Youth Engagement Officer
British Columbia Council for International Cooperation
Posted: October 26, 2021
Location: Vancouver, BC
Internship Program: ImpAct
Salary Range: $40,000 - $50,000
Hours per Week: 30
Start Date: July 10, 2023
End Date: October 27, 2023
The BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) is a coalition that engages in and is committed to achieving sustainable global development in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity, and participation for all. BCCIC provides its network of members and others in British Columbia (BC) with networking, knowledge-sharing and learning opportunities that: (1) facilitate cooperation and help achieve global development goals; and (2) increase public awareness of, and support for, global development. BCCIC also advances and raises awareness about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through public and youth engagement on global issues and connecting diverse voices both in Canada and abroad.
Under the supervision of BCCIC’s Program Director, the Youth Engagement Officer will be responsible for developing a youth engagement strategy for new BCCIC programming and initiatives that mobilize and support British Columbians, especially youth, 1) to raise awareness on global issues faced by communities around the world, and 2) to effectively engage in and advance gender equality, global justice and the Global Goals (SDGs). BCCIC conducts public engagement campaigns and events, as well as intergenerational programming aimed at advancing sustainable global development and connecting voices - rooted in the local reality of people in the Global South and in BC. The Youth Engagement Officer will further be responsible for assisting with program design, planning, and organization of one to two (1-2) intergenerational and/or youth-focused initiatives, by working closely with the BCCIC staff team (particularly the Program Director), external consultants and/or facilitators, BCCIC members, and youth. This will include consulting with BCCIC members and their partners (local counterparts internationally) to better understand their priorities.
The Youth Engagement Officer will work remotely, and organize and support youth-oriented programming that may be virtual (online), hybrid (e.g. small in-person groups as well as online activities) and/or digital initiatives. This will include creating program materials about global issues (SDGs), promotional resources, and event plans.
This position will provide the intern with the opportunity to expand their SDG knowledge, including raising awareness of the underlying issues informing the SDGs framework, as well as the opportunity to work with other civil society organizations and youth, specifically raising awareness on critical global issues (SDGs) and the promotion of global understanding, cooperation, and justice through mutual learning, partnership and solidarity. This position would be a great opportunity for anyone who would like to gain experience working with a non-profit organization.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Youth Engagement Officer should have an extensive knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and continue to educate themselves on new information on issues related to the Global Goals in Canada and internationally.
Support development of a youth engagement strategy and outreach for two (2) new BCCIC programs / initiatives, under the direction of the Program Director and in collaboration with the entire BCCIC team.
Assist with program design, planning, development and organizing/logistics for BCCIC intergenerational and/or youth-focused programming and initiatives, including: helping to organize and support an intergenerational program consultative group; collaborating with BCCIC staff and consultant(s) on program design; helping to identify other potential collaborators or partners (youth-serving); developing processes to engage youth; supporting content development (and design) of marketing collateral / promotional materials for 1 to 2 youth-focused programs or initiatives; supporting planning and promotion of youth-led and youth-friendly awareness raising events on global issues; and other tasks as assigned.
Help maintain appropriate records on intergenerational and youth-focused programming for reporting purposes.
Respond to email inquiries from staff, BCCIC members, and other key actors relevant to BCCIC’s intergenerational and youth programs on a regular basis.
Knowledge and Skills
In-depth knowledge of the UN Global Goals (SDGs) and understanding of human rights-based approach to development.
Knowledge of or experience with youth engagement initiatives, in particular designing, planning, leading or supporting programs / projects / initiatives focused on youth global citizenship, youth activism, and/or youth leadership development for a nonprofit organization (within the international development and cooperation sector is an asset).
Knowledge of, and commitment to, feminist, anti-racist and decolonial practice and ongoing (un)learning, and an interest in international development and cooperation.
Ability to effectively and efficiently source, collect, analyze, and synthesize information (e.g. notes/briefs for decision-making purposes, etc.).
Graphic design and/or page layout design skills (or interest to learn), and experience with tools like Canva or Adobe’s InDesign software.
Experience organizing events, is an asset.
Impeccable written and oral abilities.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Able to take initiative and complete tasks with minimum supervision.
Comfortable working remotely.
Flexible, personable, dedicated to your personal leadership journey.
In-depth experience using the Google Suite, Zoom, Slack, and other online programs.
Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in International or Sustainable Development or another related field.
How to Apply
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