Senior Technical Advisor – St. Lucia

Colleges and Institutes Canada

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March 5, 2019
Castries, Saint Lucia
Job Type
Annual Salary
84K - 111K
Hours per Week
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General Accountability:

The Skills to Access the Green Economy Program (SAGE), a skills development program of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is a five-year (2019-2024) CDN $15 million program funded by Global Affairs Canada. The program aims to support the growth and sustainability of a new, market-driven approach to skills development across green economic sectors. SAGE will build capacity of Caribbean technical and vocational and education and training (TVET) institutions to deliver effective skills training programs, resulting in youth trained with the right skills sets to find employment or self- employment.

The SAGE program will work with educational institutions and employers in six Caribbean countries (i.e., Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica and St. Lucia) to help create a better qualified labour force by supporting demand-driven technical and vocational education training (TVET) in key economic sectors associated with climate change in these Caribbean countries.

The program will work to develop training programs that link adolescent girls and women and youth, educational institutions and employers that help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) become more competitive and adapt to climate change. It will work effectively with key stakeholder groups in the training, certification, and employment continuum in these Caribbean countries to produce male and female workers with training and certification in key economic sectors, including new "green jobs," where opportunities for employment exist. It will work with vulnerable populations including un- and under-employed adolescent girls and women, out-of-school youth, and persons working without the certifications that could lead to higher pay and better employment opportunities.

SAGE will also support Global Affairs Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), particularly the action area of human dignity. SAGE is part of the ongoing $600 million Caribbean Development Commitment (2008-2020) and, as such, complements Canada’s $100 million pledge for Caribbean reconstruction and climate resilience.

SAGE’s ultimate outcomes is to create a more qualified labour force for employment in key economic sectors associated with climate change in the Caribbean.

The three intermediate program results are:

  • Increased number of adolescent girls and women, youth and vulnerable populations trained in demand-driven technical and vocational education (TVET) fields.
  • Increased capacity of training institutions to develop and deliver gender-sensitive skills training programs that meet economic and environmental needs.
  • Increased participation of small and medium size enterprises in gender equitable workforce planning, development, training and certification.

Reporting to the Director, Caribbean and Anglophone Africa at CICan, the Senior Technical Advisor (STA) will be located in St. Lucia and will provide overall support to SAGE. He/she will ensure the overall cohesion, coordination and quality of contributions. The STA will have a lead role in supporting Ministries as well as supporting private sector organizations.

The STA will provide technical advice and expertise to relevant Ministries, regulatory bodies and TVET institutions to assist in the development of policy and program changes that will better align training systems to employment opportunities, thus contributing to increased employment, reduced gender inequality and increased system sustainability. The STA will also engage regularly lead employer associations to strengthen TVET institutions-industry linkages. 

Nature and Scope:

This position requires the ability to perform a variety of highly complex tasks, including extensive collaboration with key stakeholders, government ministries, departments and agencies, TVET institutions, donors, funders and industry partners across a diverse range of work settings. The STA will be expected to perform effectively at both policy and operational levels. The STA will represent CICan and SAGE. Extensive travel in the region will be required.

Specific Responsibilities:

Working under the day-to-day direction of the Director, Caribbean and Anglophone Africa at CICan and working collaboratively with stakeholders across the six SAGE countries, the STA will have the following specific responsibilities:

  • Provide technical advice and support to Ministries responsible for TVET and other stakeholders, as required;
  • Assist in the preparation of the Program Implementation Plan (PIP), annual work plans, semi-annual, financial and technical reports and annual budgets in accordance with the overall budget allocated by Global Affairs Canada;
  • Coordinate with Ministries in the implementation of activities according to annual work plans;
  • Support the implementation of institutional partnerships between Canadian and Caribbean colleges/institutes;
  • Contribute to the evaluation of the adequacy and effectiveness of institutional college/institute partnerships;
  • Participate on SAGE committees and sub-committees and meetings, as required, and manage relationships between Canadian and Caribbean partners;
  • Ensure attention is paid to the cross-cutting themes of gender, the environment and governance;
  • Develop strategies, guidelines, and mechanisms to strengthen and expand public-private partnerships and TVET institutions-industry linkage programs;
  • Participate in SAGE monitoring and evaluation and risk management assessments and propose measures for improvement in order to achieve and sustain results;
  • Liaise with Canadian High Commissions (CHC) and donors to ensure effective coordination;
  • Provide data as required by CICan and Global Affairs Canada;
  • Lead in the engagement of industry in TVET-related activities;
  • Manage the SAGE office and field operations in St. Lucia.  


  • Graduate of a post-secondary institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Solid understanding of the Canadian college/institute system and network;
  • Preferred experience in at least one of the key economic sectors identified as relevant to this program (green economies);
  • Extensive experience in human resource development in the public and/or private sector with expertise in such areas as teacher training, planning, curriculum development or leadership;
  • Practical experience working in partnership with industry and TVET at a systems level to build effective training solutions to meet industry needs;
  • Practical experience with results-based management (RBM), development and revisions of Logic Models, reporting frameworks and financial management;
  • Demonstrated leadership and problem-solving capacity in cross-cultural settings and participatory management context;
  • Practical experience in the implementation of educational development programs overseas, preferably in the Caribbean;
  • Strong writing, reporting and presentation skills;
  • Fluency in written and verbal English;
  • Demonstrated ability using Microsoft Office Suite, Internet and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to Roxanne Cantin, Senior Personnel Officer before 4pm on March 22nd, 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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