Coordinator, GBV Building Leadership Capacity Project

Job city: 
Job region: 
Greater Toronto Area
Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 17, 2019 - 5:00pm
Job terms: 
Full-time contract

About OCASI:

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) acts as a collective voice for immigrant and refugee-serving organizations and coordinates response to shared needs and concerns. OCASI is a registered charity governed by a volunteer board of directors. OCASI’s membership is comprised of over 240 community-based organizations in Ontario.

Position Summary:

The Project Coordinator supports the implementation of two initiatives to end gender-based violence: the Immigrant and Refugee Neighbours Friends and Family Campaign (IRCNFF), and the Building Leadership Capacity to Address Gender-Based Violence against Non-Status, Refugee, and Immigrant (NSRI) Women across Canada Project. 

Immigrant and Refugee Neighbours Friends and Family Campaign (IRCNFF):

Through the IRCNFF project, the coordinator will work to promote NFF’s bystander awareness campaign by training champions (peer leaders) across Ontario to work in their local communities and community based agencies to raise awareness on gender-based violence and involve community members to learn more about GBV, local resources, and start conversations in their communities on how to prevent GBV.

The project coordinator will manage and update the Immigrant and Refugee Communities NFF Website and social media campaign, develop promotional materials for the Immigrant and Refugee NFF campaign, develop training materials, and deliver webinars on GBV and its intersections for the project which will be accessible to agencies that serve immigrant and refugee communities.

Building Leadership Capacity to Address Gender-Based Violence against Non-Status, Refugee, and Immigrant (NSRI) Women across Canada project:

This project is led by the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) in partnership with four civil society organizations working across not-for-profit, education, and grassroots community-based sectors to address Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

The primary objective of this project is to build the leadership capacity of NSRI women to shape and inform policies and services addressing GBV. We recognize that NSRI women constitute a diverse group with intersecting identities across race, ethnicity, class, age, sexuality, gender identity, ability, etc. At the same time, there are structural barriers that NSRI women have in common, which impact their access to safety, healing, and freedom from GBV. Our approach engages NSRI women as leaders in developing solutions to GBV – solutions that address structural barriers while accounting for the diversity of NSRI women’s experiences and communities. To develop the leadership capacity of NSRI women, our project combines two promising practices currently being developed by our project partners:

  • A peer champions program that uses popular education to build leadership capacity and foster connections between NSRI women
  • A community advocacy network (CAN) strategy, which establishes grassroots networks among NSRI survivors, service providers, and other civil society leaders, in order to build community capacity for developing survivor-led, evidence-based solutions to GBV

The project coordinator will support the implementation of the above activities in collaboration with the Senior Coordinator – GBV, project partners, and project advisory group members.


  • Recruit champions to become peer leaders in their communities to do education and outreach on gender-based violence
  • Coordinate the development and delivery of a champions/peer education training on gender-based violence, bystander responses, community engagement and outreach
  • Provide ongoing support to champions by coordinating teleconference and in-person meetings
  • Develop and implement a series of webinars for sector professionals as well as champions on topics related to GBV and its intersections
  • Manage the Immigrant and Refugee IRCNFF website and all social media for the IRCNFF campaign including Twitter and Facebook pages to update content and highlight the work of the champions
  • Coordinate distribution of IRCNFF Campaign information resources across Ontario
  • Coordinate roundtables to highlight community engagement model and Champions work as well as discussion of how to prevent and respond to GBV in immigrant and refugee communities
  • Develop and implement strategies to encourage and obtain stakeholder and/or community support
  • Coordinate all aspects of the project: monitor budget, write reports, prepare documentation to secure project funding, prepare and manage contracts with consultants and contractors; liaise with community stakeholders
  • Contribute to a healthy and safe environment for oneself and others and comply with all safe working procedures and instructions including OCASI’s policies and procedures
  • Uphold OCASI’s basic principles for the workplace environment including commitments to the needs, directions and concerns of immigrants and refugees and organizations' that serve them.
  • Embrace and actively uphold OCASI’s mission, equity, access, anti-racism and anti-oppression principles
  • Acknowledge, appreciate, and encourage individual differences and value people for their skills, competencies, and contribution to OCASI’s continuing success.
  • Representation of the project at various tables and in the human services sector
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Minimum completion of post-secondary education or equivalent in job related field


  • Minimum 3+ years of experience in similar role, working in a non-profit or community based agency in the areas of gender-based violence or women’s services organization
  • Extensive experience in developing and facilitating trainings and workshops on gender-based violence
  • Extensive knowledge of GBV issues, survivor-led projects, and challenges in the newcomer and refugee communities in Canada
  • Ability to work with newcomer communities and NSRI women and survivors in a trauma-informed, de-colonial, and respectful manner
  • Strong analysis of power, privilege and positionality and how to ensure that oppressive power dynamics are not replicated through the program activities
  • Strong relationship-building and networking skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders including effective consultation and analytical skills; and the ability to effectively influence decision-makers
  • Demonstrated experience in program coordination, including program planning, developing work plans, priority setting, keeping track of expenses, writing reports to funders, and evaluation
  • Ability to work as part of a team/collaborative
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, partners, staff and volunteers
  • Strong organizational skills, detail oriented, independent, ability to meet tight deadlines and demanding schedules
  • Demonstrated experience utilizing social media tools to promote projects/campaigns
  • Good computer skills, proficient with MS Office applications
  • Ability to travel across Ontario and other provinces in Canada

Our commitment:

This is a full-time, one year contract position.
Compensation: $50,000 / year plus benefits package

How to apply:

Send cover letter and resume by Friday May 17, 2019 to:

Hiring Committee, OCASI


OCASI is committed to Employment Equity.

Thank you to all applicants for applying. However, we regret that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please.