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Job Opening – Senior Program Advisor

***The application deadline is extended to April 18***

Title: Senior Program Advisor

Organization: Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education

Location: Montréal, Canada and remote work

Status: Full time, 35 hours/per week, 12-months contract, April 2021 to April 2022 (maternity leave replacement)

Application deadline: April 18, 2021 at 12 p.m.

Start date: April 2021

Are you passionate about human rights and social justice? Are you interested in working on programming strategy? Do you have a proven experience in project management in the social sector? Do you have a solid understanding of the human rights-based approach? If so, Equitas has an exciting opportunity for you.

Equitas is Canada’s most recognized and active human rights education organization. We work for the advancement of equality, social justice and respect for human dignity through transformative education programs. We empower people to address inequalities and discrimination, and to work to build more inclusive and rights-respecting communities.

Equitas is seeking a Senior Program Advisor who cares deeply about human rights, equality and inclusion and has a solid work experience in the international development sector. Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Senior Program Advisor will play a strategic role in ensuring that Equitas’ programming is proactively responding and adjusting to address emerging human rights issues in the current rapidly evolving context, both globally and locally. The Senior Program Advisor will coordinate adjustments to Equitas’ multi-year Advancing Equality through Human Rights Education (AEHRE) program and will provide coaching and support to program and project teams, and to partners on how to pro-actively adjust programming strategies and approaches in order to adapt to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 context.

Background on AEHRE

The Achieving Equality through Human Rights Education (AEHRE) project aims to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in 5 target countries (Burkina Faso Haiti, Kenya, Senegal and Tanzania) and globally through: increased leadership of women and girls in community mobilization activities; enhance collaboration among women’s rights organizations and other human rights groups; and increased access for women’s rights organizations to influence decision- makers.

Main Responsibilities

AEHRE program management

  • Lead the development of AEHRE program planning and oversee development of annual project plans aligned with Equitas strategic objectives, in consultation with AEHRE project team leads.
  • Support the coordination of the AEHRE Program Team at Equitas in monitoring the scope, quality, schedule, and cost of the program, including working with project leads and transversal roles to review and assure delivery of all program/project deliverables.
  • Collaborate with the Education Team, including Director of Education, to ensure efficient delivery of project activities and the various educational tools
  • Monitor the overall project budget.
  • Lead coordination of program-wide reflections on content, including coordinating the work of temporary working groups tasked by the Program team.
  • Contribute to evaluation processes and to documenting and sharing of good practices and lessons learned implemented.

Programming strategy

  • Monitor trends related to the impacts of COVID-19 to inform Equitas programming.
  • Analyze issues, trends, and opportunities and make recommendations on potential program strategies, and support strategic reflection on how Equitas programming can respond to the impacts of COVID-19 in the short and longer terms.
  • Provide coaching and support to Equitas program and project teams as well as to partners on proactively adjust programming strategies, tools, and approaches in order to adapt to an ever-changing COVID-19 context.
  • Provide guidance, develop tools, and lead strategic reflection on how to strengthen collaboration between Equitas project teams and partners.
  • Support implementation of security related protocols and tools among AEHRE project teams
  • Monitor funder strategies and priorities and identify and analyze new programming opportunities.

Exploration and implementation of collaborative projects

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of collaborative initiatives with CSOs, funders and other stakeholders interested to integrate Equitas’ HRE and HRBA approaches to strengthen their own programming
  • Coordinate partnership agreements and proposal processes – including budgeting – start to finish, in close collaboration with Program teams and Director of Programs ensuring Equitas and partners/donor standards and requirements are met.


  • Great drive and commitment to Equitas’ mission, vision and values; ability to inspire others to do so as well.
  • Demonstrated commitment to contribute to and promote a work environment that values diversity, inclusion, and equality.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working towards gender equality, and a human rights- based approach in all aspects of programming, plans, policies, and organizational structure.
  • Minimum of 7-years program/project management experience in the international development sector, including the management of projects with large funding organizations, such as Global Affairs Canada.
  • Significant experience in proposal development, especially institutional donors (GAC, EU, UN donors), and excellent report writing and editing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and collaborate with grass root or community-based partner organizations internationally.
  • Proven communication skills and ability to communicate and adjust communication style to different audiences.
  • Proven ability to be self-motivated, work independently with minimal direction and collaboratively within a team environment in a fast-paced multicultural team environment.
  • Proven ability to plan and organize tasks and responsibilities including multitasking, setting priorities and meeting deadline
  • Solid understanding of the human rights-based approach, and gender equality and result-based management principles.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 required, knowledge of Salesforce is an asset.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both of Canada’s official languages (verbal and written fluency required).
  • Skills in other languages is an asset.

Other considerations

  • Candidates must be eligible to work in Canada.

For further information about Equitas consult our website at www.equitas.org. Equitas is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, people living with disabilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions. Equitas offers a competitive salary and benefits in the NGO sector.

Equitas thanks all applicants for their interest. However, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please send 1 attachment (cover letter and C.V.) with your name and Senior Program Advisor in the subject line by April 18th at 12 p.m. to:

Catalina Lomanto

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