Policy Analyst


Cooperation Canada is the national association of international development and humanitarian organizations working to achieve sustainable human development. Cooperation Canada brings together and advocates for Canada’s international development and humanitarian organizations by convening sector leaders, influencing policy and building capacity. Together, we work with partners both inside and outside Canada to build a world that’s fair, safe and sustainable for all. Learn more about Cooperation Canada at www.cooperation.ca    


The Policy Analyst supports the efforts of Cooperation Canada’s policy team and strategic and timely connections between policy-related and other institutional priorities. This position contributes to building an innovative sector association espousing the values of social justice and providing reliable policy insight for inclusive collective action.  

Reporting to the Policy Lead, the Policy Analyst supports the organization’s engagement with Global Affairs Canada and other institutional and political actors, as well as domestic and global civil society partners. The Policy Analyst covers a range of files relevant to Cooperation Canada, its members and its working groups, supports knowledge exchange on relevant priorities, and engagement with external stakeholders.,). The Policy Analyst may conduct literature reviews and directed quantitative and/or qualitative analysis on policy priorities identified by the Cooperation Canada team. The Policy Analyst drafts briefings, contributes to reports and the elaboration of strategic documents and crafts other communications products aimed at policy influencing and coordination. This position also supports sector coordination, including ensuring depth of knowledge and breadth of connections to key stakeholders both within and outside our membership, such as counterpoints at Global Affairs Canada and other relevant government departments.  


*Please note that duties and responsibilities are presented here by task.  

Policy Portfolio Support (50%) 

  • Support monitoring and analysis of policy developments across priority areas consistent with Cooperation Canada mandate, particularly around (i) international assistance structure, trends, and future directions; (ii) CSO enabling environment ; (iii) democracy, human rights, and gender equality; (iv) social justice paradigms of international cooperation including, feminist foreign policy, international assistance system reforms and coordination as advised by the Policy Lead  
  • Conduct literature reviews, media monitoring, and stakeholder mapping to support international cooperation policy priorities and inform strategic policy priorities  
  • Support the monitoring of institutional and regulatory shifts in Canadian and global contexts pertaining to policy priorities  
  • Draft policy-related materials, including but not limited to briefs, responses to Government consultations, formal letters to policymakers, media statements, blogs, op-eds and speeches across Cooperation Canada’s policy priorities and based on member inputs and in collaboration with relevant actors as appropriate 
  • Support the qualitative and quantitative analysis of funding flows and mechanisms of Canada’s official development assistance 
  • Map and engage with global and Canadian stakeholders on priority policy areas, as requested 
  • Support the design and the elaboration of new collaborations, projects, and initiatives 

Government Liaison (20%) 

Under the direction of the Policy Lead: 

  • Support the liaison with Global Affairs Canada (GAC), updating institutional tracking of GAC processes, keeping stock of Cooperation Canada collaboration with GAC, and supporting involvement in consultative GAC forums  
  • Draft regular updates to support ongoing communication flows and coordination  
  • Support the engagement of other federal institutions and parliamentary outreach, as requested  
  • Support Cooperation Canada’s reporting on lobbying activities  

Other policy and administrative support (30%) 

  • Work closely with the membership and communication team to ensure involvement of members and other stakeholders in strategic policy priorities  
  • Support institutional awareness about policy-related priorities through resource and information sharing, note taking and internal reporting. 
  • Support the effective management of information/knowledge through document management 
  • Assist in organizing meetings with stakeholders and summarizing outcomes/notes 
  • Participates in Cooperation Canada’s regular work planning and reporting processes as required. 
  • Support resource mobilization activities to grow and support Cooperation Canada’s policy portfolio. 
  • Promotes and supports an organizational culture that advances gender equality, reduces power abuse and inequalities, is inclusive, and fosters trust and safety.  
  • Any other tasks as deemed necessary by the Policy Lead and management. 


You are interested in this role because you know of Cooperation Canada’s reputation and critical role in advancing progressive Canadian policies for a fairer and better world.  You have a background in the theory and/or practice of international cooperation, including humanitarian assistance, sustainable development, and feminist approaches. You are good at policy research and analysis, highly organized, and you see the potential for policy influence through partnerships, effective collaboration and sharing of information. You understand the strategic importance of Cooperation Canada’s relationship with Global Affairs Canada and you are keen to grow collaboration. 

If you are applying for this job, you are functionally bilingual (French and English) and you know the positive potential of knowledge when it gets into the right hands.  You know how to listen, adapt, and shift and aren’t afraid of being wrong. You have a commitment to gender equality and anti-racism which allows you to engage in self-reflection, leading you to adapt and change your approaches when needed to better align to our values. 



  • Master’s degree in relevant field, or equivalent demonstrated ability to engage with policy analysis; 
  • At least two years of relevant work experience; 
  • Bilingual in Canada’s official languages (written and spoken); 
  • Sound knowledge of international development and humanitarian theory, policy and practice;  
  • Good knowledge of Canada’s policy making process particularly as it relates to international cooperation and foreign policy; 
  • Understanding of gender analysis, human-rights based approaches, and feminist and social justice principles; 
  • Strong analysis, research and writing skills; 
  • Capacity to work in a self-directed manner and to collaborate with others in a team setting; 
  • Good computer skills, including data analysis

We want to hear from you. We recognize that some excellent candidates may only have part of these requirements and we encourage you to apply so that we may consider what you bring.  

How to Apply:

he deadline for applications is August 8th, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.    

Applications are accepted at THIS LINK   

As part of your application, you will be required to provide a CV and a Cover Letter, and answer the following questions within our system:   

  1. Do you have the legal right to work in Canada?     
  2. What is your level of professional proficiency in both French and English?     
  3. Why do you want to work for Cooperation Canada?     
  4. What aspect of this job description is the most exciting for you?  

 We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.   

We will be happy to work with those requesting accommodation at any stage of the process.   


July 28, 2022


August 8, 2022


Full-time Permanent




Cooperation Canada