• Policy
  • On a rolling basis

Join STAND Canada’s Policy Team as a Policy Researcher!

About STAND Canada

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 Canada currently has four focus regions: Darfur/Sudan, Iraq/Syria, South Sudan, and Myanmar.

As a volunteer for STAND, you will get to work on the following projects and campaigns in 2019:

  • Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide - Educational Campaign
  • 2019 Federal Election Campaign
  • Spring Conference - for strategic planning purposes
  • Website redevelopment
  • Ongoing projects and work on anti-genocide, Canadian foreign policy, and non-partisan politics

We ask for a commitment of at least a year, particularly for our senior roles. 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.

As a Policy Researcher, you are integral to the policy advocacy work that STAND conducts. Under the supervision of the Policy Co-Directors, you will be working in a team to research and draft policy recommendations that support our mandate. As well, you will be ensuring that politicians and voters are educated and informed.

STAND Canada is a leading organization for youth-led political advocacy. We were created by and for youth, providing real opportunities for you to pursue your passion for human rights advocacy and learn along the way in a supportive, friendly environment.

Our work environment appeals to responsible, reliable, and self-motivated team-players, capable of working in a virtual team environment on their own time, meeting deadlines, and answering emails within 48 hours. Our work is completed through our online project management software and Google Suite with meetings conducted through video conference calls. As such, you can volunteer from anywhere with a good internet connection.

Time Commitment: 5 hours per week

Key Responsibilities of a Policy Researcher

STAND Canada has four focus regions: Darfur/Sudan, Iraq/Syria, South Sudan, and Myanmar. Each Policy Researcher will be assigned one focus region based on their experience and interest, but may be called upon to do work on other focus regions. Examples of recent work the Policy Team has produced include blog posts, the Iraq/Syria Information Guide, the Policy Recommendations for our four current focus regions, and a summary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report.

Researchers will be expected to:

  • Independently research and write short assignments or blog posts;
  • Collaborate and coordinate virtually with other researchers to draft assignments;
  • Take interest and actively participate more broadly in other aspects of STAND, such as attending virtual town halls or policy team calls, as required;
  • Stay informed of the policy developments and on-the-ground developments of the situation in Darfur/Sudan, South Sudan, Iraq/Syria, and Myanmar;
  • Stay informed of comments made by politicians pertaining to genocide/human rights.

We’re Looking For

  • Youth (especially senior post-secondary students and recent university graduates) with a demonstrated interest and knowledge in some or all of the following:
    • Research, policy development, and politics
      • Experience conducting social scientific research (understands qualitative and quantitative research methods);
      • Understanding or ability to become familiar with the geopolitics of STAND’s focus regions;
      • Human rights (specifically genocide);
  • Proven exceptional verbal and written skills – nothing less than a B+ average in writing papers (a writing sample will be requested);
  • Responsible, reliable, and self-motivated individuals, capable of working in a virtual team environment on their own time with minimal supervision, meeting deadlines, and answering emails within 48 hours.

Why Volunteer with STAND Canada?

  • Connect with a team of young adults who share an interest in human rights and politics. We are a non-partisan organization and the majority of our volunteers are senior university students or millennials in the workforce;
    • We organize conferences at least once every year to convene with our volunteers, chapters, and like-minded individuals and organizations. We have met with former Members of Parliament, scholars, and community activists. Please view our Conferences page to learn more;
  • Flexibility
    • Work remotely, from anywhere and anytime (while meeting your deadlines), as we do most of our work online;
      • You do not have to be living in Canada to volunteer for most positions. You are required to attend team, and at times  and National meetings, so please ensure you coordinate with your Co-Directors accordingly;
    • Room to grow for you and for our organization
      • You are not confined to the position you apply for, and we welcome your ideas and skill contributions to different areas of our organization. We are constantly evolving while maintaining the stability of our organization;
      • Shape your role if you wish! Bring your skills, experiences, ideas, as long as you complete core functions of the role. Or, propose a new role within STAND!
  • Be Engaged
    • STAND is a nationally-recognized advocacy organization with chapters across Canada. Directly influence STAND’s policy recommendations which appear in our digest, blog, and which are proposed to government officials;
    • Have your research published on the STAND website and circulated to other NGOs/government organizations/Members of Parliament;
    • You will receive full credit for your work, so you will be able to gain experience and build your portfolio;
    • Professional development (ie:working effectively with a team that is geographically distributed).
    • Successful volunteers will receive a reference letter from a STAND Director.

     

    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 team.

    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 hr@standcanada.org.

    If you know people who are looking for volunteering opportunities in a flexible, forward-thinking environment with the skills, experience, and interests we're looking for, please share this posting with them.

    To apply for this job email your details to hr@standcanada.org.