- Assignment ID:
- Assignment Title:
- Environmental Sustainability and Climate Action (ESCA) Advisor
- Girl Child Network
- 6 to 12 months (flexible)
- Time Commitment:
- 35 hours per week
Are you passionate about environmental sustainability and climate action? 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. As the Environmental Sustainability and Climate Action (ESCA) Advisor you will review Girl Child Network’s strategic plans and activities to ensure the inclusion of ESCA goals. You will provide technical advice, management support and technical inputs to further develop the organization’s knowledge and footprint in environment sustainability.
Apply today and support in keeping Kenya green!
Roles and Responsibilities
- Design and implement a needs assessment review to identify any gaps in the organization’s approach to Environmental Sustainability and Climate Action
- Based on the findings of the review assist in developing online training materials, discussion forums and information sessions for staff to increase their understanding of environment sustainability
- Design environment sustainability strategies for new programs
- Guide, mentor and share best practices with the organization’s appointed Environmental Sustainability focal point
- Work with the partner to not only mitigate environmental risk, but also identify opportunities to engage in greener programing
- Collaborate with the partner to ensure that youth, particularly young women and marginalized youth, are included in any capacity strengthening activities
- 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.
- Set up a personalized volunteer fundraising page on the WUSC fundraising platform and share it in your networks. Volunteers will be supported with the tools, training and support to achieve the fundraising goal.
- 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.
- Submit reports as required by the partner organization and by WUSC.
Experience and Qualifications
- Degree and/or training in Sustainability & Environmental Management or a related field
- Demonstrated experience in environmental sustainability assessments in non-profits or private companies
- Experience in training development for non-profits/companies
- Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including training content development
- Passion for innovative thinking and program adaptation
- A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering.
- Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
- Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including content development considered an asset
- Experience living and working internationally considered an asset.
- Written and oral fluency in English.
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.
Girl Child Network (GCN) is an independent, non-profit membership organisation that is non-political and non-religious. GCN was established in 1995 after the Fourth World Conference on Women which took place in Beijing, by participating Kenyan civil society organisations. The goal was to facilitate the implementation of the Beijing Plan of Action, specifically Article 12 (The Girl Child) and to coordinate Child Rights programming in Kenya, with an emphasis on the girl child. Focus areas for members include but are not limited to child protection, gender, democracy and governance, research, policy advocacy, education, health, capacity development, HIV/AIDS and emergency response.In the year 2000, Girl Child Network was officially registered as a Community Based Organization. To expand their legal mandate, regional and programmatic scope, Girl Child Network was registered as a Charitable Trust Deed in 2006 and eventually as an NGO in 2012. Since then, GCN has grown from one project to multi-sectoral programmes in Education, Health & Nutrition, Human Rights & Legislation, Gender & Governance, Disaster Risk Reduction, Research & Documentation and Institutional Strengthening.
- 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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