- Assignment ID:
- Assignment Title:
- Environmental Sustainability Advisor (E-Volunteer)
- Lanka Impact Investment Network (LIIN)
- Sri Lanka
- 4 months (with possibility of extension)
- Time Commitment:
- 10-15 hours per week (flexible)
- Volunteer Location:
- Canada (remote)
Are you passionate about environmental sustainability and social entrepreneurship? If so this might be the role for you!
Environmental sustainability is a core challenge being tackled by young innovators and entrepreneurs in the global South. WUSC partner organizations are supporting startups that promote upcycling, sustainable agriculture and green energy.
As the Environment Sustainability Advisor you will explore strategic plans and activities to ensure that small and medium social enterprises supported by the Lanka Impact Investment Network (LIIN) consider environmental implications when manufacturing and packaging products. You will provide social entrepreneurs with technical advice and support required to develop, plan and execute environmentally sustainable practices.
Apply today and support Sri Lanka’s green initiatives!
Roles and Responsibilities
- Assist in reviewing the organization's current environmental policies and identify any knowledge gaps
- Based on findings, develop online training materials, create discussion forums and information sessions for social entrepreneurs to increase their understanding of environmental sustainability
- Assist in developing industry specific environmental sustainability strategies
- Develop training for staff members to increase their capacity to advise young entrepreneurs on environmental sustainable practices
- Identify forums and networks which are engaged in environmental sustainability to improve the organizations knowledge and capacity
- Participate in pre-assignment online 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
- Ensure that a gender equality lens is consistently applied in the execution of all activities
- Support partners to empower young women and promote a culture of gender sensitive representation in all activities and program benefits.
- Co-develop an e-volunteer work plan with the partner organization and country office using WUSC volunteer work plan template
- Submit volunteer timesheets, reports and deliverables as required by the partner organization and WUSC.
Experience and Qualifications
- Degree and/or training in environmental sciences, natural resources, agriculture, forestry and/or a related field
- Previous experience or knowledge working in environment and/or climate change essential
- Experience working with entrepreneurship support organizations or incubators an asset
- Ability to communicate scientific knowledge to a non-specialist audience
- Experience in developing environmental policies, products or services in a government, non-profit or business environment
- Ability to work independently as part of a remote working group
- Comfortable using online working platforms
- Access to a reliable internet connection
- A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering
- Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including content development
- Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
- Written and oral fluency in English
- Experience living and working internationally is a strong asset
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.
As Sri Lanka’s first impact investment firm, Lanka Impact Investment Network (LIIN) is focused on channeling private capital to solve pressing social and environmental issues by promoting impact investing across the country. This includes actively investing in social enterprises through their impact investment funds as well as providing business development support to nurture a well-developed ecosystem of social entrepreneurs across the country.As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, Sri Lanka locked down the entire country and imposed a curfew in all the provinces. This halted many economic and entrepreneurship programs in the country. Many of the Lanka Impact Investment Network initiatives were postponed. LIIN is currently focused on supporting its beneficiaries to minimize the impact of the lockdown.
- Support and guidance from the WUSC Volunteer Mobilization Team prior to assignment and from the WUSC Country Team while on assignment
- Re-assignment training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for e-volunteering in an intercultural context and meet other e-volunteers
- Country orientation to better understand the cultural context of the country
- E-volunteers who contribute a minimum of 21 hours per week are eligible to receive an allowance of $35 CAD per day, up to a maximum of $700 CAD per month. This allowance is taxable income.
- Debriefing after completion of assignment
- 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 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.
Your work building capacity towards more resilient and inclusive economies is needed now more than ever! WUSC continues to work with our partners around the world through the support of e-volunteers residing in Canada and through the support of Canadians and other expatriates currently residing in Ghana, Uganda, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
If you are currently residing in one of these countries and hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status – or hold citizenship or permanent residence status in countries in Africa or Asia – apply today to one of our international volunteer postings or to the general application form! Please specify your current country of residence in your application.
As an e-volunteer, you can work remotely from your kitchen table and still make an impact through WUSC’s e-volunteering program! See available e-volunteer opportunities below and click here for our e-volunteer FAQ.
International Departures – On Hold
If you are currently residing in Canada and interested in volunteering internationally with us, we still want to hear from you! We are continuing to recruit for international volunteer positions, though departures are on hold until September 2021. This date is subject to change. We will not send international volunteers until we are fully confident that it is safe to do so.
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