11 Sep HerStart Digital Media & Communications E-Fellow


Title: Digital Media & Communications Fellow
Placement Duration: Jan 21 – May 21
Time Commitment: 10 – 15 hours/week
Location: Remote 

E-fellowship Eligibility Requirements 

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident 
  • Must have fluent or professional level English (written and verbal) skills 
  • Ability to commit to full term of engagement at 5-15 hours/week  
  • Currently enrolled in or graduated from a relevant post-secondary degree or diploma (or have the equivalent work experience) 
  • Demonstrate interest in the fieldof international development, gender equality, climate action and/or social entrepreneurship 
  • Access to a computer with standard software applications and stable internet connection 
  • Proficiency in standard software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) 
  • Note: Individuals of all age, gender, academic and professional backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply.  

 Desired Qualifications for this Position 

  • Demonstrate strong writing and editing skills and high attention to detail. 
  • Previous experience in digital content creation, developing a podcast, and/or managing business social media will be considered a strong asset. 
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite and video and audio editing software is strongly preferred. 
  • Demonstrate some technical research skills (i.e. conducting research for reports and/or presentations). 
  • Strong organization and time management skills  
  • Strong teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills 
  • Demonstrate ability to be proactive, flexible and take initiative  
  • Demonstrate ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes openness to differing opinions and views 
  • Previous experience living in a developing country context and/or engaging in the field of international development is not required, but will be considered an asset 
  • NoteYou will be asked to submit a sample of your past creative work (i.e. graphics, videos, social media campaign, blogs/writing samples and/or podcast developed).  


Join a creative communications team to support telling young women’s stories as leaders in social innovation and the unique approach and impact of HerStart’s Innovate the Future program. Inspire and engage the public to take action on these critical areas, including gender equality, climate change and social entrepreneurship through various communications channels, including social media, digital content, and podcasts. This is an opportunity to strengthen your CV with practical international development research, digital media and communications experienceIn the process, learn about women’s empowerment, climate action and social entrepreneurship – pivotal frameworks that are shaping the future of work, social impact and gender equality globally. 

Key Roles and Responsibilities  

  • Conduct secondary research on topics such as women’s empowerment, green business and social entrepreneurship to inform creative content development 
  • Produce engaging materials to communicate success stories and program engagement opportunities to the public, including through social media, blog and web content and the development of the HerStory podcast series 
  • Support the development of podcasting ‘how-to’ guides and training sessions for staff, partners and future HerStart Fellows 
  • Contribute to the drafting, editing and design of program reports, guides, presentations, fact sheets and infographics 
  • Collaborate with research team to collect the required program data, interviews and quotes for communications needs 
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of marketing and outreach strategies and materials, primarily targeting young women who are aspiring or existing entrepreneurs in each country and relevant organizations and networks in Canada  
  • Support each country’s media outreach activities including press releases, key messaging, radio interviews, events, etc. 
  • Support the design and implementation of HerStart communications strategies and work plans; provide strategic communications support to partners, as needed 
  • Conduct digital campaign and communications needs assessments for the program and partner organizations to identify gaps and opportunities for growth  
  • Build and organize program photos, videos and communications resources library 
  • Organize and engage in creative, knowledge sharing and skill building activities and resources, which contribute to the Community of Practice and overall culture of learning 


Benefits received within E-Fellowship 

  • Contribute to women’s economic empowermentConnect and collaborate with young women, communities and global partners to help grow the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda.  
  • Amplify your personal and professional growthWhether you’re a recent grad, mid-career or experienced professional, you’ll receive unique opportunities to boost your CV and build transferable skills, such as cross-cultural communication, project management, research and more. 
  • Access high quality training and resources: You’ll receive specialized training and resources from our global partners who are subject matter experts in their fields, including gender equality, social enterprise, monitoring and evaluation and climate action.  
  • Be part of an international networkYou’ll connect with like-minded, passionate Canadians, partner organizations and youth around the globe who believe that we can create a better future for everyone through gender equality and social enterprise. This will include first access to future YCI opportunities, both domestically and internationally.


Please note: fellowship participation is completely voluntary and is by no means and shall not be construed as an employment contract. The fellow is not entitled to claim for any wages, indemnity, payment, notice of termination or pay in lieu of notice of termination, or any other benefits and agrees that he or she may not be considered as an employee under employment laws including the Act respecting Labour Standards and the Civil Code of Quebec.

YCI’s HerStart Innovate the Future and Fellowship programs are funded through Global Affairs Canada’s Volunteer Cooperation Program, providing skilled Canadians opportunities to volunteer abroad with global partners and advance Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.