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    Project Officer, First Nations – Municipal Community Infrastructure Partnership Program – Solid Waste

    Please apply by Sunday, February 25, 2018

    Salary band:$60,300 - $76,000
    Department:FCM Programs
    Language:Bilingualism (English and French) is a strong asset
    Duration:Contract until March 31, 2019


    Funded by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), the First Nations - Municipal Community Infrastructure Partnership Program - Solid Waste (CIPP) is a pilot Project of FCM.  The overall aim of this initiative is to enhance the capacity of participating First Nations and adjacent municipalities to develop and implement joint solid waste management municipal type service agreements (MTSA); by communicating opportunities to partner with First Nations on waste management solutions to their membership, creating tools to support First Nation - municipal waste partnerships and directly facilitating the development of equitable and sustainable MTSA. 

    The Community Infrastructure Partnership Program is awaiting final approval from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) with start-up tentatively scheduled for April 1, 2018.

    Major Purpose:

    Under the supervision of the CIPP Manager, the Project Officer will provide support to the overall implementation of the Program, including providing technical assistance (both face-to-face and virtual) to First Nations-municipal partnerships, coordinating activities with FCM's partner organization CIER, and promoting the Program through various communications channels and platforms.

    If the challenge of working on an innovative Program to foster First Nation and municipal partnerships is something, in which you believe you can make a difference, this position could be an excellent opportunity for you.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Design, organize, facilitate and report on workshops related to First Nation - municipal relationship-building and joint solid waste management initiatives including composting and recycling
    • Liaise with and provide direct process and technical support to select community partnerships by  tracking the progress of the community partnerships and providing long distance support, including developing work plans and MTSA
    • Research and compile information on key topics related to joint First Nation-municipal solid waste cooperation and MTSA
    • Support the creation of additional training opportunities for municipalities and First Nations including possibly webinars and workshops
    • Develop communications and media tools, including social media, website updating, monitoring the First Nation-municipal on-line network, preparing national communications, etc. 
    • Provide project management support, including project and financial monitoring, evaluation and control, and the management of relationships, communications, procurement, etc.
    • Provide general administrative support including reporting, developing contracts, document editing, agenda setting, minute-taking, and preparing briefing documents.
    • Contribute to semi-annual and annual reporting as per donor requirements
    • May be called upon to participate in cross-functional teamwork for Projects Department for FCM organizational initiatives i.e. participation of CIPP at FCM's Sustainable Communities Conference or Annual Conference.

    Knowledge and Experience:

    • An undergraduate degree in a related field (environment, law, political science, adult education, Indigenous studies, etc.) or equivalent experience
    • Minimum of 3 - 5  years' of experience in cross-cultural relations, adult learning and facilitation
    • Strong written and oral communications skills
    • Experience developing agenda, note taking, and report writing
    • Experience in designing and implementing workshops and other structured and semi-structured learning interventions
    • Excellent cross-cultural facilitation skills, with the ability to foster collaborative environments between diverse audiences
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to establish credibility with a multiplicity of parties
    • Knowledge and experience of municipal governments and their function and structure
    • Knowledge and experience of First Nations governments and their function and structure
    • Understanding of current issues, challenges and opportunities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities
    • Strong political acumen, diplomacy, and discretion
    • Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills
    • Strong project management skills and experience
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, including with remote team members from partner organizations 
    • Strong computer literacy including experience in using social media (LinkedIn and Twitter) and MS Office
    • Ability to travel extensively within Canada is required  
    • Knowledge of sustainable solid waste management practices is considered an asset.

    Language Requirements:

    • The ability to communicate in written and verbal format in both official languages or an Indigenous language is considered a strong asset

    Other Requirements:

    • Due to the nature of this project, preference will be given to Indigenous applicants meeting the qualifications.  Please       self-identify upon applying

    Core Competencies:

    The successful candidate will also exhibit the following competencies:

    • Results Oriented: Committed to achieving results, demonstrating innovation and creativity in overcoming obstacles. Organizes time, work and resources to accomplish objectives in the most effective and efficient way.
    • Client Focus: Making client satisfaction a priority and at the center of all decisions. Providing service excellence to internal and external clients.
    • Teamwork: Contributing to the development of a team environment where team members ultimately achieve established goals.
    • Ethics and Fairness: Treating everyone fairly and equitably and maintaining high ethical standards.

    Please apply by Sunday, February 25, 2018

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