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Senior Program Manager (APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership)

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The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is looking for a Senior Program Manager to lead its work on the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership project focusing on micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) growth in developing Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies to foster sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.
The project supports gender equality and youth activation in the APEC region, and is an initiative of APF Canada and funded by the Government of Canada.

This position reports to the Vice-President, Research and Programs, and is based in Vancouver, BC.


Major Responsibilities

  • Manages the work of APF Canada on MSME-related research
  • Co-ordinates and manages meetings, consultations, and partnership events linked to the project, including conferences, roundtables, workshops, and training sessions with leaders and experts from Canada and other APEC economies
  • Leads the production of MSME-related research papers, toolkits, and briefs
  • Develops APF Canada’s networks with institutions and individuals working on MSME growth and economic development in Canada, other APEC economies, and abroad
  • Designs and implements a monitoring and evaluation framework to evaluate project activities
  • Prepares project reports and action plans
  • Develops and monitors the project budget
  • Liaises with relevant Canadian government agencies and international organizations related to the project
  • Assists with fundraising in support of the project
  • Represents APF Canada at public and private events as needed
  • Provides other research support as needed
  • Supervises and guides junior staff as needed


Desired Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledgeable about issues related to MSMEs, particularly in the context of fostering sustainable development and poverty reduction
  • Ability to conduct research, produce analytical reports and briefs
  • Strong communication skills including public speaking and writing
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and networking skills
  • Familiarity with policy research and/or policymaking
  • Experience in managing staff

  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure and with short deadlines
  • Ability to work independently on specific files and master new topics quickly
  • Interest in advancing an informed understanding of Canada-Asia relations
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office suite, MS Outlook, etc.)
  • Fluency in Bahasa Indonesia, Spanish, Tagalog, or Vietnamese (asset)


Education and Experience

  • Post-secondary education, such as a master’s degree or PhD in international development policy, public administration, business administration, or international political economy
  • 3 to 5 years previous work experience in government, think tanks, non-profit organizations, or international development-related organizations
  • Previous work experience developing and maintaining networks
  • Previous work experience liaising with Canadian government agencies
  • Project management experience
  • Project management experience in international development initiatives is an asset
  • Experience working in Indonesia, the Philippines, Peru, or Vietnam is an asset

If you are interested in this position and have the required education and experience, please send a letter of interest, and CV in one document to Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada by email to not later than Sept 8th, 2017. Depending on experience, the yearly salary will range from $80,000 to $90,000. Please include ‘Senior Program Manager (APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership)’ in your subject line.

APF Canada is committed to employment equity practices and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates with the legal right to work in Canada. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  Thank you.


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