Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager

A Career Opportunity

UNICEF is the world’s farthest-reaching humanitarian organization for children. Across 190 countries and territories, and in the world’s toughest places, we work day in and day out to help children survive. To defend their rights. To keep them protected, healthy and educated. To give them a fair chance to fulfill their potential. Our work for every child relies entirely on voluntary support, including donations from generous Canadians. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager

(Permanent; Full-time; based in Toronto)

UNICEF Canada is committed to the values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in our work and in our organization. The creation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager position reflects UNICEF Canada’s strong commitment to this work and ensures that policies and processes across the organization are fully aligned with DEI principles and values, which will allow us to better serve the needs of children worldwide.

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager  will work closely with the DEI Committee to support the implementation of DEI recommendations across the organization and will report to the Chief Program Officer.

The ideal candidate is someone who is deeply passionate about improving organizational outcomes and enhancing the employee experience through diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. They should have strong communication, influencing and program implementation skills; along with the ability to collaborate with a wide variety of employees, departments, leadership teams, and external partners as needed. The incumbent will ideally have experience in turning DEI initiatives into effective work plans that can be implemented and delivered across the organization.  

The responsibilities of the position will include:

Provide inputs on planning, support and expertise to help identify goals, outcomes and strategies to advance and support DEI efforts in collaboration with the DEI Committee (50%)

  • Support the DEI Committee and the organization to implement a multi-year strategy to move UNICEF Canada towards becoming an anti-racist, diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. 
  • Project manage the implementation of DEI recommendations and work with cross-functional teams throughout the process.
  • Conduct ongoing comprehensive organizational assessments to measure progress and identify areas of focus.
  • Support the planning and delivery of professional development to address ongoing and ad-hoc organizational needs around issues of DEI.
  • Work with the DEI Committee to support and provide guidance to the DEI Committee Co-Chairs, Committee members and Working Groups  for the implementation of recommendations.
  • Act as a  peer support in a grievance process, when requested.
  • Serve as an active listener to employees to gain insights into current concerns and direct staff to appropriate channels and resources as needed. 
  • Contribute to safe spaces to facilitate discussions and to encourage an inclusive culture.
  • Ensure that the diversity, equity and inclusion framework is integrated in decisions, policies and programs with a focus on identifying and eliminating systemic barriers and inequities, including but not limited to race, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, creed, and disability. 
  • Work in collaboration with the Executive Sponsor of the DEI Committee to help ensure DEI and anti-racist principles are included in all processes, and the importance of these principles for employee wellbeing and strategic goals are well communicated.

Manage DEI-related data and metrics (50%)

  • Work with the DEI Committee to develop organization-wide accountability measures around DEI, and lead monitoring efforts towards success against those metrics across divisions and functional areas including the administration of staff surveys on DEI and other related tools.
  • Conduct routine and ad-hoc analysis of various sets of data (e.g. hiring, survey/satisfaction, training and development, compensation, etc.) to identify strengths and areas for improvement, as well as consulting on the methods for data collection themselves.
  • Conduct an annual diversity, equity, and inclusion survey and report. 
  • Work with departments to develop and put in place DEI KPIs that can be measured and reported with transparency to demonstrate progress against the DEI strategy.
  • Advise as needed on future technology requirements that support DEI development.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A post-secondary degree or college diploma in a related field, or equivalent number of years work experience.
  • A minimum of five (5) plus  years’ work experience with a focus on employee engagement, of which 2-3 years are related directly to DEI.
  • A proven track record and ability to ideate and activate DEI strategies.
  • Knowledge of core diversity concepts including power and privilege, emotional intelligence, implicit bias, and trauma-informed approaches.
  • A  strong understanding of equity, accessibility, anti-racism, decolonization, inclusion, anti-oppression, and their application in an organizational context. 
  • Previous experience with diversity, equity and inclusion programs in a global/multi-cultural environment is highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience and desire to build a culture of belonging in the workplace. 
  • The ability to lead complex initiatives and handle difficult conversations. 
  • A can-do attitude that is solutions-oriented. 
  • An ability to operate autonomously, navigate ambiguity, manage timelines and competing priorities resulting in high quality outcomes. 
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, and highly cross-functional organization. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships, collaborate and influence at all levels.
  • An active affiliation with a broad range of professional networks and organizations in the DEI space. 
  • Experience handling sensitive, emotional, or political issues with tact and good judgement.

Salary range: $64,000 to $80,000 per year.

How to Apply:

For consideration, please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] by May 2, 2022.  Please attach your cover letter (including salary expectations) and resume as one document and reference “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager” clearly in the subject heading.

UNICEF Canada sincerely thanks all applicants for their expressed interest in this opportunity, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Consistent with our Child Safeguarding Policy, the successful candidate must receive clearance by a police background check, including a vulnerable sector screen.

UNICEF Canada is an inclusive workplace and is committed to championing diversity, equity and accessibility.  Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the requirements for the position.


April 25, 2022


May 2, 2022


Full-time Permanent