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Refugee Advisory Network of Canada (RAN Canada)

Call for applications 2022


The Refugee Advisory Network of Canada (RAN Canada) is now accepting applications for three new Advisors to join the Network.


Do you currently reside in Canada and have held refugee status, sought asylum or experienced displacement within the past 10 years? Do you have demonstrated leadership experience in a refugee-led or refugee-serving organization in Canada or elsewhere? Do you have demonstrated engagement in global refugee policy discussions and refugee networks? Are you passionate about advancing meaningful refugee participation in global processes that affect the lives of the forcibly displaced?


If you answered yes to all these questions, then this opportunity may be for you!


What is RAN Canada?

The Refugee Advisory Network of Canada (RAN Canada) is an independent and nonpartisan group of refugee leaders selected from across Canada through an open selection process. RAN Canada Advisors contribute diverse refugee leadership experiences and backgrounds, originating from different parts of the world while residing across Canada, and also bringing the diverse perspectives of various communities and networks to the work of RAN Canada. We are developing a network of refugee leaders in Canada with demonstrated perspectives, skills and knowledge on diverse refugee issues to engage with global policy and decision-making processes that affect the lives of refugees, from the root causes of displacement to the realization of sustainable, rights-based solutions.


RAN Canada works to promote the meaningful participation of refugees in Canada’s engagement with the international refugee system. RAN Canada advocates for, and strives to achieve, the meaningful inclusion of the perspectives, skills and knowledge of refugees in global policy and decision-making processes that affect the lives of refugees. We actively advocate for the human rights of refugees, internally displaced persons, stateless persons and others who have been forcibly displaced.


RAN Canada strives to collaborate with local and global refugee-led organizations, government agencies and other stakeholders to fulfill the commitment of the 2018 Global Compact on Refugees that “responses are most effective when they actively and meaningfully engage those they are intended to protect and assist.”


What are the responsibilities of a RAN Canada Advisor?

RAN Canada is comprised of up-to 12 Advisors, serving staggered two-year terms. Advisors are not remunerated for their work with the Network.


Responsibilities of RAN Canada Advisors include:

  • Working to amplify the perspectives and representation of refugees in global refugee policy discussions and decision-making processes that affect the lives of refugees.

  • Actively participating in RAN Canada’s meetings, events and other activities, dedicating a minimum of 5 hours per month, in addition to participating in mandatory quarterly meetings.

  • Facilitating contact between partners and the Advisor’s networks in Canada and abroad for the purposes of advancing the work of RAN Canada.

  • Participating actively and share tasks in preparation for RAN Canada’s engagement with discussions and activities on themes relating to the Advisor’s perspective, skills, knowledge and lived experience.

  • Participating actively in formal and informal consultations with the Government of Canada

  • Being willing for selection as a Refugee Advisor to the Delegation of Canada to future meetings of the international refugee system


Why apply to be a RAN Canada Advisor?

Through RAN Canada, you will:

  • Have access to mentorship, training and support to facilitate and enhance individual impact

  • Help influence global refugee policy discussions

  • Potentially to serve as Refugee Advisory to the Delegation of Canada at meetings of the international refugee system, such as UNHCR’s Executive Committee

  • Gain experience in mechanisms to influence global refugee policy

  • Connect to a network of refugee leaders from across Canada


What are the selection criteria?

Successful candidates for RAN Canada will have:

  • Held refugee status, sought asylum or experienced displacement within the past 10 years

  • Demonstrated leadership experience in a refugee-led or refugee-serving organization in Canada or elsewhere

  • Demonstrated engagement in global refugee policy discussions and refugee networks

  • Contribute to the cohort’s thematic expertise, for example, but not limited to, expertise in issues of gender, education, economic inclusion, protection, resettlement, etc.

  • Contribute to the cohort’s demographic and regional diversity, with priority given to candidates that fill gaps in RAN Canada’s current representation

  • Demonstrated ability to work in either English or French

  • Willingness to commit a minimum of 5 hours a month of meaningful contributions to the work of RAN Canada over a 24-month period.


What are the application requirements?

Resumé

Personal statement of maximum 500 words that details:

  • How did you hear about RAN Canada

  • How you meet the selection criteria

  • What you hope to gain from your experience with RAN Canada

  • What you hope to contribute to the work of RAN Canada

  • What you hope to achieve through your work with RAN Canada

  • How you will endeavor to represent, and be accountable to, refugee communities

2 letters of recommendation that speak to:

  • The applicant’s ability to contribute to advancing RAN Canada’s objectives

  • how the applicant meets the selection criteria

  • why the applicant would be a good candidate for RAN Canada


How do I apply?

To apply, send all application requirements sent to all@rancanada.ca by 5pm Eastern on Monday, 02 May 2022. Shortlisted candidates will potentially be invited for an interview in April 2022. All applicants will be informed of the outcomes of the selection process by late May 2022.