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Human Resources & Contracts Manager

The Human Resources & Contracts Manager is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the human resources (HR) functions including systems, policies and procedures. The Manager plays a critical role in effective and efficient human resource management and in ensuring the recruitment of the best possible talent. The Manager also helps with issues related to contracts for the organisaton and its staff, consultants and partners

This is a three-year appointment.

The person must: be a citizen of a Commonwealth country with the necessary documentation to work in Canada at the time of application, should have the ability to network across multilateral organisations and to work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds; have the ability to exercise professional judgment and diplomacy; and be able to work in a team while representing COL’s interests internally and externally.

To Apply: A full job description is displayed on the link here. Interested applicants must provide a cover letter highlighting their professional background and how it aligns with this position and a current resume. Applications must be submitted by email with a single file attachment to  with the subject: HR & Contracts Manager at the latest by June 25, 2021.


Consulting and other Opportunities

COL Chairs

COL also invites applications from Commonwealth citizens to serve a three-year tenure as COL Chairs. The COL Chairs are thought leaders or scholars who undertake research and innovation in open and distance learning (ODL), open educational resources (OER), technology-enabled learning (TEL) and learning for sustainable development. Applications and instructions for submission can be found on the COL Chairs webpage

COL Internship Programme

The Commonwealth of Learning Internship Programme offers internships, of up to 12 months, to young citizens of the Commonwealth countries, in support of learning for sustainable development. These internships will be available remotely, at COL headquarters located in Metro Vancouver, Canada or the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), New Delhi, India, or as a combination of both remote and on-site. A COL internship is a non-compensated, full-time engagement. Interns will be expected to work on various activities within the framework of COL’s Strategic Plan.

For more information and to apply click here.


COL supplements its staff resources and internal expertise by contracting consultants to undertake some of its programme work in the implementation and delivery of its strategic plan. The expertise of consultants may be required at various stages for such services as:

  • Needs analysis and feasibility study services
  • Workshop facilitation, training and instructional design
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Other short and medium term professional and technical assistance.

A consultant or team of consultants may be commissioned.

A consultant who is assigned a contract for service must be qualified to carry out all terms of reference assigned and be accountable for completing the job satisfactorily. To achieve this aim, COL may select individual consultants, firms or consultancy teams to undertake an assignment using the selection framework outlined below. Individual consultants should hold citizenship from a Commonwealth country. When COL is not able to locate a suitable consultant from within the Commonwealth, it will use a consultant with citizenship from outside member countries.

Information on the Selection Framework is contained here where requests for Expressions of Interest in consulting opportunities will generally be advertised on the COL Website on this page.


Principles of Hiring Practices

COL adheres to the principles of non-discrimination and affirms in policy and practical terms the requirement for equal opportunity for all citizens of the Commonwealth. COL specifically endorses:

  • Professional merit as the primary consideration in the hiring, promotion and compensation of its staff;
  • Within the limits of its size, and in the context of its location and financial resources, the need for an appropriate balance in its staffing complement in terms of regional and national backgrounds for international positions; and
  • The principle of gender equity in recruitment and staffing, consistent with the overall goal of equal opportunity for all. 



All enquiries concerning employment and consulting opportunities may be directed to:

Director: Finance, Administration & Human Resources
E-mail: dmceachern[AT]col[DOT]org