International Project Manager - Institute of Island Studies (reposted)

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Staff Position
Closing Date: 
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Date of Posting: 
September 12, 2012
Institute of Island Studies
International Project Manager (reposted)
Full-Time Term Position
Hours of Work: 

37.5 hours per week

$50,000 (CIDA Funding)

September 2012 – September 1, 2013 with possibility of extension over 5 years (Term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding and departmental requirements.) This position is pending final budget approval.

This employee will provide management services to an international development project ‘Wekimun, a rural livelihoods training center for aboriginal youth in Chiloe Island, Chile’ led by the Institute of Island Studies and the Faculty of Education at UPEI, in collaboration with the Williche Council of Chiefs on Chiloe Island, Chile. The person in this position must be scrupulously attentive to fiscal responsibility, experienced in human resource management, attentive to community needs, highly adaptable, and able to troubleshoot complex situations.
The Project Manager will coordinate project activities on a day-to-day basis, and liaise with project co-leaders in PEI and Chiloe, local stakeholders and prospective funders. The project manager will be responsible for the development of detailed annual workplans, facilitate processes for iterative project and program evaluation and adjustment, file regular financial and activity reports, hire and supervise local staff persons in Chile, and undertake day to day project management and the supervision of activities at the Wekimun rural training center. He/she will assist in obtaining future funding, ensure time-lines for activities are followed, and facilitate the work of UPEI faculty and community volunteers when they are working in Chile. Irregular hours, weekend work, and travel may be required.

MBA or MA International Development plus minimum 5 years experience in international community development project management, or acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated success in proposal development, budget management and community development project management. Demonstrated leadership in rural technology, sustainable agriculture and/or rural enterprise planning and execution. Excellent motivation skills, self-starter. Excellent oral communication, written and listening skills. At least intermediate level Spanish language proficiency (understand, speak and read) and a commitment to become completely fluent as quickly as possible.
Project Management Institute certification (PMI), experience working in indigenous communities, experience working with young people, experience in rural alternative energy systems installation, experience in supervision of infrastructure development and gender sensitivity training are desirable; also knowledge of participatory assessment processes and Results-Based Management, and experience in development and delivery of training programs. Physical capacity to travel in remote rural areas lacking roads and electricity is essential. The successful applicant must be willing and able to work initially at University of Prince Edward Island and relocate to Chiloe Island, Chile within six-eight weeks of starting the position. Must be bondable.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and references to be received no later than the closing date to Please ensure that your first and last name and the competition number are included in the email subject line. You can also apply in person to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

Successful Candidate(s): 

A. Sammon

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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