Program manager - RIfS project office
  • Full time
  • WCRP
  • RIfS
  • Montréal (Ouranos offfice)

The new RIfS (Regional Information for Society) project office in Montreal is hiring!

RIfS is a new core project of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP), which has been advancing international collaboration in climate science for 40+ years. RIfS will work to narrow the gap between scientific advances and users of climate information. There is a lot of important work to be done building consensus on how to utilize physical climate data for decision-making, improving data access and equity, and so much more.  

We’re looking for entrepreneurial generalists to join a small team with big ambitions. You will be integral in setting up RIfS for success, as part of a small initial team with our director. You should be familiar with climate science and the institutions around it, international non-profits, and/or related domains. 
This role is for as a Program Manager, responsible for operations, logistics, and interfacing with internal and external partners. This role does not require expertise in climate science, but some background is preferred. We hope to find someone with experience in climate and/or environmental non-profits who has worked internationally beyond Europe and North America. 

As a small office, we all need to chip in to help with administrative tasks on occasion. We value collaboration, empathy, inclusivity, and being communicative and proactive. We will favor candidates who can demonstrate cultural competency to work with diverse populations internationally.  

You need to be fluent in both French and English. Some materials will be produced in both languages, and you may need to assist with translation. International meetings will occur in English, and the office in Montreal is French-speaking. 

If you think you have a unique and varied skillset that’s perfect for this organization, we want to hear from you. We know we won’t get everything in one person, but we especially want to hear from those with some climate science background. 

Main duties
  • Support coordination, planning, development and implementation of operational functions of the RIfS IPO;

  • Participate in the development of relevant governance structures and processes;

  • Carry out daily operations of the IPO, including financial and budgetary management, within the existing framework of the host organization;

  • Follow up on project management tasks for multiple working groups, in support of volunteer co-chairs, including organizing meetings across time zones, as well as drafting meeting notes and meeting agendas;

  • Manage the logistics and running of workshops, often internationally with multiple partner organizations;  

  • Coordinate with host organization staff and project interns; 

  • Support the director and other office staff to:
    -    Prepare progress reports for partner organizations and funders; 
    -    Identify additional funding opportunities and prepare related materials;
    -    Manage relationships with external partner organizations.

Minimum qualifications
  • At least five years of relevant work experience in program management in the domain of climate and environment; 

  • Experience working globally with partners from multiple countries (not just Europe and North America);

  • Experience in event design and facilitation, in-person and online;

  • Skilled at managing complex stakeholder engagements;

  • Experience of managing program budgets;

  • A degree, or substantial coursework, in an environmental science field;

  • Fluent in French and English.

Preferred qualifications
  • A graduate degree, or substantial coursework, in a climate science field;

  • Experience with a large international organization; 

  • Program or project management qualification;

  • Comfortable using Airtable and WordPress;

  • Proficiency in additional languages.  

What we offer
  • The opportunity to contribute to an important mission; 

  • Be part of a dedicated, dynamic, collaborative and caring team;     

  • Fixed-term contract until March 31, 2027 (extension possible subject to funding);

  • Full-time employment in hybrid formula; 

  • Flexible work schedule reconciling quality work-life; 

  • 4 weeks of vacation (or more, depending on experience); 

  • Full range of social benefits, including group insurance and RRSP contributions; 

  • Participation in the OPUS & Cie program; 

  • Offices located in the heart of the city center.

Please note that in order to apply, you must have Canadian citizenship, permanent residence or a valid work permit. Only those whose applications are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Ouranos values diversity, equality, equity and inclusion in employment in its management practices as well as its workplace and invites all qualified people to submit their applications.

The application deadline is December 10, 2023.
To apply, please fill in the form below.

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About Ouranos

Ouranos is a consortium on regional climatology and adaptation to climate change, with a mission to acquire and develop knowledge on climate change and its impacts, as well as relevant socio-economic and environmental vulnerabilities. Our objective is to help policy-makers identify, evaluate, promote and implement national, regional and local adaptation strategies. The Ouranos consortium includes over 450 scientists and professionals from different disciplines and offers a dynamic and stimulating work environment where a spirit of fellowship and kindness prevails and where diversity is favored. 

Ouranos has been selected by the World Climate Research Program to host the International Project Office for its new project “Regional Information for Society”.

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