Bilingual Sectoral Program Officer – Women’s Economic Empowerment

Location: Toronto or Montréal
Language: English and French
Program Manager
Position Type: Full-Time, permanent
Job Requirement: Must be able to work in Canada
Travel: A few weeks per year, domestically and internationally (after the COVID-19 pandemic)
Hiring Range: $60,452 to $63,475
Closing Date: 5pm on May 5, 2021


Reporting to the Program Manager, the Program Officer Women’s Economic Empowerment works with local staff in countries of operations to support local partner organizations, volunteers and other stakeholders in developing and implementing effective and responsive women’s rights programming in assigned countries as well as works on initiatives across countries and issues within the overall program portfolio. The Program Officer Women’s Economic Empowerment provides guidance and quality control, promotes innovation and ensures overall program coherence in her/his sector area across Crossroads’ Volunteer Cooperation Program portfolio. The Program Officer Women’s Economic Empowerment coordinates the development of projects or programs related to Gender Equality & Inclusion and other sector areas as relevant in collaboration with Crossroads program teams in Africa. He/she also monitors and evaluates the implementation of a portfolio of projects ensuring that gender equality and human rights approach are mainstreamed into all projects and activities. The Program Officer Women’s Economic Empowerment is part of a team of other Sectoral Program Officers and works in synergy with them in a holistic fashion under the supervision of the Program Manager.


Volunteer Cooperation Program (VCP)

This 7-year project (2020-2027) funded by Global Affairs Canada aims to reduce gender inequality and alleviate poverty by addressing gender-based violence, inequalities in access to resources and economic opportunities, and barriers to the exercise of strategic forms of choice, voice and influence that are the result of unequal and discriminatory power relations embedded in society. Seven hundred and seventy (770) Canadian and Southern volunteers will be deployed in our countries of intervention to implement short-, medium- and long-term mandates to support partner organizations in 11 sub-Saharan African countries (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Eswatini, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia).

Overarching Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to all organizational goals and objectives.
  • Ensure all areas of responsibility are carried out in compliance with Crossroads’ mission, strategic priorities, policies, standards and systems.
  • Work in close collaboration with other members of the program team.
  • Work in a collaborative fashion with a variety of cross-functional teams to achieve organization-wide goals.


  • Minimum five (5) years experience in international development, including three (3) years in development project management (according to RBM standards) – Field experience in a developing country an asset;
  • Graduate Degree in a relevant field (Feminist Studies, Social Science, Project Management, International Development, Public Health) or equivalent experience – PMP Certification an asset;
  • In-depth knowledge of issues related to women’s economic empowerment and experience in international development programs with a focus on women’s economic empowerment;
  • Commitment to women’s rights and experience in integrating gender analysis into international development projects;
  • Recent experience with development projects funded by Global Affairs Canada;
  • Demonstrated skills in managing development projects related to one or more of the following sectors: women’s economic empowerment, women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender-based violence reduction, women’s and girls’ rights and leadership;
  • Strong budgeting and grant management skills;
  • Bilingualism (French and English) required;
  • Knowledge of issues and experience with international development projects in Eastern and Southern African countries, particularly Uganda, Eswatini, Tanzania and Zambia, is an asset; and
  • Experience in the field of international volunteering is an asset.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in French and English;
  • Analytical skills, concern for quality work and ability to manage time and priorities;
  • Proficiency in the use of common computer software;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and as a team player;
  • Commitment to personal growth, development and leadership; and
  • Commitment to inclusion, equity/equality, women’s rights, diversity and empowerment.



Crossroads International is a leader in international cooperation and has been fighting inequality for over 60 years. Crossroads works in some of the world’s poorest nations in Africa, with local partner organizations to create decent jobs and to empower women to become leaders and live free from violence.  Every year, we engage experienced volunteers and staff North and South who apply their expertise locally to address global issues. Together we are leveraging knowledge, expertise and dollars to create a more just and equitable world.

Crossroads is a registered charity supported by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), other government and non-government funders, and many individual donors around the world.

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 the Cooperation Canada 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 résumé and cover letter in one document (Word or pdf) before 5pm on May 5, 2021 by e-mail to [email protected]. Applications must include “Bilingual Sectoral Program Officer – Your Name” in the subject line of the e-mail. All applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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.


April 15, 2021




Full-time Permanent