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USC Canada is hiring a Policy Analyst!
Apply by September 27, 2019 5 PM EST for an opportunity to join our team!

Position: Policy Analyst
Organization: USC Canada

Location: Ottawa, Canada (negotiable)
Position details: Start date October 22, 2019 (negotiable)
Term: part-time unionized position with confirmed funding to January 31, 2022.


USC Canada is a charitable organization founded in 1945, and rooted in the notions of human dignity and equality. Our mission is to build food sovereignty by working with partners to enhance biodiversity, promote ecological agriculture, and counter inequity.

Our Canadian field program, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, works with farmers across Canada to build resilient seed systems. We lead on-farm research and training programs on seed biodiversity conservation and plant breeding to increase the quality, quantity, and diversity of regionally-adapted seed that performs well in ecological farming conditions.

USC Canada is an equity opportunity employer that encourages Indigenous people, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, racialized folks, people of all genders and abilities, and members of other underrepresented communities to apply.


Under the supervision of the Director of The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, the Policy Analyst will undertake analysis on Canadian seed policy, contribute expertise to USC Canada’s domestic seed policy work, and help develop strong relations with stakeholders in the Canadian Government. This is a part-time unionized position with confirmed funding to January 31, 2022.


  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge of the following regulations, particularly with respect to their impacts on seed diversity, farmer-led seed systems, and public access to seed:
    • Seeds Act and Regulations
    • Plant Breeders’ Rights Act and Regulations
    • Plant Protection Act and Regulations
    • International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
  • Prepare policy briefs, advise, and/or accompany the Director, and other team members as relevant, for meetings with public servants and Members of Parliament
  • In collaboration with the Director, develop policy positions on seed system resilience in Canada
  • Work with the Director, Research Manager, and regional coordinators to design policy solutions for farmer-bred seed varieties
  • Support staff and partners in organizing consultations with farmers related to national seed policy challenges and opportunities
  • If relevant, participate in national and international fora representing USC Canada on seed policy
  • Help design and implement advocacy campaigns to mobilize public support
  • Research, and stay abreast of, other relevant Canadian policies that impact farmer seed systems


  • A post-secondary degree and/or equivalent training in political science, public relations, public policy, and/or agriculture, and a minimum of 3 years of experience in policy research and/or government relations. Prior experience working in organic/ecological agriculture is an asset.
  • Experience conducting literature reviews, including the ability to summarize complex policy documents into clear and understandable information for non-subject matter experts
  • Excellent written communication skills in English and French
  • Experience in government relations at provincial and/or federal levels
  • Experience in media engagement relations through a variety of different outlets
  • Demonstrated critical thinking ability, specifically related to analyzing and assessing policy
  • Knowledge of principles and practices in ecological agriculture
  • Strong understanding of food and seed sovereignty approaches, opportunities, and challenges
  • Strong computing skills, including familiarity with office applications (word processing, spreadsheet, presentation), desktop publishing, image processing and web content management systems
  • Event organization and training experience are assets
  • Design skills and familiarity with design software like InDesign or Photoshop is an asset


  • The work can be performed at the USC Canada office in Ottawa and/or remotely
  • May include some travel
  • May include moderate to long hours sitting and using computers and office equipment
  • Ability to work autonomously and sometimes non-traditional hours


Apply by email to:

Specify: Policy Analyst

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada.

Please include your curriculum vitae with recent references and a one-page reflection on the following question: What changes need to occur in Canadian seed and agricultural policy to support farmers’ rights to save seed and plant breeding for ecological agriculture?

We appreciate all applications. Only those shortlisted will be contacted.

Applications must be received by September 27, 5pm EST, 2019.

Interviews will take place remotely during the week of October 15, 2019.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Sep 5 2019    ID: 54673