• Advocacy
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Join STAND Canada’s Advocacy Team as an Advocacy Team Member!

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.

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 an Advocacy Team Member

STAND Canada has four focus regions: Darfur/Sudan, Iraq/Syria, South Sudan, and Myanmar. During the summer months, we are recruiting generally to the Advocacy Team. This means that specific roles and responsibilities will not be assigned until the team has been formulated, after which team members will be assigned projects according to their interest and capabilities.

As a member of the STAND Canada advocacy team, you can work on:

  • Campaigns: Work with STAND Canada on developing and executing nation-wide advocacy campaigns related to anti-genocide advocacy;
  • Political Advocacy: Facilitate and attend meetings with Members of Parliament and other decision makers in Ottawa and across Canada as part of our political strategy efforts;
  • NGO Outreach: Build relationships with other non-governmental and advocacy organizations for collaborative campaigns and projects;
  • Community Outreach: Build relationships with community organizations affected by genocide in Canada and abroad (e.g. diaspora communities from our focus regions);
  • Research and Resources: Work with the team on conducting research pertaining to advocacy projects and campaigns and create resources for chapters (e.g. fact sheets, campaign handbooks, etc.);
  • Team-Building: Participate in advocacy and campaign training provided by STAND Canada and Advocacy Team/STAND Canada meetings, events, and conferences;

Advocacy Team Members will be expected to:

  • Communicate with and respond to STAND Directors’ emails and messages in a timely manner;
  • Take interest and actively participate more broadly in other aspects of STAND, such as attending virtual town halls or advocacy 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.

Are you our next Advocacy Team Member?

At STAND, we are looking to build youth up so that you can engage in political advocacy with skill and confidence. Those without substantial advocacy experience will be provided with training and opportunities for role expansion based on their demonstrated commitment and passion throughout their tenure as volunteers. We’re looking for

  • Youth (especially senior post-secondary students and recent graduates) with a demonstrated interest in some or all of the following:
    • Political advocacy and strategy;
    • Human rights (specifically genocide);
    • Working with non-profits and non-governmental organizations and developing those relationships;
    • Building relationships with community organizations, including diaspora communities in Canada affected by genocide and Indigenous communities in Canada affected by genocide;
  • Proven exceptional oral and written skills, with experience in professional correspondence (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.
  • Living in Ottawa or nearby is an added advantage for consideration, as are French language skills.

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 for those in Ottawa. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis as they are received and will close when we have filled the position.

    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 https://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.

    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.