Program Coordinator

Pacific Peoples' Partnership Association Published: September 2, 2020
Victoria, British Columbia
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Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP) is celebrating 45 years of action this year!  Based on Lekwungen territory in Victoria, BC, we are Canada’s only non-profit, social justice organization devoted to working in solidarity with peoples of the South Pacific and with Indigenous peoples in Canada to promote their aspirations for peace, justice, environmental sustainability and community development.  Main activities include connecting peoples north and south for knowledge and cultural exchange, capacity building, and public engagement in Canada.

Our Vision

Healthy and resilient communities across the Pacific.

Our Mission

Working in partnerships to support the aspirations of Canadian and South Pacific Indigenous peoples for peace, justice, environmental sustainability and development.

Our Approach

North-South Indigenous knowledge exchanges are central to our work. We facilitate ongoing knowledge exchange opportunities between Indigenous communities in Canada, New Zealand and Australia, and Pacific Islanders from Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia. Read more about our approach here.

Our Values

We value an open process of multi-stakeholder dialogue through country-based thematic, regional, grassroots, and global consultations.  PPP works as part of the team to help define common principles and goals within the countries we work with.  We work in partnership to achieve those goals and principles. Above all, PPP values respect in every aspect of social and business interaction. We practice respect through commitment to the following values:

  • PPP promotes human rights and social justice.
  • PPP embodies gender equality and equity while promoting women’s rights.
  • PPP focuses on people’s empowerment, democratic ownership, and participation.
  • PPP promotes environmental sustainability.
  • PPP practices transparency and accountability.
  • PPP pursues equitable partnerships and solidarity.
  • PPP creates and shares knowledge appropriately and is committed to mutual learning.
  • PPP is committed to realizing positive sustainable change.

Our Operations

PPP has a small secretariat based in Victoria.  We have two full time staff, 30+ volunteers, and a 12 member board and strive for gender balance and 50+% representation from Indigenous peoples and South Pacific diaspora.  We are engaged in work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.  We work closely with Indigenous peoples in Canada and facilitate learning exchanges with South Pacific Islanders tackling similar challenges such as climate change, sustainability, cultural resurgence, justice and peace.  PPP has a growing list of award-winning domestic and international programs. We are now aiming to scale up operations modestly to meet the growing interest in our work.

Duties and responsibilities

The Program Coordinator is a new position with PPP.  Main responsibilities would be to help coordinate our domestic programs, support the development of several new international initiatives centered around climate, equity and justice initiatives.  Other responsibilities will include the development and support of programs designed to educate and engage Canadians through partnered programming, communications, research, advocacy, awareness, grant writing, fundraising, and member engagement.  Working with the management team, the Program Coordinator will also help to build awareness of our organization, our work and partners, and our upcoming events and activities by helping to develop and implement communications and marketing strategies.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Program research, design and coordination for domestic programs focused on gender equity, climate action, Indigenous rights and achievement of sustainable development goals in Indigenous and Pacific communities;
  • Soliciting, creating and distributing content for podcast, film, web, and periodicals focused on gender equity, climate action, Indigenous rights and achievement of sustainable development goals in Indigenous and Pacific communities;
  • Creating and distributing content for fundraising purposes;
  • Assisting in the creative development and coordination of our annual One Wave Gathering, an Indigenous arts and culture event series;
  • Envisioning, developing and executing social media campaigns focused on promoting the interests of communities in the South Pacific and in coastal Indigenous communities;
  • Utilizing the arts and traditional knowledge to facilitate opportunities for the public to learn about the effects of climate change on Indigenous and Pacific Island communities;
  • Developing and maintaining information management systems and media databases, including by cataloging previous databases;
  • Recruiting and providing support to volunteers;
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with Indigenous partners, the Pacific Islander diaspora, international partners, environmental NGOs and cultural organizations
  • Providing other support to our team as needed

Knowledge and skills

The Program Coordinator will welcome the opportunity to practice cross-cultural skills while deepening knowledge of South Pacific and Indigenous peoples. Experiential assets include: 

  • International and/or community development experience
  • Working understanding of Human Rights based approaches to International Development & equitable partnerships
  • Research, writing, and design
  • Excellent information technologies skills, computer knowledge, network, and analytic skills
  • Marketing assistance & support with communications and data 
  • Writing proposals, press releases and articles
  • Coordinating educational and cultural events
  • Working with youth, community, Indigenous & environmental partners 
  • Responding to phone, email and other queries
  • Knowledge of the contexts in which PPP works
  • Able to work as both a team member and independently
  • Experience working in an NGO environment

Education required

Masters in International Development (preferred) with some field experience.

Eligibility criteria

Qualified interns are:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada1
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to participate in an ImpAct internship for a flexible duration of up to 6 months by March 1, 2021
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

1Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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