11 Sep HerStart Program & Training E-Fellow

Title: Program & Training Fellow
Placement Duration: Jan 21 – May 21
Time Commitment: 10 – 30 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 from all demographic, academic and professional backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply.  

Desired Qualifications for this Position 

  • Demonstrate strong writing skills, project coordination experience and attention to detail 
  • Demonstrate at least some technical research skills i.e. has conducted research and written reports and presentations in the past 
  • Previous experience in facilitating and/or participating in dynamic virtual training programs will be considered an asset 
  • 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 


Contribute to the successful launch of the HerStart: Innovate the Future program by flexing your organization, research and creativity skills during the program start-up phase. Support YCI’s Toronto and in-country teams to design and implement innovative programming for both the fellowship program and direct support for young social entrepreneurs, primarily women, in Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana. This is an opportunity to strengthen your CV with practical international development research, training and project coordination experience. In 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  

  • Support the program team in designing, testing and delivering the HerStart social entrepreneurship training sessions and Toolkit resources 
  • Support the program team in designing, editing and testing training sessions and resources for the future HerStart International Fellowship program 
  • Contribute to the Partnership Sustainability Planning (PSP) process for local partners in each country, identifying key strengths and areas for growth 
  • Complete partnership and opportunity mapping for Canadian business development 
  • Conduct secondary research on topics such as women’s empowerment, green business, social entrepreneurship and country contexts to inform program design 
  • Contribute to the drafting and editing of practitioner-friendly (non-academic) research reports, presentations, fact sheets and infographics 
  • Support the communications team in designing, developing and promoting the first episodes of the HerStory podcast series; support the promotion of other opportunities to engage in the program as they arise  
  • Build libraries of existing, high quality resources and opportunities within the fields of gender equality, green business and social entrepreneurship 
  • Collaborate with staff, partners and National Fellows in each country to coordinate program logistics and engage in knowledge exchanges, as needed 
  • 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.