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Program Manager, Canada (subject to funding)
International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)
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Job Description

Why ICMP

Every year, millions of people around the world go missing as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. Be part of a growing international organization that is dedicated to tackling this global challenge. To learn more about ICMP click here to see our website, or follow us on Twitter @TheICMP.

What we do

ICMP endeavors to secure the co-operation of governments and other authorities in locating persons missing as a result of conflicts, human rights abuses, disasters, organized violence and other causes and to assist them in doing so. ICMP also supports the work of other organizations in their efforts, encourages public involvement in its activities and contributes to the development of appropriate expressions of commemoration and tribute to the missing.

This Opportunity

ICMP is looking for a Project Manager to lead, coordinate and facilitate a 9-month project in Canada.

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is launching a program to assess the needs of Indigenous families in Canada affected by the Residential School system and possibilities for investigating the whereabouts and circumstances of disappearances of their children within that system. The program will contribute to the formulation of a National Strategy for the Identification and Repatriation of Human Remains of Canadian Indigenous - First Nations, Inuit and Metis - persons. Thousands of Indigenous children died while attending residential schools and were often buried in unofficial cemeteries or unmarked burial sites associated with the school, or in local church graveyards or municipal cemeteries that were a long distance from their home communities. Frequently, families were not notified of sickness, death or burial location. ICMP will support a coherent approach to addressing the needs and wishes form Indigenous communities in a transparent and effective way.

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The role requires someone with strong organizational and superior communications skills and a sharp understanding of program management with the ability to work under pressure and within tight timelines. Proven experience managing complex projects with Indigenous partners across Canada is essential.

Job in Brief

The Program Manager's main job duties are the following:

  • Manage nine facilitators and team members contracted across Canada to plan, prepare and ensure 35 community meetings with residential school survivors, families and community members of children missing from residential schools
  • Ensure community meetings are indigenous led, survivor centric and culturally sensitive
  • Research, coordinate and book meeting venues, and event details (airline tickets, rental vehicles, translation equipment, invitations, speakers, etc. are managed and executed on time and to the expected quality standard
  • Ensure donor requirements and ICMP policies are adhered to for all procurement processes
  • Manage travel of facilitators, approve travel payments in line with ICMP financial rules and resolve discrepancies
  • Work closely with ICMP communication colleagues on outreach material by making suggestions on strategy, layout and media campaigns
  • Meet regularly and as required with ICMP senior management, ICMP technical experts and indigenous facilitators to identify and resolve issues
  • Prepare status reports by gathering, analyzing and summarizing relevant information
  • Work closely with ICMP grant management and finance colleagues to ensure the timely and accurate drafting of narrative and financial reports required by the donor
  • Provide administrative functions, such preparation of internal and external documents, aiding in the preparation of letters, press releases, proposals, relevant project documentation, and presentations
  • Draft recommendations and findings to support the development of a National Strategy for the Identification and Repatriation of Human Remains of Canadian Indigenous - First Nations, Inuit and Metis persons
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Job Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in related field
  • At least five years of related experience preferably in Canada or with an international organization related to the missing person issue
  • Self-identifying as Indigenous and/or experience living/working with Indigenous peoples and communities
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the Canadian residential school system and residential school missing children
  • Strong working knowledge with Indigenous issues, networks, and organizations
  • Strong understanding of formal project management methodologies
  • Proven experience in facilitation and mediation
  • Professionally fluency in English, knowledge of French is an asset
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous language is considered a strong asset
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with people from various and diverse technical and cultural backgrounds, work experiences, ages and gender
  • Physical and mental resilience, with the ability to operate effectively in deadline driven environments and to manage a heathy work-life equilibrium
  • Willingness and ability to travel to The Netherlands and across Canada, ability to work irregular hours such as in the evenings and on weekends
  • Understanding and commitment to the underlying objective of assisting the authorities and families of the missing in locating and identifying missing persons in an impartial and transparent manner

Salary and Allowances

This is a 9-month contracted remote position with travel to The Hague, the Netherlands and across Canada.

Compensation is commensurate with experience and education.

Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

The position is subject to funding.

Expected start date: 15 October 2022


Review of applications will begin on 15 September 2022; however, the position will remain open until filled.


ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.

ICMP may cancel this recruitment without notice, or may decide to offer a position with different duties and/or contract length.

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