Government of Canada

Global Affairs Canada

Environment and Sustainability Intern - Philipines

Status: Filled
Organization: Canadian Urban Institute
Acronym: CUI
Type: Non-Governmental Organization
Contact Person: Andrea Fresolone
Country: Philippines
City: IIoilo Guimarras
Sector: Supporting private sector development
Address: 555 Richmond Street West
Suite 402
PO Box 612
Toronto, Ontario,
M5V 3B1
FAX: (416) 365-0650
Mandate: The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) is an innovator and catalyst engaged in research, networking, leadership development and policy solutions to improve the quality of life in urban regions in Canada and around the world. CUI collaborates with a range of international partners – in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa – to improve the governance and management of cities and towns.

CUI is committed to the engagement of youth in our programming across Canada and internationally. Youth development is an essential component of our mission and mandate as Canada’s urban policy institute. We mentor and support future leaders through our internship programming. We build youth engagement in the democratic life of cities and communities through our public engagement practice. We inform policy making on youth issues through our applied research. And we develop strategies to improve youth engagement, employment and entrepreneurship through participatory planning.
  Please visit the website of the organization offering this internship to verify its application requirements prior to sending your resume.
Position Description: Roles and Responsibilities
In Canada
Prior to departure, the intern will spend the Canadian portion of the internship preparing for their overseas assignment. This will involve arranging logistics for the overseas stay; receiving orientation on the country of assignment, the host organization and the project; developing a work plan; conducting background research on good practices, tools and techniques to ensure an effective internship assignment that is relevant to our international partners; and becoming familiar with the cultural and business practices of the host country. Upon return to Canada, the intern will debrief, prepare a final report, write and publish an article, participate in outreach to Aboriginal and other Canadian youth through speaking engagements, be matched with a professional mentor, and begin a job search.

This internship will involve working with TAWMB in the following possible areas:
· Help developing country partners to organize outreach and information and education activities to raise awareness of conservation and restoration efforts in the Tigum-Aganan watershed (e.g. tree-planting, environmental days for schools.)
· Prepare communication materials in support of the outreach, information and education campaigns.
· Research and share Canadian, Philippine and international examples in environmental conservation, natural resource management and community livelihood (e.g. eco-tourism, organic agriculture, etc).
· Help organize and deliver project activities such as workshops, forums and learning exchanges.

Please note that this is a general terms of reference. A more detailed work plan will be developed collaboratively with the CUI's head office, local staff and partners.

Position Qualifications
· Experience in community development, environmental activities, and/or communication.
· Knowledge and/or skills in facilitation, team building, training and research.
· Strong oral and written communications skills, and ability to communicate in different was to convey your thoughts and ideas.
· Strong ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
· Demonstrated leadership and problem solving abilities
· Interest in conservation, environment, and natural resources.
· Willingness to learn

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for the International Aboriginal Youth Internship Program, an intern must meet the following criteria:
· Hold a secondary school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED). Youth currently enrolled in a college or CÉGEP program are eligible for an internship as long as they will not graduate before the completion of their internship. Youth currently enrolled in university studies and in possession of a university degree or a college diploma are not eligible.
· Be between the ages of 18 and 35 at the time you sign the contract with CUI
· Be a Canadian or permanent resident of Canada
· Be of Aboriginal affiliation and willing to sign a CIDA self-declaration form
· Ready to be in Toronto for training for two weeks in January 2012
· Ready to depart Canada by late January 2012/ early February 2012
The applicant MUST meet all eligibility criteria at the time of signing their contract with CUI.

Duration of Internship
Approximately six (6) months in total, including training and outreach within Canada and four months spent overseas.
Expected in Canada start date: Early January 2012
Expected overseas start date: Late January 2012/ late February 2012

How to apply:
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and a detailed resume with contact information by email to (preferred) or by fax to: 416-365-0650.

Applicants may apply for more than one position; the position (s) of interest must be specified in the subject line

Deadline for applications is November 30, 2011. However, the selection of interns may take place early based on applications received. Candidates are therefore encouraged to apply early.

We thank all candidates in advance for their applications, but advise that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Contact Information
Canadian Urban Institute
555 Richmond St. W., Suite 402
PO Box 612
Toronto, ON M5V 3B1 Canada
Fax: 416-365-0650
Name of Host Organization: Tigum-AGAnan Watershed Management Board (TAWMB)
Host Organization Details:

Tigum-Aganan Watershed Management Board (TAWMB) is responsible for the protection and rehabilitation of the Tigum-Aganan Watershed. TAWMB has been partnered with CUI since 2010 to raise awareness of regional environmental and disaster risk issues in the region, to build support for joint action on these environmental challenges.