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Project Leads – Environmental Quality Unit and Green Growth Unit

Deadline: October 31, 2022 5:00pm

The CEC Secretariat, headquartered in Montreal (Quebec, Canada), is seeking qualified applicants for two full-time, three-year non-renewable positions as Project Leads: one reporting to the Environmental Quality Unit and the other reporting to the Green Growth Unit. These are classified as Professional Staff positions.  Candidates must be domiciled and legally allowed to work in Canada. Please note that the CEC will not be responsible for relocation or related expenses.

The position reporting to the Environmental Quality Unit will be leading the implementation of CEC cooperative work on initiatives that were recently approved by the CEC Council on three topics: Transitioning Remote Communities to Renewable Energy, Air Quality, and Environmental Justice and Climate Adaptation. Meanwhile, the position reporting to the Green Growth Unit will be leading the implementation of CEC cooperative work related to two Council-approved initiatives: Circular Economy and Environmental Education for Community Ecosystem Conservation.

Important note:  Considering the information above, please indicate in your cover letter if you are applying for a particular position or for both, 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.


The 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.

  • The Green Growth Unit focuses primarily on cooperative work that promotes economic growth that is mindful of the environment, and thus includes issues such as sustainable materials management, circular economy, green innovation, resource efficiency, and stimulating demand for green goods, services, and technologies. 
  • The 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 the CEC projects and initiatives assigned to them, 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 the assigned projects and/or 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 representatives, subject matter 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/initiative 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.
  • Opportunity to support other CEC units, as assigned, taking into account the non-renewable three-year position, for 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 environmental focused projects.

The successful applicant will have demonstrated knowledge and experience related to current environmental policies and issues.

Specific knowledge and/or working experience on the subject matters related to the initiatives linked to the position of interest are an asset.

Skills and competencies:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and 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 in advancing toward a common goal.
  • 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 C$52,000.00 to a net income of C$62,000.00, based on a weekly schedule of 37.5 hours. This net income is exempt from federal/provincial taxes but not from employee contributions (QPP, EI, QPIP). You will also receive benefits representing 25% of your annual salary (thus equivalent to C$13,000 to C$15,500), as provided in our benefits package that also includes health care coverage.

Please submit your résumé and cover letter to by COB 31 October 2022.

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.