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Join STAND Canada’s Policy Team!

STAND Canada is a national advocacy organization with chapters across the country that advocates to make preventing and ending genocide a cornerstone of Canadian domestic and foreign policy. We are dedicated to providing Canadians with the educational and advocacy tools that they need to take action toward a world without genocide.

Since its founding in 2005 in response to the crisis in Darfur, Sudan, STAND has become the leading organization in Canada for youth-led anti-genocide advocacy. With university chapters across Canada, our volunteers are driven by our joint vision and passion for human rights, political advocacy, genocide education, and the social responsibility of Canadians. STAND focuses research into priority focus regions, which can change according to the risk of genocide, and prioritizes policy research into Canada’s history of genocide and relationships to current genocides.

The Policy Co-Director will be responsible for co-leading STAND Canada’s Policy Research in order to inform the organization’s policy recommendations to the government of Canada. The individual will be exposed to how policy-relevant research is conducted, how policy recommendations are created, and how the organization operates to educate Canadians and influence Members of Parliament. 

Our work environment appeals to self-directed, flexible team players, who have great interpersonal skills, learn quickly, and have an ability to direct simultaneous tasks and priorities in an efficient manner. Our work is completed through our online project management software and Google Apps with meetings conducted through video conference calls. Therefore, you can volunteer from anywhere with a good internet connection.

Time Commitment: 10-15 hours per week

Key Responsibilities

The Director will be expected to:

  • Implement the organization’s Policy strategy;
  • Direct and assign research projects to Policy Researchers and ensure that they are completed on time;
  • Review and edit policy research assignments and coordinate their publication and/or use in STAND activities;
  • Manage the policy team of 10-15 researchers;
  • Coordinate and lead team-building activities, including monthly team meetings and weekly Director meetings;
  • Participate in Advocacy Steering Committee meetings and Town Hall Meetings;
  • Stay informed of the policy developments and on the ground developments of the situation in our focus regions;
  • Work with the communications and advocacy teams to issue press releases and action alerts;
  • Collaborate and coordinate virtually with other researchers to draft assignments;
  • Stay informed of comments made by Canadian politicians pertaining to genocide and human rights.


The ideal candidate will have the following skills, knowledge, and experience:

  • Completed a bachelor’s degree or postgraduate degree in Political Science, International Relations, Public Policy, Public Administration or relevant fields.
  • Experience conducting social scientific research
  • Strong, clear, and concise writing and editing skills 
  • Preferred experience with policy writing (ex. Briefing notes, policy reports) 
  • Familiarity, or ability to quickly become familiar with, with the conflict regions and the political climate of the regions.
  • Understanding, or ability to become familiar with, the way in which policy is advocated to the Government of Canada
  • Ability to understand the political context and challenges in our focus regions 
  • Project management skills
  • Committed and responsible for the role 
  • Leadership experience
  • Self-motivation, strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Capable of setting goals and meeting timelines
  • Must be available to work to work on-call
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and in a timely manner with STAND members across Canada through the internet and by telephone

To succeed in this role, you will have the following:

  • Desired personality characteristics: 
    • Someone who takes initiative and is committed to their responsibilities
    • Someone who is team team oriented 
  • Desired skills/knowledge:
    • Experience/knowledge on policy writing 
    • Strong communication skills, responsible, and reliable 
    • Self-motivated/able to take initiatives without having to ask every time 
    • Political acuity 
  • Management style of Co-director: 
    • A leader who knows how to empower volunteers to strive as researchers
    • A leader who creates an environment for volunteers to grow, but also knows when to be assertive
    • A leader who helps decrease turnover rates, encourages higher engagement, and provides a stronger work culture 


Why should you join Stand Canada?

If you are seeking a new challenge to support in strengthening a team and to build on your project management, leadership, and policy experience, then this is the perfect place to start. STAND Canada encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We look forward to your application.

    We ask for a commitment of at least a year with 10-15 hours per week. If you are unsure of your schedule for the next year, we still encourage you to apply as we are happy to discuss your time commitment to STAND.

      Volunteer with STAND!

      To apply, please fill out the application form. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis as they are received and will close when we have filled the position.

      Please visit http://standcanada.org/volunteer to see all volunteer opportunities available. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Human Resources team at humanresources@standcanada.org.

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      To apply for this job please visit www.standcanada.org.