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Program Officer– Collaborative Research



Title: Program Officer– Collaborative Research
Location: Ottawa 
Supervisor: Research and Policy Manager 
Classification: Level 5 - unionized 
Term: 8-month contract, 4.5 day per week (maternity leave)
Start date: End of July 2018
$59,487.30 (prorated to 4.5 day a week)





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.

Over a three-year period (2017—2019), CCIC is implementing, in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID), a collaborative research program entitled “Next Generation Leadership for the New Development Paradigm”. The program aims to position Canada as a leader in innovative multi-stakeholder approaches to global development research, practice and policy development, by creating the conditions for enhanced and sustained collaboration between Canadian civil society and academia. It identifies and promotes new ways of working among practitioners, researchers, academics, students and policy developers in the field of global development cooperation. The program uses a range of different models of collaboration to stimulate new thinking and generate timely and policy-relevant joint research on inclusive economies.

The Program Officer is responsible for the daily management of the three-year collaborative research program, and for coordinating and convening all of the activities related to its implementation.

The Program Officer works closely with members of the Steering Committee and Design Teams for the Program. The Steering Committee provides strategic direction, technical input and advice on the overall implementation of the program. The Design Teams provide mid-level coordination to ensure specific activities or elements of the program adhere to the overall goal and objectives of the program.

The Program Officer supervises a Program Assistant, responsible for administrative and logistical support.




1. Program design and development


  • Support the design, development and implementation of the program and related activities in close collaboration with the Steering Committee;
  • Coordinate the organization of core program outputs, events, and activities, including an annual conference, speaker series, secondment and placement initiatives, liaising with Design Teams and program participants where appropriate;
  • Provide periodic updates on program progress to the Steering Committee and report to CCIC as required for institutional reporting procedures;
  • Support the program’s steering and executive committee to explore co-financing opportunities to enhance the program’s success and sustainability;
  • Coordinate and oversee external communications and outreach with the Canadian international development community, including developing promotional materials, terms of reference, final research products and blogs and op-eds related to the program;
  • Facilitate opportunities to contribute research findings to relevant journals and policy discussions with the non-governmental community and relevant Canadian and international institutions;
  • Provide ongoing support in the preparation and production of a Second progress technical report (Y2018) assessing the program and answering relevant research questions as best as possible;
  • Coordinate the publication of a special issue in a peer reviewed journal.


2. Coordination and convening of the models of collaboration


  • Facilitate the development of the overarching collaborative research agenda, and the research efforts of various models of collaboration, working with various Research Assistants;
  • Identify and reach out to parties potentially interested in engaging in the research project;
  • Help facilitate in-person and virtual meetings of the members of the models of collaboration;
  • Facilitate the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of all program activities;
  • Engage in routine communications with CCIC members, partners and models of collaboration, around their respective research and program progress.


3. Staff management and development


  • Supervise a Program Assistant for work related to the Program, including reviews of performance and support for professional development;
  • Supervise and oversee the work of research assistants assigned to various models of collaboration and the overall meta-study, and with any consultants hired to support the program.


4. Other Organizational Tasks


  • Participate in the implementation of key CCIC events;
  • Contribute to CCIC internal and external communications, such as the monthly newsletter, blogs, the annual report, reports to the board, donor reports, etc.;
  • Contribute to internal monitoring and evaluation systems;
  • Perform other duties identified as a priority by CCIC;




  • Masters’ degree or equivalent in relevant field;
  • Bilingual in Canada’s two official languages (written and spoken);
  • Minimum of two years’ relevant work experience, preferably in the NGO sector or academic community conducting applied research;
  • Experience managing complex programs, including planning, monitoring and reporting;
  • Knowledge of and experience in the dynamics of networking, coalition work, cross-sectoral or multi-stakeholder collaboration, and/or partnerships;
  • Knowledge of development and humanitarian issues;
  • Knowledge of Canada’s international policy processes;
  • Familiarity with the Canadian international CSO and academic community;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Strong organizational, facilitation, and coordination skills;
  • Proven analytical, writing and applied 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.




  • Academic publications
  • Experience managing support staff;
  • Experience overseeing work of interns and volunteers.


Application deadline: Open until filled.

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis.

 Please send resume and letter of interest to:

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

CCIC is committed to employment equity and is a unionized employer.


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