Grant Prospector 1

Foundation for Environmental Stewardship Published: September 4, 2020
Anywhere in Canada; this is a virtual, work-from-home position, Ontario
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UNMGCY thanks Foundation for Environmental Stewardship (FES) for lending its administrative and financial support for this position. FES is a youth-led, youth-serving sustainable development organization. FES is a Canadian not-for-profit corporation whose registered charity number is 801430307 RR0001. FES is an accredited organization by the United Nations who has a special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.


The United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY) is the UN General Assembly-mandated, official, formal and self-organised space for children and youth (under 30) to contribute to and engage in important policy processes at the UN. The entity acts as a bridge between young people and the UN system in order to ensure their right to meaningful participation is realized. It does so by engaging formal and informal communities of young people, in the design, implementation, monitoring, and follow-up and review of sustainable development policies at all levels. 

You would be joining and contributing to a UN entity that, since 1992, has consulted with more than a billion youth through 6500+ youth entities in over 170 countries and territories. We engage in more than 80 processes at the UN.

Duties and responsibilities

The Position and Responsibilities

Grant Prospectors will work with the Organizing Partner (OP) of the UNMGCY to identify and qualify prospective donors who have a strong incentive to support UNMGCY and its activities. Grant Prospectors may assist the OP in cultivating some of the identified and qualified prospective donors. Please read the OP’s vision and plan outlined here. The OP is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

Key Responsibilities:

Identification and qualification of prospective donors:

  • Research and identify grant funding opportunities through paid grant databases (e.g. Imagine Canada’s Grant Connect database, Candid’s Foundation Directory Online).
  • Maintain an organized internal database of prospects, including application deadlines, funding amounts, and decision timelines for each grant opportunity.
  • Help develop a calendar of annual and recurring grant opportunities.

Cultivation of prospective donors:

  • Write and prepare grant proposals that persuasively communicate our mission and programs to potential funders.
  • Collaborate with UNMGCY staff, primarily the Organizing Partner (OP), to incorporate program data into grant applications and proposals. 
  • Responsible for the monitoring, completion and timely submission of assigned grant applications and required supplementary documents. 

Knowledge and skills


  • Working towards or possesses a degree or certificate in a relevant field, including but not limited to, non-profit management or fund development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of donor prospecting practices and experience in navigating grant databases required.
  • Experience in donor prospecting and grant writing is a strong asset (this can be satisfied through work, internship/co-op, volunteer, and extracurricular activities).
  • Strong understanding of the mission and values of the United Nations.
  • Demonstrated interest in relevant domains (e.g. sustainability, environment, education, youth engagement and action) is considered an asset.
  • Proficient with using word-processing, database and spreadsheet software (most notably Microsoft Office suite, Google Docs and Excel).

Skills and Competencies

  • Proactive and self-driven; able to take initiative on responsibilities with minimal supervision.
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to exercise good and independent judgment; able to plan and act strategically and tactfully while consistently delivering results. 
  • Excellent written communication skills; able to convey information clearly and persuasively. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrating a positive attitude to work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues in a virtual environment.

Education required

Working towards or possesses a degree or certificate in a relevant field, including but not limited to, non-profit management or fund development.

Eligibility criteria

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.

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