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Programme Officer, Education and Lifelong Learning

Canadian Commission for UNESCO

Closing date: 15 February, 2018
Competition: 5015 (Internal/External)
Status: Temporary full-time until April 15, 2019
Salary Scale: $72,206 to $87,112
Location: Ottawa

The results of this competition may also be used to fill other similar vacancies, on a temporary or regular basis.

About the Canada Council for the Arts

Join our team and play a role in supporting Canadian creativity. The Canada Council is a dynamic, highly-respected federal Crown corporation with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and production of works in, the arts for the benefit of all Canadians. We offer competitive salaries and benefit package. For more information about the Canada Council for the Arts, please visit our website at www.canadacouncil.ca.

About the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO serves as a bridge between Canadians and the vital work of UNESCO—the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. By promoting UNESCO values, priorities and programs in Canada and by bringing the voices of Canadian experts to the international stage, the Commission contributes to a peaceful, equitable and sustainable future that leaves no one behind. The Commission is a network of networks that helps Canadians share knowledge, locally and globally, in order to build peace in the minds of men and women. To do so, the Commission facilitates cooperation in the fields of education, sciences, culture, communication and information to address some of the most complex challenges facing humanity. Their activities are guided by the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other UNESCO priorities. The Commission operates under the authority of the Canada Council for the Arts.

About the role

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager, Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Programme Officer administers program activities and initiatives of the Commission in education and lifelong learning. The current priority themes for the Education Sector are: global citizenship education, climate change/education for sustainable development, and reconciliation through education.

As the Programme Officer, you will:

  • perform the duties of National Coordinator for the UNESCO Associated Schools Project network in Canada and coordinate the work of the provincial coordinators at national and international levels;
  • prepare material to be used in various reports, communications and public relations initiatives;
  • facilitate and support the Education Sectoral Commission as well as other pan-Canadian working groups related to the Education Sector priority themes;
  • contribute to identifying the strategic direction of the Commission within the education and lifelong learning sector and more broadly across all five UNESCO major programmes, especially concerning intersectoral initiatives and opportunities;
  • prepare materials to be used in various education and lifelong learning initiatives and reports;
  • contribute material to the Commission’s web site and to support the preparation of interventions from the Secretary-General and other Executive Committee members;
  • ensure liaison and cooperation with relevant UNESCO sectors, including the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO, the various networks of the Commission (including some under his/her direct responsibility such as the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada), professional associations, relevant Canadian federal, provincial and territorial government departments and agencies, as well as civil society organizations and researchers working in areas related to education and lifelong learning in Canada and internationally;
  • identify strategic partnerships that lead to enhancing the Commission’s impact and reach;
  • establish priority initiatives for the sector as well as develop and monitor the sector’s annual sector plans and annual budget;
  • report on the activities of the sector from an outcomes-based perspective;
  • represent the Commission in a wide-range of events both at the domestic and the international level; and perform other related duties.

You may be required to travel up to twenty (20) days per year and, on occasion, work irregular hours.

Basic requirements of the position


  • An undergraduate degree in education or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience related to the responsibilities of the position


  • Five (5) years progressively responsible experience, in education, program administration or in one or more of the fields that fall within UNESCO’s program activities
  • Experience working with a diversity of stakeholders at the government level (federal / provincial / Indigenous) as well as within civil society
  • Experience working with Indigenous organizations and communities would be an asset
  • Experience in content development for web sites and use of social media would be an asset


  • Understanding of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s role, mandate, activities and programs; its relationship with the Canada Council for the Arts, Council of Ministers of Education (Canada), federal departments and provincial ministries, and international organizations, including the United Nations system
  • Knowledge of social, ethical and development issues affecting education both in Canada and internationally, as well as an awareness of major conferences, protocols and international agreements affecting education
  • Knowledge of major issues involving education and lifelong learning , including issues related to developing policy oriented research

Skills & Competencies

  • Strong project and partnership management skills
  • Excellent judgment, organizational, communication and interpersonal skills

Bilingual Requirements

  • This position requires the use of both official languages. The requirements in the second official language are: an advanced level in oral, reading comprehension and in writing.

This position is located in Ottawa.

How to apply

Send the complete Application Form quoting the competition number listed above and a copy of your resume to the attention of Mylène Mougeot, Human Resources, prior to the closing date by email at competition@canadacouncil.ca.

For more information please contact Mylène Mougeot at 613-566-4414 or 1-800-263-5588, extension 4124 or by e-mail at competition@canadacouncil.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview and/or a written exam will be contacted.


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We value diversity in our workforce and encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups:  women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities.

We are committed to providing a workplace that is inclusive and accessible to all.  Should you require accommodation  during the staffing process, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Human Resources team.

Application Form

PDF Application Form [PDF, 149 KB] 

Send the completed form to:

email: competition@canadacouncil.ca

Human Resources, The Canada Council for the Arts,
150 Elgin Street, P.O. Box 1047,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5V8.