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Crossroads International - Program Director

The Program Director will lead a dynamic and growing overseas program with local partners in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania and Togo. We are looking for a seasoned leader with extensive experience in international program development, with demonstrated leadership in voluntary cooperation programs, especially those that advance equality for women and girls.

About Crossroads International

Crossroads International is a leader in international cooperation and has been fighting inequality for more than 50 years. Crossroads does this by bringing people together to create lasting solutions to overcome poverty and advance women’s rights. Crossroads works in some of the world’s poorest nations in Southern Africa, West Africa and South America. Every year, Crossroads International engages hundreds of experienced volunteers and staff from the North and South who apply their expertise locally to address global issues. Working with local partners who are best positioned to meet the needs of their communities, Crossroads develops co-operatives and collective enterprises that generate income and advance the autonomy of youth, women and the rural poor. Crossroads International pilots innovative approaches to reducing violence against women and girls and advancing women’s rights. Together with partners, Crossroads leverages ideas, expertise and dollars to create a more just and equitable world.

Crossroads is a registered charity, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development (DFTAD) as well as, other government and non-governmental funders and many individual donors around the world.

About the Role

Program Budget 2015:
$3.1 million

Committees:
Board of Directors

The Program Director is responsible for leading a dynamic and growing overseas program with local partners in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo as well as with Canadian partners. Managing a professional program team of 14 in Montreal, Toronto and overseas offices, with responsibility for more than 100 international volunteers annually, the Program Director will oversee the implementation and development of projects, and establish new strategic alliances and programs that advance equality for women and girls and enhance the international volunteer cooperation program.

The Ideal Candidate

The Program Director is a seasoned leader with extensive experience in international program development and monitoring and evaluation, with demonstrated leadership in voluntary cooperation programs, especially those that advance equality for women and girls. A vocal champion for Crossroads International, the Director will establish new strategic partnerships to complement and enhance the volunteer cooperation program. The ideal candidate is an effective mentor of people who understands the importance of developing the skills, knowledge and abilities of direct reports; manages work, project plans and outcomes effectively; and provides oversight and leadership to cross-organizational initiatives. The director will maintain a focus on the big picture while still managing the day-to- day operations. The director is a calm, thoughtful leader in periods of ambiguity or crisis, works collaboratively with others, and conducts themselves with a high degree or professionalism and diplomacy.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in international development or a related field.
  • Minimum 7 years progressive management and leadership experience in the field of international development, with a solid understanding of voluntary cooperation, and commitment to principles of sustainable development and a rights-based approach to development.
  • Demonstrated leadership and expertise in programming to advance equality for women and girls, a commitment to women’s rights and gender equality and sound knowledge of community economic development programming.
  • The ability to engage and inspire others in a commitment to the organization’s vision through collaborative processes and compelling communication.
  • Demonstrated experience in program operations and human resources management in culturally diverse settings.
  • Demonstrated expertise and success in program development.
  • Strong analytical, verbal and writing skills and the ability to synthesize and interpret complex information and communicate it to a variety of audiences.
  • Proven track record in proposal development, drafting, coordination of calls for proposals, monitoring of funding opportunities and securing funding from and developing and managing relationships with institutional or bilateral donors (Global Affairs Canada and others).
  • Sound understanding and knowledge of best practices and tools in program monitoring, evaluation, knowledge management and learning.
  • Demonstrated experience leading the development and overseeing the implementation and review of operational plans and complex budgets.
  • Experience in developing and supporting the development of key work processes and systems as they relate to program management, human resources management, safety and security.
  • The ability to build credibility, rapport and strong relationships with a range of stakeholders and partners, skill in supporting and coaching staff.
  • Experience in the field of international volunteer cooperation and knowledge of best practices is an asset.
  • Previous experience working with local partners (civil society organizations) overseas is required; experience living overseas is an asset.
  • Knowledge of and experience in the Canadian international development context.
  • English/French bilingualism is essential. Spanish is an asset.
  • High level of competence with technology and proficiency in all Microsoft office suite.

Essential conditions:

  • Ability to travel overseas and in Canada and be away from home for frequent short periods.
  • Note: Restriction of vacation during GAC Volunteer Cooperation Call for proposals and reporting periods.
  • All applicants must currently be eligible to work in Canada.

Crossroads’ Vision:

ONE WORLD where poverty is eliminated, equality prevails and the rights of women and girls are fulfilled.

Crossroads International is committed to principles and values of access and equity. Applications from people of colour, people with disabilities, and people from aboriginal and/or other marginalized communities are encouraged.