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Climate Action Fellow

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Job Summary

Volunteer Contract Duration: Jan 25 – May 28, 2021
Time Commitment: 40 hours/week
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Join the HerStart Innovate the Future program team to further enhance the sustainability of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Tanzania, Uganda, and Ghana. Support YCI and local partners in raising awareness of environmental issues, designing climate-responsive solutions, and building a network of green businesses. This is an opportunity to apply your knowledge and passion for environmental sustainability in a new and innovative way, while also strengthening your CV with practical international development research, training, and project coordination experience. In the process, learn more about women’s empowerment, climate action, and social entrepreneurship – pivotal frameworks that are shaping the future of work and social impact globally.
Desired Qualifications
  • Prior knowledge and experience in climate action or environment sustainability programming
  • Experience in developing pieces of training, educational resources, or online courses
  • Passion for learning, facilitation, and supporting the knowledge and skill development of others
  • Strong writing and project coordination skills with high attention to detail
  • Tech-savvy with knowledge of diverse platforms and interest in learning new ones (including Slack, AirTable, and Mighty Networks)
  • Strong organization, research, and time management skills
  • Strong teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to be proactive, flexible, and take initiative
  • Ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes openness to differing opinions and views
Eligibility Requirements
  • Must be currently living in Kampala, Uganda, and able to commute to the YCI office
  • Ability to commit to full 4-month placement
  • Professional-level English skills (written and verbal)
  • Currently enrolled in or graduated from a relevant post-secondary degree or diploma, or have the equivalent work experience
  • Demonstrated interest in the fields of international cooperation, gender equality, and/or social entrepreneurship
  • Flexibility in schedule (able to attend most weekday meetings and training, sometimes coordinated across different time zones)
  • Proficiency in standard software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Note: Individuals of all demographic, academic, and professional backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply, preferably women.
Benefits of a National Fellowship
  • Contribute to women’s economic empowerment: Connect 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 growth: Whether 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 network: You’ll connect with like-minded, passionate staff partner organizations, and youth around the globe. Joining this network will include first access to future YCI opportunities.
  • Receive a Daily Stipend: A stipend will be received by National Fellows to cover the costs of transportation and lunch for each day worked in the office.


Key Roles and Responsibilities
  • Actively engage in and complete training modules on diverse topics including social entrepreneurship, climate action, gender equality, MEL, and cross-cultural collaboration
  • Conduct primary and secondary research on climate/environmental sustainability topics to inform program design, planning, and reporting
  • Support the Partnership Sustainability Planning (PSP) and baseline assessment process for local partners, identifying key strengths and areas for growth within environmental sustainability
  • Design and deliver needs-based training and resources for partners, staff, and fellows
  • Support the development of an environmental strategy and action plan for each country, including researching, developing, and testing climate-responsive solutions for the project and partners
  • Identify viable opportunities in the local green economies for social ventures to pursue; provide coaching and mentorship for entrepreneurs as needed
  • Draft and edit reports, resource guides, and presentations
  • Help build the HerStart Toolkit in each country with high-quality resources and opportunities
  • Collaborate virtually with staff, partners, and fellows in each country to coordinate program logistics and engage in the HerStart Community of Practice

Job Requirements

Required education: Diploma, Associate's degree
Required relevant work experience: 18 months
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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