Employment Opportunity: Project and Communications Officer

October 7, 2020 – It is an exciting time at the Parliamentary Centre. We are renewing ourselves through a strategic planning process and the launch of important new programming to reaffirm the Centre as a Canadian and world leader in democratic development. We are developing and putting into practice innovative project management platforms, remote engagement tools and communication strategies that will allow it to continue to support inclusive governance in a rapidly evolving global context.

The Parliamentary Centre is currently recruiting a Project and Communications Officer. 

They will support implementing the Centre’s new “Parliamentary Accountability for the Security Sector in Ukraine” project, and the ongoing “Support to the Parliament of Armenia” project among others. The Officer will support planning and implementing project activities, financial management, and tracking results to report to the funder. This will include using project management platforms for effective work from a distance under COVID-19 realities and beyond. This will also include supporting the development of new initiatives as the organization continues to grow. 

The Officer will also play an active role in communicating what the Parliamentary Centre aims to achieve and the impacts we are making through various initiatives worldwide. They will interact with the public and establish productive relationships with key stakeholders and policymakers through social media and other communication means. Applicants should be excited about engaging with our key audiences about the change we are supporting.

The ideal candidate will have proven achievements in the implementation of international development projects, solid knowledge of results-based-management and the ability to work in a highly dynamic and politically sensitive environment. They would have proven experience in integrating gender and intersectional dimensions in all aspects of work. They should have a track record of success in communication and excellent written and verbal communication skills in both English and French. They will also have a keen interest in inclusive democratic governance and international relations.  

The candidate would start as soon as possible. The place of employment is in the Ottawa office. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a successful candidate would work from home until regular work in the Ottawa office becomes possible. Relocation support is not possible.    

This is a full-time position for two (2) years with the possibility for extension. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 
 Project Management

  • Draft and update project work plans
  • Draft project and activity budgets; monitor the spending of funds; provide other ongoing support to the financial management of the projects   
  • Coordinate the preparation and implementation of project activities
  • Draft project activity reports and project narrative reports to the funder
  • Support the development and implementation of online project management and results tracking platforms 
  • Conduct project relevant research


  • Collaborate with management to develop and implement an effective communications strategy based on the Centre’s target audience
  • Develop and disseminate public relations materials that increase the Centre’s visibility among ou
  • r stakeholders
  • Develop, support and promote the Centre’s work, achievements and impact by writing, editing, and distributing content, including publications (project backgrounders, reports, infographics), press releases, website content, annual reports, social media releases, and other materials
  • Manage and use client relationship management software (Maximizer) to undertake targeted communications with key stakeholders.

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in Political Science, European Studies, Public Administration, Public Policy, International Relations, or related subjects, including communication.  
  • 3 to 5 years of practical experience with the management of international development projects. Experience with projects funded by the Government of Canada is an asset
  • Solid understanding of and proven experience in results-based management  
  • Proven experience in integrating gender and intersectionality considerations in all aspects of programming
  • Experience in managing project budgets and knowledge of accounting procedures
  • Proven ability to write effectively in English and French for a variety of audiences using different styles requiring little to no editing (donor report writing, success stories, public-facing web stories, press releases, etc.)
  • Proven research and political analysis skills and ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Experience developing external communication/outreach strategies
  • Significant experience with social media communications and analyzing social media metrics: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn  
  • Proven experience in client relationship management (CRM) and client contact software
  • Demonstrated  knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs, Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.), web conferencing tools and website update software
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Ability to apply discretion and maintain confidential information
  • Ability and willingness for international travel and irregular working hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Knowledge of democratic governance systems and the work of parliaments is a strong asset 
  • Interest in and knowledge of the regional political context and culture in Eastern Europe and the Caucuses is an asset

How to Apply

The Parliamentary Centre offers an opportunity to join a multicultural, values-driven, highly experienced, dynamic, and growing international development team. We offer a competitive salary and a sector-leading benefits package.  The benefit package includes membership in the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP), the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP), Public Service Dental Care Plan (PSDCP) among others.    

Canadian citizenship or Canadian permanent resident status at the time of application is required.

The Parliamentary Centre welcomes and supports a diverse and inclusive work environment.  As such, the Parliamentary Centre makes employment decisions without regard to an applicant’s or employee’s race, religion, colour, gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by Canadian law. If you need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify the Parliamentary Centre at parlcent@parlcent.org.

Applicants are encouraged to explore the social media platforms of the Parliamentary Centre to familiarize themselves with the history and work of the organization.  

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter describing why your skills and experience match our ne

eds and articulating what you can bring to the Centre to parlcent@parlcent.orgPut “Project and Communications Officer” in the subject line of the e-mail.

The Parliamentary Centre will contact only candidates selected for an interview.

The deadline for applying is October 19, 2020, midnight EDT.



The PASS Ukraine project will promote peace and stability in the country by supporting the Parliament of Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada) to play its central role in formulating, implementing, monitoring, and reforming security policy. 

This two-year initiative will offer targeted support to two parliamentary committees, the Committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence, and the Committee on Law Enforcement that plays a crucial role in Rada’s relevant work. 

The Parliamentary Centre, together with its local partner, the Agency for Legislative Initiatives, will support the committees to take into account the impacts on and needs of women and men, girls and boys in the debate and passing of specific pieces of security sector reform legislation as well as in overseeing the relevant work of the government. 

This support will focus on developing a structured approach to inputs from Ukrainian civil society, including women’s groups into the legislative and oversight process. 

Support will also be offered in developing the knowledge and skills of committee members and staff on how to better structure and manage the work of committees and to develop formalised relevant procedures. In addition, the project will facilitate a series of executive-legislative exchanges, aimed at breaking existing barriers and identifying ways for improved interaction between parliament and the executive on security sector reform, including its gender dimensions.        


“Support to the Parliament of Armenia” provides strategic support to the National Assembly to develop and operationalize an inclusive and accountable internal governance strategy. Gender equality and the inclusion of youth and persons living with disabilities throughout the administration of parliament are important aspects of this effort and so is the establishment of a link between parliamentary staff and civil society.

The ongoing initiative has supported the parliamentary administration to formulate a draft Corporate Strategic Plan: a first of its kind for the National Assembly of Armenia. As a next step the project will support the development of a one-year Operational Action Plan and its presentation to the international community to seek coordinated support for its implementation. The project will also facilitate a connection between the National Assembly with Armenian CSOs representing women, youth and people with disabilities to discuss the role and mandate of the parliamentary administration and how such groups can get better opportunities to be part of the administration.