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Program Manager, West Africa

USC Canada

USC Canada is looking for a creative and effective person to serve as Program Manager, West Africa. The successful candidate will liaise with our partners in Burkina Faso and Mali, and serve as a core member of the International Program team. The successful candidate will have at least five (5) years of experience in West Africa, great capacity for teamwork, and be a compelling writer with an ability to translate impacts in the field into reports and communications materials for diverse audiences.

The Program Manager will collaborate with three national partners and one USC Canada Regional Facilitator based in West Africa to support the development of farmer seed systems and agro- ecological farming practices. Candidates must have a strong understanding of the region, be enthusiastic about working collaboratively on program development, and have a strong track record in monitoring, evaluation and learning.

Based in Ottawa, the successful candidate will report to the Director of International Programs, and collaborate with 4 Program Managers, our West African Regional Facilitator, our Manager of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning and teams in the field in West Africa. In addition to their core responsibilities, each member of the International Program team is expected to participate in overarching program development. Experience and capacity to lead on women’s empowerment and gender work, participatory training of trainer methodologies, climate change adaptation approaches and/or values-based market development are strong assets.

Founded in 1945 by Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova, USC Canada is one of Canada's most longstanding international cooperation organizations. With partners in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Canada, we work to enhance biodiversity, promote ecological agriculture, and protect the rights of those at the heart of resilient food systems – women, Indigenous peoples, and smallholder farmers. USC Canada is committed to working with our partners in a manner that respects their knowledge and leadership. For more information visit

Demonstrated Skills and Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to the values and mission of USC Canada;
  • A minimum of 5 years experience related to rural, community-based development in Africa (West Africa, an asset);
  • A university degree with a concentration in a relevant field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Oral and written fluency in French and English (Spanish, an asset);
  • Capacity for strategic thinking within a complex, multi-faceted program;
  • A well developed understanding of food sovereignty approaches, opportunities and challenges with specific knowledge related to ecological agriculture;
  • Solid analysis of major trends, issues and challenges related to international cooperation and north/south relations;
  • A preference for and proven track record in shared management;
  • Excellent communications and cross-cultural skills;
  • Experience in applied research, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Solid computer skills including competence in the GSuite environment;
  • Strategic thinking and strong organizational, analytical and financial management skills.


This is a full time position based in Ottawa. The incumbent must be available to travel internationally and in Canada for 4 to 6 weeks a year.

USC Canada offers a comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary. This is a unionized position.

To apply, e-mail:

Specify: Program Manager, West Africa in the subject of the e-mail.
Include your curriculum vitae with recent references, and a written reflection in French, no longer than 2 pages, responding to the following:

Resilience in farming systems relies on a complex set of factors. Choose one of the factors of USC Canada’s work listed below, and describe how you believe this factor contributes to developing resilience in farming communities, and what knowledge, skills, or abilities you would personally contribute to that theme:

  • Gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Participatory training, planning and evaluation methodologies
  • Climate change adaptation approaches
  • Local value chain development
  • The promotion of agroecology and farmers’ seed systems

USC is committed to employment equity practices and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates with the legal right to work in Canada.

Deadline for receiving applications is February 12, 2018.

Interviews of short-listed candidates will be held during the week of February 26th, in Ottawa.

Due to a high volume of interest, we appreciate your understanding that only candidates short-listed for the position will be contacted.


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