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Job Posting: International Programming Committee (IPC) Coordinator

The NFU seeks a Coordinator for the International Programming Committee.  This part-time position requires a person who is resolute in their intent to stand for effective, progressive international agricultural policies and human rights.  They will be highly organized, skilled in the spoken and written word and software platforms, and able to work independently to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously. Salary:  $20/hour to maximum of $8,000.  Please send a cover letter and CV by email to by Friday April 3, 2020.

IPC Coordinator Job Posting

The National Farmers Union is a direct-membership organization made up of Canadian farm families who share common goals. NFU members work together to achieve agricultural policies that ensure dignity and security of income for farm families while enhancing the land for future generations. The National Farmers Union is unique among farm organizations in working for people’s interests against corporate control of our food system.

The NFU is committed to solidarity with family farmers internationally. Toward that goal, the NFU’s International Programming Committee (IPC) was formed to:

  • broaden the NFU’s understanding and analysis of the global food system;
  • better understand the impact of Canadian agricultural policy on farming families both domestically and globally;
  • collect and exchange/share information and experiences among farmers and their allies about the different ways that production, marketing and organizing is effected in other countries; and
  • create a greater impact and affect change in agricultural policy.

To accomplish these goals, the IPC, as originally mandated by the NFU Board uses the following strategies:

  • Ensure that its international work is grounded in local realities;
  • Work internationally through La Via Campesina (LVC);
  • Increase the participation and representation of women and youth; and
  • Strengthen relations with like-minded organizations

The Role & Responsibilities

The IPC Coordinator responsibilities include the following:

  • Coordination of IPC activities such as meetings and conference calls;
  • Communication between the IPC members, the NFU Board and Executive (this Includes writing reports for the NFU Board and Executive);
  • Dissemination of information received from La Via Campesina to IPC members and close collaboration with the staff and coordinators of the North American region of La Via Campesina;
  • Coordination of decision-making within the IPC about NFU participation at international events and ensure that NFU members who participate in international events prepare reports for dissemination through the Union Farmer Quarterly or newsletter in consultation with the NFU Editorial Committee;
  • Coordination and preparation of funding proposals for the work of the NFU’s IPC and writing funder reports;
  • Writing articles in the Union Farmer Quarterly and other newspapers (i.e. Western Producer) as directed by IPC members and NFU Editorial Committee;
  • Coordination of the participation of international guests to NFU events;
  • Provide coordination and support to the IPC’s subcommittees, the Indigenous Solidarity Working Group and Migrant Worker Committee
  • Other duties as assigned

Reporting: The IPC Coordinator reports administratively to the NFU Executive Director. Work is conducted in collaboration with the IPC Chair and IPC Elected Regional Representatives.

Working Conditions

This is a part-time, contract position (10-15 hours per week), at a rate of $20 per hour up to a total of $8,000 for the length of the contract (1 year). The position requires flexible work hours to manage the demands of the position, including some evenings and weekends. The position may require travel. The position may be renewed or extended if funding permits.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a highly organized, responsible person who is committed to ensuring that the IPC is informed, inclusive and effective. The candidate will have strong organizational skills and a high degree of professionalism. They will be highly capable with software and will have strong written and communication skills. The candidate will manage multiple projects and take ownership for results. They must be resolute in their intent to stand for effective, progressive international agricultural policies and human rights.


The IPC Coordinator will have:

  • Minimum 2 years working in agricultural or social justice policy or promotion
  • Familiarity with the structures and operations of Canadian and international governmental and Non-governmental Organizations
  • Familiarity with international social justice issues
  • Knowledge of Agroecology and Food Sovereignty
  • Experience coordinating a diverse committee operating remotely via conference calls, remote meetings and proactive communications
  • Food system perspective
  • Experience writing technical reports, press releases, funding proposals and final grant reports
  • Experience handling media
  • Involvement in political campaign work (big P or issue-based)
  • MP/MPP/MLA/MNA engagement work


  • Ability to work collaboratively with a committee and external partners
  • Ability to form and maintain strong relationships with Board, committees, and external relationships
  • Project management including planning, budgeting, scheduling, evaluation and reporting
  • Webinar hosting/logistics, proficiency in online communications including Mailchimp and WordPress
  • Event planning including personal travel and travel of IPC members
  • Media relations: press releases press conferences, pitching and ensuring coverage of issues, assisting and facilitating non-experts
  • Attention to detail, accuracy, conscientious
  • Knowledge of and interest in community development, food security, and food systems
  • Ability to inspire committee members and external partners and foster a safe and inclusive environment for all
  • Ability to work independently and with guidance
  • Proactive, positive, industrious, and socially conscientious
  • Ability to interact within diverse communities
  • Communications – Excellent written and spoken English
  • Other assets not required, but viewed favourably
    • Proficiency in French
    • Driver’s license

Other Requirements

  • Commitment to a flexible schedule as some evening and weekend work is required

To Apply

Interested applicants may forward their resume and cover letter in confidence no later than Friday April 3, 2020 to


The NFU is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applicants of diverse race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and gender expression.

The NFU will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodations during the interview process, please include them with your application.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only applicants considered for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.