This is an opportunity to make your mark in global health! Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of 20 communicable diseases that are estimated to affect more than 1 billion people worldwide. NTDs can cause disability, malnutrition, disfigurement, social discrimination and even death. These diseases exist where access to clean water and sanitation and health services are minimal.

The Canadian Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (CNNTD) seeks a student or young professional to be a volunteer ambassador for engaging Canada in the fight against NTDs. This student and young professional ambassadorship offers you the opportunity to get practical and unique work experience and to build a personal and professional network in global health.

Reporting to the Advocacy and Policy Officer, the student and young professional ambassador will be a member of the CNNTD Steering Committee, participate in meetings with Canadian global health organizations and meet with Ministers and government officials. The ambassador will also be responsible for managing social media platforms under the ambassador name. Some highlights of the role will include:

  • Connecting with other youth leaders from across Canada and globally
  • Accessing to Canadian and global conferences and networking events
  • Leadership development and expanding on a range of transferable skills (i.e. communications, public speaking, reporting, etc.)

This is a volunteer position, with a small honorarium available in recognition of your contribution. The time commitment will vary depending on projects the student and young professional ambassador is involved in. A minimum of two to four hours per week is envisioned.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Implement and encourage awareness of NTDs within the student and young professional community in Canada. Take a lead in engaging with peers on the issue of NTDs, especially on social media.
  • Participate in CNNTD meetings.
  • Complete a one-page reflection following the ambassadorship.
  • Perform other related duties as agreed with their supervisor.

The Canadian Student and Young Professional Ambassador will be:

  • A person with great communication skills (face-to-face, written and on social media).
  • Between the ages of 18 and 29 as of September 1, 2020.
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have an understanding or interest in global or public health issues.
  • Have an ability to work independently and in a team.

Strong preference will be given to French-English bilingual candidates.

Become the Canadian Student and Young Professional Ambassador

Application process:

  • Complete the application form and submit
  • Applicants will also create an infographic in English or French, answering: “Neglected Tropical Diseases and COVID-19: What you need to know”
  • The infographic needs to be saved as a file called <your name_CNNTD Ambassador>. Upload the presentation to your Google Drive and share with can.ntds@gmail.com. For more information on setting up a personal Google Drive, and uploading and sharing files, see Google Drive Help.
  • All infographics will be evaluated by a panel and ranked based on a evaluation matrix. After initial review of the submitted presentations, CNNTD will contact the references of the most suitable candidates.
  • Only one submission per candidate will be accepted.
  • Only one successful candidate will be selected.
  • Application deadline is October 9, 2020.

For more information, contact Amy Davis at info@cnntd.org.