Kickstart Your International Career with Rooftops Canada’s Young Professionals Program

  14 March 2023

Rooftops Canada is seeking 4 qualified candidates to participate in their 6-month Young Professionals (YP) Overseas Placement Program. This is part of a five-year project called “Women’s Spaces: Implementing Equal rights to Land, Housing and Livelihoods” in Angola, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda. The Project is co-funded with Global Affairs Canada (GAC). Rooftops Canada is providing cash and in-kind contributions.

To Qualify:

  1. Are you between 19 and 35?
  2. Are you a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident?
  3. Have you or will you have completed a diploma or degree by May, 2023?

If you meet these three criteria you are welcome to apply for the following placements:

Each YP will spend six months overseas in addition to a mandatory pre-departure and re-integration of approximately one week each (virtual or hybrid). The planned 2023 placement period will be approximately July to December.

Rooftops Canada will provide funds for the following according to Global Affairs Canada guidelines:

  • A modest monthly living stipend paid to Young Professionals overseas to include accommodation, utilities, local transport, meals and incidentals (the specific amount will be determined by Rooftops Canada based on considerations such as the cost of living in placement locations)
  • Return travel from place of residence in Canada to the placement city and visa costs
  • Overseas health insurance and vaccination expenses

Rooftops Canada is committed to diversity in its governance and operations. Interested candidates should submit the application form and their CV (résumé) by e-mail to, with subject line: YP Application – [your full name].

Application Deadline: Friday April 14, 2023

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Rooftops plans to contact these applicants by May 1, 2023. No phone calls please.

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About Rooftops Canada

Rooftops Canada is the international development program of cooperative and social housing organizations in Canada. They work with Canadian and international partners to achieve a vision of a world where everyone has a secure place to live in peace and dignity. Their mission is to improve housing and build sustainable communities in the Global South through partnerships with local organizations as the international program of Canada’s cooperative and social housing movement. Rooftops Canada is governed by a Board representing its Canadian housing partners and at-large members with specialized experience.

Currently, Rooftops Canada focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa where 70% of urban families – about 300 million people – live in slums. It is very challenging for these families to thrive when every day they face overcrowding, insecure tenure, violence, lack of basic services and have few opportunities to earn a living.Working with extraordinary local partners – including housing and civil society organizations, local governments, credit and trade unions, universities, and the private sector – we’re able to support urban people living in poverty, especially women, secure their rights to live in peace and dignity.

About Women’s Spaces

Implementing Equal Access to Land, Housing and Livelihoods in Angola, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda

The Women’s Spaces Project started early in 2022. In partnership with very experienced and committed African organizations, this ground breaking initiative will help thousands of women in Angola, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa secure equal rights to use and control land, housing and related resources. This will allow women to better provide for their families and respond to challenges such as gender-based violence; COVID-19 and other health emergencies; climate change and political upheaval. Women will also be freer to use their homes and the space around them for income generating activities, including food production.

Ameena Ilahi discussing issues related to land ownership with members of a community in Kamuli municipality, Uganda

Women’s Spaces will enhance the ability of women’s groups and other local organizations to influence gender-responsive land, housing and livelihoods policies, and implement new transformative practices locally, nationally and regionally.