Program Officer

The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) was founded in 2013 by three leading universities: University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and Polytechnique Montréal. We are an independent centre of expertise in natural resource-led development, and we work at the request of developing country governments that seek to strengthen their capacity to govern and manage their natural resources for the benefit of their people. With Canadian and international partners, we provide leading-practice advice, technical support, training and applied research as well as a platform for innovative thinking, knowledge mobilization and shared learning. Our academic and operational independence enables us to act as a neutral convener in complex, multi-stakeholder environments. We concentrate our efforts in three areas: improving public sector capacity and governance, strengthening integrated resource management and transforming artisanal and small-scale mining.


The Program Officer will be responsible for project management activities related to the Institute’s programs. The CIRDI Program Officer reports to the Director of Partnerships and Learning and works collaboratively as part of a team with the three coalition universities. The CIRDI Program Officer will liaise and be in contact with a large number of stakeholders and international partners academia, government, NGOs, multilateral and international development organizations and the private sector. The CIRDI Program Officer will also work with Program Managers, the communications teams and the Institute’s Finance Team and the Supporting the Ministry of Mines of Ethiopia (SUMM) project team including the Director based in Addis Ababa and the Program Manager based in Vancouver.


Work with the Director of Partnerships and Learning and other Program staff to coordinate projects and activities related to the Institute’s program areas particularly the learning programs and the SUMM project. It will involve development and implementation of a portfolio of projects.

  • Liaise with a wide range of stakeholders from national and provincial governments, communities and companies engaged in extractive sector activities, civil society groups, academic researchers, strategic partners and consultants.
  • Work to identify, mobilize and retain Canadian technical expertise and experience, from the Institute and its strategic partners. This will include collaboration with project leaders on the identification, hiring, and briefing of consultants and project partners.
  • Ensure effective and efficient delivery of projects through developing and implementing administrative procedures.
  • Assist with planning, designing and developing training, programming and research on a variety of natural resource governance and management topics as well as trends in international development practices.
  • Support with the administrative aspects of implementing and following-up on training programs and other activities including arranging travel, accommodation and transportation for consultants and trainees (as required), booking training venues and arrange food services for training, arranging translation services, coordinating international visas as needed, corresponding with country partners to support logistical arrangements, procurement and follow-up after training and other activities to administer and compile surveys and in-kind contributions.
  • Lead on the management and implementation of the CIRDI Alumni Network including engaging with alumni, organizing webinars and other alumni activities, and maintaining the alumni part of the CIRDI website.
  • Coordinate internal and external meetings and ensure follow up on action items.
  • Coordinate project management activities, ensuring CIRDI project management guidance is followed, and CIRDI values and approach are applied.
  • Plan and manage activities related to projects, including, workshops and special events and development and implementation of educational models and learning and training modules through collaboration with CIRDI project teams.
  • Coordinate activities related to development and implementation the Institute’s cross-cutting themes of gender equity, environmental sustainability, and human rights, ensuring these themes are considered as per Global Affairs Canada (GAC) policies and are included in all projects.
  • Use Results Based Management, including Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) data collection and analysis in support of operationalizing CIRDI’s Performance Measurement Framework (PMF) and capturing and reporting on the outcomes of CIRDI’s work.
  • Other related duties may be required.


The Program Officer works under the direction of the Director of Partnerships and Learning. The Program Officer will also be required to work as part of a team and independently, and exercise considerable judgement and initiative in duties and responsibilities. Results will be reviewed for achievement of objectives.


May oversee work of students and/junior staff.



  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum of four years’ experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Project coordination/management and business development experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of international development and the extractive sector (mining and/or oil and gas). Experience working in a developing country is desirable.
  • Experience in an international development project environment including a full understanding of community, government, and donor engagement.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish preferred. French and Spanish are an asset.
  • Strong organizational, time management, detail orientation, oral and written communication skills are essential.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team and a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work effectively under pressure to meet multiple priorities and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a team environment or independently under minimal direction, take initiative and exercise sound judgment. Creative problem-solver, team player.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact diplomatically with a variety of people (including faculty and partner organizations in developing countries).
  • Ability to exercise tact, discretion and good judgment.
  • Ability to efficiently and effectively coordinate tasks.
  • Ability to convert concepts into results.
  • Ability to anticipate problems and issues and plan ahead.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  • Ability to approach interactions with an awareness of sensitive issues (e.g., issues concerning specific cultures).
  • Ability to conduct needs analyses, plan, organize, manage, monitor, complete, and evaluate projects within allocated time and resources.
  • Demonstrated ability using Microsoft Office Suite for Windows or Mac.


If this sounds like you, please send your cover letter and resume to with the subject line: Program Officer (Learning and SUMM). We kindly ask for no phone calls, please. Only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted. We thank all applicants for their interest.

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