Reporting to the Senior Programs Advisor, Canada, the Program Officer is responsible for directing and supporting community-based team members in First Nations communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. You will help ensure the Canada programs strategy is implemented and will further assist, participate in and guide initiatives related to community assessment, program development, relationship development, program support, reporting, organizing learning forums, and other areas of work.
This position requires a motivated, skilled, disciplined and values-based leader who is passionate about food security issues in Canada and is excited to help take programming to a new level.
CFTC’s Canada country office is located in Winnipeg, the largest city in the province of Manitoba. The city has a rich cultural environment and a vibrant Indigenous community. The office is located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
Country Program Implementation:
- Guide program development and implementation in the catchment area;
- Travel to program areas to support start up, implementation and closure of programs;
- Measure, evaluate and report on programming efforts;
- Support remote community staff with community consultation and engagement processes;
- Lead development of plans and budgets in MB and SK;
- Ensure reports are prepared and submitted in a timely fashion and in their required formats, review all reports and provide timely written feedback and recommendations;
- Remain informed of emerging political, social, economic and environmental issues and development contexts (who’s working where, etc.) in the communities where CFTC operates;
- Build relationships with donors and partners;
- Monitor expenses from community-based staff and ensure timely disbursement of funds to the community staff as well as effective budget utilization.
Country Office Operations:
- Ensure compliance with the CFTC Country Office Operations Manual;
- Support ongoing troubleshooting for all country office operations (administrative, financial, programmatic, etc.);
- Support recruitment and onboarding of new team members for new communities.
Team Leadership, Knowledge Management, and Learning:
- Foster a learning culture within CFTC projects/country programs through leadership and personal example to raise CFTC’s profile to work with integrity as an ally to Indigenous self-directed development;
- Provide in-field start-up support and organize shared learning events for field and office staff;
- Provide team leadership to approximately 4-5 direct reports.
Perform all other related duties as assigned.
What you’ll bring:
- 2-3 years’ experience working with Indigenous communities;
- Knowledge of Indigenous history and culture;
- Knowledge of an Indigenous language an asset;
- Knowledge of the principles of self-determined development and community-led development;
- Knowledge and analysis of key development issues for Indigenous Peoples in Canada;
- Familiarity with food security in Canada an asset;
- Demonstrated experience in project design, budgeting, management, monitoring and reporting;
- Demonstrated organizational and administrative skills, ability to coordinate with multiple stakeholders and meet deadlines;
- Proven budgeting and financial reporting skills using Excel;
- Strong research, writing and analytical skills in English for report writing;
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to build successful relationships;
- Previous experience leading remote teams an asset;
- Ability to travel in Canada up to 35%, for up to three weeks at a time;
- Previous work experience for a non-profit or community based organization is considered an asset;
- Commitment to Canadian Feed The Children’s vision, mission, and values.
Interested? Please submit your C.V. and covering letter to the Senior Program Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate the name of the position in the subject line. Deadline for applications is Friday, May 26, 2017. We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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