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Project Lead

Deadline: October 20, 2021 5:00pm

The CEC Secretariat, headquartered in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) is seeking qualified applicants for full-time, two-year renewable positions of Project Leads in the following three unitsEcosystems, Environmental Quality and Green Growth. These positions are classified as Professional Staff and are open to nationals of Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

Important note: This selection process will be used to fill existing positions and create an eligibility list of qualified candidates. Therefore, please indicate in your cover letter if you are applying for a position that is situated in one or more of three above-mentioned units, specifying which one (s) and explaining your preference(s).

If you are interested in helping address climate change and 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.

Please submit your résumé and cover letter to by 20 October 2021 COB.


The following three units are responsible for developing, planning, and implementing the CEC’s cooperative work program, and assisting in strengthening the facilitation, coordination, and support for the work of the Secretariat in pursuit of the CEC’s strategic objectives.

  • Ecosystems Unit: focuses primarily on issues related to terrestrial and marine ecosystems conservation, restoration, and adaptation. 
  • Green Growth Unit: focuses primarily on issues such as sustainable materials management, circular economy, green innovation, resource efficiency and stimulating demand for green goods, services, and technologies.
  • Environmental Quality Unit: focuses primarily on issues related to environmental pollution abatement, chemicals management, pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTR), environmental geospatial information, climate change, and environmental health.

Each Project Lead is responsible for managing CEC projects and initiatives in coordination with the Unit team, appointed experts, and other CEC units, and for coordinating stakeholder engagement and outreach opportunities that enhance project outcomes. The Project Lead reports directly to the Head of Unit and receives support from the Unit Assistant.

The incumbent will support the cooperative work program of the CEC by carrying out the following tasks:

  • Lead projects and initiatives under the Operational Plan, focusing on planning and coordinating the delivery of project activities and outputs according to CEC policies, guidelines and procedures; developing project work plans, budgets and performance measures; and liaising with government experts and technical groups.
  • 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.
  • Plan, develop content, coordinate, and participate in meetings involving government officials, experts, and other stakeholders working on project deliverables.
  • Review and track progress of work needs and budgets.
  • Build and maintain partnerships and stakeholder engagement, develop outreach content, and participate in project outreach initiatives.
  • Collaborate internally with other CEC units to share best practices and promote continuous improvement in implementing the CEC’s cooperative work program.
  • Provide support to other CEC Units, as assigned, in the implementation of CEC projects.

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 environmental policies and issues.

 Skills and competencies:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and good knowledge of one of the other two official languages of the CEC (French and/or Spanish).
  • Effective writing skills in English to prepare, edit, and review various documents prior to presentation/publication.
  • Very good analytical skills: ability to identify and assess key trends, and to prepare succinct summaries with minimal direction.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work in a multicultural environment with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Capacity to work in a team, consulting and collaborating with colleagues toward a common result.
  • Capacity to work under pressure and solve problems rapidly and effectively.
  • Ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative research, using an evidence-based approach.
  • Adaptability and flexibility in a dynamic environment.
  • Tact, diplomacy, and good judgment

The annual base salary for this position ranges from a net income of US$ 35,000.00 to a net income of US$ 45,000.00, based on a weekly schedule of 37.5 hours. This income is paid in Canadian currency. You will also receive benefits representing 25% of your annual salary, as provided in our benefits package which also includes healthcare coverage.

Please submit your résumé and cover letter to by 20 October 2021 COB.

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation promotes employment equity and encourages diversity.

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.