11 Sep HerStart Research & Insights E-Fellow


Title: Research & Insights Fellow
Placement Duration: Jan 21 – May 21 
Time Commitment: 10 – 20 hours/week
Location: Remote 

E-fellowship Eligibility Requirements 

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident 
  • 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 age, gender, academic and professional backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply.  

Desired Qualifications for this Position 

  • Demonstrate strong writing skills and attention to detail 
  • Minimum of entry level technical research skills i.e. has conducted research and written reports and presentations in the past 
  • Previous experience in data visualization is 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 
  • NoteYou will be asked to submit a writing sample from your past work, preferably a report 


Join a dynamic research team supporting the design and launch phases of the brand new HerStart: Innovate the Future program, which provides social entrepreneurship training for young women in Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana. Apply your data collection, analysis and reporting skills to the critical topics of women’s empowerment, climate action and social entrepreneurship. This is an opportunity to strengthen your CV with practical design research experience. In the process, learn about the pivotal frameworks and movements that are shaping the future of work, social impact and gender equality globally. This role will involve strong collaboration with HerStart partners, local staff and national fellows in each country; the research process is being led by SoJo and Salanga, two of HerStart’s innovative design partners. 

Key Roles and Responsibilities  

  • Conduct literature reviews and primary and secondary research on the barriers, strengths and lived experiences of young entrepreneurs, particularly women, in Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana 
  • Conduct virtual one-on-one interviews with a variety of stakeholders to gather insights and stories and consolidate interview data into accessible reports 
  • Produce analyses of research data, including forming recommendations and actionable insights for the program 
  • Analyze qualitative data from program implementation and collaborate with the communications team to prepare material for impact stories, lessons learned and the HerStory podcast series 
  • Support the program team in mapping out the entrepreneurship ecosystems in each country 
  • Contribute to the drafting and editing of practitioner-friendly (non-academic) research reports, presentations, fact sheets and infographics 
  • Collaborate with staff, partners and National Fellows in each country to coordinate research logistics and engage in knowledge exchanges 
  • Build libraries of existing, high quality resources and opportunities within the fields of gender equality, climate action and social entrepreneurship 
  • 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.