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Canadian Feed The Children

Director, Canada Programs



Company Information

Canadian Feed The Children (CFTC) – proudly and independently Canadian since 1986 – works to unlock children’s potential through community-led action in Canada and around the world. CFTC delivers development programs through local partners that have positive, meaningful, and sustained impact on children’s lives and on the self-sufficiency of their families and communities. Currently operating in five countries (Bolivia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, and in Indigenous communities in Canada),CFTC is an award-winning, Imagine Canada Standards-accredited agency which has doubled in size in the past five years, and is seeking in the next five to continue that trajectory as one of Canada’s most innovative, independent development agencies.  We are looking for people who share our passion, commitment and vision for creating a world where children thrive free from poverty to contribute to that growth.

Job Description

As a result of that growth and the expansion of our food security and nutrition programs across Canada, we have an exciting opportunity available for a Director, Canada Programs who will be responsible for developing and delivering community-based programming in collaboration with our Indigenous partners and communities currently located in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Saskatchewan.

CFTC’s Canada country office is located in Winnipeg, a city with a rich culture 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.

Reporting to the Vice President, Programs and serving as an integral member of the Global Programs team, the Director, Canada Programs will be an experienced relationship builder and a strategic thinker, who brings in-depth and practical knowledge of how to develop and build programs together with Indigenous communities across Canada.

With a demonstrated track record in strengthening community-led development with a focus on First Nations food security and nutrition the Director, Canada Programs, will collaborate with CFTC partner organizations, Indigenous communities, and program staff to deliver effective programming aligned with CFTC’s Theory of Change to achieve long-term impact.

Critical to the success of this role, the successful candidate will have a strong ability to communicate and share knowledge and ideas across a diverse group of stakeholders, while she or he:

  • Leads and represents CFTC in the development and delivery of the Canada country program in line with CFTC’s vision, mission and theory of change;
  • Leads, supervises and coaches a team of highly-motivated staff based in the Winnipeg office and in communities, fostering teamwork, personal and team success, and values-driven communication; 
  • Ensures effective, relevant and efficient implementation of all CFTC programs in Canada, which will include strategic planning, annual/quarterly operational planning, budgets and financial accountability;
  • Provides thematic technical support to programs with Indigenous peoples in the areas of food security, nutrition, and community-led development;
  • Conducts and supervises regular, timely and high-quality monitoring and evaluation of program progress and results;
  • Leads the research, development, delivery and reporting on all institutional proposals in Canada, and works with the Development (fundraising) team to cultivate, solicit and steward key donors;
  • Works with all CFTC staff cross-functionally to build understanding of the Indigenous context in Canada and CFTC’s Canada Program goals;
  • Provides strong support to CFTC’s fundraising, marketing, and communications initiatives, ensuring program accountability to donors and supporters, and accuracy and excellence in program reporting;
  • Engages in and coordinates strategic networking to increase CFTC’s impact in Canada and its strategic alliances with Indigenous associations and key influencers, and represent CFTC at relevant policy groups and other forums.

The ideal candidate will possess a deep knowledge of Indigenous culture, traditions and history gained through first-hand experience living and working in a First Nation, Métis or Inuit community in Canada. You have a Master’s degree in a relevant area of study with a minimum ten years of experience managing multi-year community development projects and programs with Indigenous communities (or an equivalent combination of experience and education). You will also bring a minimum of five years of experience in team management with proven leadership and people management skills. Your technical qualifications include extensive understanding of food security and the development context in Indigenous communities in Canada; knowledge of the principles and methods of community-led development; and experience in Theory of Change, Indigenous food sovereignty, education and sustainable programming. Written and verbal fluency in English required, and working knowledge of at least one Indigenous language is desirable.

Interested? Please submit your C.V. and covering letter to the VP, Programs at Please indicate the name of the position in the subject line. Deadline for applications is Monday, June 19, 2017. We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Canadian Feed the Children is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Canadian Feed the Children is committed to ensuring a barrier-free, accessible and inclusive work environment. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Upon individual request, we will endeavour to remove any barrier to the hiring process to accommodate candidates with disabilities. Please inform us should accommodation be required at any point during the recruitment and selection process.


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Canadian Feed The Children
Danielle Mandell
VP, People
Posting Date: 26-May-2017Other Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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