Rights & Democracy is a Canadian institution created by Canada's Parliament in 1988, with an international mandate; this independent organization promotes, advocates and defends the democratic and human rights set out in the International Bill of Human Rights. In cooperation with civil society and governments in Canada and abroad, Rights & Democracy initiates and supports programmes aimed at strengthening laws and democratic institutions, principally in developing countries.
Rights & Democracy is currently accepting applications for the following position:
Deputy Director, programmes
A. The position:
Reporting to the Director of Programmes, the Deputy Director, Programmes is responsible for managing a team who develops country-based programming and produces the projects and activities proposed or initiated by Rights & Democracy in the area of human rights and democratic development.
The Deputy Director, Programmes performs a wide variety of tasks requiring different competencies: administrative and human resources management, planning, programme implementation and follow-up, etc. While favouring productivity, the Deputy Director must maintain positive relations with employees.
The candidate will have the following main responsibilities:
Ø Develop, recommend and implement programming based on a portfolio of projects backed by both internal and external funding sources, and work with multi-functional teams with a view to carrying out the territorial development strategy;
Ø Draft or oversee the writing of proposals in accordance with the requirements for calls for proposals or calls for tender specified by international donors;
Ø Supervise the management of projects and activities carried out by the members of his/her team and their partners in order to obtain the expected results in terms of objectives, schedules and budgets;
Ø Organize internal and field meetings in order to oversee, monitor and evaluate project activities and facilitate project completion;
Ø Identify and prioritize communication needs for each project managed by the members of his/her team, in collaboration with the communications team;
Ø Supervise or implement the evaluation and monitoring mechanisms for each project in accordance with the requirements of each funding agency, in collaboration with the Senior Advisor, Monitoring and Evaluation;
Ø Supervise the project documentation and approval process;
Ø Directly responsible for managing a certain number of programme staff; guide and motivate his/her team in attaining results; evaluate performance; approve authorization request and ensure the necessary administrative follow-up;
Ø Participate directly in the search for funding and encourage his/her team to seek external funding sources in collaboration with the development team;
Ø Act as a spokesperson for Rights & Democracy by maintaining relations with local partner networks and key stakeholders who are potential contributors to Rights & Democracy’s initiatives.
Education and work experience
v Master’s degree in a relevant discipline;
v At least 2 years’ experience in a leading programme management role (including different projects) in a democratic development or human rights context as well as in donor relations in a developing country.
Competencies and skills
v Excellent capacity for writing proposals in accordance with the requirements of external donors;
v Capacity for the strategic analysis of the territory and of socio-political issues;
v Ability to interact with people of different cultures and status;
v Proven staff management skills;
v Excellent prioritizing, planning and organizational skills;
v Mastery of project management and multi-source financing packages in developing countries;
v Mastery of project evaluation and monitoring techniques and their application to projects funded by international donors;
v Excellent knowledge of both written and spoken French and English. Knowledge of a third language will be considered an asset;
v Proficient use of computer tools and social media.
The person selected must hold Canadian citizenship or have permanent resident status in Canada.
Duration: This is a permanent, full-time management position for an indefinite period.
Salary: Competitive salary and employee benefits.
Start date: Immediately
Please submit your application (CV and cover letter) by email only at firstname.lastname@example.org with the mention “DDC-001 Deputy Director, Programmes” no later than Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.