Policy Specialist - Climate and Natural Resources - Oxfam Canada

Mar 04, 2021
Ottawa, Ontario

Internal/External Posting

Title:                                         Policy Specialist - Climate and Natural Resources

Department:                         Policy & Campaigns                                           

Status:                                      Full-time, 18- month term, unionized                         

Location:                                  Ottawa, Ontario                    

Immediate Supervisor:     Manager, Policy

Salary:                                        $64,280.88 - $83,468.11

Salary Band:                            Band 3

Application Deadline:         March 4, 2021

Oxfam Canada is an affiliate of the international Oxfam Confederation networked in over 90 countries as part of a global movement for change. Our mission is to build lasting solutions to poverty and injustice with a focus on improving the lives and promoting the rights of women and girls. We work directly with communities, partners and women's rights organizations to challenge the systems that perpetuate inequality and keep people poor. Together we seek to influence those in power to ensure that women trapped in poverty have a say in the critical decisions that affect them, their families and entire communities. That’s why we believe that ending global poverty begins with women’s rights.

Oxfam Canada offers a generous compensation and benefits program, but more than that, we offer the opportunity to be a part of our global movement for change. If you advocate for gender equality, are passionate about women’s rights, and share our values of Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness – we want you on our team!


Reporting to the Manager of Policy, the Policy Specialist – Climate & Natural Resources is responsible for developing policy and advocacy strategies to advance Oxfam Canada’s priorities on climate change and natural resources with a strong commitment and expertise to advancing women’s rights and gender justice.

The Policy Specialist will work with Oxfam stakeholders – supporters, partner organizations and allies – and Oxfam staff on various initiatives to advance policy solutions in support of a more sustainable future. The Specialist has a strong track record in intersectional feminist analysis and working in coalition with women’s rights organizations. This position also requires experience implementing major projects, including monitoring and evaluation and financial oversight. The Specialist will work closely with the Policy Specialist for Extractive Industries to advance GBA+ impact assessments for major energy projects in Canada.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: (This is not an exhaustive list of duties to be performed)

With a specific focus on women’s rights and gender justice, the Policy Specialist:

  • Acts as an internal subject matter expert on climate and natural resources, and provides strategic advice to senior management on policy and advocacy direction and opportunities.
  • Develops and executes impactful policy and advocacy strategies on identified priority issues, deploying a range of tactics and working with a range of stakeholders and issue experts, including the Oxfam confederation.
  • Produces high quality policy and advocacy products (policy briefs, reports, op-eds, etc.) and creative online content on Oxfam’s work in this area to engage policy-makers and supporters.
  • Representative for Oxfam Canada in the media, with government, in coalitions and with Oxfam supporters and delivers compelling presentations for external audiences.
  • Develops and grows strong relationships with organizations and coalitions to advance Oxfam Canada’s influencing agenda and grow Oxfam’s constituency on these issues in Canada.
  • Supports project implementation including project inception, planning and reporting, overseeing budgets, setting goals, tracking progress and timelines, monitoring disbursements of project funds and ensuring accurate and timely financial reporting.
  • Delivers key project activities including producing research, organizing events and trainings and building relationships with key stakeholders, working with external vendors and partners.
  • Supports fundraising for Oxfam Canada’s work on climate and natural resources, including proposal development, budgeting and seeking out prospective donors.


  • Master’s degree in Political Science, International Relations or equivalent education and experience;
  • Minimum of seven years in a comparable position
  • Experience in the not-for-profit sector;
  • Experience in policy advocacy and/or campaign work around women’s rights or gender equality, climate change and natural resources;
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s mission and strategic focus on women’s rights and gender justice;
  • Content and policy expertise related to climate change and natural resources, and proven track record working on related research, policy and advocacy;
  • Knowledge of the Canadian policy landscape and opportunities for influence;
  • Proven track record in developing and implementing policy and advocacy strategies and plans;
  • Experience in coordinating government advocacy for NGOs;
  • Experience in building networks, coalitions and alliances to support policy and advocacy objectives;
  • Experience with policy and advocacy vis-à-vis the private sector;
  • Demonstrated strong writing and editing skills, especially the capacity to develop policy and advocacy materials (correspondence with government and company officials and decision-makers, policy papers, briefing notes, discussion papers, submissions to government consultations);
  • Ability to convey complex ideas in plain language to varied audiences;
  • Ability to troubleshoot and anticipate challenges, and effectively and efficiently handle multiple, simultaneous, and complex tasks and projects;
  • Capacity to develop expertise in new issue areas;
  • Strong English language skills required; French and Spanish language skills a strong asset;
  • Experience working with media a strong asset
  • Ability to travel periodically in Canada and internationally, sometimes in difficult circumstances;
  • Willingness to sign and abide by the Oxfam Code of Conduct.

** MUST be eligible to work in Canada ** 

We thank all those who apply, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Oxfam Canada is committed to diversity and equity around the globe and in our workplace. All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness. We welcome applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification and share our values. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us as soon as possible of any particular adaptive measures you might require.

Important Note: All offers of employment are conditional upon signing our strict code of conduct, subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for Oxfam Canada.

For additional career opportunities within Oxfam Canada, please visit oxfam.ca/employment-oppportunities. Please note that we are not able to offer internships or overseas volunteer placements.

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