Program Officer – Gender Equality, Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment

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Position: Program Officer – Gender Equality, Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment

Location: Montreal, Toronto or Ottawa

Language: English and French proficiency required

Reports to: Manager, Volunteer Cooperation Program (PCV)

Position Type: Full-Time, permanent

Travel: Infrequent travel within Canada and overseas

Hiring Range: $65,385 – $68,655 with competitive benefits

Job Requirement: Must be able to work in Canada

Closure Date: August 21, 2023 at 5PM EST


Reporting to the Impact Manager of the Volunteer Cooperation Program, the Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls Program Officer works with local staff in the countries of operation to support local partner organizations, volunteers and other stakeholders in the development and implementation of effective programs tailored to the rights and empowerment of women and girls in the countries concerned. He/she also manages multi-country, multi-issue initiatives as part of overall programming. The Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment Program Officer provides guidance and quality control, promotes innovation and ensures the overall coherence of programming in his/her area of intervention, within the framework of Carrefour International’s Voluntary Cooperation Program.

The Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment Program Officer coordinates the development of projects or programs related to gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment and other relevant sectors in collaboration with Carrefour International’s program teams in Africa. The incumbent also monitors and evaluates the implementation of a portfolio of projects, ensuring that gender equality and human rights-based approaches are integrated into all projects and activities. The Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment Program Officer is part of a team responsible for the impact of Carrefour’s projects. Under the supervision of the Impact Manager of the Volunteer Cooperation Program, he/she works in synergy with them using an integrated approach.



  • Contribute to all organizational goals and objectives.
  • Ensure that all areas of responsibility are delivered in line with Carrefour International’s mission, strategic priorities, policies, standards and systems.
  • Work closely with other teams in the Programs Department.
  • Work collaboratively with cross functional teams to meet the objectives of the organization as a whole.

Main responsibilities:

  1. Programs (60%)

Within the objectives and guidelines of Carrefour International’s strategic plan, provide effective operational direction to programming for a portfolio of countries.

The Four Main Areas of Responsibility Are:

  • Provide the organization with expertise in the key area of Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls by consolidating the feminist human rights-based approach and leading orientations, policies, guidelines, action plans and training activities in the area of Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls (including leadership and economic empowerment of women and youth);
  • Support regional offices and the country office in Africa, in needs identification and capacity-building activities for local partners, as well as the development of volunteer mandates;
  • Coordinate the establishment, management and monitoring of a diversified portfolio of project grants under the Volunteer Cooperation Program;
  • Support the establishment and management of a portfolio of partners in Canada to support the Volunteer Cooperation Program and programs as a whole.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the review of proposals from other portfolios;
  • Facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience between like-minded organizations;
  • Support learning, knowledge generation, research and dissemination of best practices within the organization;
  • Integrate a sound gender analysis into all aspects of programs under its responsibility;
  • Contribute to the development of an annual operational plan and participate in its effective implementation;
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of partnerships and strategic alliances;
  • Support regional offices and the country office in Africa in the monitoring and evaluation of voluntary cooperation activities and project grants, and in the preparation of high-quality, timely reports on country programming;
  • Ensure compliance with donor and Carrefour International guidelines and policies;
  • Work with the SERA Officer (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) to ensure effective reporting on partnership programs and projects.


  1. Financing and Resource Development (15%)
    • Support the development and implementation of a funding and resource development plan for programs in its country portfolio, under the supervision of the VCP Impact Manager and in collaboration with the Philanthropy and Public Engagement team and the Manager, Institutional Funding Development;
    • In collaboration with regional and country offices in Africa and partner organizations, identify project opportunities;
    • Identify new funding opportunities with local or international institutional and private donors to initiate new project concepts and proposals;
    • With the support of the Philanthropy and Public Engagement team and the Manager, Institutional Funding Development, ensure that concept notes/proposals fully comply with donor criteria and requirements;
    • Contribute to the development and implementation of an organization-wide funding and resource development strategy and priorities.


  1. Financial Management (15%)
    • Contribute to the development of the VCP Impact team’s annual budget in relevant areas of responsibility;
    • Following institutional guidelines and with identified potential recipients, establish small/medium budgets;
    • Monitor and supervise expenditure according to budget lines corresponding to areas of responsibility;
    • Manage, monitor and report on grants and funding, as required;
    • Review financial reports within its portfolio to ensure proper accounting reconciliation and compliance with institutional or private donor requirements.


  1. External Relations (5%)
    • Contribute to the implementation of Carrefour International’s communications plan, as required;
    • Ensure consistent use of Carrefour International’s brand and key messages;
    • Work with Philanthropy and Public Engagement to collect and relay stories collected in the field and in Canada;
    • Mobilize Canadians through various means, including events, training, social networks, etc.;
    • Participate in relevant networks on behalf of Carrefour International, as required;
    • Represent the organization at conferences and other forums, as required.


  1. Perform Other Duties as Required (5%)
    • Participate and assist in the recruitment process for staff or consultants, as required;
    • Develop terms of reference for consultants as required within scope of responsibilities and monitor progress of deliverables;
    • Perform other tasks as required;


  • At least five (5) years of relevant professional experience, particularly abroad in the implementation of sustainable development projects/programs involving human resources or volunteer management.
  • University degree or equivalent in a related field.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of international programs aimed at gender equality and
  • and financial autonomy of women.
  • Commitment to women’s and girls’ rights and experience in gender mainstreaming.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and manage partnerships, collaborations, and relationships within an organization.
  • Proven experience in the use of results-based management tools and systems,
  • as well as in the monitoring and evaluation of projects and programs.
  • Experience in the countries for which you will be responsible would be an asset.
  • Significant experience in international volunteering.
  • Knowledge of collaboration and e-learning would be an asset.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills.
  • Strong budgeting and grant management skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in a multicultural context.
  • Sense of initiative, creativity.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team.
  • Fluent written and oral communication in French and English.
  • Commitment to women’s and girls’ rights and empowerment, and experience in gender mainstreaming.
  • analysis
  • Commitment to growth and development
  • Commitment to inclusion, equity/equality, diversity, and empowerment
  • Innovation, creativity, collaboration
  • Organization, autonomy, and initiative with the ability to manage multiple tight deadlines.
  • effectively
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate effectively as part of a team.
  • spread over several geographical areas.
  • Adaptability and tolerance of uncertainty
  • Strong organizational, administrative, communication and interpersonal
  • Interpersonal skills



  • An equitable, inclusive, collaborative work environment where you have the opportunity to make an impact daily.
  • Enthusiastic encouragement to develop both personally and professionally, taking advantage of a range of learning and development opportunities available to our staff.
  • A flexible hybrid working model to allow you to enjoy the benefits of both office based and remote working.
  • An excellent, competitive benefits plan for you and your dependents.
  • 3 weeks of paid vacation (on hire), 3 weeks of paid wellness leave and 3 days of paid professional development leave annually
  • Compensation adjustments in the form of:
    • Annual cost of living increases, pending Board approval
    • Annual progression within Crossroads’ salary grid with satisfactory performance
    • External salary equity reviews every three years.

the organization

Crossroads International is a leading Canadian volunteer cooperation agency which has been advancing equality for women and girls and eradicating poverty in some of the world’s poorest countries in Africa for over 60 years. Crossroads invests in local partner organizations in 9 countries who are best positioned to meet the needs of their communities. With them, we pilot innovative approaches, and empower women and girls to become leaders and live free from violence. Every year Crossroads engages hundreds of experienced volunteers and staff North and South who apply their expertise locally to address poverty and inequality. The organization’s 50+ employees are based in Canada, Senegal, Ghana and Tanzania, and Crossroads’ volunteers fulfil over 100 mandates per year.

Crossroads is committed to principles and values of access and equity. Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.

Crossroads is also committed to preventing and addressing sexual misconduct and advancing anti-racism. To that end, the organization is a signatory to Cooperation Canada’s Leaders’ Pledge on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct and the Anti-Racism Framework for Canada’s International cooperation sector.


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


If you are interested in joining a dynamic international development organization, please submit your resume and cover letter in one document (Word or PDF) before 5 pm on August 21st, 2023 by e-mail to Applications must include “Program Officer– Gender Equality, Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment – Your Name” in the subject line of the email. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Not sure you have everything we’re asking for, but know you can make a big impact? Tell us your story and we will be happy to consider you.

Crossroads is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect this commitment. Crossroads is committed to diversity in the workforce and individuals from all minority groups are encouraged to apply.

We thank all applicants in advance, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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