteers must be fit to travel to international locations as required for the volunteer opportunity.
  4. Volunteers must be able to obtain the applicable visa.
  5. Volunteers must be eligible for MEDA emergency evacuation benefit program or provide proof of their own health, life, benefit and travel insurance for the opportunity.
  6. Volunteers must be available to attend scheduled cultural/technical and security orientation sessions at our Waterloo HQ for up to two days.

Volunteer Opportunities - Please keep scrolling down to see all opportunities!

Volunteer TANZANIA:   To provide surge capacity to the Tanzania Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise (ENGINE) program’s business development services component. The selected volunteers will provide technical assistance and business support to selected business service providers.  For further description of opportunities, please visit our website. Volunteer flights, accommodation, per diems, mobile phone expenses and insurance costs are covered for duration of the Volunteer Tanzania program.

The ENGINE program is a four-year USAID-funded Feed the Future program awarded through the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) that aims to streamline and enhance many of the regulatory, informational, and financial channels that encourage domestic and foreign investment in the southern agricultural regions of Mbeya, Morogoro, and Iringa, and in Zanzibar.

Multiple Volunteer Opportunities Available: 

Duration: 6 weeks

Location: Tanzania (various regions)

Please visit the MEDA Careers page to see specific opportunities currently available and to apply directly.

If you wish to submit a generic volunteer application, please apply on this posting. 


  • Commitment to MEDA values of creating business solutions to poverty
  • Flexible, independent, self-directed, and motivated
  • Demonstrated skills and ability required to successfully perform the work assignment
  • Senior level (5-10 year minimum) business or technical expertise experience
  • Suitability/medical clearance for traveling and working in an international, developing cross-cultural environment
  • Bachelor degree in business, related field or comparable senior level experience
  • Previous international travel experience in a developing country is an asset
  • Ability to speak the local language is an asset

1. Please read and acknowledge below your support of MEDA's Corporate Statement

2. Please read our About MEDA statement and acknowledge below how you integrate your faith/spirituality into your work.

Areas of Business and Technical Expertise

  • Specialized technical skills and/or senior level business experience in an area in which a project can benefit from short-term assistance.
  • Desired areas of expertise include:  finance, banking, accounting, marketing, business management, product development, branding, ICT, IT, database management, mobile application development, entrepreneurship, organizational development, human resources, supply chain, logistics, agriculture, construction, women in business, manufacturing, youth.

We ask all volunteers to contribute to volunteerism and promotion of MEDA's work creating business solutions to poverty by sharing photos, blogs and experiences after the volunteer trip in their communities and on MEDA's website. 

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