Project Manager Feasibility Study

Job Description

3 month full time contract position

Summary
CAFCAN Social Services is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada
(ESDC) to conduct a feasibility study on the development of a Canadian
Institute for People of African Descent (CIPAD) with a key deliverable the
development of a concept paper to plan the creation of CIPAD and engage with
relevant stakeholders to ensure the project reflects, from a national
perspective, the diverse views of Black Canadian communities.
The expected results from the study include a framework for establishing the
CIPAD, an environmental scan of Black-led and Black-serving organizations
across Canada; a comparative analysis of models for similar institutes
operating in Canada and abroad. Integral to the project is a concept paper that
addresses the institute plans for a community-centred governance
structure, core activities and priority themes it will address, its core
values, a communications and knowledge exchange plan and, a workplan for
establishing an institute over a four year period.

The feasibility study s key outcomes will be to determine the established
readiness to implement CIPAD; confirmation of the priority needs of Black
Canadian communities; identified multi-sectoral partnerships which support the
establishment of CIPAD; community connectedness amongst Black Canadians around
the establishment of CIPAD. Applications are currently being accepted for a
Project Manager whose primary role is to ensure that the project s expected
results and key outcomes are met within the established time period.

Project Deliverables:
1. Finalize the concept paper to guide in the planning and creation of CIPAD.
2. Ensure the environmental scan of is a comprehensive reflection of Black-led
and Black-serving organizations across Canada.
3. Ensure documented engagement of Black Community stakeholders for the
proposed CIPAD reflects the diverse views of Black Canadian communities.
4. Confirm that the comparative analysis on proposed governance structure
includes research and presentation of various governance structures, best
practices and applications, locally, nationally and internationally that relate
to the traditional and contemporary values of African Canadians.
5. Ensure that the implementation plan for establishing the institute over the
fouryear funding period includes an analysis of resources requirements
including human, infrastructural and financial resources.
6. Finalize the draft communications and knowledge exchange plan.
7. Organize and host face to face, video and on-line consultations and sharing
circles with the Ushauri and Black communities across Canada.
8. Engage with relevant stakeholders (regional and national) operating in
African/Black communities in spheres of education, culture, economics,
business, employment, social inclusion, research and health for African
Canadian communities.
9. Work with community collaborators and researchers to gather on-the-
ground and in the community perspectives and serve as knowledg
in creating and hosting focus groups in representative Black/African
communities.
10. Host a two-day conference in a selected African/Black Canadian community to
share the research and consultation findings, feasibility study and proposed
CIPAD model with representatives of Black Canadian communities.
11. Complete progress reports that keep CAFCAN, the Ushauri and other
stakeholders notified and informed of the progress of the feasibility study.
12. Prepare reports on consultations, focus groups and research findings as
necessary.
13. A final report including articulation of the following outcomes: a)
readiness to implement CIPAD; b) confirmation of the high priority needs of
Black Canadian communities; c) identified multi-sectoral partnerships which
support the establishment of CIPAD, d) community cohesion and connectedness
amongst Black Canadians regarding the establishment and operation of CIPAD.
14. Documentation of the CIPAD feasibility study and implementation using a
variety of media.

General Requirements
Accept and work within the framework of CAFCAN s mission, vision, values an
policies. Work within an anti-oppressive framework (including an anti-Black
racism lens). A comprehensive understanding and knowledge of Canada s
African/Black communities, their history and experiences, successes and
failures, experience with race and racism, class and classism, anti-Black
racism and the catalysts for the positive and negative outcomes impacting them
as people of Black /African descent. A demonstrated understanding of the
African/Black led and controlled Canadian movements large and small seeking to
enhance equity, diversity, inclusion and human rights for people of African
descent in Canada; Deep knowledge of and familiarity with the history, goals
and strategies of movements seeking to counter anti-Black racism in Canada;
A comprehensive understanding and knowledge of Canada s African/Black
communities, their history and experiences, successes and failures, experience
with race and racism, class and classism, anti-Black racism and the catalysts
for the positive and negative outcomes impacting them as people of Black /
African descent.
A demonstrated understanding of the African/Black led and controlled Canadian
movements large and small seeking to enhance equity, diversity, inclusion and
human rights for people of African descent in Canada; Deep knowledge of and
familiarity with the history, goals and strategies of movements seeking to
counter anti-Black racism in Canada;

Qualifications:
1. A comprehensive understanding and knowledge of Canada s African/Black
communities, their history and experiences, successes and failures, experience
with race and racism, class and classism, anti-Black racism and the catalysts
for the positive and negative outcomes impacting them as people of Black /
African descent.
2. A demonstrated understanding of the African/Black led and controlled
Canadian movements large and small seeking to enhance equity, diversity,
inclusion and human rights for people of African descent in Canada.
3. Deep knowledge of and familiarity with the history, goals and strategies of
movements seeking to counter anti-Black racism in Canada.
4. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
5. Commitment and availability to travel to various parts Canada, if necessary.
6. Demonstrated experience and qualifications of work in the area of human
rights, equity and diversity.
7. Demonstrated experience and qualifications in the areas of organizational
development, community development, entrepreneurship and economic development
especially as it applies to marginalized and/or disenfranchised communities in
Canada.
8. Significant experience facilitating community consultations and workshops in
the African/Black Community.
9. Excellent communications skills and understandings of critical race
analysis.
10. Demonstrated history of writing excellent and accessible project reports.
11. Demonstrated ability to grasp theoretical concepts and apply them to field
research and evidence.
12. Ability to manage budgets to achieve deliverables and outcomes.
13. Proof of having completed the minimum requirement of an undergraduate
degree in a related discipline or the equivalent in work experience.
14. The ability to document the process for archival and study purposes. 15.
Oral and written proficiency in both English and French required. 16. Oral
proficiency in languages of Africa and the Diaspora are considered assets.

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: July 06, 2020 or as soon as a suitable candidate is
found.

CAFCAN Social Services is an equal opportunity employer.

Please forward your resume quoting position title to: Project Manager Hiring
Committee Email:

We thank all applicants, however only short listed candidates will be
contacted.
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