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Senior Program Coordinator



Full-time, permanent

Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) provides an opportunity to align your work with your values and be part of an innovative team committed to making a positive difference in people’s lives in Canada and around the world. PWS&D is the development, relief and refugee sponsorship agency of The Presbyterian Church in Canada with a budget of over $4.4 million in 2018. PWS&D responds with partners overseas and Canadians here at home to help communities overcome poverty, recover from emergency situations and provide new futures for vulnerable people. PWS&D works with churches and local organizations seeking to transform their communities by promoting justice, peace and the integrity of creation through programs in the areas of food security, sustainable livelihoods, health, peace and human rights.

Position Tasks and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of PWS&D, the Senior Program Coordinator takes primary responsibility for ensuring that PWS&D has strong development and relief programs which deliver quality results and maximize the social returns for participating populations. The Senior Program Coordinator provides strategic guidance to the Director and to the PWS&D Committee for optimal allocation of resources. The Senior Program Coordinator is responsible for the coordination, execution and evaluation of government funded programs through Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and for conceptualizing and actualizing new government funded proposals to generate and grow revenue streams for PWS&D.

In terms of disaster responses, the Senior Program Coordinator provides guidance to the Director and PWS&D Committee about the allocation of funds and oversees PWS&D’s disaster response initiatives to ensure that immediate relief and longer term rehabilitation is facilitated and reported on effectively. The Senior Program Coordinator will have direct project management responsibilities. The incumbent represents the organization at ecumenical forums (e.g. Canadian Foodgrains Bank, ACT Alliance, etc.) as needed.

Inspired by PWS&D’s vision, values, mission and mandate, the Senior Program Coordinator will be an articulate and passionate spokesperson about the work of PWS&D within The Presbyterian Church in Canada and ecumenical community.


  • A graduate degree in international development studies, project management, or a comparable field.
  • A minimum of five years of proven experience in a development or relief organization with program management skills, knowledge of results-based management (RBM) tools and supervision and coordination of major development and/or relief programs.
  • Overseas experience in managing development and/or relief programs. Expertise in health, agriculture and food security programming in developing countries an asset.
  • Understanding of disaster response contexts and ability to strategize for optimal allocation of resources, using networks and partnerships available.
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and adaptability in various global contexts.
  • Demonstrated experience in problem solving and program analytics.
  • Demonstrated success in preparing proposals and reports for government-funded programs.
  • Ability to both collaborate effectively and enrich the work of the team, while taking significant responsibility for specific deliverables.
  • Ability to identify and respond effectively to needs and requests from various stakeholders including colleagues, ecumenical and international partners and the Presbyterian constituency where coordination of efforts is required.
  • Ability to articulate a theological understanding of responding to relief and development needs around the world.
  • A relationship builder. Excellence in creative, engaging and meaningful communication with individuals and church groups, including public speaking.
  • Ability to travel internationally, sometimes for extended periods in physically challenging contexts in developing countries.
  • Ability to work with a high degree of independence and responsibility.
  • Advanced computer proficiency including Excel and ability to use such tools creatively to convey information to the Director, the Committee and other stakeholders.
  • Well organized, accurate and efficient. Able to manage and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge and respect for the beliefs, structure, programs and polity of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
  • Ability to interact with all members of the community of The Presbyterian Church in Canada cheerfully, enthusiastically, courteously, patiently and with discretion.
  • Fluency in another language, especially Spanish or French, an asset.
  • Clean Criminal Records Check – Vulnerable Sector

Please see below for complete position description.

Start Date: February 2018 (negotiable)

What We Offer:
The Presbyterian Church in Canada offers meaningful opportunities to make a positive impact on people and communities in Canada and around the world. We are committed to fostering a culture that is inspiring, caring and inclusive.

In return for your skills and dedication, we offer an attractive compensation package that encompasses a competitive salary, excellent benefits and the opportunity to have a rewarding employment experience where your contributions can truly make a difference every day.

To Apply:
Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter with the title “PWS&D Senior Program Coordinator” in the subject line to Colleen McCue, Senior Administrator (cmccue [at] presbyterian [dot] ca)

This external posting will remain active until 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2018.

The Presbyterian Church in Canada is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. We have an Accommodation Policy and accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their needs known to us.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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