FCM Programs
Bilingualism (English & French) is required
Six-year contract starting in April 2020, pending approval
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Since 1987, FCM has been working in partnership with the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC) to share Canadian municipal expertise with developing countries in order to strengthen local governance, service delivery, and international municipal relations. FCM’s programming department is responsible to manage FCM’s Canadian and international programs and to coordinate its international relations.

FCM is planning to implement a $26M six-year project called the Partners for Municipal Innovation – Women in Local Leadership (PMI-WILL). The program is a six-year (2020-26) initiative that will focus on supporting women’s leadership in local government in selected countries in Africa and Asia. It will aim to improve lives of women and girls, in particular from marginalized communities, in five countries: Benin, Cambodia, Ghana, Sri Lanka, and Zambia. By increasing women’s capacity to lead in local governance, and local governments’ capacities to deliver inclusive services, this project will contribute to poverty reduction in 15 to 20 communities across the five countries by improving the delivery of local services that meet women’s needs.

FCM is currently finalizing contractual arrangements with the funding entity and start-up is tentatively planned for April 2020.  For more information on this program, please visit FCM’s website to read the news release here.

Main purpose

Under the supervision of FCM’s Director of Programs, Governance and Social Inclusion, the Project Director for PMI-WILL will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of the project, in order to ensure it meets its objectives effectively and achieves its expected outcomes.

The Project Director will supervise a core-team of employees and project resources based in Ghana, Benin, Zambia, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia. As part of the project, FCM is considering opening a project office in Accra, Ghana, and the Project Director could be based at that location. The Project Director will also work closely with support provided by FCM from its head office in Ottawa, including on monitoring and evaluation, operations, and financial management.

As an active member of FCM broader Programs’ Management Team, the PMI-WILL Director supports FCM’s role as a world leader in the field of international cooperation, and protects the integrity and reputation of FCM.

This position is a six-year contract. If the position is deployed to Ghana, Africa, it will be considered as an accompanied assignment, with a spouse and children.

Key Responsibilities

Lead the PMI-WILL project start-up phase and timely submission of key deliverables associated to the inception:

  • Lead, in collaboration with other FCM employees, Canadian municipal experts, and partners in the 5 project countries, the development of the Project Implementation Plan and the completion of the project Baseline Survey according to requirements set in the Contribution Agreement and as per FCM standards.
  • Establish relations and contractual arrangements with national partners in the 5 project countries to support accountable and effective implementation of the program.
  • Lead on the successful completion of the Financial Capacity Building Activity (FCBA) and discussion with GAC of the FCBA final report including possible amendments to the Contribution Agreement.
  • (as may be required) Lead the establishment of the FCM/PMI-WILL project office in Ghana, including selection of proper office location and implementation of decentralized administrative and financial procedures as per FCM accounting and administrative systems and procedures and in accordance with GAC directives, hiring local staff, purchasing or renting equipment, implementing security measures and any other administrative procedures required for the implementation of the PMI-WILL project.

Ensure PMI-WILL overall management, delivery and monitoring of implementation:

  • Responsible for the overall management of the PMI-WILL and supervise, in collaboration with FCM employees, the implementation of all activities in project countries and Canada such as technical missions, contractual arrangements with consultants and service providers, purchasing specialized equipment, etc.
  • Accountable for project results. Supervise the monitoring and evaluation of project progress as per the performance measurement framework and recommend necessary adjustments to GAC and the Project Steering Committee.

Oversee all on-going coordination with project partners, other project stakeholders, and Global Affairs Canada:

  • Promote the strategic interests of FCM by facilitating the creation of alliances, partnerships and strategic networks that could lead to new opportunities in support for the project’s objectives.
  • Maintain strong relationships with project partners, notably local government associations, relevant national government ministries and local government partners in project countries.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with other project stakeholders, notably women’s organisations and other civil society organisations.
  • Support identification and mobilisation of experts from Canada’s municipal sector.
  • Ensure the coordination of PMI-WILL activities with other international implementing agencies and projects.
  • Oversee on-going coordination with Canadian Embassies in project countries and GAC officials in Ottawa.
  • Oversee the organisation of annual project steering committee meetings.
  • Facilitate GAC external monitoring mission and/or evaluation if any.
  • Participate in the semi-annual meetings of all FCM employees in Ottawa.

Ensure overall management and supervision of PMI-WILL human resources:

  • Oversee the hiring and performance of the PMI-WILL employees based in project countries and in Ottawa.
  • Oversee the mobilisation and performance of municipal experts and local and Canadian consultants hired under contract for the implementation of PMI-WILL.

Lead the planning of activities and the preparation of reports:

  • In partnership with project partners, lead the preparation and submission to GAC of annual work plans and budgets, semi-annual and annual reports, and the final report of the project as per the PMI-WILL Contribution Agreement requirements.

Ensure sound management of overall PMI-WILL financial resources:

  • Supervise, with support from FCM’s Finance department team members, the management of PMI-WILL resources and budgets, including the approval and monitoring of all project expenditures incurred in Canada and in project countries as per the terms of the Contribution Agreement.
  • Ensure proper financial management of project’s operations, including monitoring the delivery of partnership agreements and sub-contracts with project stakeholders as applicable, implementation of monitoring and control mechanisms for disbursements, as well as completion of financial reports as per the terms of the Contribution Agreement and FCM standards.
  • Ensure proper management, administration and monitoring of the two PMI-WILL project funds, which are mechanisms that will be put in place to support project activities and community engagement.

Knowledge and Experience

  • A master’s degree in public administration, municipal affairs, international development or a related field, or equivalent demonstrated experience;
  • A minimum of 15 years’ experience leading or working in the strategic direction of international cooperation projects (preferably GAC funded), including concrete experience supporting national and sub-national institutions in a developing country, particularly in one of the project countries, or in sub-Saharan Africa and/or South/South-East Asia.
  • Proven experience supervising mixed teams (employees in a field office, remote employees, and employees at head quarters) as well as consultants, volunteers and partners, within a partnership context.
  • Proven capabilities regarding organization, coaching, supporting capacity building, conducting meetings and workshops, and excellent capabilities to foster knowledge transfer.
  • Excellent public relations and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven capabilities for results-based management approaches (budgeting, work planning, human resources management, project management, monitoring and drafting of work plans and reports).
  • Demonstrated experience leading or working in projects that focused on supporting women’s rights and/or inclusion is a strong asset;
  • Prior experience in municipal sector (governance, service delivery, public participation) is a strong asset.

Language Requirements

  • Excellent knowledge of English and French, including superior writing skills is required for this role.

We thank all candidates for their interest; however we will only contact those selected for an interview. All the applications will be kept on file for six months following the hiring.

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