Environment and Youth Project Officer

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Partner Organizations: Uganda Youth Network
Expected Start Date: March 2011
Length of Placement: 7 months
Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2011

 Background: Youth Challenge International is a leading global youth development organization that promotes youth innovation to drive positive change. Building on over 20 years of experience, YCIs programs are designed to meet the needs of youth affected by poverty through three integrated sectors: youth leadership, youth health and youth livelihoods. YCI engages youth in creating solutions to the challenges they face, incorporating youth development, volunteerism, partnership, and equity into all that we do (www.yci.org).

 Partner Organization: Founded in 2002, The Uganda Youth Network (UYONET) is an umbrella organization that promotes meaningful youth participation in good governance and development processes in Uganda. UYONET has a secretariat in Ugandas capital Kampala, but is currently implementing programs in 29 districts across Uganda. The Networks programs have grown from policy advocacy to action projects in the areas of human rights, governance, youth economic empowerment and sustainable development.

Position Description:

      Provide program development support to UYONETs new Youth and Environment program

      Develop and implement a social media strategy to increase the visibility of UYONETs environmental interventions

      Research and improve the UYONET resource center with more youth-friendly reference materials on environment and sustainable development

      Design youth outreach programs that build the capacity of youth to meaningfully engage in interventions that lead to environmental sustainability

Desired Background and Qualifications:

      Post-secondary graduate in environmental studies or related field

      Strong working knowledge of issues related to environmental sustainability and youth

      Demonstrated IT and social media skills

      Ability to work in an environment with limited resources and minimal supervision

      Excellent verbal and written communication skills

      Good cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills

      Possess a great deal of initiative and flexibility

      Prior overseas experience an asset

General Requirements:

      A Canadian citizen or permanent resident

      Between the ages of 19 and 30

      A post-secondary graduate

      Out of school with no outstanding requirements for graduation

      Ready to begin your professional career

      Unemployed or underemployed

      Legally entitled to work in Canada

Whats Provided by YCI:

      Return airfare

      Pre-departure training and re-orientation upon return

      Living allowance to cover accommodation, food and local transport

      Medical insurance and vaccination stipend

      Visa related costs

      Professional development coaching and support

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and CV as a single document to intern@yci.org by January 31, 2011 with the position you are applying for in the subject line. Inquiries can be sent by email to generalinfo@yci.org — no phone calls will be accepted. We thank all applicants but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.