Environmental Sustainability Project Officer

Location: Morogoro, Tanzania

Partner Organizations: Faraja Trust Fund
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: Faraja Trust Fund is a registered non-governmental organization established in 1991 in Morogoro, Tanzania. Faraja is an HIV/AIDS and community focused organization with a strong emphasis on youth and women. Farajas key programming activities are preventive HIV/AIDS education, HIV/AIDS care and counseling, income generating support for out-of-school youth, encouraging neighborhood womens associations and providing access to legal and human rights support. YCI has partnered with Faraja since 2005.

 Position Description: The position will work on realizing Goal 7: Improved Natural Resource Management from the Faraja Trust Fund Strategic Plan 2010-2014 Objective 1: To support the reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) initiative in Tanzania Objective 2: To introduce small-scale irrigation techniques to farmers.

      Support the reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation initiative (REDD) through awareness raising and training activities
      Introduce appropriate technologies and train communities in conservation farming
      Train communities on food preservation, marketing of surplus and water harvesting technologies
      Design and implement awareness raising, sensitization and training activities with staff and community members on small scale irrigation and climate change

 Desired Background and Qualifications:
      Post-secondary graduate in environmental science, agricultural science, conservation biology or related field
      Strong working knowledge of REDD, energy, water and farming conservation
      Demonstrated experience in conservation practice and planning and delivering training sessions to diverse stakeholders
      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.