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PLEASE NOTE: The Application Submission for the Refugee Advisory Network is now CLOSED.  Shortlisted candidates will be contacted with details of next steps in the selection by mid-November.

LERRN is now accepting applications for the Refugee Advisory Network. The deadline for applications is 5pm (Ottawa time) on Friday, 16 October 2020.

Successful candidates for the Refugee Advisory Network must be living in Canada at the time of their application.

What is the Refugee Advisory Network?

Launched on World Refugee Day 2020, the Refugee Advisory Network will create a network of refugee leaders living in Canada that will amplify the perspectives and expertise of refugees in global refugee policy discussions, specifically in relation to Canada’s engagement with the international refugee system.

With the support of LERRN and its partners, the Network will provide mentorship and training opportunities to its Members to enhance their impact in policy discussions and will guide research activities in support of the participation of Members in such discussions. The Network will actively engage in discussions with the Government of Canada on diverse aspects of Canada’s engagement with global refugee issues, and will select, where appropriate, the Refugee Advisor to the Delegation of Canada to future meetings of the international refugee system, such as the annual meeting of UNHCR’s Executive Committee.

Terms of reference:

The Refugee Advisory Network will include a maximum of 10 Members, serving staggered two-year terms. Members are not remunerated for their work with the Network. Members will:

  • Attend meetings every 3 months (1 annual in-person half-day meeting and 3 virtual meetings)
  • Participate in training every 3 months (1 annual in-person half-day session and 3 virtual sessions)
  • Provide timely input on the work of the Refugee Advisory Network
  • Contribute to research activities related to the work of the Refugee Advisory Network, in collaboration with LERRN partners
  • Facilitate contact between partners and the Member’s networks in Canada and abroad for the purposes of advancing the work of the Refugee Advisory Network
  • Be available for consultation with partners on themes and activities relating to the Member’s area of expertise, for example, but not limited to, issues of gender, education, economic inclusion, protection, and resettlement.
  • Be available to participate in formal and informal consultations with the Government of Canada, including IRCC and GAC (foreign policy, humanitarian affairs and international development)
  • Be available to be potentially selected as a Refugee Advisor to the Delegation of Canada to future meetings of the international refugee system, such as UNHCR’s Executive Committee
  • Support the work of the Refugee Advisor if not personally serving in this capacity
  • Facilitate contact between the Network and the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) and the Humanitarian Response Network (HRN)
  • Work to amplify the perspectives of refugees in global refugee policy discussions
  • Adhere to the Refugee Advisory Network’s code of ethics, including respecting confidentiality, and behaving consistently with the principles of good faith, mutual respect, kindness, trust, honesty and integrity.

In addition, the first cohort will review the Network’s mandate, terms of reference, and code of ethics, and will co-design the Network’s governance and partnership arrangements.

Why apply to be a Member of the Refugee Advisory Network?

Through the Refugee Advisory Network, 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

Selection criteria

Successful candidates for the Refugee Advisory Network must be living in Canada at the time of their application. They 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
  • Demonstrated ability to work in either English or French
  • Willingness to commit a minimum of 5 hours a month to the work of the Refugee Advisory Network over a 24-month

Application requirements:

Send the following documents in your application package to LERRN@carleton.ca with the subject line “RAN application” by 5pm Ottawa time on Friday, 16 October 2020:

  • Resumé
  • Personal statement of maximum 500 words that details:
    • How you meet the selection criteria
    • What you hope to gain from the Refugee Advisory Network
    • What you hope to contribute to the Refugee Advisory Network
    • What you hope to achieve through the Refugee Advisory Network
    • How you will endeavor to represent, and be accountable to, refugee communities
  • 2 letters of recommendation that speak to:
    • the applicant’s ability to fulfill the Network’s Terms of Reference
    • how the applicant meets the selection criteria
    • why the applicant would be a good candidate for the Refugee Advisory Network

We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons, visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and experience to engage productively with the work of the Refugee Advisory Network.