Program Director

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TFO Canada

Brief Description: 


Program Director

The Program Director is responsible for program planning, implementation (through a team of Project Managers) and ongoing communications with donors, including results based reporting, of TFO Canada’s Canadian Market Access and Capacity Building Program and related special projects.  The Program Director also supports the Executive Director in the preparation of new program proposals and related business development activities

Currently Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO Canada) is in its second year of a five year program which will continue TFO Canada’s delivery of trade information services to developing country exporters in over 100 countries.  This program will also deliver trade development services such as seminars, trade missions and advisory services (e.g. country or product-specific market studies) that will assist SMEs from developing countries and emerging economies enter the Canadian market.  These proactive services will be delivered to a group of 15 “TFO Priority Countries” in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America as well as to developing countries with whom Canada is negotiating or has negotiated free trade agreements, as well as least developed countries which benefit from Canada’s duty-free Market Access Initiative.

These services and project activities will be implemented by a team of five project managers working with specialist staff and a roster of consultants such as Canadian market specialists for particular sectors.

In overseeing program implementation specific responsibilities of the Program Director will include:

  • Developing and maintaining senior level contacts with implementation partners in TFO Canada partner countries/regions
  • Conduct program planning and needs assessment missions in selected partner countries
  • Development of Results Based Management and performance measurement frameworks to support project implementation
  • Development of project budgets and monitoring of these budgets during program implementation
  • Supervising project implementation by TFO Canada Project Managers of individual projects including, as required, conduct of monitoring missions
  • Preparation of periodic project or program results-based reports for donor(s)
  • Liaison and communications/relationship management with Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and other donor desk officers responsible for funding TFO Canada’s programs.
  • Ensuring that appropriate project records are maintained to provide a sound basis for project tracking, reporting and follow up, or review of program activities and results, including external program audits.

A portion of the Program Director’s time is allocated to business development activities including identification of new program opportunities with a variety of funding organizations as well as the preparation of project or program proposals for DFATD and other donors.

The Program Director also serves as Acting Director of TFO Canada in the absence of the Executive Director and is a signing officer of the organization.



  • Proven capability in project and program management including planning, execution, supervision and reporting
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in international development project management including results based reporting
  • Knowledge of DFATD including its development programming principles and results based management approaches and tools, as well as issues related to cross-cutting issues such as gender and environment
  • Previous experience in donor relations including reporting to donors
  • Previous experience in relationship management with country partner organizations
  • Organizational management experience including employee supervision
  • Demonstrated knowledge of budgeting and project costing
  • Excellent oral, presentation and written communication skills including report-writing in English
  • Fluency (oral and written communications) in English and French
  • Relevant university degree, preferably at the Master’s level
  • Knowledge of international trade and marketing
  • 10 years combined experience in international development and/or international trade


  • Experience in trade development programming
  • Private sector experience in export marketing/management
  • Business development and proposal-writing experience
  • Working knowledge of Spanish (reading, writing and oral)


TFO Canada offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and the norms of the international development NGO sector.


Applications including a cover letter and a current C.V. should be made in writing by mail/e-mail no later than March 27, 2015 to:

Executive Director

TFO Canada

130 Slater Street, Suite 1025

Ottawa, Ontario  K1P 6E2

[email protected]

Only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Founded in 1980, TFO Canada is a non-governmental, non-profit organization which confronts the challenge of global poverty by promoting sustainable economic development through export information, advice and contact.  We facilitate access to the Canadian marketplace and share Canadian trade expertise for the benefit of smaller exporters in developing countries.

TFO Canada strives to ensure gender equality for men and women in their participation in TFO Canada’s programs, projects and activities, and also in TFO Canada’s employment, contracting and management opportunities


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