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IMPACT transforms how natural resources are managed in areas where security and human rights are at risk. We investigate and develop approaches for natural resources to improve security, development, and equality. We are an independent non-profit, collaborating with local partners for lasting change.

IMPACT is headquartered in Ottawa and has offices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Côte d’Ivoire.

Project Manager

The Project Manager will oversee the implementation of IMPACT’s projects in countries of operation.

They will work in close collaboration with staff, technical experts, and partners in Canada, the Great Lakes and Southern regions of Africa, and internationally. The Project Manager will be expected to travel to difficult environments, such as eastern DRC, with the possibility of extended periods of time at IMPACT project sites.

Specific areas of work include:

  • Oversee the implementation of the project strategy and programming activities to realize project objectives and the overall mission of the organization.
  • Manage project staff.
  • In close coordination with the Field Operations Department, ensure operational (including security) procedures are effectively carried out and respected.
  • Engage in annual program planning to ensure the development of timely and effective strategies based on feedback loops, analysis, and quantitative and qualitative evidence.
  • Liaise with governments, the private sector, and civil society, to see to the successful implementation of the project and realization of its objectives in keeping with the overall mission and vision of the organization.
  • Ensure constructive dialogue and coordination if fitting between the project and related initiatives in other similar contexts where security and human rights are at risk.
  • Identify technologies, approaches and partners to deepen or scale the overall well-being of artisanal miners and their communities in sites of operation.
  • Ensure adaptability of the project and the technical support provided to site-specific contexts.
  • Share expertise and document lessons learned and new developments in the ASM sector and related domains.
  • Capture and support the analysis of project milestones and contribute to funding proposals and narrative reports.
  • Undertake media relations and public speaking activities as required. In close coordination with the Communications Department, carry out report writing (for donors and external audiences) including lessons learned with a view to inform best practices globally.

Candidates are asked to clearly demonstrate in their applications how they meet the requirements of the position.

The successful candidate MUST have the following qualifications, experience and skills:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field such as international development or development economics, conflict studies or equivalent.
  • At least 5 years of experience in project coordination and management in the international development sector, preferably within an international NGO.
  • Experience applying results-based project management tools applicable to all stages of project life-cycle: initiation, planning, monitoring & evaluation, reporting, execution, and closing.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate gender throughout the entire project management cycle and in one’s everyday work, including demonstrating leadership in women’s rights and gender equality at an organizational level and in close collaboration with partners and beneficiaries . Advanced knowledge of development country contexts.
  • Field experience working in Africa.
  • Fluency in English and French a must, written and oral.
  • Advanced Microsoft office skills (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).

The following skills and experiences will be considered as assets, but are not required:

  • Experience working on artisanal mining issues especially as relates to international development, including social, economic and environmental issues.
  • Experience working with cooperatives in developing country contexts is strongly favoured.
  • Knowledge of conflict and peacebuilding and their linkages to natural resource governance.
  • Experience working in conflict-affected context and fragile environments.
  • Experience managing a highly diverse team.
  • Proven ability in public representation, including with the media.
  • A basic understanding of issues surrounding human rights and conflict in Africa, transparency and accountability in the extractive sector, and corporate social responsibility.
  • Experience working in a policy or advocacy capacity, preferably with an NGO.
  • Familiarity or experience with chain of custody or sourcing initiatives.
  • Ability to develop financial plans, analyze and interpret financial data.
  • Ability to accurately listen, understand and respond appropriately when interacting with individuals and groups representing diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.
  • Demonstrated conflict-resolution skills.

Additional Competencies:

  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strategic level and analytical thinking with ability to quickly absorb technical knowledge.
  • Ability to manage a complex workload and respect deadlines with minimal supervision in a fast paced and rapidly evolving environment.
  • Ability to work within a team and to contribute to team cohesion to realize larger organizational objectives.
  • Ability to travel in difficult, unpredictable and insecure environments, exercising superior judgement skills.
  • High degree of adaptability including new tools and rapidly evolving situations.
  • Ability to self-manage: prioritize, to manage complex workloads and to work with minimal oversight.
  • Excellent judgement and problem solving skills; solution-oriented and highly creative.

IMPACT’s headquarters are located in Ottawa. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or have permanent residency status in Canada, and be legally entitled to work in Canada.


Send the following information by email to [email protected]

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The anticipated start date is Fall 2019.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls or walk-ins please.

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