Inter-Council Network Program Assistant

Are you looking to make an impact? Are you interested in seeing how a network of organizations collaborates on major national projects? As part of the BC Council for International Cooperation’s (BCCIC) internship program we are looking for a Program Assistant for the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils (ICN). The ICN is currently housed at BCCIC.

Role Description:

BCCIC is looking for a qualified volunteer who will support the work of the Inter-Council Network (ICN) National Coordinator with ongoing program documentation, reporting, and program development, as well as support current programming activities.

This is an ideal opportunity for individuals who are:

  • Passionate about global change and how it comes to occur
  • Interested in the mechanics and intricacies of a collaborative network
  • Interested in learning about and working with results-based management tools
  • Excited about effective reporting and documentation
  • Wanting to gain valuable work experience in the non-profit sector


  • Bilingual in English and French (fluent);
  • Proven attention to detail;
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize competing deadlines;
  • Familiarity with a breadth of social media platforms;
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative;
  • Proven problem-solving ability;
  • Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office, Eventbrite, SurveyMonkey, MailChimp considered an asset;
  • Proficiency in word processing, web skills and online social networking;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to keep track of multiple simultaneous projects; and
  • Knowledge and understanding of local and international development sector.

BCCIC is looking for a qualified, fully bilingual volunteer available for a period of 4-6 months, starting the week of August 22nd (or earlier) to support the work of the ICN National Coordinator with ongoing program documentation, reporting, and program development.

Responsibilities of the Program Assistant include:

  • Effective and efficient documentation of ICN meetings
    • Document national level ICN meetings and produce meeting notes
    • Timely turnaround on meeting notes
    • Organization of meeting-related materials
  • Thoughtful engagement with reporting and operations activities
    • Diligent attention to detail with the compilation and analysis of data
    • Organization of reporting-related materials
  • Creatively undertaking work on the ICN’s current projects, activities and processes
    • Development of an ongoing documents database
    • Assisting with regular administrative and day-to-day NGO maintenance tasks
    • Conducting translation work and content production/editing for key resources
  • Support for ongoing BCCIC and ICN project activities, as needed
    • Maintaining an ongoing record of activities
    • Contribute to an effective and positive team environment at BCCIC
    • Thoughtful engagement with the public, members and staff of all Councils
  • Opportunity to develop and deliver a personal professional project related to ICN activities that contributes to the sector under mentorship of the ICN National Coordinator
    • Identification of personal and professional learning goals for this placement
    • Critical research of the ICN and exploration of key topics of interest and a specific avenue for research


The Program Assistant will report to the ICN National Coordinator.


The opportunity to develop your subject matter expertise, to share your knowledge with and learn from not-for-profit leaders, and to contribute to your community in a significant way. We will discuss your specific learning objectives and keep those in mind throughout your engagement with the ICN and BCCIC. Other benefits include:

  • Free attendance to events organized by BCCIC for its members while volunteering with BCCIC;
  • Opportunity to build one’s skills and resume as part of the BCCIC team;
  • Opportunity to learn more about the international development context in BC as part of a provincial and national network;
  • Exposure to and participation in regular high-level, nation-wide conversations on global issues;
  • Opportunity to liaise with member organizations and Provincial & Regional Councils; and
  • Upon positive completion of the volunteer internship, reflective references from direct supervisor.

Time Commitment:

This position currently required between 15 to 20 hours per week for a period of 4-6 months, with a minimum two days per week at the BCCIC office. Work from home is possible under special circumstances, with flexibility in case of illness or other issues as they arise, after discussion with and approval by supervisor. Regular contact by phone and email is required. A email address will be provided.

Deadline to express interest is 5:00 pm on Monday, August 15, 2016.

Interested individuals are asked to email Krista Dinsmore at with a copy of your CV as well as a short (not to exceed one page) statement of interest. Individuals will be contacted and assessed on a rolling basis.

About BCCIC and the Inter-Council Network (ICN)

BCCIC is a coalition of British Columbia voluntary international development organizations and provincial branches of such organizations committed to achieving sustainable global development in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity and participation for all. For more information on BCCIC visit

The Inter-Council Network (ICN) is a coalition of the eight Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation. These member-based Councils are committed to global social justice, and represent over 400 diverse civil society organizations (CSOs) from across Canada. The ICN provides a national forum in which the Councils collaborate for improved effectiveness and identify common priorities for collective action.

The ICN is currently managed by the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) as a part of the Connecting with Canadians Global Citizenship Program, which began July 14, 2014 and will end March 31, 2019.