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Job Number:  35081
Capacity Building Officer
Job Posted: Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Closing Date: Sunday, 28 May 2017
(54 days ago)
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Region: Ottawa area Type: Full time
Location: Ottawa Salary: $60,300 - $76,000

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of municipal governments, representing the interests of cities and communities with the federal government.



Program:                      Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP)

Department:                 FCM Programs

Languages:                  Bilingualism (English and French) is essential



Funded by Infrastructure Canada (INFC), the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) is a five-year $75 million national initiative whose goal is to enable Canadian municipalities to accelerate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce their vulnerability to climate change impacts – including through the integration of climate considerations in infrastructure asset management. Long-term, the funding supports of the MCIP program will help municipalities achieve their long-term sustainability and resilience goals and deliver higher performing infrastructure for Canadians. Managed by FCM, in collaboration with other organizations in the climate change mitigation and adaptation space, the MCIP has two complementary priorities: reinforce municipal and local community capacity in climate change mitigation, adaptation and innovative asset management approaches; and generate new knowledge for the municipal sector to enable replication, inform policy and other stakeholders’ initiatives that advance sustainability and resilience practices.


Major Purpose:

The Program Officer, Municipal Capacity Building, delivers programming to support the knowledge and capacity building objectives in the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), including a combination of broad awareness raising and facilitated peer-to-peer learning among small cohorts of municipal officials. The role mobilizes knowledge and activity related to climate change impacts, adaptations and resilience with complementary supports on low carbon development and mitigation. Major activities include the development and delivery of awareness raising presentations, training sessions, one-on-one support to municipalities and collaboration with program implanting partners in support of the Climate and Asset Management Network (CANM). The Officer uses knowledge gained through the delivery of program activities to identify knowledge gaps where new guides, trainings and other products can be developed. The Officer also assists with the integration and coordination of knowledge management, exchange and mobilization across other units of the FCM Programs department.


Key Responsibilities:

The Officer will report to the Manager, Capacity Building – MCIP. He/she will be responsible for the delivery of the following aspects of the Program:


1. Implementing and coordinating the resources and activities as well as managing the results of the Climate and Asset Management Network (CAMN):

  • Works closes with key partner organizations including the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM), Centre d’expertise en infrastructure urbaine (CERIU), Union des Municipality du Quebec (UMQ) and the Federation Quebecoise des municipalités(FQM).
  • Conducting regional awareness and engagement activities on the importance of climate change adaptation (key messages, tools, venues, etc.).
  • Providing technical assistance to municipalities on climate adaptation and resilience with implementing partners.
  • Support for peer to peer and cohort learning opportunities.
  • Development, coordination and delivery of training sessions and workshops.

2. Coordinating activities, outcomes, and knowledge across recipients of Climate Adaptation Partner Grants.


3. Broad municipal engagement and knowledge mobilization:

  • Facilitating effective collaboration and knowledge exchange related to municipal climate change adaptation and mitigation (focus on adaptation and links with infrastructure management and renewal) amongst municipalities, provincial and territorial municipal associations, industry associations, and other key implementing partners and stakeholders;
  • Building capacity by increasing awareness, access and understanding of municipal climate change best practices; and
  • Providing leadership through the delivery of programming and resources (e.g. guides, workshops, case studies, success stories) that facilitate the wide-spread adoption of municipal climate change adaptation and mitigation practices.

In addition to working closely with the MCIP team, the Officer will be working with colleagues in other FCM programs, including the Green Municipal Fund, and the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), to ensure a coordinated and complimentary approach to FCM initiatives that support sustainability with external partners and in our membership.


Knowledge and Experience:

  • University degree in environmental studies or engineering, public administration, business administration or a related discipline with strong background in organizational learning, adult education, .
  • Minimum 5 years proven experience designing and delivering initiatives which connect diverse stakeholders (e.g. government, not-for-profits, private sector, etc.) to deliver on capacity building approaches, adult education, and the transfer of skills and knowledge; build capacity; and measure impacts.
  • Excellent project and contract management skills with strong ability to multi-task.
  • Leadership role in the context of managing a very diverse group of stakeholders and inputs from various sources.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian municipal sector structure, needs, and capacity.
  • Knowledge of infrastructure asset management, including practices and policies in Canada considered and asset.
  • Experience in group facilitation and consensus building.
  • Proven effective presentation skills
  • Strong verbal and written communications, negotiation, representation and influential skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong client/service orientation, with the ability to establish support and credibility at all levels, within and outside of the organization.
  • Strong diplomatic skills and cultural sensitivity.
  • Sound knowledge in climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions, municipal infrastructure and other related sectors to the program, and experience working in or with municipalities, a strong asset.
  • Established contacts and networks with key stakeholders in Canada who are strategic for climate change skills building and policy development is an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience working with elected officials and senior level executives, an asset.
  • Domestic Travel within Canada 4-5 times a year.



Language Requirements:

  • The ability to work fluently (oral and writing) in both official languages (English and French) is required 


The benefits to joining the FCM team include summer hours (Fridays off between July 1st and Labour Day); office facilities located in the ByWard Market, FCM’s commitment to employee development and a competitive range of employee benefits and services.

How to Apply:
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For additional information on this posting, or for further information on FCM, access our website at www.fcm.ca.

Visit the careers section of our website to apply. Deadline for applications is May 28, 2017.

We thank all candidates for their interest; however we will only contact those selected for an interview. All the applications will be kept on file for six months following the hiring.
Contact Details:
Human Resources
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
24 Clarence Street
Ottawa, ON, K1N 5P3
www:   www.fcm.ca

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