02 Mar Field Coordinator – Agents of Change

  • Role: Field Coordinator – Agents of Change
  • Position Type: Pro-Innovator Volunteer
  • Number of Positions: 3
  • Project: EMBRACE
  • Partners: ADRA Rwanda, ADRA Cambodia, ADRA Philippines
  • Locations: Nyabihu District, West Province, Rwanda; Rovieng District, Cambodia; Goa, Camarines Sur, Philippines.
  • Duration: 2 months
  • Start Date: July 2017
  • Eligibility Requirements: Volunteers must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • Application deadline: March 22, 2017
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Youth Challenge International

Youth Challenge International (YCI) is a leading global youth development organization that promotes youth innovation to drive positive change. Over the past 25 years, YCI has supported youth-led initiatives and volunteer engagement with over 250,000 youth in 13 countries around the world. YCI’s programs are a unique and effective opportunity for individuals to participate in development programming. By combining the energy and skills of volunteers with local youth and partners, YCI provides volunteers with the opportunity to contribute to innovative programming while developing personal and professional skills.


The EMBRACE program

EMBRACE (Enhancing Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health through Revitalized Health Services and Community Engagement) is a four-year program designed to improve the maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) of vulnerable women, girls and boys in Cambodia, the Philippines, Rwanda and Burma. The program is funded by the Government of Canada and is being implemented through a consortium led by ADRA Canada in partnership Youth Challenge International (YCI) and the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre (HDC).


Position Details:

The EMBRACE project is seeking three (3) experienced and organized Field Coordinators to support the effective planning and implementation of the Agents for Change (AoC) Study Tour, a three-week overseas volunteer project for ten university-level Health Sciences students in August 2017.

The AoCs will be divided into three groups, each of which will visit one EMBRACE project country – Rwanda, Cambodia or the Philippines – to learn about global maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) and nutrition issues. Upon their return to Canada, the Agents of Change will work with ADRA Canada to use their new awareness and knowledge to engage their communities in increasing awareness of global MNCH and nutrition issues.

Each AoC group will be supported by a Field Coordinator while in country. The Field Coordinator will arrive one month before the AoCs to support the coordination of logistics and itineraries.  The Field Coordinator will help to manage the AoCs and facilitate their experience while they are in the field. ADRA is a faith-based network of organizations and volunteers will be expected to respect and reflect the values and lifestyle of the project while in the field. The volunteers will report to their respective EMBRACE Project Managers, and will be supported by the ADRA Canada’s Public Engagement Manager and YCI’s EMBRACE Volunteer Coordinator.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the AoC preparation process through hosting Skype meetings and creating country-specific documents;
  • Coordinate in-country logistics including accommodation, transportation and other details as required;
  • Work with EMBRACE project teams and partners to develop a detailed trip itinerary;
  • Manage volunteers while they are in country;
  • Facilitate reflective learning activities with volunteers to support their personal development and learning;
  • Ensure AoC safety and security and adherance to all risk management protocols;
  • Support information and data gathering activities to enhance AoC public engagement activities in Canada;
  • Any other AoC related duties as designated by YCI, ADRA Canada or the EMBRACE project team.

Desirable Academic Qualifications

  • An undergraduate or Master’s degree in International Development, Public Health or a related field.

Essential Professional Background/Competencies

  • 2+ years of experience living and working overseas. Direct experience in an EMBRACE project country is a strong asset.
  • Familiarity with adult learning principles;
  • Proven ability in establishing priorities in a time-sensitive environment, and meeting deadlines with strong attention to detail;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Exceptional skills in building productive working relationships with team colleagues, field offices, partners and volunteers;
  • Ability and willingness to work in rural areas and new cultural and professional settings;
  • A passion for social justice and community service delivery;
  • Highly flexible and adaptable to a challenging and high-pressure working environment and unpredictable workload.

Desirable Professional Background/Competencies

  • Volunteer management experience;
  • Working knowledge of Tagalog, Khmer, Kinyarwanda or French is an asset.

Important Information for Candidates

This is a two-month subsidized skilled volunteer placement. YCI will provide the following for the volunteer:

  • Pre-departure training and debrief in Toronto (including travel and accommodation)
  • In-country orientation
  • Return airfare and visa/permit fees
  • Vaccinations allowance up to $300 CAD
  • Emergency medical and evacuation insurance
  • $1,200 CAD stipend per month to cover accommodation, food, work-related communication and transportation

YCI does not cover the following:

  • Trip cancellation and interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Social activities
  • Personal travel

Application Instructions

Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the March 22, 2017 deadline. To apply for these positions, please complete our volunteer application form. We thank all applicants for their interest, but will only contact those that have been selected for an interview. We will not accept any phone calls about this position.

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