Program Engagement Coordinator

Job Description: Location: Toronto, Canada 
Contract Length: 2 years, renewable
Commitment: Full time, 37.5 hours/week 
Compensation: $60,000 annually + benefits
Vacation: 3 weeks starting
Start Date: May 8, 2023

About Youth Challenge International (YCI)
YCI is a leading global youth development organization that promotes youth innovation to drive positive change. Together with our partners we create market ready solutions that catapult youth around the world to succeed and prosper; we are driven by youth and their potential to affect positive change in the world. Our solutions are focused – always keeping the young people we are designing for and with at the center of the conversation. Our approach is rooted in creativity and constantly evolving to respond to changing needs and market realities.  YCI is an organization where diversity and talent come together to shape a better future for youth around the world.

HerStart: Innovate the Future
HerStart Innovate the Future is an initiative developed by Youth Challenge International to foster and create innovative solutions for a more equitable and prosperous economy within Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda. 

The program includes training and support for aspiring women entrepreneurs in social enterprise, gender responsive business planning, the measurement of social impact, and access to finance. Canadian volunteers are engaged in providing human capital support for activities through on-site placements and capacity building initiatives with partner organizations. Within HerStart, an entrepreneurial ecosystem is catalyzed to identify and reduce gendered barriers, which fosters more enabling environments for young women entrepreneurs. This funding mechanism also provides programmatic support for partner organizations to more effectively deliver gender-responsive activities that drive sustainable business ventures. 

The HerStart Fellowship program provides meaningful volunteer opportunities for Canadians. These opportunities are3 and 6-month professional volunteerism placements collaborating with YCI staff and global partners to advance gender equality and sustainable development. International fellows gain hands-on professional international development experience, expand their impact-driven networks, and engage in high quality training from experts in critical topics such as social entrepreneurship, climate action and gender equality.

Position Summary:
Reporting to YCI’s International Programs Manager, we are seeking a passionate, skilled, and creative candidate to propel the volunteer mobilization and public engagement components of HerStart forward. The Program Engagement Coordinator will amplify YCI’s capacity to effectively engage both HerStart Fellows and the Canadian public. We are looking for people to join our team who believe in youth as powerful agents of change and are passionate about contributing to women’s empowerment through the advancement of global gender equality agendas and the engagement of the Canadian public.

Responsibilities include:

Volunteer Recruitment, Training and Coordination (60%):

  • Contribute to full-cycle volunteer recruitment and mobilization for the HerStart Fellowship program;
  • review applicants and interview top candidates;
  • support the design and delivery of volunteer training and onboarding to prepare for international placements;
  • track details and organize logistics for all aspects of fellowship program participation;
  • provide volunteer support, coaching, and mentoring where necessary;
  • collaborate across stakeholders and teams to support the quality and delivery of fellowship  placements in Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda.

Public Engagement Coordination (30%):

  • Coordinate the development and implementation of public engagements efforts for YCI and HerStart;
  • source and build relationships with relevant stakeholders for partnership development and networking across Canada;
  • lead planning and coordination of recruitment, networking and promotional opportunities, including the development of event marketing materials and active representation of YCI in public;
  • facilitate collaboration between the YCI communications and fellowship teams to ensure the success of promotional materials and events;
  • collaborate on building evaluation tools and reporting on public engagement outcomes.

Support to Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives (10%):

  • Provide support to special projects and strategic initiatives for YCI and HerStart in coordination with the International Programs Manager and other YCI team members as needed;
  • perform other duties as requested by the International Programs Manager.

Skills and Experience: 

  • You are a self-starter with 3-5 years of progressive experience in public and volunteer engagement, campaign planning and facilitation roles;
  • you are passionate and eager to contribute to dynamic volunteer programming and partnership development;
  • you have high attention to detail and strong organization skills;
  • you ideally have the ability to communicate fluently in both English and French;
  • you are an outgoing, confident public speaker who is skilled at facilitation and is passionate about YCI’s mission;
  • you have experience with recruitment efforts, including interviewing; you have strong written and verbal communication skills and can create and tailor creative materials for diverse audiences;
  • you have experience with public engagement efforts with partner organizations and/or youth from diverse backgrounds.

Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
YCI recognizes the unequal power dynamics inherent in international development work and our responsibility to protect the human rights of the communities we serve and provide an environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse. Youth Challenge International (YCI) commits to a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA).

How to Apply:

Link to application can be found here:

Please submit your CV as a single PDF document, maximum 4 pages, saved in the following format: “First Name Last Name_ Program Engagement Coordinator”.

Deadline to apply is 11:59 EST on April 2, 2023, however applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage early submissions.

Youth Challenge International provides equal employment opportunities regardless of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status. As such, we encourage groups who have been historically disadvantaged with respect to employment to apply for positions at Youth Challenge International.


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