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Director of International Programs

Director of International Programs

Company: Food for the Hungry Canada
Contact Person: Mark Kraft and Larry Nelson
1 - 31741 Peardonville Rd.
Abbotsford, British Columbia , V2T 1L2

Position Description

A search facilitated by Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. for Food for the Hungry Canada.

Food for the Hungry Canada (FH) is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to ending poverty - one community at a time. Each community faces unique challenges and advantages, so FH is committed to an integrated, holistic approach to development including priorities such as agriculture, education, health, and gender equality.  They hire locally – they support – they leave. After about a decade, a community graduates and then they transition from coaches to the sidelines.

They need a dedicated, full-time Director of International Programs (DoIP) who grasps the influence this role has in the ongoing impact of FH Canada at home and abroad.  The International Programs (IP) department is the pipeline of information needed to maintain and expand donor engagement in Canada and achieve mutual transformation.  Reporting to the President/CEO, the DoIP will be part of developing and implementing the IP departmental strategies, foster connections within and outside the organization, provide various departments with key field information to support their strategic growth initiatives, oversee the administration of grant proposals and of commodities to partners and FH field staff, and collaborate on the development of new and/or updated programs/projects and their implementation supports.

Your accomplished administrative, networking, and strategic skills with a minimum of 5 years experience in international development and 3 years spent successfully managing international development projects, supported by a university degree in International Development or a related discipline, will help equip you to serve as the DoIP.  Please note that the successful candidate must also be physically prepared to travel internationally (e.g. undergo vaccinations and preventative medications, etc.), and work flexible hours to accommodate meetings with staff in different time zones.

Benefit the global community by using your advanced skills and talents in an organization passionate about alleviating poverty through sustainable programs.  Contact us today.



  1. Establish and maintain excellent rapport with FH field leadership and staff to collaboratively assist in the planning, monitoring, and evaluating of Child Focused Community Transformation (CFCT) programs resulting in communities being ready to graduate within 10 years.
  2. Periodically visit each field FH Canada supports to maintain an intimate understanding of field programs, to monitor and evaluate program implementation and impact and to provide encouragement to field staff and strengthen relationships.
  3. Ensure documentation of program monitoring for each field FH Canada supports is maintained and sufficiently meets CRA regulations including budgets, financial reports, activity reports, impact narratives, and tracking of outcomes.
  4. Develop and maintain, in coordination with other Senior Leaders, a strategic plan for international program support that is in line with the Canadian donor market, FH Canada’s market niche, and FH Canada’s One Page Strategic Plan.
  5. Develop a three-year plan for resources required to support field programs toward graduation within 10 years, which will support the goals of the One Page Strategic Plan.
  6. In consultation with the SLT determine and present to the Board of Directors for ratification the annual pledges of support to FH field programs and monitor field spending throughout the year.
  7. Determine, together with other senior leaders, FH Canada’s financial support to FH’s emergency response and relief efforts as they occur.
  8. Coordinate the planning, procurement and shipping of commodities to FH fields and/or partner organizations.
  9. Work with Communications and Philanthropy departments to provide support for strategic growth of multiple funding streams through gathering international program information and developing and drafting donor engagement documents as required.
  10. Plan appropriate levels of registered children to support the growth of the Child Sponsorship channel.
  11. Manage the process for the preparation and submission of proposals for government grants, foundation and/or major donor grants by completing application processes, submitting proposals, negotiating terms, and providing reports on successful grants.
  12. Collaborate with FH Global, regional and field staff on the development of new or updated programs/ projects, implementation materials, staff training, M&E and reporting tools ensuring FH Canada’s unique needs are considered.
  13. Build and maintain a network of connections spanning international development, charity, research, M&E, government and grant funding that will provide opportunities to create brand awareness, forge partnerships, and incubate innovation.
  14. Represent FH through various development and fundraising networking events, speaking engagements and meetings with partners and donors.
  15. As a member of the SLT contribute to the creation and implementation of FH Canada’s quarterly, annual and three-year strategy targets and operational plans.
  16. Supervise, coach and encourage staff assisting in the completion of the above responsibilities through daily interactions and individual quarterly Coach & Connect sessions.



  1. Ensure procedures and documentation sufficiently meets CRA regulations for charities operating outside Canada.
  2. Ensure field reporting procedures and templates will provide information necessary to track the communities’ journey toward and readiness for graduation.
  3. Collaboratively meet all needs for international program information for purposes of marketing, donor engagement, fundraising and others as required.
  4. Grow a network of contacts resulting in opportunities for partnerships with other organizations for the purposes of funding of, research for and innovation in field programs.
  5. Build rapport with FH Global staff to influence program model changes and design such that FH Canada’s interests are well represented.



  • University degree in International Development or a related discipline
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience working in international development
  • A minimum of three years of experience managing International Development projects
  • Accomplished networker able to turn strategic connections into valuable partnerships
  • Collaborative, professional, servant leader, strategic thinker and team player
  • Willing to work flexible hours to accommodate meetings with staff in different time zones
  • Physically prepared (or willing to undergo preparation) for international travel with vaccinations and preventative medications
  • Experience in the solicitation of government grants, preferably with Global Affairs Canada
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent cross-cultural communications, proven by significant experience
  • Ability to organize, mobilize and motivate teams to achieve strategic goals
  • Proficiency in the use of CRM, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other MS Office applications
  • Enthusiastic to make international trips to remote rural settings where amenities are limited and rustic

Further information on Food for the Hungry Canada can be found at


Application Deadline: September 30, 2019.

Please note that only applications from Permanent Residents or Canadian citizens located in Canada will be considered at this time.

Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


Contact Information

If you or someone you know, would like to start a confidential inquiry about this opportunity, please contact Mark Kraft and Larry Nelson at

About Us

Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. is an executive search firm specializing in the recruitment of executive management and fundraising personnel in the charitable sectors.  We work with a diverse group of not-for-profit organizations through the connection of colleagues in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Toronto.

Posted: August 21, 2019 | Expires: September 30, 2019
Posted Under: Executive
Career ID: [ 7239 ]