Policy Officer

The Refugee Hub
  • Location
    Remote/ Ottawa, Canada
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 16

Position description

The Refugee Hub was founded at the University of Ottawa in 2012. Our mission is to foster justice and human rights for refugees at local, national, and international levels through innovative research, programs and partnerships. We are supported in our work by a team of in-house experts, a wide range of consultants, and a broad and diverse community of partners and stakeholders.

Our growing Knowledge Hub advances cutting-edge research on a range of refugee protection and migration topics and supports the strengthening of the evidence base underlying our policy and programmatic work on refugee resettlement, complementary pathways, and community sponsorship. 


The Refugee Hub is also a partner in the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI), a unique and ambitious multi-stakeholder collaboration that encourages and supports the creation of new community sponsorship programs around the world with the aim of increasing and improving overall refugee resettlement, strengthening local host communities, and improving the narrative surrounding newcomers. Our other partners in the GRSI include the Government of Canada, the UNHCR, the Open Society Foundations, the Giustra Foundation, and the Shapiro Foundation.


We are seeking a policy officer to join the Refugee Hub’s small but powerful team to help support our organization’s policy and knowledge generation work. The policy officer will contribute to advancing the Refugee Hub’s global strategy on resettlement and complementary pathways, conducting policy- and academic-oriented research and drafting, and delivering special thematic and country-oriented projects.  They will be a highly organized, self-motivated person who is a skilled researcher and writer and excels at problem-solving and multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment, and also demonstrates a high degree of professionalism, discretion, tact and responsibility, including when managing various files with little supervision.



  • Policy: Develop and draft policy documents, proposals and other written products in fields including resettlement, complementary pathways, and community sponsorship.
  • Academic: Contributing to research and drafting of academic papers on a variety of topics, including resettlement, complementary pathways, and community sponsorship.
  • Project management: Advance special projects, including in-depth comparative policy tools to support a progressive global refugee protection agenda.
  • Knowledge management: Reading, analyzing, briefing on, and organizing core reports and studies written by, as well as data collected by, external stakeholders relating to the Refugee Hub’s areas of focus.
  • Briefing senior Refugee Hub staff on key topics to support participation in or presentations at global and strategic policy convenings.

Essential qualifications:

  • Higher degree in a relevant field (g. law, public policy, public affairs, political science, international development)
  • At least 1-2 years of relevant work experience, with demonstrated emphasis on superior writing and analytical abilities Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Excellent organizational and coordination skills, including data and information management
  • High proficiency with the full suite of MS Office software, as well as remote-connectivity applications
  • Superior time management skills with an ability to prioritize a wide range of tasks and projects


Asset Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of refugee issues, global refugee politics, intergovernmental or public affairs, community sponsorship, innovative finance, or other related areas
  • Experience in development and grant-making


This is a remote work position with a preference for candidates in Ottawa, Toronto, or Montreal, Canada. A possibility to work remotely within the range of Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time can be negotiated for the right candidate


  • One-year term contract with possibility to renew
  • Salary commensurate with the Refugee Hub’s salary scale.


  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Unedited writing sample of no more than five pages

Please apply through Bamboo HR at refugeehub.bamboohr.com/jobs by April 5, 2021 to be considered for this position.