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Community Education & Engagement Advisor

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Position Information

Position Title Community Education & Engagement Advisor
Department/Unit Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security
Research Project Promotion of Vancouver Principles in Sub-Saharan Africa (PVPSSA)
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posting Number GP042-24
Employee Group Grant-Paid
Position Type Term
Duration of Contract (if applicable) 1 year
Employment Type Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1.0
Salary $56,000 - $61,000 per annum (35 hours per week)
About the Organization
The Dallaire Institute is the co-developer of the 2017 Vancouver Principles on Peacekeeping and the Prevention of the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers. As part of Dalhousie University, the Dallaire Institute hosts a prestigious Tier 1 Canada Research Chair on International Peace, Security and Children and offers undergraduate and graduate courses. Through academic and practitioner training and community engagement, the Dallaire Institute’s interdisciplinary and applied research advances innovative strategies for preventing the recruitment and use of children in armed violence. The Dallaire Institute is supported through private, public and international contributions.
Job Summary
Reporting to the Director, Global and Partnerships, the Community Education & Engagement Advisor will play a pivotal role in contributing to the achievement of the Dallaire Institute’s mission through their thematic expertise within the context of armed conflict. The Community Education & Engagement Advisor will primarily contribute to Dallaire Institutes’ Community Education and Engagement Strategy as well as work closely with community stakeholders, including youth, women, journalists, program teams, state actors, and regional advocates through providing subject matter expertise and ensuring policy and programming coherence, raising awareness, capacity building and fundraising. The Community Education & Engagement Advisor will provide technical expertise/guidance to ensure action undertaken by stakeholders in security sector on the prevention of recruitment and use of children in armed conflict.
Key Responsibilities
  • Provide technical assistance to program delivery teams in Community Education and Engagement thematic areas, ensuring evidence-based implementation of gender-transformative approaches and contributing to the development, dissemination, and monitoring of community education and engagement quality tools.
  • Support business development by leveraging technical expertise to develop concept notes and proposals, and ensuring execution of strategy to influence policy changes and resource mobilization.
  • Support Country and Regional Offices in the innovative design, testing, and evaluation of community education programming; through local dialogues, convening high-level policy roundtables, and producing visual and audio communication materials on the outcomes of these events.
  • Contribute to developing community education and engagement strategies and modules to build the capacity of youth, women, and journalists and identification of early warning systems to prevent conflict.
  • Educate Country Offices on Canadian donor priorities, especially Global Affairs Canada, providing advice on approaches and donor-specific language and terminology.
  • Evaluate and oversee the Community engagement activities and develop strategies for improvement.
The successful applicant will primarily work remotely, with occasional presence in-person on-campus to meet client needs and operation requirements.
Required Qualifications
  • Undergraduate degree in international relations, social sciences, human rights, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with state actors, regional advocates, and security sector institutions on policy implementation and capacity-building initiatives.
  • Strong analytical, communication, and advocacy skills.
  • Excellent ability to build relationships at all levels and work across multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple competing priorities and deadlines with excellent prioritization and time management skills.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office tools.
  • Understanding of and experience in designing and implementing Global Affairs Canada-funded projects.
  • Understanding of international policy frameworks related to child protection, particularly the Vancouver Principles.
  • Proficiency in other languages, especially French.
Additional Information
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a voluntary RRSP, health and dental plans and an employee and family assistance program.
Application Consideration
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Diversity Statement
Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. In accordance with our Employment Equity Policy, preference will be given in hiring processes to candidates who self-identify as members of one or more of the equity-deserving groups listed above. For more information, including details related to our Employment Equity Policy and Plan and definitions of equity-deserving groups please visit
Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Open Date 07/02/2024
Close Date 07/16/2024
Open Until Filled No
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter