Senior Program Officer, Gender Advisor

Colleges and Institutes Canada

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April 4, 2019
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Job Type
Annual Salary
70k - 90k
Hours per Week
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TITLE:                         SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER, Gender Advisor




DATE:                         April 4th, 2019




Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is the national, voluntary membership organization representing publicly supported colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics in Canada and internationally. As the national and international voice of Canadian colleges and institutes, we link member institutions to partners all around the world. Our members’ expertise contributes to reducing poverty and inequality, especially for women, youth and disadvantaged populations, by transforming post-secondary education systems and providing employment-based training.

Reporting to the Directors, International Partnerships, the Senior Programs Officer, Gender Advisor (SPO-GA) is primarily responsible for implementing, strengthening and monitoring CICan’s Gender Equality strategy. The SPO-GA will provide technical expertise and support to existing Education for Employment (EFE) projects as well as new initiatives. The SPO-GA will also be responsible for training of staff, members, partners and consultants as well as developing tools and resources to effectively integrate Gender Equality into CICan programming. The SPO-GA will ultimately help ensure that CICan demonstrates results to its stakeholders and accountability to its funders; while ensuring that CICan International Partnerships is able to make optimal use of available Gender Equality-related data and information obtained from international cooperation projects.

Working collaboratively with the EFE teams and other members of CICan’s International Partnerships Division, the SPO-GA, will develop and implement strategies to generate knowledge from EFE practices and to disseminate this knowledge so that it is useful for improving quality, consistency and results across CICan international programs.

The SPO-GA is expected to contribute to corporate planning, priority-setting, and policy discussions as well as to the achievement of the Association’s strategic goals and objectives.

The work of the SPO-GA will be reviewed by the Directors, International Partnerships and will be based on objectives and work plans set annually and updated periodically as required. The SPO-GA is accountable for fulfilling his/her performance objectives based on agreed-upon annual work plans and reports on outputs, outcomes, issues and lessons learned.



This position requires collaborative team work, problem-solving, analytical and decision-making capabilities, leadership and ideally, experience in the field. It requires strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills coupled with a high energy approach to areas of responsibility. Political and intercultural sensitivities are critical.

The incumbent will maintain a sound knowledge of member institutions’ capabilities as well as the varying socio-economic and cultural contexts of the countries in which we work. An understanding of international development, donor requirements, and accountability frameworks is essential.

The role requires the ability to perform a variety of highly complex tasks in a constantly evolving context and includes interacting with a variety of stakeholders, governments, member institutions and employer associations. The SPO-GA represents CICan and must be knowledgeable about CICan’s strategic vision and initiatives.

An aspect of this position is the requirement to travel domestically and internationally as required.



  • Oversees the implementation and maintenance of quality standards for all Gender Equality related tools, practices and policies of CICan international cooperation projects.
  • Oversees and advises on the development of project Gender Equality strategies and workplans, including the development and review of logic models and performance measurement frameworks (PMFs).
  • Ensures that all international cooperation project Gender Equality strategies and activities meet external funder requirements.
  • Advises and assists international project teams with the design and implementation of Gender Equality performance measurement indicators and data collection methodologies and tools (e.g., field surveys); ensures that such tools reflect current, evidence-based “best practice”.
  • Supports and participates in the development and review of annual and final progress reports.
  • Participates in the development of funding proposals.
  • Maintains quality standards and develops or reviews Terms of Reference for consultants to CICan projects working on Gender Equality-related tasks and job descriptions for local project Gender Equality consultants and/or staff.
  • Ensures that EFE projects’ indicator development and data collection and analysis strategies related to women’s empowerment and Gender Equality meet funders’ reporting requirements and reflect current or leading practice for comparable international cooperation projects.
  • Participate in research initiatives related to current and emerging skills development solutions related to Gender Equality.
  • Contributes to internal and external knowledge-sharing, dissemination and implementation strategies to support members to engage in international development programs. Relies on a range of approaches: webinars, dialogues and workshops, case studies, etc.
  • Contributes to corporate planning and discussions in line with CICan strategic goals and objectives, including on issues of Gender Equality on national projects.
  • Represents the Association at meetings, consultations and conferences.
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of the Association’s strategic priorities, and ensures that the knowledge base for EFE and other international projects is accessible and used effectively in support of CICan’s International Strategy.
  • Prepares work plans for his/her areas of responsibility.
  • Performs other related duties as may be assigned from time to time.   


  • Graduate from a post-secondary institution or its equivalent, preferably in the field of Gender studies and/or International Development.
  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience, both theoretical and practical, in Gender Equality and/or International Development.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and research skills.
  • Strong technical experience in Technical and Vocational Education and Training as well as Education/Skills training for Employment.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an aptitude for teamwork to promote and encourage a culture of learning and sharing in multi-country, multi-cultural environments.
  • Ability to lead, work independently and under pressure with attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Fluency in written and verbal English and French.
  • Demonstrated ability using Microsoft Office Suite and knowledge of various software programs.



  • Significant experience with Global Affairs Canada’s, and ideally other funders’, frameworks and accountability requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience with statistical analysis, survey and sampling design and experimental research design.
  • Capacity to read and converse in Spanish and/or Portuguese.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to Roxanne Cantin, Senior Personnel Officer before 4pm on Friday May 3rd, 2019 via email to:

CICan is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. Do not hesitate to contact me if you require alternative arrangements to submit your application. We thank all applicants in advance however only those selected for an interview will be acknowledged.

Reasonable Accommodation We will make every reasonable effort to accommodate prospective candidates under any of the protected grounds of discrimination. Should you need an accommodation, please make the request as soon as possible. If the accommodation is related to a medical or health condition, you may be required to provide confirmation from a medical professional that you require the accommodation.   All requests for accommodation will be considered in a fair and objective manner that will ensure applicants are treated with respect and dignity.




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