Policy and Advocacy Advisor

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy



Country: Canada
Organization: Plan Canada
Closing date: 2 Dec 2020

Organization: Plan International Canada

Reports to: Director, Policy and Advocacy

Location: Remote temporarily; Ottawa (may involve travel up to 20% within Ontario)

Status: Full-time, Permanent

Level of Contact with Children: B

What can you expect from joining a leading organization in the global movement to advance children’s rights and equality for girls?

We are one of Canada’s Most Admired Cultures and here’s why: together, we have created a climate of trust and inclusivity – where diversity in people, ideas and approaches is not only respected, it’s encouraged. We are an inspiring team of intelligent disruptors who challenge each other to Defy Normal – to be bold, insightful, focused and innovative.

Amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19, these qualities have come to the forefront as our organization evolves to remain agile. Though we will evolve in many respects, our mission and strategic ambition will not change – and our work has never been so imperative. We will never stop believing in the multiplying power of girls and that every child deserves that right to learn, lead, decide and thrive. Our future success will be founded upon Plan International Canada’s 80+ year history of focusing on our mission, our core values, responding to challenges and seizing opportunities with purpose, relevance and impact.

Further information can be found at: plancanada.ca

The Position

The Policy and Advocacy Advisor will play an important role in Plan International Canada’s Policy and Advocacy team. The goal of the Policy and Advocacy team is to expand Plan International Canada’s advocacy reach across government and targeted global decision-makers and to align and streamline internal advocacy efforts across the organization. A cornerstone of this approach is Plan International Canada’s Policy and Advocacy Strategy. You will support the team by executing key elements of Plan International Canada’s Policy and Advocacy Strategy, including the development of evidence-based policy positions and coordinating policy and advocacy activities.

What does success look like?

Government Relations and Influencing (30%)

  • Assist with Plan International Canada’s efforts to influence federal government policy to promote gender equality and adopt gender transformative strategies in international development.
  • Support relationship-building with Parliamentarians, Senators, political staffers, and the federal public service relevant to delivering advocacy objectives.

Policy Research and Product Development (35%)

  • Support the Senior Advisor, Policy and Advocacy on the research and development of policy products (e.g., briefing notes, key message documents, policy statements).
  • Support the Senior Manager, Advocacy Communications in the production and targeted distribution of policy products and key messages.

Project Management (35%)

  • Organize external meetings and events, including ensuring effective preparation for, scheduling, tracking and follow up.
  • Draft quarterly and annual unit reporting and drafting any separate reporting necessary to Plan International’s global headquarters in the UK.
  • Support the Director in the preparation of the unit’s annual budget and work plan.
  • Track results of policy and advocacy initiatives at the output and outcome levels.
  • Support the Director to ensure organizational policy and advocacy systems and processes are robust, effective and sustainable.

As our ideal candidate you will have:

  • Experience in successful policy and advocacy work, preferably in international development, with preference for those that have professional experience working in Latin America, Africa and/or Asia.
  • Proven track record drafting and contributing to a range of products (presentations, internal briefing notes, policy briefs, op-eds).
  • Recognized capacity in translating complex information in a compelling and accessible way for non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and advocating for gender equality and child rights policies.
  • Strong policy research and analysis skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop analytical evidence-based policy papers and reports.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Canada’s current political landscape and international development and foreign affairs policies that impact the fulfillment of the rights and well-being of children, particularly girls.
  • Excellent English language skills. Fluency in French is a strong asset.

How to apply:

To express interest in this exciting opportunity at Plan International Canada, please apply with your resume and cover letter to https://plancanada.ca/apply by December 2, 2020.

Plan International Canada is an inclusive workplace, and is committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

Consistent with our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy, the successful candidate must receive clearance by a police background check, including the vulnerable sector screen.

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada for the duration of the work term. Proof of eligibility will be required.

Plan International Canada sincerely thanks all applicants for their expressed interest in this opportunity however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Thank you for your interest in a career at Plan International Canada!



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