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HRN Coordinator


Title: Humanitarian Response Network (HRN) Coordinator
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Immediate Supervisor: President-CEO
Classification: Level 5 (unionized)
Term: 1-year contract, full-time (renewable)
Start date: August 1, 2017 (or sooner if possible)
Salary: $58,608.18 annual salary and competitive benefits package


The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is Canada’s national coalition of civil society organizations (CSOs) working globally to achieve sustainable human development. Our members represent a broad range of CSOs working in international development and humanitarian assistance — from faith-based and secular groups to labour unions, cooperatives and professional associations. CCIC seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all. Its membership covers the country from coast to coast to coast, and CCIC and its members play a critical role in ensuring that the Canadian civil society sector works in a catalytic and strategic way to create and enhance the conditions for ambitious Canadian investments in global development cooperation.

As of 2017, CCIC will become a permanent host of the Humanitarian Response Network of Canada (HRN). This network of humanitarian organizations, which was originally created in 1999 [1] has grown over nearly two decades and now includes a diverse set of 35+ agencies. The common thread is that all member agencies are committed in some way to alleviating the suffering of people affected by disasters and complex emergencies in accordance with agreed humanitarian principles and standards, as well as Canadian values and shared learning acquired in the spirit of cooperation and commitment to effective emergency response. HRN’s members include all key Canadian humanitarian actors – representatives from non-governmental organizations, the Canadian Red Cross Society, agencies of the United Nations, and Global Affairs Canada. The goal of the HRN is to strengthen the quality and efficiency of Canadian humanitarian action through capacity-building and knowledge-sharing activities and events, to ensure member organizations have current information on humanitarian trends, tools, theories and practices, and can participate in international and national dialogues and initiatives to improve humanitarian practice.   

CCIC is recruiting an HRN Coordinator who, under supervision of the President-CEO and in close coordination with the Policy Officer as appropriate, will facilitate and support all activities of the HRN, coordinating the programmatic, logistical, and financial needs of the HRN in close consultation with the HRN executive and membership. The Coordinator will be dedicated to ensuring consistent, neutral, and accessible coordination of the HRN in the interest and for the benefit of the network’s broad membership.



1.    Project Management

  • Ensures the overall implementation HRN strategy, projects and annual workplan.

  • Administers and supports grants allocated to HRN including planning, reporting and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Manages HRN membership process including recruitment and retention.
  • Drafts concept notes, project proposals and budgets for future projects and specific events, and finalizes these in collaboration with the HRN co-chairs and executive committee and/or CCIC management, as appropriate.
  • Coordinates all relevant financial management for HRN projects and events including budget planning and development, forecasting, follow up of budgets and annual membership dues.
  • Contribute to CCIC’s shared systems and tools to ensure best practices in program management and proposal development.
  • 2.     Coordination and Event Management

  • With the HRN Executive Committee and Co-Chairs, provides leadership and supports a creative strategic vision to effectively bring together a diverse group of humanitarian practitioners to strengthen the quality and efficiency of Canadian humanitarian action by creating a conversation around key humanitarian issues and practices.
  • Convenes, chairs and documents meetings of the HRN Executive Committee, and liaises regularly with the Executive Committee, subcommittees, and the co-chairs to ensure effective and consistent governance of the Network.
  • Organizes and participates in committees, quarterly membership and annual Head of Agency meetings, calls, trainings, and consultations with HRN members on humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters.
  • Subject to final approval by the HRN leadership, membership, and partners, leads the organization of a prospective biannual Canadian Humanitarian Conference.
  • Establishes and maintains contacts with HRN members for information collection and information sharing; serves as a focal point for information exchange; ensures the timely and prompt dissemination of information to all appropriate entities and follow up as necessary.
  • Acts as a liaison with Global Affairs Canada for the organization of conference calls relevant for the membership and/or circulation of pertinent information.
  • Works closely with the CCIC Policy Team to build and sustain new bridges and partnerships across the Canadian humanitarian community, linking and learning from both policy and practice.
  • 3.     External and Internal Communications

  • Contributes creativity and vision to enable the HRN to effectively establish a common brand and establish a social media and web presence, including by managing the membership mailing list and the HRN website.

  • Coordinates with HRN membership for the development of content for communications and/or other public content that may be produced.
  • 4.     Other Organizational Tasks

  • Participates in the implementation of key CCIC events as appropriate.

  • Contributes to CCIC internal and external reporting, such as reports to the board, donor reports, etc.
  • Perform other duties identified as a priority by CCIC and/or the HRN.



  • University degree or equivalent in international development or humanitarian action or other relevant field

  • Bilingual in Canada’s two official languages (written and spoken)
  • Minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience managing and working with networks and coalitions
  • Experience in project development and implementation
  • Knowledge of development and humanitarian issues   
  • Familiarity with the Canadian international CSO community, including some knowledge of international networks and issues in CSO partnership relations; 
  • Strong organizational, facilitation, and coordination skills 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Proven analytical, writing and research skills; 
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and work under pressure; 
  • Capacity to work in a self-directed manner, collaborate in a team, and to seek advice as required; 
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and to be flexible. 
  • Application deadline: July 23, 2017 

    Please send resume and letter of interest to: 

    CCIC offers a generous benefits package. We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

    CCIC is committed to employment equity


    [1]The HRN initially began as the Policy Action Group on Emergency Response (PAGER) and was re-branded in 2015.

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