Volunteer: SDG Policy & Research

SDG Policy & Research Volunteer Position

If you are interested in global issues and social justice, engage with the big issues in a practical setting and want an 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: 

On a day to day basis you would be working closely with the Senior Policy Advisor & Gender Specialist in undertaking research and policy analysis related to the Sustainable Development Goals and Gender Equality, as well as on specific policy-related outputs such as the development of a policy brief on open data and data ethics. You will conduct research on the content and implementation of international, federal and provincial policies related to the 2030 Agenda. You will also conduct a primary and secondary research on the SDGs and identify success stories and promising practices related to localization of the 2030 Agenda as well as gender equality and women’s empowerment. The research that you undertake will become an important evidence-base for policy and programming, and will guide BCCIC in the development of internal policies and external policy briefs.

Possible Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Identifying, summarizing and collating relevant background documents, secondary literature and policies.
  • Analyzing policy documents and secondary literature. 
  • Participating in training related to the research instruments and ethical protocol. 
  • Conducting face-to-face or telephonic interviews with stakeholders and members.
  • Developing case studies on success stories and promising practices.
  • Developing key advocacy and public engagement messages from research reports.
  • Supporting the Senior Policy Advisor & Gender Specialist in the completion of reports and policy briefs.
  • Assisting in the preparation and delivery of presentations and capacity building interventions;
  • Attending regular meetings with the Senior Policy Advisor & Gender Specialist.
  • Attending workshops, seminars and Webinars related to the Sustainable Development Goals. 

What makes a good fit:

  • A good understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals, and its cross-cutting principles such as accountability and leave no one behind;
  • A strong desire to promote the equitable inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized people;
  • Experience conducting secondary research;
  • Basic experience conducting primary research;
  • Qualitative analysis skills;
  • Good writing and referencing skills;
  • A commitment to confidentiality and the handling of potentially sensitive data;
  • Essential person requirements include: timeliness, commitment, reliability; resourcefulness, some degree of independence; flexibility; critical thinking, and being able to communicate effectively. 
  • A respect for diversity and inclusion is essential. 

We will appoint volunteers based on experience, knowledge, and merit, and also wish to open this opportunity to highly engaged people who are often underrepresented, including LGBTQ++, racialized, and Indigenous people, youth, and people with disabilities. Please feel free to self identify with an underrepresented group in your letter of interest.

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 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


The duration of this positions is 3 months with the possibility of extension and a time commitment of 8-14 hours a week. Volunteering with BCCIC is flexible, but to reduce volunteer turnover we hope for volunteers to stay with us for 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. 


All BCCIC volunteers have a one-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, a short (not to exceed one page) statement of interest to zosa@bccic.ca as well as a writing sample. Please include ‘SDG Policy & Research Volunteer’ in the title of your email. 

Deadline to express interest is October 7, 2020. Individuals will be contacted and matched on a rolling basis.


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/