Program Specialist, Canadian International Development Scholarships 2030

(two-year term position)

Universities Canada is the voice of Canadian universities, at home and abroad. We are a membership organization providing university presidents with a unified voice for higher education, research and innovation. Universities Canada advances the mission of our member institutions to transform lives, strengthen communities and find solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our world.

We are currently recruiting a Program Specialist to be responsible for a range of activities related to the development, planning, implementation and management of the new Canadian International Development Scholarships 2030 program. Working with a cross-organizational team between Universities Canada and Colleges and Institutes Canada, the incumbent will play a leadership, consulting and program administration role with member institutions, partners, funding agencies and staff.  They will also serve as the main contact for university scholarship project inquiries, monitor and evaluate university project activities to ensure alignment with program objectives and lead the development and projection of financial and narrative reports.

If you are right for this opportunity, you will possess the education and experience listed below:

Education and experience

  • A relevant university degree, preferably in international relations, international development, social sciences or related discipline.
  • Four years of relevant experience.
  • Prior experience with project and/or program management.
  • Experience managing government-funded programs, an asset.
  • International development work experience, especially in Africa, an asset.


  • Good knowledge of Canadian education institutions and programs.
  • Knowledge of international affairs and global issues.


  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in both official languages.
  • Strong administrative, organizational and financial management and reporting skills.
  • Good capacity to liaise and manage multiple external clients and multiple contracts.
  • Ability to work under pressure while balancing competing priorities.
  • High degree of discretion and insight.

The position is based in Ottawa. Universities Canada has adopted a hybrid work model where employees are expected to work in the office a minimum of two days per week. 

The hiring salary range for this position is from $72,524 to $86,122 depending on experience.  Candidates who do not meet all of the position requirements may be considered in an underfill capacity, in which case the candidate would be hired at a lower level than the position level.

Universities Canada is a National Capital Region Top Employer.  We offer a comprehensive benefit package which includes four weeks of vacation, an attractive pension plan, group insurance, free gym membership and scholarships for the children of our employees.

Interested candidates are asked to submit their curriculum vitae and a cover letter to the human resources service, Universities Canada, 1710-350 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1 by October 15, 2023. Email address: [email protected].

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While all responses will be appreciated and handled in strictest confidence, only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged.

Universities Canada promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from women, Indigenous peoples and persons of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions. Universities Canada provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation.

Universities Canada respectfully acknowledges that our offices are situated on the traditional lands of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg people. 

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