The Centre for Affordable Water & Sanitation Technology (CAWST) is a Canadian charity and licensed not-for-profit professional engineering consultancy. CAWST teaches people how to access safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene in their homes, schools, and clinics, using simple, affordable technologies. To do so, CAWST transfers knowledge and skills to organizations and individuals in low- and middle-income countries by offering workshops, open content training resources, and consulting services.
CAWST's work directly relates to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), which strongly interlinks with SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 5 (gender equality and empowering all women and girls), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals).
The communications marketing coordinator will work closely with the communications and donor initiatives teams to support the annual Gift of Water fundraising campaign and engage Canadians in awareness and education about the SDGs. The role would contribute to the development of compelling and thoughtful materials that report on our impact in addressing the UN SDGs. Furthermore, this work engages a Canadian audience to learn more about the UN SDGs and the role Canada plays in contributing to greater social and economic equality and inclusion worldwide.
The successful candidate will bring their skills and energy to develop interesting, engaging, and timely content in a collaborative setting. This is a role that would be suitable for someone who is passionate about global issues around water, sanitation, and hygiene, matched with an aptitude for storytelling, public engagement, and social media. The ideal candidate is a proactive self-starter and strong writer who has excellent organizational skills and pays close attention to detail. Everything we do at CAWST, we do in partnership - come join us!
Duties and responsibilities
The intern will be responsible for supporting communications activities related to CAWST’s annual Gift of Water campaign and promoting CAWST’s work with external audiences. Principal responsibilities will include:
- Developing, writing, and editing engaging content through visual and/or written storytelling that is accurate, timely, and relevant to our key external audiences.
- Interviewing subject matter experts and partner organizations to identify and create compelling stories that may be used for social media, blog posts, email marketing, website, infographics, videos, graphics, and more!
- Researching and keeping up to date with sector trends and news to identify new opportunities, strengths, and weaknesses to inform our communications marketing strategy.
- Be willing to jump in and support the communications and donor initiatives teams with other ad-hoc duties, as required.
Knowledge and skills
- Knowledge of UN Sustainable Development Goals and interest in the not-for-profit sector.
- Knowledge of water, sanitation, and hygiene challenges in low- and middle-income countries.
- Interest in learning and exploring communications marketing trends, always striving to add value.
- Self-starter with the confidence to work independently, be organized, and meet deadlines.
- Strong writing skills.
- Basic understanding of various activities within communications (media relations, paid media, storytelling, e-mail marketing, etc.).
- Thirst to learn and contribute to the learning of others. A commitment to practice and grow cultural humility.
High School and up.
Passion and enthusiasm for creating a world where everyone has the opportunity to succeed because their basic water, sanitation, and hygiene needs are being met.
Qualified interns are:
- Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada1
- Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
- Available to participate in an ImpAct internship for a flexible duration of up to 6 months by March 1, 2021
- Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)
1Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.