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Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Indigenous Affairs Officer

Deadline: February 18, 2022 5:00pm

The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America (CEC), headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is seeking an experienced professional to fill a staff position as TEK and Indigenous Affairs Officer.

This is a full-time, two-year position with possibility of renewal, based at the CEC Secretariat in Montreal. Note that this position is open to nationals of Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

The position is situated within the Advisory Groups and Private Sector Engagement Unit, which is responsible for developing, planning, and implementing activities supporting the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) and the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Expert Group (TEKEG), and will oversee the development and overall direction of TEK initiatives/projects under the CEC cooperative work program. The Unit also promotes and enhances private sector and public participation across all CEC units, in pursuit of the CEC’s strategic objectives.

Within this context, and under the overall direction of the Head of the Advisory Groups and Private Sector Engagement, the TEK and Indigenous Affairs Officer is responsible for identifying opportunities to advance TEK, Indigenous perspectives and Indigenous-led stewardship practices across CEC operations. The work also involves developing mechanisms and ensuring the effective implementation and delivery of TEKEG activities, as well as providing advice on the area of specialization, in addition to building activities with stakeholders in Mexico, the United States, and Canada, including government officials, industry, academia, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations.

You should apply if you have expertise in project management and Indigenous engagement, and if you want a unique experience in an international organization that supports governments in addressing environmental issues in North America.

Key responsibilities:

  • Work with the CEC’s TEKEG to identify opportunities to advance the integration of TEK, Indigenous perspectives and Indigenous-led stewardship practices across CEC operations, to address shared environmental, social and economic concerns.
  • Design and develop, guided by advice from the TEKEG, a strategy for the integration of Indigenous approaches and perspectives in the CEC’s work, and manage its implementation in line with the organization’s planning and reporting cycles.
  • Provide efficient management of TEK and Indigenous Affairs activities and projects, including monitoring and overseeing administrative and budgetary matters.
  • Develop research protocols and guidelines for ethical research, provide advice regarding the engagement of Indigenous Peoples and communities and identify opportunities for policy relevant activities.

Attributes and qualifications

  • University degree in social or environmental sciences, law, public administration, and a minimum of five (5) years working and/or collaborating on Indigenous matters and different levels of government.
  • Experience in the development of policies and as a policy advisor to senior management.
  • Expertise in engaging and working with Indigenous Peoples and communities in Canada, Mexico and/or the United States.
  • Indigenous affiliation is encouraged, due to the importance and nature of the work objectives.
  • Excellent understanding of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and Indigenous perspectives.
  • Superior research, analytical, and communication skills, including the ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Very good knowledge of written and spoken English. Knowledge of Spanish will be considered an important asset.
  • Availability to travel regularly within Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
  • Contract and project management skills and knowledge.
  • Experience working in an international organization will be considered an asset.

The annual base salary for this position ranges from a net minimum income of US$52,000.00 to a maximum of US$62,000.00, representing a range (gross income) of CDN$82,000.00 to CDN$116,000.00, based on a weekly schedule of 37.5 hours. This income is paid in Canadian currency.

In addition to the salary, the CEC provides benefits representing 25% of your annual salary (US net income), as provided in our benefits package, which also includes healthcare coverage. The benefits package can be used for childcare services, retirement savings (RRSP), tuition costs, and professional or fitness facilities memberships and dues, among others.

Note that the CEC will pay for all moving and relocation costs.

The CEC promotes employment equity and encourages diversity.

Please submit your résumé and cover letter by e-mail at tekiaofficer@cec.org by 18 February 2022.

No phone calls or email message inquiries will be accepted.

About the CEC

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by the governments of Canada, the United Mexican States (Mexico), and the United States of America (United States) through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a side agreement concluded in connection with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As of 2020, the CEC operates in accordance with the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, which entered into force at the same time as the new trade agreement known as CUSMA, T-MEC and USMCA in each of these three countries, respectively. 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 Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States 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.