If you are interested in global issues and social justice, want to 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 civil society members, the BC Council for International Cooperation supports organizations working on global sustainability issues and provides opportunities for British Columbians to engage with global challenges and get involved with the civil society sector. With 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to tackle locally and globally by 2030, there is much to be done – get involved today!
Description & Context:
BCCIC is looking for a qualified volunteer who will play a key role in our upcoming BC2030 public engagement campaign. This non-partisan initiative will target BC’s federal elections as an opportunity to ask political leaders how they will make BC a leader in achieving a sustainable Canada through the lens of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The BC2030 Assistant will work with a team of other volunteers to organize election events and community meetings, contact participants, identify SDG election topics and activities, support election actions and raise awareness of the SDGs and their connection to national and local issues throughout BC. The BC2030 campaign will take a non-partisan approach that will focus on the SDGs as a pan-Canadian vision for sustainable development and will challenge politicians of all stripes to show how their leadership will move Canada towards this vision.
Possible Responsibilities and Tasks:
- Help organize a major national election event involving a youth party debate on the SDGs in Canada.
- Identify BC organizations to partner with for SDG related activities during the federal elections.
- Contact non-profits to arrange meeting times and places for the BC 2030 campaign
- Assist in the preparation and facilitation of BC 2030 workshops and meetings
- Support and note take in meetings with political representatives and candidates
- Design promotional and educational materials for the BC 2030 campaign.
- Help design and coordinate SDG focused activities during the BC municipal elections in September-October.
What makes a good fit:
- Passionate about global change
- Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals or strong desire to learn
- Wanting to gain valuable work experience in the non-profit sector
- Confident talking to people on the phone and in person
- Experienced at organizing events and logistics e.g. booking venues and equipment hire
- Ideally comfortable with graphic design and Google apps.
- Bonus points if you have been involved with organizing televised or live-streamed election debates.
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 BC2030 Assistant will begin volunteering with BCCIC from February 26th onward. Volunteering with BCCIC is flexible, but to reduce volunteer turnover we hope for volunteers to 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. 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.
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 email@example.com
Deadline to express interest is Thursday March 14th at 5:00 PM. Successful applicants will be contacted by Friday March 15th to arrange a follow-up interview.
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/