The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) is a pan-Canadian coalition of civil society organizations concerned about the impact of anti-terrorism legislation and other counter terror measures with regards to civil liberties, human rights, refugee protection, racism, political dissent, governance of charities, international cooperation and humanitarian assistance. The coalition brings together some 40 NGOs, unions, professional associations, faith groups, environmental organizations, human rights and civil liberties advocates, as well as groups representing immigrant and refugee communities in Canada.
The mandate of the ICLMG is to defend the civil liberties and human rights set out in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, federal and provincial laws (such as the Canadian Bill of Rights, the Canadian Human Rights Act, provincial Charter of Human Rights or Privacy legislation), and international human rights instruments (such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment).
The National Coordinator coordinates and facilitates the operations and activities of the ICLMG and, with the guidance of the Steering Committee, helps this membership-based working group to elaborate strategies to promote and advance its mandate and facilitate the participation of member organizations. As part of a two-staff team located in Ottawa, and working in a collaborative environment under the supervision of the Co-Chairs and the direction of the Steering Committee, the National Coordinator will have primary responsibility for:
- Assuring the general functioning and administration of the ICLMG, including preparation of agendas in consultation with ICLMG chair(s), and minutes of Steering Committee and General Assembly meetings.
- Supporting the ICLMG in the development of overall policy and advocacy strategies, and facilitating their implementation.
- Developing opportunities for the ICLMG to contribute to relevant policy discussions in Canada and abroad – within affected communities, and with parliamentarians, relevant Canadian ministries, agencies and institutions.
- Acting as a spokesperson for the coalition.
- Representing ICLMG at various meetings, and maintaining relations with key partners and networks on designated policy issues.
- Carrying out research and analysis of laws, proposed legislation, other “Anti- terrorism” measures and reports relevant to the policy concerns of the coalition.
- Undertaking policy analysis, developing the coalition’s messaging, preparing briefs to parliamentary committees, etc.
- Drafting briefs, statements and letters for ICLMG.
- Promoting, developing and supporting membership growth of the ICLMG.
- Coordinating and implementing fund-raising strategies, including writing funding proposals and reports for ICLMG donor groups and members.
The National Coordinator will also share responsibilities with the Coordinator, Communications and Research for:
Monitoring and communicating information and analysis with respect, particularly, to the implications of “anti-terrorist” legislation on members’ communities and institutions and the respect of the human and civil rights of individuals.
Monitoring relevant Canadian, and other, government policies and programs and keep the ICLMG informed of issues and events requiring strategic discussion.
Daily monitoring of mainstream media and alternative news outlet (print and electronic).
Coordinating the preparation of educational and campaign materials.
Management and maintenance of office systems.
Carrying out other tasks assigned by the Co-Chairs and/or the Steering Committee of the coalition.
Post-secondary degree in political science, law, international affairs and development, journalism, communications, or related field.
Strong interest in policy work related to human rights, civil liberties and international law.
Experience in coalition work and good knowledge of the non-profit sector.
Familiarity with the parliamentary/legislative process.
Experience with the media.
Bilingualism, written and oral, English/French is required and will be tested in the selection process.
Superior writing and solid copy-editing skills, with strong attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Institutional skills including project management, relating to foundations and other funders, financial development and management, and Board support.
Preference will be given to candidates who have:
Relevant work experience, preferably with non-governmental organizations
Communication skills developed for various target audiences and outlets
Organizing skills including strategic thinking and campaigning, facilitation and shared leadership, chairing meetings, and working with groups;
The position is based in Ottawa and will be subject to a 6-month probation period.
This is a 4-day week position with annual salary of $53,835 with a generous benefits package (including health and pension benefits).
Application deadline: September 23, 2016 at midnight EST
Starting date: On or before November 15, 2016