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The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative (Dallaire Initiative) was established in 2007 by retired Lieutenant-General the Honourable Roméo Dallaire, former Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR). Our mission is to develop new strategies and tactics to progressively end the recruitment and use of children as soldiers worldwide. As of April 2020, the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative has now become the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security. For more information, please visit Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of Policy, Advocacy and Communications (DPAC), the Manager of Advocacy and Communications will have overall responsibility for working with the DPAC on advocacy and communications efforts to achieve the strategic aims and priorities identified in the Strategic Plan, and will help plan and execute a variety of activities and initiatives to enable the pursuit of organizational objectives. Additionally, the Manager of Advocacy and Communications will be required to represent the Dallaire Institute in forums such as conferences, presentations, webinars, and the media. Key Responsibilities

  • In close collaboration with the DPAC, support the shaping of government and multilateral policies and advocacy initiatives that advance the Dallaire Institute's mission and strategic aims, including, but not limited to, military doctrine, UN resolutions, and the development of MOUs. Regularly brief the Executive Director, the DPAC, and staff on relevant government and international policy issues and strategic opportunities.
  • Liaise with internal teams and external stakeholders (partners at the United Nations, NATO, diplomatic officials, and government offices) to seek and provide policy input on matters related to organizational budgets, financial planning, and business development, or as it relates to, but not limited to, endorsement and implementation of the Vancouver Principles.
  • Oversee advocacy and communication projects/products and works across the organization to generate new ideas and strategies for communicating stories and successes.
  • Proactively collect communications material and information across teams/offices and oversees content creation to guarantee all content is publication-ready, including providing both writing and proofreading support.
  • Develop and implement effective communications and marketing strategies for new publications, events, initiatives, advance advocacy priorities, and prepare detailed media activity reports and briefings in advance of trips or other external engagements, as needed.
  • Manage the work plans of the communications and advocacy members of the PAC team to ensure strategic alignment and identify cross-cutting initiatives and opportunities for the creation of effective work plan priorities.
  • Note

Once COVID restrictions are lifted, occasional international travel will be required.

Must be able to work flexible hours due to operational requirements. Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in English, Journalism, Public Relations, or Communications, with five to eight years of relevant experience, is required. Master's Degree preferred. Considerable experience working in government on policy and issues that involve multiple lenses, with demonstrated political judgment and a clear understanding of federal government priorities, decision-making systems, and messaging is essential. Must write and speak fluently in both English and French as well as have experience working within a multilingual environment where English is not the first language. Competency in working with communications portfolios of high-level officials and the ability to speak to the media is required. Excellent interpersonal skills to forge and maintain effective working relationships with multiple levels of internal and external partners, stakeholders, and multicultural and multidisciplinary teams are required. Must work effectively in a team environment as well as be able to work autonomously in a virtual environment. Must be able to prioritize and balance competing priorities and be solution-oriented to make sound judgment calls in situations of urgency, and work well in a deadline-driven environment. Must possess high personal and professional ethical standards, discretion, diplomacy, and be able to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality. Must be able to take the initiative and possess well-developed analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. A thorough understanding of the organizational principles, vision, and mission is highly desired. Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud, specifically InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator as well as WordPress CMS, HTML, CSS, and other common code languages is highly desired. The ability to speak Spanish, Arabic, Swahili, and/or Kinyarwanda is highly desired. Additional Information

Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a voluntary RRSP, health and dental plans and an employee and family assistance program. Application Consideration

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Diversity Statement

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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