Seed Program - Southern Africa: Peace and Development

Position Title

Seed Program - Southern Africa: Peace and Development

FTE 1.00

Compensation Type Allowance

Country Zambia

Location Description

The following regions are locations where MCC partners are located and are listed here as examples of potential—but not necessarily confirmed—placements.
• Blantyre, Malawi (x1)
• Lilongwe, Malawi (x1)
• Choma, Zambia (x2)
• Lusaka, Zambia (x3)
• Kitwe, Zambia (x1)

Applications Close Date Aug 31, 2019

Start Date Feb 09, 2020

Start Date Flexible No

Term Length 2 years

Qualifications All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active participation in a Christian church or Christian community; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.

  • Age range of 20-30; single or married without children.

Knowledge and experience:

  • University degree in social work, education, peace studies, political science, international development, criminal justice, or a related field

  • Experience in at least some of the following areas: teaching (particularly with children with disabilities), peace building, restorative justice, conflict transformation, and/or community development.

Skills and abilities:

  • Exemplify as an expression of their Christian commitment, values of service, community, solidarity and simplicity

  • Interested in learning how to accompany community processes being carried out by MCC partners.

  • Eager to engage in processes of group reflection and analysis about their identity, context of origin, and the reality of their service sites.

  • Committed to peace and non-violence as evidenced by an openness to work on a team despite theological and cultural differences among others.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

  • Ability to self-direct work and manage independent deadlines

  • Strong critical thinking skills

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Proven ability to be flexible, adaptable, and self-confident in ambiguous situations.

Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s).

Job Synopsis

As an innovative peacebuilding initiative, Seed is a two-year program that brings together regional (Southern Africa) and international young adults to reflect, serve and work for peace and to build connections in marginalized communities by providing support to local partner organizations and communities.

The program participants will apply for the general Seed program in Zambia/Malawi, rather than for a specific placement location. Placements will be established after participants are accepted into the Seed Program, prior to orientation.

Seed participants serve with MCC partner agencies that are working to address issues such as violence, poverty and oppression from the grassroots. Seed participants live in communities in an effort to better understand the context and strengthen local capacities for peace. Seed participants reflect as a group on a range of topics in order to understand how national and international issues affect the communities they are serving in. This reflection also helps them develop skills to support the work being done in their communities.

Seed participants learn from and work with people from different political, theological and cultural backgrounds. The program seeks to build the capacity of participants as community development workers and as peacemakers and also to facilitate personal growth through reflection on their lived experiences.

Challenges Heavy use of peanuts in local diet; Work requires healthy boundaries; Local church not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons; Local area not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons

Key Responsibilities

• Ensure that the Gospel is exemplified in the performance of all job responsibilities and through personal example.
• Model nonviolent peacemaking through daily interactions with staff and the public.
• Participate in a local church and gatherings, being willing to use his or her gifts within the local faith community.
• Participate in regular staff meetings, team devotions and prayer
• Accompany the existing peace and development efforts of the local partner in assignment location.
• Actively participate in MCC team retreats and Seed programming activities.
• Turn in and comply with the administrative requirements of MCC Zambia/Malawi and the partner within established timeframes.
• Be proactive in developing creative strategies for self-care and holistic wellbeing.
• Actively participate in the reflective Seed spaces (curriculum, blog, etc.).
• Be proactive in language learning
• Successful police record check

Link
Program information and policies can be found at https://mcc.org/get-involved/serve/volunteer/seed/faq

Youth Council for the Caribbean and Americas Regional Committee of the Commonwealth Youth Council

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The Resource Mobilization Committee is a sub-committee of the Caribbean and Americas Regional Committee of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC). The mandate of the CYC is to advocate on behalf of youth people within the Commonwealth. As such, the Caribbean and Americas Regional Committee handles that mandate for this region.

The Resource Mobilization Committee is responsible for managing the resources of the Caribbean and Americas Regional Committee by managing the inflow, recording and outflow of all resources. The committee spans the Caribbean and Americas and as such these roles also span that area.

The CYC is currently looks for young, dynamic, and energetic volunteers to join their committee. Refer to the poster and their website for more details. They are accepting applications until July 31st, 2019.

Program Development Advisor

Title: Program Development Advisor
Partner(s): Himalayan Grassroots Women's Natural Resource Management Association (HIMAWANTI)
Location of Assignment: Nepal, Lalitpur
Contract Duration: Flexible duration (3-8 months)

Description

Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 200 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers. Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic subsectors.

The Himalayan Grassroots Women’s Natural Resource Management Association (HIMAWANTI) Nepal is a non-profit, non-political NGO dedicated to strengthening the grassroots level women in sustainable natural resource management in Nepal. HIMAWANTI Nepal aims to promote solidarity among grassroots women in order to enhance their access to natural resources as well as to the equitable distribution of resources and benefits accruing from these resources, through consultation and networking. HIMAWANTI Nepal’s mission is to ensure the development of appropriate policies and decision making processes related to programs aimed at organizing rural women and promoting their strengths while conserving and managing the nation's natural resources.

HIMAWANTI Nepal is not profit organization. This organization has been functioning on the basis of volunteer contribution of the grass root level women. These women need more support with proposal writing and report writing for institutional development and sustainably.

HIMAWANTI Nepal seeks a volunteer Program Development Advisor to build their capacity for proposal and report writing.

Responsibilities

  • Explore and identify solicited and unsolicited proposal calls relevant to activities of HIMAWANTI;

  • Provide support to the HIMAWANTI team in writing concept notes and proposals;

  • Train and coach HIMAWANTI staff in writing effective proposals;

  • Fundraising for new projects to invest in natural resources sustainability and empowering rural women;

  • Support HIMAWANTI in writing reports for ongoing projects;

  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies;

  • Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities of and all program benefits; and

  • Write reports required by HIMAWANTI and the Uniterra program.

Qualifications

  • Degree and/or training in International Development or a related discipline

  • Experience in proposal writing

  • Work experience in natural resources or with women related organization is desirable

  • Willing to work in a small office in a limited resource context

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments

  • Demonstrated coaching or mentorship skills, including tact and professionalism

  • Written and oral fluency in English

Volunteer Benefits and Support

  • Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.

  • Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.

  • In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in country.

  • Language training in country where required.

  • Return flights, visas and work permits.

  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.

  • Health insurance.

  • Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.

  • Accommodation while overseas.

  • Vacation leave entitlement.

  • Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.

  • An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the ages of 18-70.

  • Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, and travel documentation).

  • With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume/CV and cover letter to Robin McLaughlin, Recruitment Marketing and Posting at WUSC, at rmclaughlin@wusc.ca.

Communications and Fundraising Advisor

Title: Communications and Fundraising Advisor
Partner(s): Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce
Location of Assignment: Sri Lanka, Hambantota
Contract Duration: Flexible Duration (3-8 months)

Description

Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 200 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers. Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic subsectors.

Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce (HDCC) key role is to prepare the business community to face challenges by identifying, planning and implementing relevant projects and programmes which will benefit them and the district as a whole. Currently, this means ensuring that the business community is properly prepared to take advantage of the changes that will come to the district as a result of major development projects already underway and planned for the southern region. In recent years, HDCC has been able to go beyond the original concept of a Chamber of Commerce and has led a number of special projects aimed specifically at the overall economic development of the district - particularly by making use of the national and international partnerships that have been built over the year. The HDCC promotes tourism under the name of “deep south” in southern Sri Lanka. www.deepsouth.lk or deepsouth@hdcc.lk.

HDCC is seeking a Communications and Fundraising Advisor to provide them with training and support on proposal writing and fundraising.

Responsibilities

  • Provide support to HDCC in identifying potential donors;

  • Provide support to HDCC in fundraising activities including proposal writing; and

  • Provide training to HDCC staff on proposal writing and fundraising;

  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies

  • Ensure the participation of women and youth in all program activities; and

  • Write reports requested by HDCC and the Uniterra Program.

Qualifications

  • Degree or training in communications, fundraising or a relevant field

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in communications or fundraising

  • Ability to work as a team

  • Flexibility and adaptability

  • Ability to work with people from different cultural backgrounds

  • Interest and commitment to gender equality and social inclusion

Degree or training in communications, fundraising or a relevant field

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in communications or fundraising

  • Ability to work as a team

  • Flexibility and adaptability

  • Ability to work with people from different cultural backgrounds

  • Interest and commitment to gender equality and social inclusion

Volunteer Benefits and Support

  • Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.

  • Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.

  • In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in country.

  • Language training in country where required.

  • Return flights, visas and work permits.

  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.

  • Health insurance.

  • Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.

  • Accommodation while overseas.

  • Vacation leave entitlement.

  • Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.

  • An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the ages of 18-70.

  • Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, and travel documentation).

  • With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume/CV and cover letter to Robin McLaughlin, Recruitment Marketing and Posting at WUSC, at rmclaughlin@wusc.ca.

Professional Mentors for Indigenous Interns

The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) and Northern Council for Global Cooperation (NCGC) are recruiting professional volunteer mentors to support cohort 2 of the International Internships for Indigenous Youth Program (IIIY). The IIIY professional mentorship program will support the professional and academic development of interns by providing one-on-one mentorship with established professionals working in global and community development.  

As professional mentors, Council staff, board members, etc. will support ACIC/NCGC in delivering key program outcomes and in ensuring that interns maximize the professional and personal opportunities that the internship provides. Mentors will contribute to this objective by supporting interns in:  

  • Developing and identifying transferable skills gained through their participation in the internship program,  

  • Supporting increased understanding of their community’s needs, employment and education opportunities post-internship (especially relating to supporting international development goals),  

  • Encouraging intern reflection on international development issues, including environmental sustainability, governance and gender equality, 

  • Supporting intern capacity to contribute to international development in their own communities and abroad, and;  

  • Connecting interns with stakeholders to address local and international development issues.  

About the program:  
  
Each professional mentor will work with one IIIY intern for a minimum of  10 hours between August 20th 2019 and 1 March 2020. As the interns will be overseas beginning at the end of August, this relationship may begin over phone/video chat and/or email. Depending on the partnership, and geographical considerations, the mentorship may formally conclude with an in-person meeting. Throughout the 4-month program, IIIY interns will explore career and academic opportunities with their mentor, identify transferable skills gained during their international internship, set learning goals for the duration of the program and build their professional networks. Mentors will play an active role in supporting intern’s understanding of international development issues through discussion, sharing of resources and supporting reflection on their experience overseas. The mentorship program will also provide the Councils and those involved the opportunity to engage deeper with Indigenous youth and support the development of a generation of Indigenous leaders in Canada’s global development sector.  
  

Mentors:  
Council staff, board members, Council members and IIIY National Partners and associates with:  

  • 2+ years of experience working in global development, with Indigenous serving organizations, First Nations governments, or other relevant sectors.  

  • Ability to contribute a total of 10 hours with the intern.  

  • Interested in sharing lessons and guidance, willingness to guide and challenge mentees in their own goal-making and support critical reflection on global and community development.  
      

Mentor responsibilities include:  

  • Supporting intern’s professional development goals while abroad, including identifying transferable skills developed during internship, areas of opportunity, how to achieve internship goals, and support general development of professional skills to support their time in the field.  

  • Supporting interns in post-internship academic and professional goal planning, including but not limited to how to work in Canada’s global development sector, public engagement and global citizenship.  

  • Sharing relevant opportunities and facilitating professional connections in the province/territory post-internship, providing resume support and relaying developments in the field.   

  • Encouraging continued reflection on program participation and career trajectories.   

  • Developing interns’ relationship with the Councils to encourage engagement beyond program.  
      

Intern responsibilities include:  

  • Commitment to maintaining and proactively setting up mentor/mentee appointments, thoughtful reflection, engagement and openness to relationship development with mentor.    

  
Membership support for the professional development program is greatly appreciated. ACIC/NCGC view the program as a mutually beneficial arrangement for mentor and mentee, in which mentors will share their experience while interns will gain a greater understanding of the ICN, CCIC, Council members and Canada’s development sector and ideally continue to engage with the Councils in the future.  

  

To sign-up as a mentor, you can fill out our online form, or email a copy of your bio and/or areas of specialization to  lee-anne@acic-caci.org before August 15th, 2019. ACIC/NCGC will endeavour to pair mentors from Council’s respective regions or based on matching professional interests.  

 

Serving and Learning Together (SALT)

Applications are open for SALT (Serving and Learning Together), a year-long, cross-cultural service experience through Mennonite Central Committee for Christian young adults ages 18-30. Through SALT, participants serve internationally in a wide variety of positions in fields such as education, agriculture, healthcare, information technology, peace, and more! The program begins in August and ends in July each year.

SALT accepts applications all year round! For more information, and to access a list of available assignments, click here.

Accounting Software Programmer

ORGANIZATION: Uniterra
LOCATION: Kathmandu, Nepal
CONTRACTION DURATION: Flexible duration (3-9 months)

Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Central Dairy Cooperative Association Limited Nepal (CDCAN)'s objective is the betterment of milk producer farmers and their cooperatives. For the sake of it, CDCAN is doing supportive activities like training and development of member organizations and farmers as well on their capacity building, good manufacturing practices in raw milk production and handling, decreasing cost of raw milk production, increasing the productivity etc. and of course it is lobbying for its members' rights in coordination of different other stakeholders.

Position Description:

  • Assess the need of cooperatives and develop an accounting software

  • Test and modify the software if needed;

  • Train CDCAN staff on programming, debugging, installation and operation;

  • Develop the user manual of the software;

  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies;

  • Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities of and all program benefits; and

  • Write reports required by CDCAN and the Uniterra program.

Qualifications:

  • Degree and/or training in computer programming or a related discipline

  • Minimum 1 year of experience as a Software Programmer

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments

  • Flexibility and adaptability

  • Demonstrated coaching or mentorship skills, including tact and professionalism

  • Written and oral fluency in English

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the ages of 18-70.

  • Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, and travel documentation).

  • With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume/CV and cover letter Robin McLaughlin, Recruitment Marketing and Posting at WUSC, at rmclaughlin@wusc.ca.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

Outreach & Communication Volunteer

Organization: Nova Scotia Environmental Network
Location: anywhere in Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Environmental Network (NSEN) was established in 1991 and is a non-profit organization registered under the Society Act. The network is comprised of environmental and health groups whose common purpose is the conservation and enhancement of the natural environment and the pursuit of a sustainable future for Nova Scotia.

NSEN organizes events, capacity-building workshops, webinars, and roundtables to support the work of its members. Our website features event listings, job & volunteer opportunities, action alerts, sustainability resources directory, information on a variety of environmental issues, and fundraising & media tools.

Mission
Our mission is to connect environmental and health organizations together to conserve and embrace our natural environment and achieve a sustainable future for Nova Scotia. We know that we are stronger and can be more successful if we work together to affect positive change.

NSEN aims:
• To provide a medium of communication for its members via social media, website and e-newsletter
• To encourage its members to share information, resources, energy and expertise
• To facilitate communications and interaction between its members, affiliate networks, governments and the general public on environmental issues, policies and programs
• To bring members together through the caucuses, roundtables, and events
• To act as a liaison between members and the provincial and federal government
• To provide its members access to the programs and resources of the Canadian Environmental Network
• To carry out educational activities that develop community awareness of environmental conservation and promote sustainability, and to encourage other organizations to do the same.

Role Description
The Communications Volunteer is responsible for managing and growing NSEN's online presence by creating, curating, and posting engaging content across all of our social media platforms, as well as assisting with traditional communications and media relations tasks. The role will also include work in event planning, fundraising, and building new partnerships.

Duties & Responsibilities
The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for:
• Managing NSEN's communication: responding to Facebook messages, responding to emails, creating content for website
• Creating, curating, and scheduling/posting engaging content on Facebook and Twitter
• Overseeing the content and distribution of our e-newsletter
• Writing and/or sourcing environmentally-themed content for the website
• Assisting with event planning, fundraising, and other duties as needed

Attendance of monthly NSEN board meetings is mandatory. These meetings can be down by Google Hangouts. 

This is a remote position - we welcome candidates from anywhere in Nova Scotia to apply.  

Good to Have:
• Previous experience scheduling and posting social media and creating e-newsletters, preferably for a non-profit or social enterprise
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Ability to work well independently without much supervision or as part of a team
• Ability to use and familiarity with Hootsuite, Wordpress, Mailchimp, Facebook
• Experience in graphic design, photography, and/or videography, an asset

Required:
• Positive attitude and team spirit!
• Openness to ask questions and clarifications when needed
• Organized & detail-oriented worker

Commitment

Volunteers are expected to commit to approximately 8-12 hours per week on an ongoing basis.

If you are interested in being a part of the NSEN team, please email your resume and cover letter outlining your passions and skills as they relate to this opportunity to Megan MacLeod, Communications Coordinator, NSEN at nsenvironmentalnetwork@gmail.com .

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Please include your First and Last Name and Communications Volunteer in the subject line of the email :)

Volunteer Support Advisor

 PARTNER (S):  Catholic Development Commission of Malawi (CADECOM)
LOCATION OF ASSIGNMENT: MALAWI, Lilongwe
CONTRACT DURATION: Flexible duration (3-10 months)
DESCRIPTION:

Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 200 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers. Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic subsectors.

For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit: Uniterra.ca.

PARTNER DESCRIPTIONS:

The Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM) works toward development by creating awareness and empowering disadvantaged men, women and youth. The programming approach is gender and environmentally sensitive, sustainable and promotes justice, human dignity and self-reliance with the active participation of community members for increased ownership. Projects implemented by CADECOM include disaster risk reduction, integrated food security, and water and sanitation. To learn more visit www.caritas.org/where-caritas-work/africa/malawi

The Volunteer Support Advisor will assist in the successful implementation of the Uniterra program through delivery of volunteer management activities in accordance with agreed standards of practice, policies and protocols.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support volunteers to proactively manage issues or challenges that may arise throughout the duration of the assignment and to ensure that adequate personal and professional support is provided;

  • Coordinate and co-facilitate in-country orientation for volunteers in collaboration with the Volunteer Mobilization Team and country team, organize volunteer management training and briefing activities for local partner organizations using Uniterra designed lesson plans and materials;

  • Provide support to country team in the selection, recruitment and mobilization of volunteers recruited in-country;

  • Support the development of data management systems to ensure that tools and documents developed by volunteers are collected and made available to volunteers and country teams and other Uniterra teams;

  • Provide support and guidance to volunteers in managing health and safety issues;

  • Support the country team in communicating and implementing emergency and security procedures and protocols;

  • In collaboration with Sector Program Officer, ensure that all reporting requirements are submitted within agreed timelines (e.g. work plan, mid- and end-of-term reports);

  • In collaboration with the Sector Program Officer, build a strong understanding of the volunteers’ role and the support that will need to be provided by the partner and the Uniterra program;

  • Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities and all program benefits;

  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies; and

  • Write reports required by the Uniterra program.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree in human resources or volunteer management or a related discipline

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience, preferably in an international context

  • Excellent judgment and problem-solving skills

  • Intercultural communications skills, diplomacy

  • Experience with facilitation and training

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments

  • Demonstrated coaching or mentorship skills, including act and professionalism

  • A commitment to gender equality and youth inclusion, and volunteering

  • Written and oral fluency in English

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS AND SUPPORT:

  • Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.

  • Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.

  • In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in country.

  • Language training in country where required.

  • Return flights, visas and work permits.

  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.

  • Health insurance.

  • Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.

  • Accommodation while overseas.

  • Vacation leave entitlement.

  • Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.

  • An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the ages of 18-70.

  • Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, and travel documentation).

  • With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.

Digital Marketing Advisor

LOCATION: SRI LANKA, Kandy

DURATION: Flexible duration

EXPECTED DEPARTURE DATE: Departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and position will remain open until filled.

OVERVIEW:

Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 200 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers. Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic subsectors.

For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit: Uniterra.ca.

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT: Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS). Unaccompanied assignment - This assignment does not include support for accompanying partners or dependants

PARTNER: Women's Development Center (WDC)

PARTNER DESCRIPTION:

The mission of Women Development Centre (WDC) is to facilitate and encourage an environment for victimized women and children, persons with special needs, youth and other vulnerable groups to achieve positive changes in their lives by resolving or minimizing their problems through active participation in decision making within the socio-economic process. Sthree, meaning ‘Women’ in both Sinhala and Tamil languages, has been established as a not-for-profit social enterprise. This commercial space allows women entrepreneurs/producers to showcase and sell their handicraft products such as eco-friendly purses, batiks, home décor items, artwork, silk scarves and shawls etc. They also sell beautiful wood furniture handcrafted by people with disabilities. In order to increase market share and success, Sthree aims to increase the visibility among tourists and develop partnerships with the local tourism sector including hotels and tour operators to provide unique high-quality souvenirs. Sthree’s success will ensure sustainability for itself, support WDC’s broader mandate and continue to support some of the most vulnerable people in the region. In addition to the shop, a new venture has been established as Shtree café with the support of the Planaterra (Canadian org) in the same premises. At the moment it caters to adventure tour groups and it will be open to the general public in the near future.

For more information visit http://womendev.org/

WDC seeks a volunteer Digital Marketing Advisor to provide guidance on Digital Marketing Campaigns.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide guidance on creating and managing digital marketing campaigns;

  • Provide guidance in developing a social media strategy;

  • Provide guidance in managing the Sthree website;

  • Provide guidance in writing content for the website and social networking accounts such as Facebook and Instagram;

  • Provide guidance in editing and posting videos, podcasts and audio content to online sites;

  • Provide guidance in creating online banner adverts;

  • Provide guidance in writing email marketing campaigns;

  • Provide guidance in Identifying new trends in digital marketing and evaluating new technologies to ensure that the brand is at the forefront of industry developments, particularly developments in mobile marketing;

  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies;

  • Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities of and all program benefits; and

  • Write reports required by WDC and the Uniterra program.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree or a professional qualification in communication and digital marketing

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in digital communications and marketing

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments

  • Demonstrated coaching or mentorship skills, including tact and professionalism

  • Written and oral fluency in English

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS AND SUPPORT:

  • Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.

  • Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.

  • In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in-country.

  • Language training in-country where required.

  • Return flights, visas and work permits.

  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.

  • Health insurance.

  • Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.

  • Accommodation while overseas.

  • Vacation leave entitlement.

  • Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.

  • An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the age of 18-70.

  • Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, travel documentation).

  • With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.

TO APPLY:

  • You must ensure that you have a SYGESCA session open and that your profile contains a curriculum vitae before applying for the position. 

FOR INQUIRIES REGRADING THIS ASSIGNMENT, PLEASE CONTACT:

Emilie Fafard
Agente de formation et de programme
Programme UNITERRA
T: 514 875 9911, poste 322
E-mail: emilief@ceci.ca

Social Inclusion and Empowerment Advisor

You chance to make an impact on lives around the world while enhancing your own professional skills!

LOCATION: MALAWI, Lilongwe

DURATION: 11 months

EXPECTED DEPARTURE DATE: Departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and position will remain open until filled.

See full details HERE.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the ages of 18-70.

  • Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, and travel documentation).

  • With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.

TO APPLY:

  • You must ensure that you have a SYGESCA session open and that your profile contains a curriculum vitae before applying for the position. 

FOR INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT: Kendra Stapleton, Recruitment and Volunteer Mobilization Officer, Uniterra Program | Agente de recrutement et mobilisation des volontaires, Programme Uniterra
T: 1.613.761.6364 | E: kstapleton@wusc.ca

Customer Service Specialist

LOCATION: SRI LANKA , Passikudha

DURATION: 6 months

EXPECTED DEPARTURE DATE: Departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and position will remain open until filled.

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT: Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS). Unaccompanied assignment - This assignment does not include support for accompanying partners or dependants.

TO APPLY:

  • You must ensure that you have a SYGESCA session open and that your profile contains a curriculum vitae before applying for the position.

See the full details HERE.

MCC’s Student Seminar: People on the Move: Human Rights & Global Migration

MCC’s Ottawa Office Student Seminar, happening February 14-16, 2019 in Ottawa, ON.

This year’s theme is “People on the Move: Human Rights & Global Migration.”

Throughout the seminar, students are invited to:

  • Learn about MCC and faith-based advocacy

  • Learn about human rights and the root causes of global migration

  • Tour the Parliament Buildings

  • Hear from Parliamentarians and civil society advocates

  • Dialogue with students from across Canada

  • Enjoy Ottawa’s famous Winterlude festival

This is a great opportunity for students to further their education, and there is possibility for travel subsidies for Maritime students.

The application deadline for the seminar is January 18th. The link to the website is here.

Young Adult Opportunities with MCC

Young Adult Opportunities with MCC

SALT

mcccanada.ca/salt

Serving and Learning Together (SALT) is a year-long, cross-cultural service experience. Through SALT, Christian young adults from Canada and the U.S. serve internationally in a wide variety of positions in fields such as education, agriculture, healthcare, information technology, peace and more! During their assignments SALTers are immersed in another culture, living with host families or in communal settings such as dormitories or teacher housing in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

SALT is an 11 month program, beginning in August and finishing in July each year. Positions are posted in November and applications are accepted until February 15.  

Seed

mcccanada.ca/seed

Seed is a two-year program that brings together a cohort of young adults ages 20-30 from around the world to learn, serve and reflect. Within their regional group, each See participant has an assignment where they live in a local community, serving with MCC partners or churches that work from the grassroots to address issues such as violence, oppression, food insecurity, access to education, climate change and environmental destruction. We have Seed programs in Bolivia, Colombia, Southern Africa, Africa’s Great Lakes region and Central America. Over two years, Seed participants reflect individually and as a group on a range of topics, looking at how national and international issues affect the communities they are serving in. Participation in Seed as a married couple without children is possible.

Seed programs start at different times. Upcoming Seed programs are:

  • Colombia – August 2018 – August 2020

  • Bolivia – January 2019 – January 2021

  • Southern Africa – October 2019 – October 2021

Advocacy Offices’ Student Seminars

MCC has three advocacy offices – in Ottawa, ON with the Canadian Parliament, in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Congress and Senate, and in New York City, NY for the United Nations. Two of these offices offer seminars for university students each year, on topics such as Indigenous rights, social justice or faith and public policy. They are an opportunity to hear from current political leaders, discuss how our faith can be involved with advocacy, and network with other students.

MCC Ottawa Office Student Seminar

mcccanada.ca/ottawa

The seminar is two and a half days, typically runs from Thursday morning to noon on Saturday in mid-February. Dates are set each year, and there are a limited number of spaces available in the seminar. MCC Manitoba offers a limited number of travel bursaries. The Ottawa office coordinates a group booking at a local hostel for accommodation (at the students’ expense).

MCC United Nations Office Student Seminar

mcccanada.ca/un

The seminar is two and a half days, typical runs from Thursday morning to noon on Saturday at the end of October. Dates are set each year, and there are a limited number of spaces available in the seminar. The UN office coordinates a group booking at a local hostel for accommodation (at the students’ expense).

2018: “North Korea: Towards Peace and a New Beginning”, October 25-27

Ottawa Office Research Intern

mcccanada.ca/ottawa

The Ottawa office offers two internships per year, one from September to December and a second one from January to April. The Advocacy Research Intern is part of a team that provides expertise and assistance for MCC Canada’s advocacy efforts. This position is based in the Ottawa Office, which serves as a conduit of information and bridge for relationships between the federal government of Canada and MCC Canada’s diverse constituency. It witnesses to government on issues of peace, justice and human dignity that arise out of MCC’s ministry at home and around the world. The Ottawa Office works with a number of coalitions while trying to bring a unique, Anabaptist perspective to the work of political engagement.

This unpaid position is supervised by one Ottawa Office staff person but requires close and ongoing collaboration with other members of the Ottawa Office team. The MCC Ottawa Office will make a modest contribution towards the intern's transportation expenses.

The internships are posted a few months before they begin, in the list of open MCC positions at mcccanada.ca/get-involved/serve/openings.

UN Office Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS) Internship

mcccanada.ca/un

This is a one year internship, beginning in September and finishing at the end of August. The work of the MVS intern will vary largely on what skills the applicant brings to the office, and which skills are most useful to our mission. The intern will attend NGO working group meetings, take minutes, contribute ideas when applicable, and may serve as a coordinator of an NGO working group. The intern will likely be tasked with administrating the web and social media presence of the office and any working groups s/he is a part of. A large portion of the work the intern will complete will be learning about the methods of the UN organs, keeping up on specific world news, helping to plan the annual student seminar, and doing longer research-based projects.

Interns serving through MVS will receive free housing at Menno House, as well as modest stipends for food, transportation, and personal spending each month.

A college graduate wishing to serve in this internship will apply though Mennonite Mission Network’s MVS program. MVS is a nationwide service program with about 10 service placement options, one of which being Manhattan, New York. Applicants will apply through MVS, choose Manhattan as their desired service location, and select the MCC UN Office Internship as their desired placement.

UN Office Summer Internship

mcccanada.ca/un

This is a one-month internship, from approximately mid-July to mid-August. The work of the summer intern will vary largely on what skills the applicant brings to the office and which skills are most useful to its mission and mandate. Generally, this opportunity involves a short-term research project determined by both the interest of the student as well as the needs of the office.

The internship is posted a few months before it begins, in the list of open MCC positions at mcccanada.ca/get-involved/serve/openings.

Learning Tours

MCC offers international learning tours at various times of the year to visit and learn about MCC’s work in one of the 50+ countries where MCC works. These are great opportunities to learn how MCC partners with local churches and organizations serve the needs of communities and people, to learn about the local context and explore questions of Christian faith and life. Learning tours are typically 10-14 days and costs vary depending on the region of travel. Contact your local MCC office to learn about upcoming learning tours.

Chalice Paraguay Solidairty Tour

Chalice is launch their next Solidarity Tour to Paraguay for this coming March. 

Mission dates are March 2-16 and the team will be visiting one of Chalice’s Sponsor Sites in Villeta.  Their partners, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, have been engaged community social work in this community since 1964.  Chalice has been working with them since 2012.  They are primarily recruiting volunteers who have a heart for service.  They are also interested in volunteers who have experience in the following areas: information technology, photography, finance and savings, wood and leather handicrafts, public health, family/child psychology and counselling, social work, teaching mathematics, painting and other artistic skills, and in coordinating events for children. 

You will find all details in the document HERE.

Application are due October 8. 

Please contact Joanne (joannealbrecht@chalice.ca, 1-800-776-6855) if you have any questions. 

Youth Challenge International Internships Available


Are you a young person between the ages of 19-30 looking to get real work experience in your field while making a positive impact on the world? Innovate ME provides career coaching and training to young people through dynamic overseas internship placements! As a Canadian youth intern, you will have the opportunity to work with our excellent overseas partners to advance girls education and literacy, youth livelihoods and wildlife conservation. Click here to see job postings and apply. Not graduating yet? Check back for future opportunities.  We will be posting new positions until 2021.

Internships Opportunities with SUCO

SUCO is launching a new internship program in sustainable development. The International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) is open to Canadian graduates of post-secondary institutions, between 19 and 30 years of age. It is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy and aims to provide young Canadians with the tools they need to further their careers. The internships consist of a two week training session followed by a six month period spent in a developing country working with a local partner on important development issues within the community. SUCO is offering 18 internships which are integrated within our existing projects in agriculture and include mandates such as capacity building for agricultural producers and support of organic farmers. Mandates are available in both French and Spanish. The application deadline is April 1st 2018, with departures planned for mid-June. For more information, see the press release [in French only]: http://suco.org/suco-lance-nouveau-programme-de-stages-internationaux-developpement-durable/

Description of the program in English herehttp://suco.org/en/youth-overseas-development-action/

Postings [in French only] : suco.org/emploi

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/SUCO.solidarite.union.cooperation

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SUCO_org

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/2465946

Looking for an opportunity of a lifetime? Volunteer with Uniterra!

Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 200 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers. Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic sub-sectors.

For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach, countries of focus and our current volunteer assignments, please visit: Uniterra.ca