Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity

The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) has developed an educational programme titled What Kind of World…? (WKOW) that teaches youth in elementary and junior high schools about the United Nations system and international issues from a Canadian perspective. It draws links between local and global issues, and highlights the role of Canada in the UN.

The Edmonton Branch of UNA-Canada seeks to recruit Volunteer Programme Coordinators to assist with the overall coordination of WKOW in Edmonton and surrounding areas for the 2014-15 school year.


The overall responsibilities of the WKOW Programme Coordinators are to work collaboratively to:

  • Ensure efficient and effective implementation of the programme;
  • Recruit and train volunteer facilitators;
  • Identify and establish contacts with elementary and junior high schools to participate in programme activities;
  • Act as a liaison between volunteer facilitators and identified schools partners to assist in organizing school visits by volunteers;
  • Provide brief written monthly programme updates at Branch Meetings;
  • Compile lessons learned in implementing WKOW to be shared with other Coordinators and stakeholders as needed;
  • Assist in recruiting, selecting and training Programme Coordinators for the 2015-16 school year; and
  • Broadly promote WKOW and UNA-Canada in general throughout the region and at events (e.g. volunteer fairs, Teacher’s Convention, etc.).

Programme Coordinators will be given training resources and programme tools developed by UNA-Canada that are aligned with the Alberta Education Curriculum. The Programme Coordinators are expected (and must be prepared) to commit 2-3 hours of work weekly, with some weeks being more busy (e.g. training of volunteer facilitators). To view more details about these resources, visit the WKOW webpage.


An ideal Programme Coordinator would:

  • Have excellent leadership and volunteer management skills;
  • Work well independently, yet contribute as a team player;
  • Be knowledgeable of the UN system, international issues in general and Canada’s role in the UN;
  • Have interest in and knowledge of government and current affairs;
  • Have knowledge of and active engagement with community networks that would become stakeholders of the project, including elementary and junior high schools;
  • Possess a maturity level to work with senior management individuals in educational institutions;
  • Have demonstrated skills in organizing events and write concise reports on event outcomes; and
  • Have excellent communication and time management skills.


This is not a paying position; however, Programme Coordinators will gain experiences in programme and volunteer management, event organization and management, facilitation, public relations and reporting to a Board of Directors. Additionally, Programme Coordinators will have opportunities to network broadly within Edmonton and surrounding regions through this position.


  • May 1, 2014: Application deadline
  • May 2-4, 2014: Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews
  • May 5-8, 2014: Interviews
  • May 9-10, 2014: Successful candidates will be contacted
  • May 12-15, 2014: Programme Coordinator Training (exact date to be determined)
  • May 15, 2014: Programme Coordinators introduced to General Branch Membership at the May Branch Meeting
  • June 1, 2015: End of Programme Coordinator term for 2014-15 school year


To apply for a Programme Coordinator’s position, please send a copy of your resume and cover letter expressing your interest and two references (names and contact information only) by May 1, 2014 (11:59 pm) to:

Vivian Giang
Email: [email protected]

WKOW has been developed and implemented by the United Nations Association in Canada with the generous assistance of the Canadian International Development Agency.

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