Director of Policy and Advocacy / Directeur-trice des politiques et du plaidoyer

Cooperation Canada

Who is the Director of Policy and Advocacy?

The Director of Policy and Advocacy is a key member of Cooperation Canada’s leadership team. You care about a better world, and you have the talent, skills, experience and commitment to push for greater Canadian leadership at a time when conflict, the climate crisis, rising authoritarianism, growing inequality and shifting geopolitics means that progress on development and human rights are under threat in many parts of the world. You have a strategic mind and entrepreneurial spirit that can drive Canadian global leadership on international cooperation and humanitarian action through impactful collaborations with civil society, parliament, Global Affairs Canada and thought and practice leaders.

You roll up your sleeves to hustle and do the work. You trust and support your competent team to deliver exciting policy and advocacy-focused initiatives that have the backing of institutional and philanthropic funders. You are a compassionate leader, functionally bilingual and centre equity in your work. You are looking for an opportunity to be challenged, to create and to build.

Ideally, our candidates will have:

  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience, matched with a post-graduate degree(s) in relevant field(s), or equivalent experience with sound knowledge of international cooperation.
  • Good knowledge of Canadian public policy and political context, with significant experience working in advocacy, parliamentary engagement, with civil society, and with government departments.
  • Strong communicator, experienced in high-level representation.
  • Successful experience raising funds, developing strategic partnerships and managing programs and budgets.
  • Reputation for effective and caring leadership and team management, initiative-taking and collaboration in multidisciplinary settings and across organizations.
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and work under pressure.
  • Strong analysis, research and writing skills..
  • Functionally bilingual in French and English.

If you want a more detailed breakdown of your responsibilities, you can find more information here

How to apply

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis with the final submission deadline February 11, 11:59PM. While timelines can shift, our goal is to have the position filled by March 2024, if not earlier. We will keep you updated on our timelines throughout the recruitment process.

Are you interested, but not sure if you are the right person? Tell us why we need your skills. We want to hear from you about this. We realize that you may only meet some of these requirements, but we encourage you to apply anyway to allow us to take into consideration what you bring.

Please use this link to apply.


Deadline: 11 Feb 2024