Employment Opportunity: Program Manager, Latin America

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Application deadline: April 29, 2022 (9:00 AM EDT)

Start date: June 20, 2022

Compensation: $72,276 – $88,409

If you believe that:

  • Social change is possible
  • Feminist principles and process can help change the world
  • Social justice activists, in Canada and in the global South, can support and learn from each other
  • You have a contribution to make in helping strengthen and manage a Canadian organization devoted to the promotion of social justice and human rights around the world

…you may be interested in applying for a Latin America Program Manager position at Inter Pares, a Canadian social justice organization. We build relationships with people and organizations, in Canada and overseas, who share an analysis that poverty is caused by structural inequalities among and within nations, and who are working to promote fundamental change in their communities and countries.

As part of our institutional co-management team, the successful candidate will be expected to share responsibility for Inter Pares’ financial, administrative, and political well-being and direction. The co-management team operates on a parity basis – equal salary, equal responsibility – guided by principles of consensus-based decision-making. All co-managers participate in management committees, administration, raising funds, donor relations, board relations, external representation, and public engagement.

The position of Latin America Program Manager

We are looking for a program manager to share responsibility with one other person for our program in Latin America, with a focus on South America. This position entails supporting organizational strengthening with counterpart organizations, relationship building with counterparts, policy development and advocacy, networking with national and international NGOs, and developing and administering programs most notably around gender rights, LGBTQI+ rights, peacebuilding, migration, and governance, as well as other areas such as food sovereignty, economic justice, and control over local resources. Program administration, including reporting to funders, entails using a Results-Based Management (RBM) approach. The program manager develops and implements strategies around those objectives through research and analysis, fundraising, linkages, development of new programs, organization of educational events, writing and publishing, and political and organizational representation. The position is based in our office in Ottawa. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, there is flexibility about in-office presence, however in-person onboarding during the first two weeks is expected.

Demonstrated qualifications

  • Commitment to social justice and feminist principles
  • Commitment to collective work, ability to work in a team and independently
  • Commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression values
  • Solid knowledge of socio-political dynamics in Latin America, especially South America
  • Analytical abilities and capacity to think and work strategically
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience engaging and organizing in a community (such as a local, cultural, interest-based or identity-based community) or a social movement (such as provincial, national or international solidarity movement) internationally and/or in Canada
  • Financial management, administrative, and organizational skills, including the ability to juggle a diversity of tasks and themes within shifting, and sometimes overlapping timeframes
  • Excellent written skills, attention to detail, and an ability to write for a variety of audiences
  • Good working knowledge of Windows software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and competence using spreadsheets and databases
  • Ability to work flexible and irregular hours at peak times, and to do international travel several weeks a year to sometimes remote and rugged areas (a modest contribution towards child care expenses is accessible)
  • Skills/experience in fundraising, communications, public engagement and managing grants using an RBM framework are considerable assets
  • Lived experience in or connection to Latin America is a strong asset


  • Excellent writing, speaking, and editing skills in English OR French
  • Very good written and oral communication skills in Spanish
  • Good written and oral communication skills in English
  • Good written and oral communication skills in French an asset

Salary and benefits

This job is eligible for a salary ranging from $72,276 to $88,409. It also comes with a generous benefits package that includes extended health coverage and retirement planning benefits. All new staff begin with four weeks of vacation, which increases with seniority.

Start date: June 20, 2022

Application process

Candidates must have legal permission to work in Canada. Interested persons should submit their CV, accompanied by a cover letter in French or English elaborating why they are interested in working at Inter Pares, and the skills and experience they would contribute. This can be sent by e-mail to: info@interpares.ca, with the subject: Co-Manager, Latin America – FIRST NAME LAST NAME.

Candidates must be available for interviews between May 12-13 and potentially for further interviews between May 19-24. Interviews will be conducted by videoconference. The interview will be in English and include some questions asked in Spanish and French. The interview will also include a writing test. We are happy to provide an accessible interview and employment environment and accommodation if required. Inter Pares assumes reasonable interview-related expenses; as compensation for time spent engaging with our interview process, all candidates who reach the interview stage will also be paid the same hourly wage as co-managers earn (currently $34.75).

Inter Pares is committed to working within an anti-racism, anti-oppression, and anti-colonial framework, and recognizes that systemic privilege and oppression have strongly shaped staffing patterns in international cooperation. We strongly encourage applications from women, racialized people, Indigenous people, migrants, people with marginalized sexual or gender identities, and people living with disabilities. We invite candidates to share how they personally identify in their application if they wish to do so.

For more information about Inter Pares, please consult our website: www.interpares.ca.

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