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Lead, Advisory Groups and Private Sector Engagement

The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), headquartered in Montreal (Quebec, Canada), is seeking an experienced professional to fill the position of Lead, Advisory Groups and Private Sector Engagement. This is a full-time position with an initial renewable contract through 31March 2025, open to nationals of Canada, Mexico, and the United States.  

If you are interested in helping to address sustainable development issues in North America, gaining a unique experience in an environment that seeks to enhance cooperation among governments and communities, and working for an international organization that is committed to integrity, transparency, inclusiveness, collaboration, and excellence, you should apply for this position.

Key responsibilities:

The incumbent will be working in the Advisory Groups and Private Sector Engagement Unit and will be responsible for implementing the activities of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), in collaboration with the Unit team and JPAC members, including supporting the design and implementation of JPAC activities (e.g., public consultations, webinars and public forums) and JPAC-led projects. The Lead will also support the implementation of the Private Sector Engagement Strategy, which aims to promote increased private sector participation in addressing trilateral environmental priorities under the CEC. The Lead reports directly to the Head of Unit and receives support from the Unit Assistant, and will carry out the following tasks:

  • Plan, develop content, coordinate, and participate in private and public meetings involving JPAC members, experts and other stakeholders collaborating with the committee.
  • Lead the development and implementation of JPAC-led and private sector engagement activities, including convening, promoting dialogue, and fostering knowledge-sharing with private sector actors.
  • Develop annual work plans and budgets.
  • Collaborate with the CEC Communications and Outreach Units for the development of communication and outreach materials for JPAC and private sector-related events and activities.
  • Lead the development and implementation of JPAC-led projects, focusing on planning and coordinating the delivery of project activities and outputs according to CEC policies, guidelines, and procedures, including developing project work plans, budgets, performance measures, and liaising with government experts, as appropriate.
  • Coordinate the procurement process, including terms of reference and requests for proposals, selection of consultants, and oversee consultants’ work and deliverables in accordance with the terms of the contract and CEC quality standards.
  • Research, identify, seek and provide advice on key private sector trends, stakeholders and events relevant to the mandate of the CEC.

Attributes and Qualifications:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and good knowledge of one of the other two official languages of the CEC (French and/or Spanish). A working knowledge or understanding of Spanish is an asset.
  • Effective writing skills in English to prepare, edit, and review various documents prior to presentation/publication.
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to identify and assess key trends, and prepare succinct summaries with minimal direction.
  • Strong organizational planning skills and able to develop work plans and meet objectives and timelines.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for working in a multicultural environment with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Capacity to work in a team, consulting and collaborating with colleagues to reach an agreed-upon result.
  • Capacity to work under pressure and solve problems rapidly and effectively.
  • Adaptability and flexibility in a dynamic environment.
  • Tactful, diplomatic, and possessing good judgment

Education and Experience: 

  • The successful applicant will have, at a minimum, an undergraduate degree in a field of work related to the environment or other relevant areas of work and five (5) years of relevant experience in developing and implementing projects.
  • The successful applicant will have demonstrated knowledge and experience related to current priority environmental policies and issues, including, but not limited to, climate change, sustainable development, private sector environmental and social governance, environmental justice and Indigenous engagement.

Salary and Benefits: 

The annual base salary for this position ranges from a net income of US$40,500 to US$48,500 representing (C$53,200 to C$64,700). This net offer is supplemented by a 25% benefits and healthcare package and thus is equivalent to (C$77,500 to C$97,500) gross. Quebec residents must contribute RRQ, QPIP and IE. Relocation expenses are paid for by the CEC. 

Please submit your résumé and cover letter by e-mail, at lead-agpse@cec.org by 11 August 2023.

No phone calls or email message inquiries will be accepted. 

The CEC promotes equity, inclusion, and diversity in our employment and human resources practices.

We appreciate your interest in the CEC and wish to inform you that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. All résumés will be kept on file and considered for any future suitable vacancies that may occur within six months.





August 11, 2023


The annual base salary for this position ranges from a net income of US$40,500 to US$48,500 representing (C$53,200 to C$64,700).


Montreal, Quebec

About the CEC

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel environmental agreement to NAFTA. As of 2020, the CEC is recognized and maintained by the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, in parallel with the new Free Trade Agreement of North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, Indigenous people, youth, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations.

The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.

We appreciate your interest in the CEC and wish to inform you that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. All résumés will be kept on file for a six-month period and taken into consideration for any suitable vacancies occurring during that time.