Youth Engagement Advisor

Various Countries

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Assignment ID:
VA-105089
Assignment Title:
Youth Engagement Advisor
Country:
Various Countries

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.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • 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.

Experience and Qualifications

  • 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

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!

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.

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Volunteer Mobilization Team prior to departure and from WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • 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 during in-person pre-departure
  • In-country orientation upon arrival in country of assignment
  • Language training in country of assignment, where required
  • Airfare to and from country of assignment
  • Support from the WUSC Administrative Officer for all relevant visas and work permits
  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials
  • Health insurance
  • Modest monthly living and accommodation allowance while in country of assignment
  • Vacation leave entitlement
  • Return 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.

COVID-19

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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