BCCIC Job Opening – Senior Policy Analyst

Application Deadline: October 15, 2019

Projected Start Date: November 1, 2019

Location: 268 Keefer St, Vancouver B.C.

Part Time: 4/5 (four days a week)

Salary: $52,000-56,000 CDN (Based on 80 percent of a full-time wage of 72,600 plus benefits)

Length of term: Annual contract coincides with our fiscal year of March 31 with potential renewal of up to four years. Further renewal subject to funding.  

Probation period: Three months

Vacation: Three weeks plus statutory holidays

Office Closure: Five days end of December

Overtime: Time in lieu only

Professional Development: TBD

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) is a leading provincial network with a strong focus on global cooperation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We were established in 1989, currently have a core team of six staff based in a new and evolving non-profit oriented office in Chinatown, Vancouver. We have four regional chapters throughout British Columbia and a variable number of program staff and contracted volunteers at any given time. We have a very strong volunteer orientation with some youth-specific programming. The organization is led by an inter-generationally focused leadership team backed up by an experienced board of directors. Our network is guided by a membership-driven strategic plan that is driven by a deep commitment to global citizenship and global cooperation.  We work at the local, provincial, national and international scales and are very involved with other civil society networks on a broad range of sustainability issues.

We are a high performing, action oriented, motivated team that values creativity and the productive nexus between innovation and experience. People often ask how we get so much done and the answer is found in the word “we”. We like to try new ways of working based on proven outcomes and we love a theory to debate, guide and inform our ideas. Collaboration, individual and collective leadership, integrity and respect for all living things are foundational to our work environment. While we have high expectations, we also encourage life/work balance and are committed to an all-gender friendly, youth friendly, environmentally and socially conscious workplace where people with families, living in an expensive city, can thrive.

Live hard, work hard, play hard and rest easy means we don’t encourage our staff or volunteers to stay late on Friday nights but we do expect them to come to work in a shared office environment with energy on Monday mornings.  We also believe that the transformative change we advocate for in the world begins individually and includes evolving our collective workplace. We seek open-minded, life-long learners whose core orientation is a rare mix of appropriate humility and unparalleled self-confidence. Understanding self is a key attribute we look for to complement our core team.  An essential part of our work is to engage in creative policy with various forums and consultative bodies through research, advocacy and public engagement. The key adjective is “creative”; a word that reflects a rare mix of wisdom with enthusiasm.

We are seeking a senior policy analyst with a proven ability to undertake collaborative research, share knowledge, write well and communicate with others using a variety of mediums. You will be a key part of the core team based in our office whose collective intelligence, background understanding of the core issues and strategic knowledge will help guide our policy interventions and inform our diverse programming.  You are well informed about the 2030 Agenda and SDGs, related global frameworks and their localization including government policies in Canada, (i.e. FIAP) and are well equipped to work on sensitive and confidential issues. Understanding multiple perspectives and an inclusive approach, while also driving hard to change the world with uncompromising integrity, will be your prime motivation because you understand that time is of the essence on our planet. While we work on serious subjects our work environment strives to be joyous and we entertain and honour a variety of humours.

This is a much-coveted senior position which complements your ten-plus years of hard-won experience. While BCCIC respects a strong academic background (and did we mention we love a theory) we know that the real world is a complex place where concepts, ideas and theories are often trashed by the simplicity of an uncompromising street-smart approach. You are a person with guts, gravitas and experience to push a new idea and you come up with lots of them.

As a member of BCCIC’s core staff, you value multiple perspectives but know how to hold your ground and argue passionately for what you believe is right both within the team and on behalf of the team.

You are particularly sensitive to what underlies the word “marginalized” and you understand the nuances and challenges between diversity, minority, democracy and urgency. While pluralism is fundamental to your values so is planetary survival and you see the difficulty when the two are juxtaposed. Your knowledge of the Canadian context is grounded in a well-informed view regarding First Nations relations, UNDRIP and our historical multilateral positions at the United Nations. You have a historical understanding of Official Development Assistance and the current challenges in Canada. The language of a human rights-based approach is second nature to you and the threat of climate change has kept you awake for some time. You are a seasoned thinker who understands there are no simple, singular answers and everyone is partially correct. Most of all you want to change the world and make it a better place where all living beings can reach their potential. You enjoy life, the company of like-minded people and have the maturity to work on difficult subjects and maintain a healthy perspective. People generally describe you as positive… or even “very positive” despite the sober content of your work. You listen more than you talk and, while you like your title, you are not so stuck on it that you won’t help sweep the office.

 

Key Responsibilities

Connect with key government officials and other political actors to advance the policy work of BCCIC.

Lead sector policy development, including review and analysis of issues and trends.

Coordinate and position BCCIC as an authority in the delivery of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in British Columbia, Canada, and internationally, using integrated approaches. These include the Paris climate change agreement, the Canadian Feminist International Assistance Policy and other relevant policy documents and decisions.

Strengthen collaboration with government officials across political scales, national and international networks, UN agencies, and other stakeholders to exchange information, prepare deliverables, and coordinate meetings and consultations.

Develop personalized strategies to proactively showcase opportunities where BCCIC can support government priorities.

Organize and prepare written outputs, including draft background papers, analyses of reports and studies, inputs to publications, and the development of an annual High-Level Political Forum document on Canada’s progress toward the SDGs.

Lead network/sector consultations and other meeting opportunities, including developing agendas, identifying participants, preparing documents and presentations, etc.

Conduct government relations in a way that is, at all times, non-partisan.

Coordinate closely with other Program Officers at BCCIC and share in the management of interns/volunteers/subcontractors on a program and project basis.

Do your fair share of the dishes, avoid burnout and mentor others through demonstrating a cooperative, non-hierarchical approach to co-creating a good place and space to work.

Some travel is required.

 

Desired Knowledge, Experience and Education

Advanced Degree in a related discipline and five (5) years of experience in each of the following areas (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered).

Experience formulating, interpreting and applying legislation, regulation and policy.

Experience in planning and coordinating complex projects/assignments.

Experience in concisely and persuasively drafting policy material, including briefing notes, background documents and/or issue papers for a variety of audiences.

Experience in research or use of research and evidence-based approaches.

Experience leading and facilitating workshops, and coordinating/managing staff or volunteers for high-level project and meeting engagement with specific deliverables.

Excellent communications skills – both verbal and written in a variety of mediums. Proven social media skills are a considerable asset.

Excellent organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to organize multiple tasks and appropriately prioritize activities.

Budget and grant management experience using a variety of sources.

Deep understanding of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, as well as familiarity with governing multilateral frameworks.

Knowledge of Indigenous policy (Canadian policy concerning Indigenous Peoples as well as Indigenous governmental policy concerning Indigenous communities) a plus.

Knowledge of gender studies or equity a plus.

Impeccable English, both written and oral, is essential. French as a second language is an asset.

 

The deadline for applications is:

October 15th, 2019 11:59 PST. The position is expected to start on November 1, 2019

Please send your documents through the job posting on Charity Village. To apply, please click here.

1) A cover letter telling us why you want this job
2) A resume or CV
3) Three references

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