SDG Youth Programme: Climate Change and Education Trainee

About the SDG Youth Programme

The SDG Youth Programme was designed by the Mercator Foundation Switzerland, together with cinfo. It aims to offer students and aspiring professionals the opportunity to gain initial exposure and work experience with an NGO or social enterprise active in international cooperation (IC).
Selected candidates are allowed to work on new topics and innovative projects for one year, both in Switzerland and in an office abroad (or with a partner organisation of the host organisation). While doing so, the young professionals can explore their motivation to follow a career path that allows them to contribute to the SDGs. At the same time, they can transfer the knowledge and competencies acquired to the Swiss labour market. Particular emphasis is placed on the career development of the successful candidates.

About the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation

The Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation (PCF) is a Swiss non-profit organisation, which promotes peaceful cohabitation worldwide by empowering the most marginalised children and adolescents. The Foundation seeks to provide children and youth with access to holistic quality education and to strengthen their intercultural competencies. The Pestalozzi Children’s Village in Trogen (Appenzell Outer-Rhodes) is at the heart of the Foundation and its activities in Switzerland and in twelve countries. Abroad, PCF works with local partner organisations to enable children to access quality education in primary schools, particularly vulnerable children.
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PCF's actions are based on the principles of human and child rights. The foundation has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with its values and its commitment to protecting human and child rights, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of power and discrimination. PCF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. Therefore, all selected candidates undergo reference and background checks and all employees are required to sign PCF's Safeguarding Code of Conduct.
Job description
In recent years, PCF project countries recurrently experienced the consequences of climate change. Heavy cyclones, floods, droughts etc. lead to the dislocation of people and endanger children's access to education and to future prospects. Therefore, PCF aims to reinforce its activities related to climate change, focusing more on environmental aspects in its projects and programmes in Switzerland and abroad.

The objective of this one-year, remunerated traineeship with the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation is to integrate climate change and environmental aspects in PCF programming and projects (SDGs 4, 13 and 17) by:

  • Introducing measures to reduce the environmental impact of PCF's Department of International Programmes
  • Integrating climate change and environmental aspects into PCF international projects and programmes
  • Incorporating climate change and environmental aspects into PCF Capacity Development programme to support to PCF efforts in providing capacity building to staff of its Operational Partner Organisations

This traineeship is a unique opportunity to leave a lasting change in the way an NGO approaches climate change and education in projects and to experience how your own work can impact behavioural change in people.
The traineeship is based at the Headquarter of the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation in Trogen (AR), with the opportunity of conducting field visits to several PCF countries such as Thailand, Serbia (to be defined during the traineeship) for duration of at least three months. During the stay abroad, the trainee will be staying in PCF country offices working closely with PCF local staff and visit project sites.

Your role as Climate Change and Education Trainee:

You will achieve these objectives by providing the following:

  • Workstream 1: organizational integration
  • Workstream 2: operational integration
  • Workstream 3: integration into PCF Capacity Development programme (‘Core Competency Package') – Development of an Education and Climate change training focusing on how to teach children sustainable lifestyles and how to integrate coping strategies in the curricula

Skills required

For the SDG Youth Programme:

  • Swiss nationality or C permit;
  • Less than 12 months of relevant professional experience;
  • Bachelor's degree (University or FH/HES), or an Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education, or a Federal Diploma of Higher Education;
  • Strong interest and intrinsic motivation to contribute to the SDGs;
  • Good knowledge of at least one Swiss national language and English.

For this position:

  • Bachelor's degree (University or FH/HES), or an Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education, or a Federal Diploma of Higher Education in International Cooperation, Humanitarian Studies, Sustainability Studies, Geography, Environmental Studies, Economics or Social Sciences, Pedagogy or related field;
  • Relevant work or academic experience in international cooperation, project management, education, sustainable development, climate change and/or child rights;
  • Result-oriented team player with very good analytical and conceptual skills and problem-solving attitude;
  • Very good knowledge in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook);
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and German. Knowledge of other languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French) would be an asset.

Required competencies:

  • Reliable, accurate and systematic;
  • Independent, committed, innovative and motivated;
  • Good communication skills with adults and children in different cultural settings;
  • Able and willing to learn and acquire new knowledge relevant to the function;

Demonstrated interest in:

  • Climate change and sustainable development, Education for Sustainable Development, Environment Education, Eco Schools;
  • International cooperation, project management and capacity development;
  • Interest and openness in collaborating with other cultures.

How to apply?

You can apply directly for specific positions on our platform cinfoPoste. You are free to apply for up to 3 positions. After the screening of the applications, you could be invited for up to 2 interviews.
Important details regarding your application:
Make sure your profile on cinfoPoste is complete and up to date:

  • Specific motivation letter in English;
  • CV in English including an average % of your employments;
  • Work certificates, diplomas and university credentials (as PDF) uploaded under the section 'documents'.

Application deadline: 08 May 2022
First round of interviews: 16 to 20 May 2022 in Bienne/Switzerland or online
Start date: 1 September 2022
Any questions? Contact Shazia Islamshah and Sandrina Simoes, cinfo’s Recruitment Specialists,