Policy and Advocacy Manager

Location: Ottawa, Canada

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ABOUT ONE

ONE is a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030, so that everyone, everywhere can lead a life of dignity and opportunity.

We believe the fight against poverty isn’t about charity, but about justice and equality. Whether lobbying political leaders in world capitals or running cutting-edge grassroots campaigns, ONE pressures governments to do more to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, and empowers citizens to hold their governments to account.

ONE’s members are crucial to this work. They come from every walk of life and from across the political spectrum. They’re artists and activists, faith and business leaders, students and scientists. They take action day in, day out — organizing, mobilizing, educating, and advocating so that people will have the chance not just to survive, but to thrive.

ONE teams in Abuja, Berlin, Brussels, Dakar, Johannesburg, London, New York, Ottawa, Paris and Washington DC, educate and lobby governments to shape policy solutions that save and improve millions of lives — and which every year are under threat from cuts and other priorities.

ONE is grounded in a mission, vision and set of values that provide a foundation for our work. At ONE, we look for talented individuals who are passionate about making change and who will strive to embody our values. Please take a moment to make yourself familiar with our values and mission statement before submitting your application.

Employees of ONE work in a collaborative and creative environment. When you work for ONE, you will receive excellent benefits along with the opportunity to be part of an international organization and contribute to our mission to end extreme poverty and preventable disease.

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

The Policy and Advocacy Manager, Canada is responsible for developing and executing ONE Canada’s advocacy and government relations strategy on issues such as global health, education economic development and other key development policy issues; representing these positions directly with federal policymakers, elected officials, and public servants; working closely with senior leadership in planning, implementing and evaluating ONE's advocacy campaigns with our ONE membership and the public. The Policy and Advocacy Manager is also responsible for ensuring the quality and accuracy of all facts, figures, and policy recommendations from ONE to the government, and synthesizing complex policy issues into simple language. This role reports directly to the Canada Director.

The selected candidate is required to register under the Federal Canadian Lobbying Act.

IN THIS ROLE, YOU WILL

  • Develop and execute ONE's government relations and advocacy strategy, establishing and implementing short and long range organizational goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures with other teams within the organization, advising the Director on advocacy priorities and overall strategy
  • Perform general research and policy analysis on ONE's policy work relating to a broad range of development issues, including, but not limited to ODA, the Canadian budget, global health, economic development, education and food security
  • Represent ONE in meetings with critical policymakers and elected officials, and cultivate and maintain effective relationships with them to advance ONE's policy priorities
  • Prepare documents on specific development issues for a range of audiences including articles for ONE's website, blog posts and talking points and prepare briefing documents for ONE staff and/or Principals
  • Represent ONE externally with nonprofits, public interest groups and other organizations
  • Liaise with other teams within the organization to advise and service ONE membership on grassroots and field strategies and actions to advance government relations priorities
  • Prepare ONE's positions on key areas of Canadian development policy and contribute to development of new/ emerging policy areas within the Global Policy Team
  • Contribute to ONE's Canadian and international reports, by providing Canadian-specific analysis, writing parts of the report and coordinating the production process
  • Possibility of line management of staff and interns, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

WHAT YOU BRING TO ONE

  • Bachelor's degree preferred, in Political Science, International Development, Economics, or related field
  • A minimum of six years' policy, legislative or issue-advocacy experience with experience on Parliament Hill
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills in English, particularly with broad, diverse audiences
  • Experience working on Parliament Hill, having existing relationships with federal government and elected officials is a strong asset
  • Genuine interest and passion for ONE's issues and priorities
  • Ability to synthesize policy documents, identifying relevant key points and facts, and statistics that help explain complicated policy topics to broad audiences in a concise way
  • Ability to understand and work with data and statistics. Advanced skills in Excel or data software, an additional asset
  • A demonstrable understanding of the links between policy, lobbying, campaigning, and media work; and of how policy change can be achieved through effective advocacy
  • Strong understanding of Canadian government and policy-making process
  • Collaborative with strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Ability to manage and prioritize several projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to work well under pressure and perform unpredictable work
  • Ability to consistently apply good judgment, make sound decisions, and hold difficult conversations
  • Ability to manage projects in a self-sufficient manner
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

Fluency in English required.  Fluency or familiarity with French is an additional asset.

TRAVEL:

Light domestic and/or international travel may be required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Remote working environment but must be based in Ottawa or the immediate surrounding area to be able to attend in-person meetings on Parliament Hill at short notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

If you are ready to join the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, please submit a resume and cover letter to this opening at ONE jobs (http://www.one.org/jobs).

ONE is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants. When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing (please visit the Contact Us page on the web). ONE will process requests for reasonable accommodation and will provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate, in a prompt and efficient manner.

We understand that a diversity of strengths, experiences, and backgrounds makes our team stronger. If this position interests you, we encourage you to apply and tell us why you are a great candidate for the role. ONE does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. To learn more about our diversity and inclusion work and priorities, visit https://www.one.org/us/about/diversity/.

Due to the high volume of inquiries that ONE receives, we thank all candidates for their interest yet only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants. When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing (please email [email protected]). ONE will process requests for reasonable accommodation and will provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate, in a prompt and efficient manner.

We understand that a diversity of strengths, experiences, and backgrounds makes our team stronger. If this position interests you, we encourage you to apply and tell us why you are a great candidate for the role. ONE does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. To learn more about our diversity and inclusion work and priorities, visit https://www.one.org/us/about/diversity/.

Due to the number of inquiries that ONE receives, we thank all candidates for their interest yet only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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