Volunteer Position: National Youth Debate Coordinator Assistant

National Youth Debate Coordinator Assistant

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!

Deadline to express interest is April 28th at 5:00 PM

Description & Context:

BCCIC is looking for a qualified volunteer who will play a key role in our upcoming National Youth Debate – Leadership for a Sustainable Canada. Held on June 4th, 2019 and timed to coincide with the international Women Deliver Conference, this non-partisan and unique innovation in electoral engagement gives centre stage to the youth representatives of Canada’s major political parties to debate the biggest vision and questions facing our country. The event flips the script of party leaders speaking their messages to youth and instead provide the opportunity for our political leaders to listen and reflect on what they are hearing from youth in their own party and other federal ones. The use of the Sustainable Development Goals also provides a bold enough vision that addresses the main concerns of young people today and offers a broad enough agenda for young political leaders to showcase how their parties will contribute to a better Canada and a better world. Finally, the debate will be televised and/or live streamed nation wide and will use mobile technology to gather and offer questions in real time from viewers across the country.

With less than seven weeks preceding the event, the National Youth Debate Coordinator Assistant will work with a team of other staff members/volunteers to successfully organize the event. BCCIC is looking for an energetic volunteer to contact party representatives, ensure the well-delivery of the debate, work on logistics (broadcasting, catering options, and venue confirmation), and assist the Communications Officer in the craft of publications, among many other tasks.

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 15-20 hours/ week to ensure a meaningful and impactful experience.

Potential Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Help organize a major national election event involving a youth party debate on the SDGs in Canada.
  • Contact an array of political representatives and ensure constant/clear communication with them
  • Support the planning of the event’s content (questions, outline, etc.)
  • Reach out to televisions or live-streaming organizations to ensure its broadcasting
  • Design promotional materials for the debate
  • Coordinate a team of volunteers during the day of the debate

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.

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


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.


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. i

To express interest:

Please email your CV, a short (not to exceed one page) statement of interest to laurel@bccic.ca

Deadline to express interest is April 28th at 5:00 PM. 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/