The Policy & Advocacy Officer plays a leading role developing tools and resources, conducting analysis, driving coalition work, and engaging with and building the capacities of decision-makers towards increasing investment in and political support for sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada’s foreign policy and development assistance. The Policy & Advocacy Officer works closely with members of the Government Relations and Campaigns team to identify opportunities to hold the Government of Canada accountable to its human rights obligations, to collaboratively develop and leverage engaging communications strategies, campaigns strategies, public events, knowledge translation, partnerships, and other strategies.
Who We Are
Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive rights in Canada and globally. To achieve our mission, Action Canada engages in health promotion, legal and policy advocacy, campaigns, and movement-building.
We believe in a world where every person controls their sexuality, reproduction, gender expression, and health. In our fight for sexual and reproductive rights for all, Action Canada challenges the systems that create unequal access to information, health care, and rights.
For more information, visit actioncanadashr.org.
Who You Are
You are an experienced policy specialist with a passion for sexual and reproductive health and rights. You bring a feminist intersectional lens to your work – including your analysis, collaborations, and communication style. You are critical of the unequal power dynamics established and upheld by colonial, racist and patriarchal practices that remain dominant within the international development sector and seek to dismantle them. You are a strategic thinker with experience operating in fast-paced, sometimes reactive advocacy environments. You have experience working with colleagues across teams, including communications and programs, coordinating coalition work, and engaging parliamentarians as well as other government officials. You have strong writing, knowledge translation and analytical skills.
Primary Job Responsibilities
- Lead the development of resources (including briefs, factsheets, submissions, reports, position papers, etc.) on sexual and reproductive health and rights-related issues within the context of Canada’s development assistance and foreign policy.
- Monitor the work of Global Affairs Canada, and other relevant departments, identifying and seeking opportunities to build Canada’s support for sexual and reproductive health and rights in global fora.
- Support the development and execution of creative strategies to encourage further action by government actors on sexual and reproductive health and rights, human rights, global health, foreign policy and development assistance.
- Monitor global processes (including UN functional commissions, development framework reviews, G7/G20, among others) with a view to integrating a focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights and strengthening Canada’s role in these spaces.
- Prepare policy documents on relevant global research, studies and best practices related to sexual and reproductive health and rights for governmental audiences and awareness-raising among general public.
- Support relevant coalition work including in our role as the Secretariat where required
- In collaboration with team members, engage elected and unelected officials towards increasing support for sexual and reproductive health and rights issues.
- Seek out and support existing opportunities for collaborative advocacy and feminist coalition work to increase support for sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada’s development assistance and foreign policy.
- Represent Action Canada at relevant events, conferences and external meetings with government officials and other stakeholders as required.
- Research, follow, and build the organization’s internal knowledge around emerging issues.
- Organize advocacy events.
- Participate in cross-team meetings to contribute to the development of campaign strategies.
- Oversee activity budgets (for example: events, publications, etc.)
- Support Action Canada with grant administration, fundraising, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, organizational learning, operational and administrative tasks as needed.
- Minimum of 3 years experience, preferably in a non-profit, charitable, or civil society organization, working on issues related to international development, sexual and reproductive health, gender, global health, public affairs, or human rights;
- Knowledge of international human rights system, feminist and social justice organizations and international development sector, including the United Nations and its specialized agencies, global financing instruments, and international agreements relevant to sexual and reproductive health and rights;
- Demonstrated commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression principles and practices;
- Knowledge of and commitment to Action Canada’s mission and values;
- Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills;
- Demonstrated experience engaging in multi-sectoral collaborations and coalition work;
- Comfortable using digital tools to manage work and collaborate with team members (e.g. Asana, Zoom, Dropbox etc.);
- Demonstrated capacity to work both in a self-directed manner and collaboratively with other staff and stakeholders;
- Flexible and adaptive, able to respond quickly and effectively to changing circumstances;
- Willingness to travel and work outside of normal business hours, when necessary;
- Eligible to work in Canada.
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time (37.5 hours per week), salaried position. This is a unionized position in CUPE Local 2722-05. Salary for this position is $60,000 per annum. Action Canada also provides a generous benefits program, including extended health and dental benefits, leave allowances, and RRSP contributions.
Action Canada's offices are based in Ottawa, Ontario; however, some staff members work in other locations under a remote work agreement. Action Canada will prioritize hiring candidates based in the province of Ontario (or willing to relocate), but will consider applications from all jurisdictions within Canada. All candidates must be legally able to work in Canada.
Send your cover letter, clearly outlining how your experience matches the job requirements, and CV, to: [email protected] with the subject line: Policy and Advocacy Officer – [Your Last Name] by 11:59pm ET on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
Hiring Process and Timeline
Applications will be accepted until June 29, 2022. Interviews will be held in early July, with an anticipated start date shortly thereafter.
Action Canada is committed to working within an anti-racism and anti-oppression framework and dismantling the white supremacy inherent to the SRHR movement. We are explicitly inviting women and gender diverse members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities to apply and self-identify in your cover letter. We welcome applications from people living with disabilities; please let us know if you require accommodations at any stage of the recruitment process.
Recognizing that we are in the midst of an unprecedented and unusual time, we have made adjustments to our hiring processes. At this time, all staff at Action Canada are working from home, and the interviewing and on-boarding process will occur remotely. We acknowledge that COVID-19 has caused disruptions to many lives and people may require additional accommodations.
We thank all applicants in advance; however, only those invited for an interview will be contacted.