Environment and climate Action Advisor


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Assignment Type:
Canadian International Volunteer
Eligibility Requirements:
Open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada only
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Assignment Title:
Environment and climate Action Advisor
Africa Agribusiness Academy
6 to 12 months (flexible)
Time Commitment:
35 hours per week

Assignment Context

Are you passionate about fostering environmental sustainability and climate action in the innovation and growth of small and medium-scale agribusiness firms in Africa? Do you have skills in Environment and climate Action to share?

As the Environment sustainability and Climate Action Advisor with Africa Agri-business Academy (AAA) in Uganda, you will provide technical support to the organization on topics related to environment and climate action projects, and support the development of partnerships and networks in the environmental management and climate action sectors. In this role, you will strengthen the organization’s ability to integrate environment and climate action best practices into all programs within its portfolio.

Apply today to have an impact on economic growth and improvement of rural income and food security in Uganda!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate on the development of training resources related to environment and climate action topics
  • Work with AAA team to facilitate capacity building, training sessions, and awareness activities on the environment and climate change organized for communities, network members, and project staff  
  • In collaboration with the Human Resource Department, develop an environment policy for the organization and develop innovative solutions to address environmental issues
  • Support in developing funding proposals and responding to funding opportunities for projects related to environment sustainability and climate change
  • Provide support in documenting research conducted by the organization on the environment and climate Action
  • Provide technical advice and information to the project implementation team related to environment, climate risk management, and capacity development 
  • Use an intersectional lens to ensure the inclusion and participation of young women and other marginalized youth, as well as their representation, in all activities related to communications
  • Ensure that a gender equality lens is consistently applied in the execution of all activities
  • Participate in pre-assignment training
  • Participate in at least 3 public engagement initiatives before, during, or after the assignment. Volunteers will be equipped with the tools, training, and support to achieve these goals. Volunteers will also have one virtual check-in with the Public Engagement Officer throughout the course of their assignment.
  • Submit reports as required by the partner organization and by WUSC.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree and/or training in environmental management, international development, social science, or another related field 
  • Experience working with a membership organization, international non-profit program, or in partnership development
  • Demonstrated experience working on climate resilience and environmental management projects 
  • Knowledge of donors trends in African countries

Project Description

Volunteering for development is one of the important ways in which WUSC pursues its mission. The IGNI+E project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, supports over 70 partner organizations to advance gender equality and the economic empowerment of 1.2 million youth around the world. IGNI+E harnesses the knowledge, capacity and expertise of skilled Canadians through volunteer assignments and public engagement activities to assist partners in improving their performance, advocating for gender equality, and implementing more sustainable, innovative and inclusive initiatives and services for poor and marginalised youth, particularly young women. Overseas, our volunteers collaborate with a wide variety of partners, including enterprise and social enterprise development incubators, skills training centres, women's organizations, and youth groups. In Canada, WUSC works with institutions and individuals to identify, prepare, and support volunteers who travel overseas to support our partners. Our network in Canada also works with WUSC to raise awareness among Canadians to inspire greater action on global development issues. Our collective focus is on sustainable and inclusive changes to create a better world for youth.

Partner Description

Founded in 2010, the Africa Agribusiness Academy (AAA) is an entrepreneur platform seeking to foster innovation and growth of small and medium scale agribusiness firms in Africa, with the ultimate aim to contribute to economic growth and improvement of rural income and food security in Africa. AAA is a membership-based organization with 521 members in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi and Rwanda.AAA facilitates strengthening of entrepreneurship in agribusiness for successful agricultural growth and rural development. The approach is driven by the private sector and brings together a core group of successful African agri-food entrepreneurs who provide role models for a new generation of (mainly young men & women) entrepreneurs. These models create a momentum for other daring entrepreneurs willing to take risks and trigger a self-sustained process of market driven entrepreneurship in Africa. The main deliverable is a vibrant platform for small and medium agribusiness enterprises in the value chains of poultry, dairy, fish, honey, agri-inputs, fruits and vegetables. The platform allows for experience sharing in technological innovations, peer to peer learning, business to business and engagements of other value chain actors.

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Volunteer Mobilization Team prior to departure and from WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • Pre-departure training to learn about the volunteering for development program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and network with other volunteers
  • Travel, meals and accommodation during in-person pre-departure training
  • In-country orientation upon arrival in country of assignment
  • Language training in country of assignment, where required
  • Modest monthly living and accommodation allowance
  • Airfare to and from the assignment country
  • Visa/work permit
  • Pre-departure medical exam
  • Health insurance
  • Vaccinations and antimalarial medication
  • COVID-19 PCR testing
  • Criminal record verification
  • Vacation leave entitlement
  • Debriefing after completion of assignment
  • Support for accompanying spouse and dependents for assignments of 12 months or longer
  • An incredible opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to global development, enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

WUSC’s Safeguarding Policy

WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion and sexual exploitation and abuse of any form. Successful applicants will be required to sign off on the WUSC Code of Conduct and the Self-Disclosure Form. International and national volunteers will also be required to submit a criminal record verification.

WUSC is a signatory to the Cooperation Canada Leaders’ Pledge on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct. The pledge represents the shared commitment as Canada’s global development and humanitarian leaders to ensure the full implementation of practices and policies that will protect and respond to our own staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. We are committed to creating safe and respectful workplaces and programs that promote gender equality and are free from gender-based violence, including by addressing and responding to all abuse of power, holding people to account, and protecting the vulnerable. Read the full pledge.

International Volunteer Departures Have Resumed

Your work building capacity towards more resilient and inclusive economies is needed now more than ever! After a pause on travel since March 2020, international volunteer departures to Africa, Asia and the Caribbean have resumed.

All individuals considering volunteering internationally with WUSC must demonstrate openness, flexibility and accept to meeting the following conditions:

  • Volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be able to provide proof of vaccination.
  • Volunteers must meet Canadian and Assignment Country Government and airline requirements related to PCR testing.
  • Volunteers must agree to follow all COVID-19 mitigation instructions as issued by the Canadian Government, WUSC and by the local authorities in the country of assignment.

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