Project Manager for the Women in Civic Engagement Program

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The Syrian Canadian Foundation is looking for an experienced, passionate, and motivated  Project Manager to oversee the planning and implementation of the first of its kind “Women In Civic Engagement“. This position is a full-time, 24 months project.


Project Manager for the “Women in Civic Engagement Program”

Reports To

Executive Director


Are you a person with a passion for the Canadian government, civic engagement and the democratic process? Are you well connected and can provide networking for newcomer women that may lead to employment and internship opportunities?

This is a rewarding opportunity for a motivated and government-connected individual to make a real difference in the economic and social well-being of newcomer women; by working to create meaningful civic engagement opportunities and to support change makers.

The Women In Civic Engagement Project aims to provide refugee and newcomer women with the knowledge, skills and networking opportunities to increase their capacity to participate in community and government roles and/or processes at all levels as interns, staff or political leaders  – and to increase their civic engagement as potential change makers in Canada.  

Participants will be part of a training program for three months to learn about the political structures and processes in Canada and how to get involved which culminates in a trip to Ottawa to network with political figures. Participants will be introduced to further skill-building, employment, internships and career opportunities. The program will include a research component and summit conference in year two to present findings and share the participants’ experiences through documented video storytelling.

The Project Manager is the primary point person responsible for innovating, planning, executing, and delivering project goals on time, within budget, and following specifications. To achieve these goals, the Project Manager will define the project requirements and scope, acquire project resources, and supervise the efforts of project team members.

“The Women In Civic Engagement Project” is funded by the Human Concern International.

Core Competencies

  • Communication 
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Time Management
  • Creative and Innovative Thinking
  • Decision Making and Judgement
  • Accountability and Dependability
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Staff Management
  • Research and Evaluation

Job Duties

  • Manage the entire lifecycle of the assigned project, ranging from strategic planning initiatives to tactical activities
  • Create a project plan, defining goals, objectives, staffing levels, roles and responsibilities, work breakdown structure, milestones, and deliverables
  • Manage project activities throughout the project lifecycle, including the allocation of adequate resources, partnerships, scheduling, documentation, budget, and other factors necessary for success
  • Plan all project timelines, milestones, deliverables, and micro-deliverables using the appropriate software tools and/or PM methods
  • Organize the project team into suitable responsibilities and guide them throughout their efforts to produce deliverables according to specifications
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to participants in the program including networking and referral to opportunities such as skills development, internships and employment opportunities
  • Establish and deliver mechanisms for tracking project progress and reporting to stakeholders via a formal communications plan
  • Conduct stakeholder meetings to solicit feedback, input, and expectations; incorporate these into project plans
  • Produce regular reports (status, escalations, etc.) on the progress of projects; deliver these reports to the funding agency,  and during regular stakeholder meetings
  • Track all project costs to ensure completion within budget


  • Candidate must live within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
  • University degree (Political Science, Public Administration, Policy, Public or Global Affairs background preferred)
  • Direct work experience in project management
  • Three years minimum experience working in government, or with the nonprofit sector, and working with women/refugees/visible minorities
  • Strong knowledge of local, provincial and federal government structures, political parties and the democratic process
  • Knowledge of potential skills development, internships, and employment opportunities related to government and politics
  • Have access to government and political role models in all parties for networking opportunities (preferred)
  • Highly effective negotiation, diplomatic, and conflict resolutions skills
  • Creation and facilitation of meetings, feedback sessions, and briefings to create consensus among stakeholders
  • Effectively communicate with all types of staff, including technical, professional, and upper management
  • Able to access a strong network of women already working in politics and government roles
  • Effectively communicate both verbally and in writing
  • Able to build and maintain lasting relationships in the government, business and nonprofit world

Work Conditions

  • Travel within the GTA and surrounding areas is required. One week’s travel to Ottawa required 
  • The contract starts February 2023, to January 2025
  • Hybrid- some in-person meetings required 
  • Flexible work hours may be required
  • Annual salary is 67,000 – 77,000 CAD per year plus vacation and benefits
  • 40 hours a week

Equity Statement

At SCF we are committed to inclusive, and barrier-free recruitment. We welcome and encourage applications from members of equity-seeking groups and people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Starting date: between mid to end of February

Qualified applicants should apply by February 1st by filling out the online form or send your cover letter and resume to

Job Overview

Starting Date

Between mid to end of February



Offered Salary

$67,000 - $77,000 CAD  + vacation and benefits

Job Type

Full Time


+3 years

Expiration Date

December 17, 2021 

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