Partnership Africa Canada Job Vacancy: Great Lakes Programme Assistant - Ottawa, Canada

Location: Ottawa, Canada
Deadline for Applications: Friday May 27th 2016
Interviews: Monday June 6th 2016
Starting Date: Wednesday June 15th 2016
Salary: $66,712 (This figure includes fringe benefits)
Duration: 9 months with the possibility of extension (maternity leave replacement)

About Partnership Africa Canada
Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) is a global leader in developing innovative approaches to strengthen natural resource governance in high-risk and conflict regions. For 30 years, PAC has collaborated with partners to promote policy dialogue and solutions for sustainable development.

PAC focuses on:
  • Investigating and reporting on the lack of accountability, poor governance, and human rights violations associated with conflict minerals.
  • Developing and implementing solutions in collaboration with local partners to improve natural resource governance, including the certification of conflict minerals and clean supply chains.
  • Providing capacity-building and technical assistance to support transparency in the mining sector, including the development of industry guidelines.
  • Promoting policies and programs that support gender equality and women's entrepreneurship in artisanal mining.
We were co-nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for our work to end the trade of conflict diamonds and our efforts to help establish the Kimberley Process diamond certification scheme. PAC collaborates closely with regional and international initiatives, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, as well as the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region.

About the Great Lakes Programme
Partnership Africa Canada’s Great Lakes Programme started in 2010 when it drew on its expertise in conflict diamonds and proposed a Regional Certification Mechanism for conflict minerals to the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). PAC has also been involved in drafting the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High Risk Areas. Today, the programme engages at a multi-stakeholder level to support implementation of the Regional Certification Mechanism, as well as the other tools adopted by the ICGLR to end the illegal trade of conflict minerals—including a Regional Database to track the flow of minerals, and supporting the formalization of artisanal gold mining.

The Just Gold project aims to develop an independent, equitable and sustainable system that brings legal, conflict-free and traceable gold from artisanal mine sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo to international markets. The Just Gold project creates incentives for artisanal gold miners to channel their product to legal exporters—and eventually responsible consumers—by providing technical assistance to miners in return for legal sales. Miners are taught better exploitation techniques and offered Just Gold project equipment, in return for which any gold produced, must be tracked and sold through legal channels. The Just Gold project aims to implement mine site safety and environmental mitigation measures, as well as increase understanding women’s rights and increase women’s benefit to resources.
Gender sensitization at Just Gold communities builds on PAC’s ongoing research into women’s livelihoods in the artisanal mining sector across the Great Lakes region, in collaboration with Canada’s Carleton University and Uganda’s Development Research and Social Policy Analysis Centre.

PAC works closely with the regional civil society platform, COSOC-GL—a network dedicated to curbing the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Great Lakes Region, providing its members with capacity-building to monitor mineral supply chains.

The Great Lakes Programme is based out of Ottawa, with offices in Kampala (Uganda), Bunia and Mambasa (Ituri, Democratic Republic of Congo), Bukavu (South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo), and an office opening soon in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo).

Great Lakes Programme Assistant
The Great Lakes Programme Assistant, under the immediate direction of the Great Lakes Programme Director, will provide support to the Great Lakes programme in close collaboration with other staff and technical experts in Canada, the Great Lakes region, and internationally. This will entail liaising with representatives of civil society, governments and the private sector to ensure support for the Great Lakes programme.

Specific areas of work will include:
  • Monitoring reports and other communications from programme staff and contractors.
  • Contributing to the preparation of programme reports, documentation and funding applications.
  • Coordinating the provision of services and goods, including travel arrangements and other logistical questions, for programme staff and contractors.
  • Maintaining regular communications with partners in Africa and internationally.
  • Performing other administrative tasks as required such as integrated work and travel plans for other staff.
Candidates are asked to demonstrate clearly in their applications how they meet the requirements of the position. The successful candidate should ideally have the following qualifications, experience and skills:
  • A university or college degree or equivalent in a relevant field.
  • A minimum of three years relevant work experience, preferably with an NGO.
  • Excellent administration and good communication skills.
  • High concern for accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Good capacity for analyzing and summarizing information.
  • Fluency in written and spoken French and English.
  • An ability to manage a busy workload and respect deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • An ability to work in a team and in an international environment.
PAC’s headquarters are located in Ottawa. Applicants must either be Canadian citizens or have permanent residency in Canada, and be legally entitled to work in Canada.

How to apply:
Send the following information by email to
  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  • A curriculum vitae
  • The completed Supplementary Information Form (CLICK HERE)
The deadline for applications is Friday May 27th 2016. Interviews will take place on Monday June 6th 2016. The successful candidate will be expected to begin work on Wednesday June 15th 2016.