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Project Officer -- Building Young Entrepreneurs

Title: Project Officer – Building Young Entrepreneurs (full-time 37.5 hours per week)

Location: Canada - Remote

Reports to: Programme Manager – Building Young Entrepreneurs

Compensation: $45,000 - $49,500

UNA-Canada offers remote work opportunities and flexible work arrangements

About UNA-Canada

The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) is an historic national charity with the mandate of educating and engaging Canadians in the work of the United Nations (UN) and the critical global issues that affect us both in Canada and internationally. Established in 1946, UNA-Canada is committed to growing global citizens who embrace the principles of the United Nations. UNA-Canada brings promising global practices to Canada and made-in-Canada solutions to the global commons. As the leading policy voice on multilateralism in Canada, UNA-Canada holds the elected Vice-Chair of the World Federation of United Nations Association representing global civil society.

About the Position

Building Young Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Employment programme bridges multibarriered and underrepresented youth to meaningful and durable employment through skills training, networking, mentoring, and internship placement with businesses. The programme targets youth18-29 years of age who are un/under-employed, facing multiple barriers, and looking for opportunities to augment their skills, or acquire new ones, toward sustainable employment. The programme targets eligible youth across Canada with a plan to recruit, train and support roughly 80 youth in 2023 and same number in 2024 (to end of October 2024). UNA-Canada seeks to hire a bilingual Project Officer to implement the programme as designed.

Tasks and Responsibilities

With the guidance of the Programme Manager the Project Officer will:

o Review background material on the programme and become familiar with its goal, objectives, targeted demographics and expected outcomes;

o Participate in briefing sessions planned by UNA-Canada to become familiar with programme specifics and proper branding of both the programme and Association;

o Support partnerships with Green Corps participants to gain employment skills through training, networking opportunities and planned National Expo as appropriate;

o Broaden the mentorship opportunities for programme youth participants and update existing mentors’ database;

o Work closely with the Programme Manager to widely promote the programme among appropriate networks;

o Collaborate on devising a plan for re-engaging existing programme alumni tapping in their experience and networks as appropriate;

o Plan and oversee re-engaging existing youth and recruiting, training and briefing new youth participants as well as non-profits and businesses to host and mentor participating youth as aspiring business actors in the green industry;

o Manage the preparation of briefing and training material for non-profit and business-hosts, community business role models to participating youth;

o Compile data, lessons learned and promising practices on the programme, that can be shared with funders, youth-serving agencies and others interested partners in promoting youth sustainable employment in Canada and globally;

o Prepare regular updates and reports on programme progress and oversee capturing of, and recording lessons learned, challenges encountered and promising practices to consider and share with UNA-Canada teams; and;

o Conduct any other activities related to the effective and efficient implementation of the project, and as requested by the Manager, Chief of Staff and when needed from UNA-Canada’s President & CEO.

Mandatory Qualifications and Skills

· A demonstrated experience and track record in delivering youth-engagement projects;

· Ability to facilitate workshops that empower youth from diverse backgrounds and to effectively encourage their full engagement with peers;

· Professionalism to work with senior management officials and external stakeholders;

· Ability to pay keen attention to details, with measured and sound decision-making skills;

· Exceptional organizational and time management skills to meet deadlines;

· Strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and related online tools;

· English/French bilingualism preferred.

· Ability to be self-directed and work independently with limited supervision; and

· Excellent ability to work cooperatively in a team environment with staff, and community volunteers.

Equal Opportunity Employer

UNA-Canada is committed to building a network of employees that reflects and harnesses Canada’s diversity. We do not discriminate based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, etc. UNA-Canada recruits candidates based on merit and seeks to foster a workplace that encourages acceptance, empathy, and diversity.

Interested candidates should submit a Résumé and one-page Cover Letter in pdf format to the attention of Jaime Webbe no later than January 10th, 2023, at 5pm ET.

We ask that no calls be made regarding the position. In the subject line, please put: Your Last name, First name – Building Young Entrepreneur Officer. UNA-Canada will not accept calls or emails regarding the position. Due to the high volume of applications, UNA-Canada will only contact shortlisted candidates selected for an interview. Text will go here


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