Job Posting – Senior Advisor/Program Manager Democratic Innovation/Inclusion (French Essential)

The Parliamentary Centre is hiring a Senior Advisor/Program Manager covering both Democratic Innovation/Inclusion and the Implementation of its African initiatives, especially its Common Support to the National Assembly of Burkina Faso (PROCAB).

As Senior Advisor for Democratic Innovation/inclusion, you will be asked to bring knowledge and experience on issues relating to civic technology, democratic innovation, inclusion (women, youth, marginal groups), open government and other ways which parliaments can effectively engage from a distance, especially in light of Covid-19.  

In your implementation role, you will provide leadership in our Burkina Faso program, where you will work closely with the Senior Technical Advisor and Senior Country Adviser in the field and provide overall program guidance, oversight and technical support for the program.  You will have significant knowledge of national and subnational governance challenges and the ability to administer program activities, finances, and personnel in a complex political environment. You will advise on effective communication strategies for the program and provide mentorship to other program staff to deliver on these.  You will undertake political analysis to support ongoing programming and the development of new initiatives.  You will report to the Director of Programs, in Ottawa.  

The position will be based in Ottawa with potential travel to the field in Burkina and other countries of programming (subject to evolution of COVID-19-related travel restrictions). The job can be done remotely until restrictions on accessing the Ottawa office are eased, however, relocation support to Ottawa is not available.  Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.

The position is open to those legally authorized to work in Canada.  Visa support is not possible. 

Starting date:  mid-July/early Aug 2020 

Duration: 1 year with possibility for extension contingent upon the continuation and renewal of donor funding.

Qualification and Experience

  • Undergraduate degree in a field of study related to international development; graduate degree in political science, international relations, public policy, law, or related field preferred;
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience working on democratic development, legislative affairs or democratic innovations, and a total of fourteen (14 years of overall professional experience required (with 20 years of experience required for the title of Sr Advisor);
  • Demonstrated knowledge on relevant trends affecting democratic development more precisely in relation to public participation and inclusion (youth, women, marginal groups) and policy expertise on issues related to supporting democracy strongly desirable;
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and managing complex monitoring and evaluation frameworks in democratic governance programs;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and managerial skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff as well as donor representatives, foreign government personnel, political leaders, parliamentarians, funders, and policy-makers;
  • Sound political, analytical and negotiation skills, and extensive experience working on political party, civil society, parliamentary and electoral issues;
  • Proven ability to plan and undertake diagnostic assessment initiatives including political economy analyses;
  • Superior oral and written communications skills to effectively present information in a clear and persuasive manner in both French and English, with the understanding that the working language for PROCAB in Burkina is French;  
  • Ability to adjust programmatic activities based on changing political circumstances and in response to needs articulated by local partners and program stakeholders; and
  • Experience in designing and implementing large EU, Global Affairs Canada and other international democratic development programs required.


  • Deadline to apply is Sunday, July 5 at 23h59.  Projected start date:  mid-July/early Aug 2020
  • To apply submit a cover letter describing what you can bring to the Centre and a brief CV to: 
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.
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