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Do you have a passion for social justice? The HIV Legal Network is seeking a full-time policy analyst to use their legal skills to advance the human rights of people living with and affected by HIV in Canada and around the world.

Policy Analyst

Location: The HIV Legal Network is based in Toronto, but we are open to hybrid/remote working situations for the right candidate.
Employment status: Full-time

Salary range: $69,000-73,000
Language requirements: Preferred Bilingual (English/French)
Application deadline: Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

In December 1992, a group of activists came together to create the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. They were united in their recognition that any effective response to the pandemic must ensure that the human rights of people living with HIV and communities particularly affected by HIV are respected, protected, and fulfilled.

Today, as the HIV Legal Network (www.hivlegalnetwork.ca), we’re one of the world’s leading organizations tackling the legal and human rights issues related to HIV, in Canada and internationally.

We work tirelessly to defend the rights of people living with HIV or AIDS and other populations disproportionately affected by HIV, punitive laws and policies, and criminalization, from women, newcomers, and gay men, to people in prison, people who use drugs, and sex workers, through research and analysis, litigation and other advocacy, public education, and community mobilization.

We envision a world in which the human rights and dignity of all people, including people living with HIV or AIDS and other populations disproportionately affected by HIV and criminalization, are respected, protected, and fulfilled.

Job description

The Policy Analyst will be a member of our Research & Policy Team, and will work closely with the other team members, the Co-Executive Directors, and other staff in achieving the overall goals of the HIV Legal Network. We are looking for a team player and strategic thinker, flexible and open to learning, and willing to take on and grow new areas of expertise.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • monitoring developments related to HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) with legal, policy or human rights dimensions;
  • researching and writing documents on legal and policy issues related to HIV and HCV for diverse audiences including communities particularly affected by HIV/HCV, frontline workers, and policy-makers;
  • developing materials for strategic litigation and other law reform initiatives;
  • working with other staff to develop, implement, and regularly review the HIV Legal Network’s advocacy priorities and initiatives, including associated communications activities;
  • delivering presentations, lectures, and workshops;
  • delivering media interviews and responding to media inquiries;
  • representing the HIV Legal Network at meetings with other organizations (domestic and international) and government agencies, policymakers, and officials;
  • identifying, through discussion with the Research & Policy Team, strategic directions for the HIV Legal Network’s legal/policy research and advocacy;
  • managing projects; and
  • assisting as necessary in developing funding applications and project budgets in those areas involving research, policy development and advocacy work, and preparing reports on their activities for reports to funders.

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include:

  • a law degree from a Canadian law school or a Certificate of Equivalence from the National Committee on Accreditation (being called to the bar in a Canadian province or territory is an asset, but is not required);
  • proven skills in legal research and writing;
  • excellent oral and written communications skills in English;
  • experience in legal and policy analysis and advocacy work in relation to HIV, human rights, or a related field;
  • proven project management skills;
  • an ability to travel, both within Canada and internationally; and
  • initiative, perseverance, flexibility, collegiality, and a passion for social justice.

The ideal candidate will also:

  • be fluent in French;
  • be familiar with issues related to HIV and HCV including the health and social impacts of repressive laws and policies on communities particularly affected by HIV/HCV;
  • have experience working with people living with or affected by HIV or HCV;
  • be well-versed in international law;
  • have some litigation experience; and
  • have experience with public speaking and delivering media interviews.

Salary and benefits

The salary range for this position is $69,000-73,000, in addition to employer-paid benefits.

Application process

Please email your résumé, a cover letter, and a brief, relevant writing sample (that has not been edited by another) to hiring@hivlegalnetwork.ca.

Desired start date

We would like to fill the position as soon as possible but have some flexibility in the starting date and are seeking a candidate well-suited for the position and organization.

We thank all applicants for their interest but cannot respond to all inquiries; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The HIV Legal Network is strongly committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups including people living with HIV, Indigenous people, Black people, other racialized people, LGBTQ2S+ people, and people with disabilities are welcome to self-identify, should they feel comfortable in doing so, in their cover letter.

Disponible en français : https://www.hivlegalnetwork.ca/carrieres

Volunteer opportunities

Why volunteer?

Volunteering with the Legal Network is a valuable experience. It can allow you to acquire knowledge, gain insights and make contacts, while defending the legal and human rights of people living with or affected by HIV or AIDS.

Before applying

Think about the following questions and please let us know your answers:

  • When am I available (e.g., during daytime hours, during the week, or only evenings and weekends)?
  • How much time can I volunteer?
  • Do I want to work in or out of the office?
  • What skills can I offer? (Identify 2 or 3 skills, which could include experience in making contacts by phone; ability to use software such as Word or Excel; writing skills, including in languages other than English; experience in providing reception or filing services; research abilities; etc.)
  • What do I want to gain from this experience? (Volunteering will be more fulfilling if you let us know what you’re looking for; e.g., experience to add to your resumé, a way to support a worthy cause, social relationships or contacts within the community of non-governmental organizations.)

Available opportunities

  • Advocacy Campaign — Gathering and updating information on members of Parliament or members of a provincial/territorial legislature or municipal government; contacting people by phone or e-mail; writing advocacy material; developing web content, including video and text; programming and designing for websites.
  • Office Assistance — Greeting people at reception; answering phone calls and helping respond to e-mails; supporting mailings; assisting at events.
  • Policy Research — Performing research; helping formulate policy and legal briefs; summarizing in-depth research reports.

Applying

To submit your application for a volunteer position, please e-mail your resumé and the answers to the above questions to Terry Gould, Program Support Manager, at tgould [at] hivlegalnetwork.ca.