Grant and Report Writing Volunteer

 Grant and Report Writing Volunteer

Are you interested in global issues and social justice? Do you want to engage with big issues in a practical setting and get the opportunity to network with civil society professionals? We want you to volunteer with us!

As a network of over 100 members, the BC Council for International Cooperation seeks to provide opportunities for British Columbians to engage with global issues and get a taste of what it’s like to be part of the civil society sector. With 17 Sustainable Development Goals to tackle locally and globally by 2030, there is much to be done – get involved today!

Description & Context:

We are looking for a volunteer to assist in applying for grants and writing reports. This position will include the researching of grants, filling out applications and gathering information for grant applications. It will also include the assistance of writing, editing and completion of reports (both based on projects and reporting back to funders). Grant applications and report writing are two crucial aspects of running a successful NGO. Therefore this position provides important experience for anyone who would like to work in the NGO-sector.

We encourage a collaborative work environment and prefer if volunteers are able to come into the Vancouver-based office.  The amount of volunteer hours as well as the balance of office-based and remote work can be negotiated with the prospective volunteer though we would prefer a minimum commitment of 7 hours/ week in office to ensure a meaningful and impactful experience. 

Possible Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Researching prospective grants for ongoing projects
  • Ensuring there is a fit between the grant and project
  • Filling out grant applications including gathering all relevant documents and information
  • Working directly with BCCIC’s Partnership Development Officer to identify BCCIC’s grant needs
  • Assisting in report writing for funder’s, internal communications and reports from research projects
  • This position will also include a research aspect where needed (in both applying for grants and writing reports)
  • Editing and review of reports
  • Taking feedback on reports and revising drafts

What makes a good fit:

  • Experience writing reports for NGOs is an asset, writing reports for school or professionally is a requirement
  • Experience writing grants and doing applications
  • Being a self-starter, being able to work independently with little direction 
  • Comfortable doing general internet research and synthesizing information
  • Comfortable doing the administrative tasks that come with grant applications and report writing
  • Ability to set priorities, work under pressure, and deliver high quality products
  • A strong sense of teamwork
  • Anyone who is wanting to gain more experience writing grant applications and reports

Volunteer Benefits:

Volunteering with BCCIC is an unpaid experience for which no monetary compensation is provided. Understanding and appreciating that 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 BCCIC membership while volunteering with us;
  • 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

Duration:

Volunteering with BCCIC is flexible, but to reduce volunteer turnover we would prefer if volunteers stay with us for a minimum of 3 months. Exceptions are made for projects with quick turnaround times. Please do include the time commitment you are able to make within the body of your statement of interest. In the past, BCCIC volunteers have generally committed to 7-14 hours a week.

Orientation:

All BCCIC volunteers have a one-day orientation session to better understand the organization and what it means to be a volunteer with us.

Communication and Accountability: 

We hope to engage our volunteers in tasks that are interesting, impactful and contribute to the work for the BCCIC.  As such, we hope for a high-degree of accountability. 

In the orientation, volunteers will schedule regular check-ins in order to track progress, identify and reflect on expectations, and review overall satisfaction with the volunteer experience. 

To express interest:

Please email your CV, a short (not to exceed one page) statement of interest, and a writing sample to laurel@bccic.ca with the subject “Grant and report writing volunteer application.”

Deadline to express interest is January 19th, 2020 at 11:59pm. Individuals will be contacted and matched on a rolling basis.

About BCCIC

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/