Youth Engagement Officer
Position # 71202-028


Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)
Unaccompanied assignment - This assignment does not include support for accompanying partners or dependants




GUATEMALA , Guatemala Department


3 months


The expected start date and duration are flexible and subject to change. The departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Please note that we are currently recruiting for Summer 2019 assignments


February 3, 2019


Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 200 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and

knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers. Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic subsectors.

For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit:

Finca Santa Clara is Santa Clara Coffee Group’s main farm, producing coffee for over 100 years. The Zelaya family, a founding member of APCA - Genuine Antigua Coffee Producers Association, is committed to both quality and sustainability. They own other area farms and each is scrupulously managed beginning with careful selection of varietals to the close supervision of dry and wet mills. Recently, Santa Clara Coffee Group has commited to promoting corporate social responsibility programs that promote better conditions for their employees and the community.

Santa Clara Coffee Group is looking to host a Youth Engagement Officer to organize activities and facilitate training for youth within the community in order to increase their skills.


  • Help deliver social and employment skills training to youth, and ensure their access to relevant resources to increase likelihood of obtaining fulfilling employment; 
  • Coach students on ways to improve their soft skills and communication skills;
  • Develop innovative activities to enhance youth entrepreneurial skills and spirit;
  • Support research vis-a-vis the role of youth in specific value chains and identify where youth could take an active role;
  • Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities of and all program benefits;
  • Write reports required by partners and the Uniterra program.


  • Recent graduate or pursuing degree in international development or any other relevant field
  • Experience and interest in youth engagement and in working with youth
  • Experience facilitating trainings or workshops to young people
  • Ability to work in an intercultural environment
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of contemporary development issues, particularly those related to economic opportunities for youth
  • Intermediate level of Spanish required


  • Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.
  • Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in-country.
  • Language training in-country where required.
  • Return flights, visas and work permits.
  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.
  • Health insurance.
  • Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.
  • Accommodation while overseas.
  • Vacation leave entitlement.
  • Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!


  • Send us your Curriculum vitae, and a cover letter at the attention of Students Without Borders at


    This position is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may still be eligible to apply. Please contact for further information.

    To apply, send us your Curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, and two letters of reference to the attention of Students Without Borders at .

    Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

    Successful candidates will be expected to make a financial contribution of $5000.00 to the Uniterra program. With this contribution being made, Uniterra will cover applicable costs, such as: flights, accommodations, a monthly living allowance, vaccinations, visas, and medical insurance coverage.

    If you are in an academic program that is partnered with Uniterra, the conditions of your application and financial contribution may differ. Please follow the instructions you've received from your academic program, or contact for further information.