Surge Program Officer- Emergency Programming

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



170 Metcalfe Street



POSITION: Surge Program Officer- Emergency Programming

DURATION: Temporary, Full Time (6 months)

LOCATION: Ottawa, ON –Office based


Do you want to make a difference? Join the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Canadian Red Cross Society, a not for profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in Canada and throughout the world, is currently seeking a Surge Program Officer- Emergency Programming.


Under the directions of Manager, Emergency Programming. the position will support the development, implementation, management, monitoring and reporting of all CRC projects in protracted conflict, fragile settings, and in early recovery programming, including support to project design and proposals, financial tracking, delegate deployments and information management. The Officer must be willing and able to travel to insecure and sometimes conflict-affected places as required


The Surge Program Officer will contribute to the success of the matrix model, agility of the organization, delivering against the One Red Cross vision and interoperability, implement innovations/learning within programs, ensure robust risk management and personnel wellbeing of direct reports.


About the Canadian Red Cross (CRC):




  • University Degree in International Development, Humanitarian Studies or other related field experiences
  • 3-5 years experience in emergency, early recovery and/or development program environments
  • Experience in working with cross-functional teams and delivering results in a matrix environment
  • Experience developing successful proposals for submission to the Government of Canada and other donors
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English; French/Spanish or other language strong asset
  • Strong skills in internet research
  • Proved analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated attention to detail
  • Ability to travel
  • Resilience and adaptability to changing circumstances and an evolving environment
  • Commitment to the Principles of the Red Cross Movement



  • The majority of the work is performed in a clean and comfortable environment.
  • May include long to moderate hours sitting and using computers and office equipment.
  • May be required to some light lifting of supplies and materials from time to time up to 20kg (or another weight).
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours on short notice.
  • Ability to work in stressful and often ambiguous conditions.
  • This position may require domestic or overseas travel to attend conferences, workshops and meetings as required.
  • If required, and eligible, periodic travel to country operations may be required. Field missions can involve working in environments that are unstable and with unpredictable access to basic services in emergency contexts and requiring very strict adherence to security regulations.
  • Must be able to be Medical Cleared for travel in accordance with established CRC Medical criteria in positions where travel will be required.
  • Successfully complete a Canadian criminal record reference check and vulnerable sector check.



  • Various learning and networking opportunities worldwide
  • Employees Extended Healthcare and Dental plans
  • Registered Retirement Pension Plan (RPP)
  • Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP): All employees are entitled to open a RRSP account through voluntary payroll deduction the first of the month following three months of continuous employment
  • Gym and shower facilities
  • Conveniently located in the heart of the city of Ottawa with excellent access to public transportation
  • Modern and flexible working environment that promotes diversity, and allows telecommuting.





If you are interested in making a difference and be part of a global humanitarian movement, please submit your cover letter and resume directly online here or


The Canadian Red Cross is committed to diversity and inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. We welcome applications from all applicants particularly Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification and share our values.


Please notify us as soon as possible of any particular adaptive measures you might require at any stage of the recruitment process.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

If you are interested in making a difference and be part of a global humanitarian movement, please submit your cover letter and resume directly online here or