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Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights is a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Canada and globally. For more information, visit www.sexualhealthandrights.ca.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Public Affairs Officer will be responsible for the organization’s relationships with government bodies and officials, both elected and un-elected. The Public Affairs Officer will:
- Assume leadership in the staff team for monitoring the work of relevant Canadian Government departments, seeking opportunities for collaboration, influence and cooperation;
- Help to develop and execute strategies to encourage further action by government actors on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally;
- Be responsible for the coordination and support of the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development, working with the Executive Director;
- Lead the organization of a Parliamentarian conference scheduled for 2018, with help from relevant staff;
- Lead the development of information products, briefs and position papers relating to Canada’s role in global SRHR;
- In collaboration with other staff, engage in feminist coalition building on domestic and global SRHR issues;
- Work with other staff to support the development of policy positions related to SRHR in the domestic context; and
- Work to promote the profile of specific UN agencies within Canada, working with the Communications Officer.
Statement of Qualifications
- Degree in a related field, such as Political Science, Law, Public Administration, Communications, International Development, Social Work, Public Health and Health Policy. Advanced degree considered an asset.
- Experience working on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues
- Knowledge of international agreements relevant to SRHR
- Demonstrated experience with policy engagement, research and health promotion, with and international and/or national NGO
- Minimum of 2 years working in the NGO sector
- Knowledge of international human rights, particularly in areas of SRHR and/or knowledge of the state of sexual and reproductive health policy and access in the Canadian context.
- Knowledge of global financing mechanisms as they relate to SRHR
- Knowledge of relevant international organizations including the United Nations and its specialized agencies and the G7.
- Experience working with government officials at all levels, both political and public service
- Experience working with representatives of the media
- Experience working with allies and other representatives from the NGO sector
- Ability to communicate in a clear and succinct manner, both orally and in writing
- Strong communications skills in English and French (essential)
- Experience working with networks, coalitions and organizational partners
- Strong understanding of the role charitable organizations in Canada can play in the policy landscape.
- Excellent knowledge of the Administrative and Executive structures of government.
- Demonstrated commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights
- Flexible and adaptive, able to respond quickly and effectively to changing circumstances
- Able to easily identify key people and issues
- Able to identify real barriers at every level and identify and implement ways to overcome them
- Commitment to and demonstrated effectiveness working as part of a diverse and participatory team
- Excellent organizational skills, and the ability to prioritize work effectively.
- Strong conceptual abilities and aptitudes
- Strategic thinking; sound judgment and a very clear and focused approach
- Sensitivity and a strong capacity for confidentiality, tact, discretion and diplomacy
- Excellent research, writing, analytical and persuasive skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Willingness to travel and work outside of normal business hours, when necessary
- Eligible to work in Canada
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Please apply by close of business on Wednesday February 22. Interviews will be conducted February 28 and March 1. Position will commence in first half of March.
We thank all applicants in advance; only those invited for an interview will be contacted.
As an equity employer, we welcome applications from historically disadvantaged groups. Self identification by candidates is completely voluntary.