Program and Volunteer Support Advisor (E-volunteer)

Uganda

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Assignment ID:
VA-105446
Assignment Title:
Program and Volunteer Support Advisor (E-volunteer)
Partner:
WUSC Uganda
Country:
Uganda
Duration:
4 months (with the possibility of extension)
Time Commitment:
5 to 35 hours per week (flexible)
Volunteer Location:
Remote

Assignment Context

As the Program and Volunteer Support Advisor e-volunteer with the WUSC Uganda Office, you will support WUSC volunteers and partnerships in Uganda. In this role you will assist the WUSC Uganda team to coordinate the timely delivery of all volunteer assignments and provide general support to volunteers. You will also support the development of key partnerships, drive key communication components and support the implementation of the volunteering program in Uganda. 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Play a key role in the implementation of the WUSC volunteer program in Uganda
  • Develop relevant resources, materials and trainings for the WUSC office in Uganda including an in-country orientation for volunteers and volunteer management training for local partners
  • Support in communicating with potential partner organizations, on-boarding new partners and updating the database of partners, creating and disseminating periodic program updates to partners and stakeholders
  • In collaboration with the country office team, provide personal and professional guidance to Canadian e-volunteers to contribute to the realization of program goals and completion of assignments
  • Support program monitoring and evaluation by liaising with volunteers to consolidate results, document best practices, specific stories, create a portfolio of case studies and encourage learning among volunteers and partners
  • Enhance WUSC brand and visibility of the program in Uganda by creating a social media presence including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, WhatsApp, blogs, and emails
  • Guide the monitoring of WUSC communications reach and impact, and suggest areas for adaptation in existing strategies and work plans
  • 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 human resources, volunteer management, social sciences or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience in volunteer management
  • Excellent judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent networking skills and partnership management
  • 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
  • Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Written and oral fluency in English
  • Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including content development considered an asset
  • Experience living and working internationally is considered an asset.

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

WUSC in Uganda works to build the capacity of local organizations, to improve opportunities for young people, especially young women, and to foster collaboration between different stakeholders, including private sector, NGOs and government. WUSC works with all ethnic groups, and has been delivering programming in Uganda for almost one year in three thematic focus areas of Economic Empowerment, gender equality and Environmental Sustainability, climate action & Durable solutions particularly for youth, women, refugees and other specific target groups in Uganda. Our ​vision​ is a better world for all young people. It is a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable world in which all young people, especially women and refugees, are empowered to secure a good quality of life for themselves, their families, and their communities. To achieve this goal, we work with a diverse network of institutions, governments, businesses and individuals to improve education, economic, and empowerment opportunities.

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Volunteer Mobilization Team prior to assignment and from the WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • Pre-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.

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 with the lifting of Canada’s non-essential travel restriction: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

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

  • Volunteers must be fully vaccinated (two vaccine doses) 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.

See available international opportunities below and click here for our international volunteer FAQ.

WUSC continues to work with our partners around the world through the support of e-volunteers residing in Canada as well. 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.

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