Regional Program Officer, BC

July 24, 2015

Title: Regional Program Officer, BC
Organization: Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Status: Full-time one year contract (possibility of renewal)
Application deadline: July 24, 2015
Start date: as soon as possible, interviews will be held between July 27-Aug 05, 2015
Salary range: $43,000-48,000 (commensurate with experience) + benefits

Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education ( is seeking a fulltimeRegional Program Officer to plan, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate its human rights education activities in BC. In particular with respect to its growing Play it Fair!, Speaking Rights, and Young Women Young Leaders programs across BC. Central to this role will also be supporting new and existing partners as they integrate human rights education approaches focusing on child and youth rights, leadership, participation and community engagement within their organizations own programs and practices.


Reporting to the Associate Director of Programs, Canada, the Regional Program Officer, BC is responsible for the development and management of Equitas’ programming in British Columbia.


 Manages the BC office and associated administrative and project budgets; supervises and supports the work of one BC program staff and intern
 Leads the implementation of program activities, including planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation
 Contributes to the development of program strategy and conceptualization, develops annual plans and evaluation plans, and oversees monitoring and reporting (of activities
and budget)
 Promotes programs in BC, by developing new partnerships and deepening existing partnerships with community based organizations and municipalities, and other relevant
strategic partners (i.e. BC Representative for Children and Youth, the City of Surrey, etc.)
 Develops, coordinates and facilitates HRE training for community partners and their staff; conducts follow-up activities and coaching with trained staff and organizations
 Assists in the organization of community events in order to support community partners and their efforts to increase children and youth rights and participation (e.g. National
Child Day, Surrey Kids Conference, Provincial Kids Conferences)
 Takes a leadership role in fund development for BC programs, including grant writing, development and maintenance of relationships with funders, and report writing
 Participates in local networks, contributes to Equitas’ Knowledge Sharing Strategy and communications to promote sharing of good practices and program outcomes.
 Collaborates closely with Equitas’ Montreal office.
 Performs other duties as determined in consultation with the Associate Director of Programs, Canada.


Skills and Experience

 Proven analytical skills and the ability to think and act independently while managing multiple projects at the same time
 3-5 years relevant experience in project management and project/program development in the non-profit or social sector, including developing monitoring and evaluation plans
 Demonstrated experience in developing community partnerships
 Proven knowledge, understanding and programming experience related to children’s rights, human rights education, and/or social justice issues in Canada
 Demonstrated facilitation/training skills
 Experience in grant writing and development of funding relationships
 Excellent interpersonal skills: tact, diplomacy and discretion
 Experience working in a cross-cultural setting and with diverse program partners
 Strong computer and data management skills
 Strong planning, organizational skills and time management skills

Language Requirements

 Excellent communication skills including strong writing skills in English. French is also an asset.

Other considerations

 Commitment to Equitas’ mission and values
 Ability to work well in a small flexible team.
 Availability to work flexible hours during program activities.
 Ability to travel up to 3 to 4 times a year for periods varying between 1 day and 1 week at a time.
 Ability to drive.

Applicants must have the right to work in Canada. Equitas supports employment practices that promote diversity and respect human rights and offers a competitive salary and benefits for a program position in the NGO sector.


Please send your resume and cover letter with the title Regional Program Officer in the subject line by July 24th to:

Ms. Pego Brennan, Equitas

Equitas thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

Inclusive, Sustainable and Economic Growth – Global Lead | CUSO International

August 9, 2015

Competition: GLW-2015-27
Status: Permanent, Full-Time
Location: Ottawa, Canada (44 Eccles Street)
Reports to: Head of Programs
Language: English. French and/or Spanish desirable
Salary: Band 5 ($55,483.86-$65,952.51)
Deadline: August 9, 2015 11:59 pm EST


Cuso International is a non-profit international development organization, working to improve the lives of people living with poverty and inequality around the globe. Each year we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals who work with local partners to create positive lasting change. Established in 1961, Cuso International is a registered charity in Canada and the United States.

As part of the Cuso International Strategic direction, our ambition is to scale up our impact significantly in order to reach a greater number of people to help reduce global poverty and inequality. The Global Lead – Wealth: Inclusive, Sustainable and Economic Growth will play the lead role in ensuring Country Program offices (CPO’s) are able to implement the Wealth: Inclusive, Sustainable and Economic Growth project component of the VOICE (Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment) program.

The incumbent will:

• Inspire and support CPO staff through coaching, training, mentoring and briefings so they are able to, develop and deliver innovative, high profile, high quality gender sensitive and socially inclusive Wealth: Inclusive, Sustainable and Economic Growth work.
• Provide technical assistance to partnership development and funding staff on Wealth: Inclusive, Sustainable and Economic Growth proposals and bring to their attention possibilities of new funding streams.
• Oversee the allocation of VOICE funds for Wealth: Inclusive, Sustainable, and Economic Growth activities within CPO’s and closely monitor and evaluate their implementation and impact.
• Work with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) staff to ensure ‘MEAL” processes are applied to Wealth: Inclusive, Sustainable and Economic Growth work and to take
Updated: July 2015 lead in producing quarterly and annual Wealth: Inclusive, Sustainable and Economic Growth reports.
• Actively promote Wealth: Inclusive, Sustainable and Economic Growth work of Cuso International through variety of media and through active participation in relevant global,
regional and national networks.

Essential qualifications are:

o Master’s degree in Economics, Social Sciences or International Development Studies, or demonstrated equivalent through experience
o 5 years of program experience or other relevant experience
o Proven analytical understanding of global development Wealth: Inclusive, Sustainable and Economic Growth issues at legislative, policy and practice level.
o Proven ability to mainstream gender equity and social inclusion approaches in all aspects of work.
o Proven ability to develop ideas into strategic projects and concept notes.
o Commitment to Cuso International’s approach to international development.
o Excellent verbal and written English communication skills and ability to “inspiringly” communicate both formally and informally in variety of media to variety of audiences.
o Knowledge of International development funding sources and experience of developing
and/or contributing to funding proposals.
o Ability to inspire individuals and teams and to encourage innovative thinking.
o Proven ability to distance support, coach and mentor field based staff and to develop and deliver effective training.
o Ability to negotiate and build budgets and monitor performance to budget and deal with variance in timely and effective manner.
o Skilled networker with proven ability to develop, maintain and influence relevant agencies and forums across government, civil society and private sector.
o Proven ability to manage complex and demanding workload to set own priorities and to work with minimal supervision.
o Proven ability to develop and apply monitoring and evaluation systems and ability to carry out Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) visits and to produce clear and concise M&E reports.
o A committed team player who can work across teams and professional skill sets in different cultural contexts and build effective working relationships.
o Good IT skills ability to be self-serving in Office 365, power point and excel.
o Ability to travel internationally and nationally and to be away from home for up to three months in any one year.

Desirable qualifications are:

o Ability to communicate in French and Spanish.
o Knowledge and or experience of International volunteering.

For the full job description of this position, please see the Cuso International website at:

We look for people who:

o Support Cuso International's vision – A world of engaged and empowered citizens working together to overcome poverty, and to promote equality and justice.
o Offer professional experience to contribute to Cuso International's goals
o Have a positive approach and enjoy working in a diverse environment
o Welcome new challenges and deal with them in a flexible, open-minded way.

In return, as an employer of choice, we offer:

o A workplace that encourages and supports on-going learning and professional development;
o Comprehensive and competitive health & pension benefits & terms and conditions of employment;
o Organizational financial support towards social activities held by the Social Committee, including staff picnics and holiday parties;
o Organizational supports towards a healthy work life balance for employees through various measures and policies, including a flexible schedule, on site yoga and discounted gym memberships;
o A dynamic, friendly, engaging, result-focused and driven working environment and the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds and a wide array of skills set.


Cuso International is a non-profit international development organization, working to improve the lives of people living with poverty and inequality around the globe. Each year we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals who work with local partners to create positive lasting change. Established in 1961, Cuso International is a registered charity in Canada and the United States. We promote people-centered development through volunteering!

Our values

o Partnership: We believe in the power of people. We employ a people-centered approach to development in the challenge of overcoming poverty and inequality. We support our partners by allowing them to drive their own development. We recognize that we all have a stake in effective development, and we seek to build on each other’s capabilities.
o Respect and Integrity: We value diversity. We recognize and care for the rights and dignity of others.

We strive to live up to our commitments, to be fair and transparent in our work, and to act consistently with our principles.

o Accountability: We take responsibility for our actions and proactively demonstrate that we work with and on behalf of others. We perform consistently to standards and seek to achieve and inspire excellence. We are dedicated to continually drawing from our experience, sharing knowledge and applying it to improve our work.

Our vision

A world where all people are able to realize their potential, develop their skills and participate fully in society.

To apply

Please forward:

o A copy of your resume;
o A cover letter.

Your application should be forwarded to with the competition number: GLW-2015-27 clearly marked as the subject. Applications should be received by no later than August 9, 2015 11:59pm EST

Senior Communications Strategist : CCPA - BC

September 13, 2015

Senior Communications Strategist

Position details: Permanent 0.8 time (4 days/week), working at the CCPA’s BC Office in Vancouver. Applications by candidates from diverse backgrounds are welcomed.

Compensation: Starting salary range of FTE $55,800 to $64,500 ($44,600 to $51,600 at 0.8 time) depending on level of experience, followed by annual increases to FTE $81,000. We also offer generous holidays and excellent benefits. As a unionized social justice organization, we practice and support healthy work-life balance.

Hiring timeline: Applications accpeted until Sunday September 13, midnight. Initial interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place September 21-23. Successful candidate will begin work November 2.

About the position

This is a newly-created position at the CCPA’s BC Office. With the Director of Communication, this position provides leadership to our overall communications strategy, with a focus on social media engagement and development-driven outreach. The successful candidate will also work with CCPA’s research and policy content at a sophisticated level (ex, editing or writing accessible, nuanced materials) and ensure our work is timely/responsive. The position will play a lead role in shaping the CCPA-BC’s voice and communicating our role and impact to the public, supporters, and potential supporters.

Strategy & Leadership:
* Shape and implement key parts of the CCPA-BC’s strategic plan. Translate broader organizational goals into communications strategies and plans.
* Oversee the organization’s external communications systems and infrastructure.
* Report on annual communications priorities, workplans and progress.
* Monitor and integrate relevant tools, strategies and best practices on an ongoing basis.
* Develop content and provide advice that ensures CCPA’s work is compelling, nuanced, accurate and accessible.
* Help to coordinate the work of the communications team.

Digital Strategy & Development-Driven Outreach:
* Manage CCPA-BC’s use of social media and online communications tools. Develop and report on key metrics.
* With the communications team, develop accurate and shareable online content.
* Manage CCPA-BC’s use of Nationbuilder. Develop goals and test new strategies using the NB system.
* Work with development staff and Director of Communication to refine and implement the organization’s development plan, and to more actively engage the broad community of people who know about CCPA-BC but are not financial supporters.
* Design and implement online fundraising campaigns.

Publishing and Media Relations:
* This position does not have primary responsibility for CCPA-BC’s publishing and media relations, but together with other members of the communications team, keeps a bird’s eye view of these systems and plans. The position does provide support and direction on content development, to ensure media and popular materials are compelling, accurate and nuanced.
* Monitor news cycles and proactively identify opportunities to intervene in relevant public debates/stories via mainstream or social media.
* Work with the communications team to develop accessible summaries, infographics, online content, and newsworthy media materials.
* When needed, run the production and release process for specific reports/studies (coordinate editing, layout, release, etc). This position is also the first backup/alternate media contact.

Other duties include administering and reporting on communications systems, organizing occasional events, helping out in the office with shared duties like cleaning, and working with volunteers when appropriate.

Candidate profile and skills

Experienced progressive strategist with excellent judgment:
* Masters degree in a relevant social science discipline (communication, sociology, political science, economics, etc). Equivalent experience will be considered.
* 3-5 years directly relevant experience (preferably in a social change organization).
* High-level judgment and sharp strategic thinker.
* Able to work with and communicate CCPA content at a sophisticated level, including social science research methods and complex findings.
* Able to write clear and compelling content summarizing research and broader public policy issues and themes.
* Strong progressive analysis and understanding of political economy.
* Able to navigate sensitive or controversial public policy issues in relation to public/political debates and social movements.

First class communicator:
* Outstanding written, digital and verbal communication skills.
* Able to translate complex ideas into accessible concepts and language. Skilled editor.
* Experience working on accessible/shareable communications tools.
Effective and creative web strategist:
* Understanding of web culture, trends and best practices for social change org’s/NGOs.
* Strong online networks.
* Experience developing and implementing successful online campaigns and materials.
* Understanding of data-driven strategies and tools. Experience with Nationbuilder a strong asset.
* Experience with content management systems (Drupal and Wordpress an asset) and email/list management.
Collaborative decision-maker in a fast-paced and often stressful environment:
* Able to take leadership and direction in a close-knit team where responsibilities are shared between different team members.
* Aptitude for problem-solving.
* Highly competent with excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
* Fast learner.

An understanding of the publishing process is an asset. Significant experience with media relations and pitching is an asset.

To apply

Submit a 1-2 page statement of interest and CV (including references) as a single PDF document with your last name in the file name to: (If you want to share relevant portfolio items please include links instead of uploading large/media-heavy files.) If you run into problems with the file upload please contact Thi Vu, thi[at]policyalternatives[dot]ca. Deadline for applications is Sunday September 13 at midnight.

Inquiries from qualified candidates are welcome. Please contact Thi Vu, or after August 18, contact Shannon Daub, shannon[at]policyalternatives[dot]ca.