RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Capacity Development Team Advisors – Remote

  • Location: Remote
  • Deadline: June 15, 2023 at 11:59 pm

Capacity Development Team Advisors (4)
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, in collaboration with The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), is seeking four qualified candidates to join a newly established Capacity Development Team (CDT).

This vital capacity-building initiative – which stems from a multi-phased approach to Indigenous Program Review (IPR) and the corresponding Action Plan for Renewal and Expansion of DFO’s Indigenous Programs – requires a team of qualified professionals to work with Indigenous communities to identify, plan, and implement the organizational capacities needed to carry out their work, from financial and human resource management to scientific and technical expertise.

The goal of the CDT is to help increase Indigenous community-based capacity and opportunities in the aquatic resource management sector. The DFO provides financial contributions to more than 175 Indigenous communities and organizations through the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy (AFS) and Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management (AAROM) programs. These programs are intended to support the development and maintenance of Indigenous-led fisheries and aquatic resource management structures that collaborate with various partners in relevant planning, oversight and field activities. The CDT will seek to help Indigenous communities maximize their capacity through employment and training, advancing relevant career paths, and encouraging collaborative fisheries management and stewardship.

As a trusted third-party advisor with a national purview, the CDT will be hosted by the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM) in Nova Scotia, with additional leadership and support through the Skeena Fisheries Commission (SFC) in British Columbia. The CDT will be comprised of four regionally based Capacity Development Team Advisors on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, one national Team Lead (already hired) and one national Training Coordinator.

What qualities are needed as CDT Advisors?
Reporting to the CDT Lead, you will work to build capacity among Indigenous communities and organizations (clients) by providing expert advice, guidance and mentorship, filling potential knowledge gaps, and responding to the individual needs of your clients. Central to this is the ability to work directly with Indigenous fisheries programs as they assess their existing capabilities and objectives. In addition, you will co-design, with our clients, capacity development and training plans that will accommodate and respond to the unique needs, goals, and priorities of each participating community or organization. As the ideal candidate, you have several years’ experience in community development, adult education, human resources, consulting, or a similar field. Additionally, you bring a blend of skills, including project management, facilitation, governance, negotiation, business planning, stewardship, communications, and human resources. You have previously worked with Indigenous communities and organizations and are knowledgeable of Indigenous culture, governance practices, and federal, provincial, and non-governmental program offerings. You can establish credibility with local communities and team members through mutual respect, effective interpersonal relationships, and professionalism.

This is a work-from-home position which requires frequent travel across Canada. If you would like to pursue this opportunity, please forward your resume and a letter explaining how your background and experience will meet the needs of the Capacity Development Team.

Applications can be emailed to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at, quoting project number 1933 in the subject line. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates.