BCCIC Sustainable Development Research Assistant (3 month contract through July 2017)

The Organization

The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) is a coalition of individual and non-profit organizational members committed to sustainable global development. The Council is committed to international cooperation in two ways. First, BCCIC supports its members to network,  learn, and share good practice, while representing members’ interests provincially, nationally, and internationally. Second, the Council encourages and mobilizes British Columbians as active global citizens.

The Position

BCCIC is seeking a Sustainable Development Research Assistant for a contract position with its Vancouver office. The selected candidate will: (a) be directly involved in coordinating the required project activities, (b) conduct primary and secondary research, (c) complete reporting requirements and (d) assist in the development of presentations and program material.

BCCIC is looking for a Research Assistant with experience in sustainable development research, ideally in the international cooperation sector and with knowledge of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Working under the general direction of the Senior Policy Analyst, Program Officer, and Communications Officer, the Research Assistant will provide overall coordination for a Canadian civil society report to be released at the UN High Level Political Forum in July 2017. The report aims to highlight domestic progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to which Canada is a signatory.

This job posting indicates the general areas of responsibility and ongoing tasks associated with this position.
Additional tasks and priorities may be identified through periodic work planning and assigned by senior staff.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Outline report format and coordinate the contributions of thought leaders and/or civil society representatives
    into report
  • Outreach to Canada’s thought leaders working to identify core aspirations, challenges, needs and strengths
    working within the rubric of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Outreach to civil society working with Indigenous Peoples including youth to integrate an Indigenous perspective
  • Conduct literature review and work to compile primary data
  • Assist with the collection of sustainable development indicators and applied metrics
  • Assist with writing and editing of report content
  • Liaise with key community stakeholders including those working on poverty, inequality, environment and climate
    change to develop strategies and methodologies for effectively and efficiently gathering feedback and opinions
    on key issues related to the SDGs and indicators
  • Administrative and other project related tasks as required

Desired Knowledge, Experience and Education

  • Related post-secondary education preferred;
  • Experience in research management, including research design, literature reviews, interview skills, and report
    writing and editing;
  • Experience working with a people from diverse backgrounds and an ability to work with multiple team
    members and stakeholders;
  • Experience coordinating volunteer teams;
  • Ability to problem-solve and work independently;
  • Excellent communications skills – both verbal and written;
  • Excellent organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to organize multiple tasks and appropriately
    prioritize activities;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite required.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud suite is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of international cooperation, UN bodies and processes, and the nonprofit sector is an asset.


Funding for this position is provided through the Canada Summer Jobs Program which provides funding for not-forprofit organizations, public-sector employers (including most UBC faculties and departments) and private small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer jobs for full-time students. To be eligible for this position, you must meet the following funding criteria:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
  • Have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a
    full-time basis in the next academic year
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under
    the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and

The deadline for applications is April 25th at 11:59 PM (PST). Please send your documents to deborah@bccic.ca.
Only individuals invited to an interview will be contacted.