26 Apr Program Development Coordinator, Environment – Philippines


Are you looking for a transformational opportunity? Do you want to expand your skillset, while contributing to an innovative development project? Do you have an interest in global health or projects with a focus on women and children? If so, the position below might be just what you are looking for!


Role: Program Development Coordinator, Environment
Partner: ADRA Philippines
Location: GoaCamarines Sur, Philippines
Travel: Position is based at the EMBRACE project office 
Duration: 10 months
Start Date: June/July 2018
Eligibility Requirements: Volunteer must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
Application deadline: Applications will be received on a rolling basis until the position is filled



EMBRACE is a four-year project designed to improve the maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) of vulnerable women, girls and boys in Cambodia, the Philippines and Myanmar through improving access to essential health services, building the capacity of local health workers, and providing community education programs. Funded in part by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, EMBRACE is a project led by ADRA Canada and implemented in partnership Youth Challenge International (YCI) and the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre (HDC).

About the opportunity

EMBRACE Philippines is seeking a dynamic Program Development Coordinator to identify, document and recommend strategies for the successful implementation of environment-linked outcomes of the EMBRACE Project. The volunteer will work collaboratively with the Project Environment Focal Point and Country Project Managers to enhance reporting on environment indicators. The Program Development Coordinator will support the development of the EMBRACE Environmental Framework which articulates the environmental determinants of maternal and child health in intervention areas and how the project is addressing these through WASH solutions, permaculture gardening and other activities.  

The volunteer will be based at EMBRACE project office in Goa and will live and work overseas in the Philippines for the duration of the role.The volunteer will receive a detailed project orientation at ADRA Canada’s Newcastle Office and Youth Challenge International’s Toronto Office prior to departure.  

ADRA Philippines is a Seventh-day Adventist faith-based organization, employing professionals from different faiths. The volunteer is expected to respect and reflect the values and lifestyle of the organization while in the field.

What you will be doing:

Working in coordination with the Environment Focal Point, the ideal candidate will: 

  • Build knowledge on Global Affairs Canada (GAC) reporting requirements, specifically on monitoring and reporting on the management of environment sustainability; 
  • Lead in the documentation of EMBRACE’s approach to addressing the identified environmental determinants of maternal, newborn and child health. The approach should focus on; 
    • WASH – including key challenges and the theory informing the solutions e.g. F-diagram approach for household level WASH solutions 
    • Permaculture – its role in nutrition and environmental enhancement  
  • Make the linkages between the environment-related outputs, outcomes and indicators and environmental determinants and overall maternal and child health outcomes; 
  • Support the implementing partners in reporting on environment indicators; 
  • Support the Environment Focal Point in reviewing the annual work plans, semi-annual reports and annual reports for environment integration; 
  • Identify and document current and emerging environmental trends that could impact the project; 
  • Support the Construction Focal Point in monitoring and reporting on the construction Environment Management Plans; 
  • Depending on the project location, this role can also support with construction compliance and reporting. 

What you need to have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Development, Social Sciences, Environmental Studies, or any related field; 
  • Demonstrated education, experience or interest in MNCH; 
  • An awareness of environmental protection, resource management, or sustainability strategies; 
  • Strong report writing and analytical skills; 
  • Demonstrated experience effectively documenting processes; 
  • Strong understanding of the RBM framework and Global Affairs Canada reporting requirements; 
  • Proficient budgeting and financial management skills; 
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills with well-developed interpersonal skills; 
  • Highly motivated and self-directed; 
  • Team-player; 
  • Flexible and adaptable to a challenging and high-pressure working environment and unpredictable workload; 
  • An ability and willingness to work in rural areas and new cultural and professional settings. 
  • Experience traveling, living, working or volunteering abroad. 

What would be awesome to have: 

  • Master’s degree in health, social sciences or environmental studies; 
  • Certification or studies in environment, public health, rural development, community development, project management or project monitoring and evaluation; 
  • Experience implementing health projects, with specific MNCH experience considered a strong asset; 
  • Health promotion or service delivery; 
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation practices; 
  • Project planning and report writing experience; 
  • Demonstrated experience conducting successful research.  

What we offer:

This is a 10 month subsidized skilled volunteer position. YCI will provide the volunteer with:

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

YCI does not cover the following:

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

How to get involved:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To apply for this position, 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.

About us:

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.


Note: Program participation is completely voluntary and is by no means and shall not be construed as an employment contract and that he or she 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.