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.

Time Commitment: 5 hours per week

Key Responsibilities of a Policy Researcher

As a Policy Researcher, you are integral to the advocacy work that STAND conducts. Under the supervision of two Policy Co-Directors, you will work 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 has four focus regions: Darfur/Sudan, Iraq/Syria, South Sudan, and Myanmar. We also run regular campaigns and complete projects that are related to issues of genocide, but which require additional research outside of the focus regions. Each Policy Researcher will be assigned to a project 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:

  • Research and write short assignments or blog posts;
  • Work with a team or a policy co-director to craft a workplan that clarifies goals and final products;
  • 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 focus regions;
  • Stay informed of comments made by politicians pertaining to genocide/human rights.

The ideal candidate will have some or all of the following skills, knowledge, and experience :

  • Experience with research, policy development, and demonstrable political literacy;
  • 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;
  • Basic understanding of human rights (specifically genocide), conflict analysis, and Canada’s international engagement on related issues;
  • 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.

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.

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.

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