Youth Engagement Advisor

Various Countries

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ASSIGNMENT CONTEXT:

WUSC volunteers will support partner organizations working to improve the socio-economic well-being of poor and marginalized young women, by contributing to the creation of inclusive, remunerative and sustainable employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. Volunteers will support the development of locally driven solutions that advance youth economic empowerment and gender equality. Canadian volunteers will provide support in areas such as research, training program design, partnership development, analysis, and strategies for youth inclusion.

Functions

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES COULD INCLUDE:

  • Support the development of a youth-inclusion or youth engagement strategy to increase the participation and involvement of young people in identified areas of intervention;
  • Provide support and coaching for partners on the development and implementation of strategies and tools for youth engagement and inclusion;
  • Identify opportunities to further engage marginalized young women in partner organization initiatives, through consultation, collaboration (youth-adult partnerships) and youth-driven initiatives;
  • Support in the design of social and employment skills training targeted to young women, and help create links to relevant resources to increase the likelihood of obtaining fulfilling employment;
  • Provide guidance and support to partner organizations on youth responsive initiatives and provide support in building strategic relationships with youth-led organisations;
  • Facilitate training and learning opportunities for the country office team, volunteers and partners on youth inclusion, youth engagement, and youth entrepreneurship;
  • Volunteers are required to undertake public engagement and fundraising activities before, during, and after their volunteer assignment and will be equipped with tools, training, and one-on-one support to achieve these goals;
  • Ensure the participation of youth, as well as their representation, in all activities and all program benefits; and
  • Produce reports required by the program.

Requirements

  • Degree and/or formal education in social sciences, international relations or any other relevant field
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in developing strategies for youth engagement and inclusion
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, professionalism and diplomacy
  • Strong analytical skills and capacity to translate complex concepts into accessible information
  • Experience working with entrepreneurship activities or incubator hubs
  • 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

Details

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!

Your work building capacity towards more resilient and inclusive economies is needed now more than ever! Though we have temporarily closed our offices globally, WUSC continues to work with our partners around the world, including through the support of e-volunteers residing in Canada. You can work remotely from your kitchen table and still make an impact through WUSC’s NEW e-volunteering program! See available opportunities below and click here for our e-volunteer FAQ.

If you are interested in volunteering internationally with us, we still want to hear from you. We are continuing to recruit for open international volunteer positions, though departures are on hold. We will not send international volunteers until we are fully confident that it is safe to do so. Please note there will be no international departures before January 2021. However, we are currently recruiting people with Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status who live in one of the countries where our programs are implemented. If this is your case, do not hesitate to send us your application specifying your current country of residence!

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