12 Jul Gender Equality & Education Intern

Partner Organization: EDC
Partner Location: Zambia
Commitment: 4 months
Position Location: Remote
Language Requirement: English
Eligibility Requirement: Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents aged 19-30 at the start of placements
Placement Period: August 16 – December 17, 2021
Hours: 37.5 hours/week

Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, EDC has been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.

EDC’s USAID Let’s Read Project is a 5-year $48 million early grade reading project based in Zambia that supports the Ministry of General Education’s (MoGE) Primary Literacy Program.  The project is implemented in 5 of Zambia’s 10 Provinces and focuses support on government schools, community schools as well as early childhood education centers.  The project develops and distributes teaching and learning materials, trains teachers and other education actors, and works closely with the MoGE to strengthen its systems.  The project must be gender-responsive and inclusive across its various components.

The Gender Equality & Education Intern will support the overall project’s goal of ensuring gender integration and inclusiveness across the project. The intern will also support the research and development of remedial learning materials for early grade learners, with an inclusivity lens.  The intern will work closely with various teams including but not limited to senior leadership, Short Term Technical Assistance team, the Reading team and other project staff as needed.

What you’ll do: 

  • Work closely with the team to enhance gender mainstreaming within the project, building off the initial gender analysis.
  • Assist in the implementation of the gender analysis recommendations for the project.
  • Support in sharing and implementing gender mainstreaming best practices, ensuring consistency with EDC’s gender approach and organizational gender strategy.
  • Contribute to the drafting of reports related to the project’s gender components.
  • Conduct research on remedial learning programs, processes and materials in the development context, specifically related to reading and literacy.
  • Assist with preparation of workshop presentations and facilitation, as required.
  • Contribute to the development of teaching and learning materials.
  • Collaborate with the Reading, Monitoring and Evaluation and Communication teams to coordinate the sharing of information related to gender and remedial work.

You’ll fit right in if you have: 

  • Strong project management, research and organization skills.
  • Previous experience and/or strong interest in gender programming and remedial learning.
  • Strong attention to detail, planning, time management, and multi-tasking abilities.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills.
  • Highly organized, motivated self-starter with ability to manage competing proprieties.
  • Previous experience in curriculum and/or training development will be considered an asset.
  • Strong commitment to EDC’s mission and values.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes openness to differing opinions and views.

What’s included:

  • $18/hour +4% vacation pay
  • 37.5 hours/week
  • Please note, this remuneration is taxable income that is subject to statutory deductions.
  • Career coaching, training, networking, Solutions Lab events, and more!

How to apply: 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. Submit early and don’t miss the chance to participate in the experience of a lifetime!   


Due to the competitive nature of this role, no phone calls about the position can be accepted. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  

Innovate ME is generously funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.