Corporate Accountability & Climate Justice Campaigner

Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours/week) 
Duration: Contract (12 months) 
Location: Vancouver, Ottawa or Toronto 
Salary: $69,261 per annum. 
Travel: Some travel may be required 
Deadline: Applications are accepted until 5pm, (eastern time) Thursday, August 18, 2022 
Union: Unifor Local 567  

Amnesty International Canadian Section (English Speaking) also known as AICSES is looking for a Campaigner- Corporate Accountability and Climate Justice (CACJ) who is responsible for developing and leading campaigns to advance the Branch’s objectives in these thematic areas, including human rights impact, supporter growth, supporter engagement and innovation.

Reporting to the Programs Manager (Campaigns & Advocacy), the CACJ will work in partnership with other colleagues, they develop and execute the strategy for the Branch’s work to hold States, extractives companies, and financial institutions to account for their human rights obligations and responsibilities within the framework of international human rights standards. Their initiatives will support the overall movement’s objectives and long-term plans for corporate accountability and climate justice, as well as initiatives specific to advancing corporate accountability and climate justice goals in Canada.

The role is expected to build membership understanding and capability, focused on planned priorities and to support the development of diverse member and volunteer leaders through briefing materials, webinars and workshops, support for relevant stakeholders (i.e. CACJ Specialized Teams) This role may on occasion be called upon to respond to unplanned but urgent situations related to the campaign. Campaign initiatives must integrate intersectional analysis, gender equity, and comply with Amnesty’s ARAO expectations.

WHAT YOU’LL DO 

Research & Subject Matter Expertise 

  • Monitor and conduct or coordinate primary research on specific cases in Canada or overseas linked to Amnesty’s objectives on CACJ
  • Lead the Branch’s engagement with rightsholders in Canada or overseas at risk of harm by Canadian oil, gas or mining companies or investment
  • Lead the Branch’s policy analysis on climate justice, including energy transition, just transportation, and fossil fuel financing
  • Identify changes in law and policy and provide the strategic and political analysis required to respond to various opportunities
  • Support the legal work of the Branch in preparing litigation, supporting strategic litigation initiatives relevant to corporate accountability or climate justice

 

Campaign Strategy Development 

  • Lead the Branch’s engagement with rightsholders in Canada or overseas at risk of harm by Canadian oil, gas or mining companies or investment
  • Lead in the development of campaign strategies to mobilize AIC’s membership and members of the public on priority issues
  • Ensure consistency across Branch-supported content on CACJ
  • Undertake ongoing monitoring and analysis of relevant information from the International Secretariat, the media, relevant Canadian networks and partners, and governments and other official documents, to inform and regularly update campaign plans
  • Provide guidance and updates on strategic priorities to AIC’s Specialized Teams on CACJ and review/approve advocacy and campaigning proposals from the team
  • In collaboration with other Campaigns, Activism and Communications colleagues, identify and develop action opportunities and content for a variety of audiences and methods of engagement
  • Where appropriate, act as Branch spokesperson with the media for issues related to CACJ
  • Respond to enquiries from members and the public as needed

 

Advocacy & Government Relations

  • Prepare and attend, as appropriate, high-level advocacy briefings, reports or submissions in support of key cases and thematic areas of work
  • Participate in engagements, consultations and/or discussions with public officials and corporate actors on CACJ
  • Convene, facilitate, or participate in coalitions, think tanks, and networks on CACJ
  • Respond to enquiries from members and the public as needed
  • Prepare briefings, submissions, and presentations in support of key cases and thematic areas of work for various UN bodies and mechanisms with the informed consent of rights holders UN bodies such as Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Working Group on Business and Human Rights, Special Rapporteurs on Climate, Human Rights Defenders, Environment, Indigenous Rights.
    Organize presentations or speaking tours for UN special experts
  • Contribute to the regular meetings and events of the organization to inform others of developments and to stay up to date on organizational matters and the work of other teams.
  • Ensure that diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), anti- racism and anti-oppression (ARAO) principles and practices are integrated into program strategies and materials
  • Exemplify DEI and anti-oppression principles in day-to-day interactions with colleagues, rightsholders, members, donors, supporters, and the public
  • Contribute to the organization’s DEI and ARAO development at the individual, team, and organizational levels.

 

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR IN A CANDIDATE 
Amnesty International Canada is seeking an individual who can contribute to the diversity of Amnesty’s workforce and its inclusive, anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices. The successful candidate will have a strong background campaigning or advocacy with a focus on Corporate Accountability and Climate Justice bringing an intersectional approach to human rights law in Canada & internationally.

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • 3-5 years of equivalent experience and education working with an NGO with campaigning or advocacy focus OR university degree with some general or specialized background in human rights with minimum 2-3 years of experience in a relevant position
  • Demonstrated experience working and/or studying corporate accountability or climate justice issues with an intersectional approach
  • Proven knowledge of international human rights law and related international bodies, mechanisms and policies, and their application in Canada, particularly in the areas of corporate accountability and climate justice
  • Ability to develop a theory of change and campaign strategy that centers the needs and rights of rights-holders
  • Proven ability to work successfully with a diverse team and stakeholder group (including employees, colleagues, membership-based movement)
  • Knowledge, training and experience in intersectionality, anti-racism, anti-oppression, anti-Black racism, discrimination, and decolonizing practices
  • Knowledge of and relationships with Canadian civil society and social justice movements, networks, and stakeholders in the areas of environmental justice and corporate accountability
  • Ability to think, plan, and communicate strategically, including advocacy and strategic thinking skills, and ability to collaborate with rights holders, partners, staff and members in developing strategy
  • Ability to write accurate, compelling & concise content for a variety of audiences
  • Ability to contribute to the diversity of Amnesty’s workforce and its inclusive, anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices
  • Available to travel or work on evenings or weekends
  • Spanish or French language skills would be considered a significant asset

 

WHY WORK FOR AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CANADA? 

ABOUT US 
Amnesty International is a movement of 10 million ordinary people in more than 150 countries who come together to achieve extraordinary results in defending and promoting human rights. We get discriminatory laws changed and prisoners of conscience released. We’ve helped stop torture, commute death sentences and worked to end violence against women. We are in solidarity with Indigenous peoples demanding that their rights be respected.

OUR COMMITMENT TO ANTI-RACISM, ANTI-OPPRESSION, DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION (ARAO-DEI) 
Amnesty International Canada is committed to employment equity, actively seeks diversity in the workplace, and welcomes and encourages applications from members of equity seeking groups including women, transgender, non-binary, and LGBTI individuals; First Nations, Metis, and Inuit individuals, persons with disabilities, and members of racialized and marginalized groups. We believe our work is stronger when it benefits from the experience, knowledge and wisdom of people who have faced systemic barriers, and encourage applications from qualified candidates who have lived experience as a member of historically underrepresented communities.

AIC values qualified diverse candidates who bring skills that contribute to our anti-racist and anti-oppression transformational journey. At AIC, employees are expected to contribute to an inclusive environment and bring the knowledge, experience, and ability to incorporate anti-racism, anti-oppression, intersectionality, gender mainstreaming, inclusion, and accessibility practices to external and internal work and to all interpersonal interactions. Click to learn more about our Equity Journey.

WHAT WE OFFER 

At Amnesty International Canada, we are passionate about what we do, and we are proud of our achievements as a movement. To compensate our employees for the critical work they undertake, we reward them with an attractive, sector competitive salary and benefits package plus the opportunity to develop professionally.

If you are talented, passionate about human rights and want to use your skills, knowledge, and experience to change the world, we encourage you to join us. 

APPLICATION PROCESS 
Together with your resume, please forward a 1-page cover letter (250 words maximum) that includes your responses to the following questions:

  1. How do you relate to Amnesty International Canada’s mission?
  2. How would your skills and experiences (personal and professional) translate into success in this position?
  3. What does a commitment to ARAO and DEI mean or look like to you?

Applications must be submitted electronically through our Work With Us careers page.

We thank everyone for their expression of interest-and truly appreciative of the time individuals put into applying-but with the limitation of time only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Amnesty International Canada is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process  

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