Volunteer Description: BC2030 Researcher
Are you passionate about global issues? Do you want to be part of a network of committed international change agents striving to achieve sustainable development? As part of the BC Council for International Cooperation’s volunteer program we are looking for a BC2030 Researcher.
BCCIC is looking for a qualified volunteer to research and review our innovative BC2030 public engagement campaign. BC2030 aims to promote BC’s leadership on global sustainable development through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The BC2030 campaign grew out of a series of community roundtable meetings following the launch of the SDGs and which identified political engagement as one of the key opportunities presented by the agenda including (re)engaging our political leadership and encouraging their support for sustainability and the organizations working towards it. BCCIC has completed four years of BC2030 events ranging from community meetings to election events and is now ready to review and reflect on the BC2030 campaign in order to document impact, lessons learned, key insights and information, and to gather new information needed for the next iteration of BC2030. Through this volunteer work, the BC2030 Researcher will gain valuable experience in conducting applied research on civil society organizations, public engagement approaches, the Sustainable Development Goals, and localization of Agenda 2030.
Possible Responsibilities and Tasks:
- Work with an established research protocol and under the direct supervision of BCCIC’s Program Director.
- Review the impact of the BC2030 campaign in relation to pre-established targets and indicators as well as exploring unexpected results.
- Identify opportunities for improving the BC2030 campaign through reviewing feedback from BC2030 participants and partners.
- Capture institutional knowledge of key SDG champions and initiatives taking place in BC and document this information in a provincial SDG directory.
- Identify examples of leadership on specific SDGs throughout the province in order to map potential SDG success stories that will be gathered and shared during the next iteration of BC2030.
- Review project documentation, evaluation data and related literature in order to achieve the research requirements.
- Conduct interviews with BCCIC staff and BC2030 partners.
- Write a draft report documenting the outcomes of your research.
What makes a good fit:
- Knowledge if the SDGs
- Knowledge or experience with conducting literature reviews.
- Some experience conducting interviews.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to identify common themes and patterns.
- Some experience with report writing.
- Graphic design skills an advantage
Volunteer Benefits: Volunteering with BCCIC is an unpaid experience for which no monetary compensation is provided. Understanding and appreciating those who volunteer with us are seeking to gain experience and contribute to moving toward a better world, BCCIC staff work with each of our volunteers to make the experience of volunteering with us as meaningful as possible. Our volunteers set their own schedules and decide collaboratively with a BCCIC staff member as to the tasks they wish to perform.
In your time with us, you can expect:
- Free membership to BCCIC during the time that volunteering is taking place;
- Free attendance to events organized by BCCIC for its members while volunteering with BCCIC;
- Opportunity to build one’s skills and CV as part of the BCCIC team;
- Opportunity to learn more about the international development context in BC as part of a provincial network
- Potential opportunity to author or co-author a BCCIC research report
Duration: Once selected the BC2030 SDG Researcher will begin volunteering with BCCIC as soon as possible with applicants reviewed on a rolling basis. The sooner you apply, the sooner we can review your application and contact you accordingly. The final deadline for when applications will be reviewed is November 18.
Volunteering with BCCIC is flexible, but to reduce volunteer turnover we hope for volunteers to stay with us for a minimum of 3 months and ideally for the length of the research project which is expected to be completed by mid-February. During your orientation, BCCIC staff will work with you to set the number of hours you wish to commit to on a weekly or monthly basis. In the past, BCCIC volunteers have generally committed to 7-14 hours a week.
Orientation: All BCCIC volunteers have a half-day orientation session to better understand the organization and what it means to be a volunteer with us.
To express interest: Please email your CV and a short (not to exceed one page) statement of interest to email@example.com. The statement of interest must include your time commitment including when you are able to start volunteering, when you want to finish volunteering, how many hours a week you would like to volunteer, and on which days/time you want to volunteer (e.g. morning or afternoons).
Applications for the BC2030 Researcher are accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Successful applicants will be contacted within one week of submitting their application and will be invited to interview for the position. Applications will be accepted and reviewed up until November 18th.
BCCIC is a network of British Columbia voluntary international development organizations and provincial branches of such organizations committed to achieving sustainable global development in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity and participation for all. For more information on BCCIC visit http://bccic.ca/