Tag: Global Affairs Canada

Two New Competitions through Global Affairs Canada

The CNHH would like to draw the attention of its membership to the following competitions currently being offered through Global Affairs Canada.

The Cadieux-Léger Fellowship – Research Affiliate Program

Global Affairs Canada – Open Insights Hub – POR
Ottawa (Ontario)
From September 2024 to August 2025
The Cadieux-Léger Fellowship will last up to 12 months. The Fellow will receive a total bursary not greater than $48,000 contingent on duration.

For further information on the organization, please visit Global Affairs Canada

For further information on the program, please visit Research Affiliate Program (RAP)

Closing date: 25 June 2024 – 23:59, Pacific Time Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

From GC Jobs:

The Open Insights Hub of Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is pleased to announce the selection process for the 2024-2025 Cadieux-Léger Fellowship.

The Cadieux-Léger Fellow is integrated within the Open Insights Hub at GAC as an analyst. The Hub engages with external experts and fosters relationships with the knowledge institutions as part of its research and analysis on foreign, economic and international assistance policy issues, as well as environmental scanning to identify emerging global trends and changes. The Cadieux-Léger Fellow’s activities will focus on themes of relevance to Canadian international interests.

While at GAC, the Fellow is expected to advance the Hub’s current thematic agenda, including understanding the evolving structure of international relations and its implications for Canada. Priority areas of focus include: Canada’s vulnerabilities and opportunities in the context of geopolitical risk; navigating great power competition; engaging the middle ground (or Global South); examining Canada’s international toolkit of policies and programs; the Canada-United States bilateral relationship and impact on Canada’s broader foreign policy; economic security and resilience; and the international dimensions of horizontal issues as emerging technologies, or climate change and the green transition.

We welcome proposals related to these themes and others that have clear relevance to Canadian foreign policy priorities, notably international advocacy and diplomacy. The relevance and quality of the research proposal is an important factor in the selection process, as are interpersonal skills and capacity for engagement and teamwork.

The Open Insights Hub aims to create an engaged, strategic, rigorous, collaborative and innovative environment through knowledge-sharing and interaction with internal and external experts, assumption testing, exchanging experience and facilitating innovative ideas, as well as soliciting and welcoming input in new ways from a variety of stakeholders. Accordingly, the Fellow would be expected to build networks within GAC, the Government of Canada and with external experts. A particular emphasis will be placed on identifying and engaging new sets of stakeholders whose good ideas can be leveraged.

Candidates are expected to work in presence at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa.

Positions to be filled: 1 or 2, funding for a second Fellow to be confirmed

Positions to be filled: 1

For further information including eligibility and application requirements, please visit the GC Jobs posting for the 2024-2025 Cadieux-Léger Fellowship.

International Policy Ideas Challenge 2024 – Call for proposals

Application deadline: 15 July 2024

From GAC:

Global Affairs Canada (GAC), in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), is pleased to announce the seventh edition of the International Policy Ideas Challenge. The objective of the program is to draw on the network of talented Canadian graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early-career civil society researchers to identify concrete, innovative solutions to emerging international policy challenges faced by Canada.

The program offers applicants a chance to test their skills at translating academic expertise into policy language and insights. Applicants are invited to submit brief proposals. GAC will select between 5 and 10 winning proposals and provide coaching to researchers as part of further developing their proposals into full policy briefs. Winners will present their briefs to Government of Canada officials as part of the virtual Ideas Symposium, taking place in late 2024.

  • Call for proposals launch: June 14, 2024
  • Application deadline: July 15, 2024
  • Assessment of applications: July – August 2024
  • Selection of the 5 to 10 winning entries: August 2024
  • GAC and SSHRC announce winners: August 2024
  • Four coaching sessions (roughly 3 days in total; see “Coaching,” above): August-October 2024
  • Policy briefs due: Exact date TBD
  • Virtual Ideas Symposium to present final research products to Government of Canada officials at GAC: November or December 2024

For additional information, eligibility, application, and proposal requirements, potential themes, and an FAQ, please visit the International Policy Ideas Challenge 2024-Call for Proposals web-page.

Full-Time Co-op/FSWEP Opportunity | Center for International Digital Policy

AREAS OF WORK: The Digital Inclusion Lab is a team within Global Affairs Canada’s Centre for International Digital Policy. The Lab works on issues at the intersection of digital technology and foreign policy, with a human rights, democracy, and inclusion lens. The multidisciplinary team works in a creative, fast-paced environment, which requires flexibility and adaptability. The Lab collaborates with other government departments, non-governmental experts in civil society, academia and the private sector, and other states to address democracy and human rights in the context of digital technologies.

BENEFIT TO STUDENTS: The intern will have a chance to be part of a team that shapes Canadian foreign policy approaches through research and analysis. It will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to learn about policy making and apply his/her academic skills to solving concrete policy challenges.

LOCATION: Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, the co-op/FSWEP term will be remote.

RATE OF PAY: Based on Treasury Board Secretariat guidelines for student employment. https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/services/pay/rates-pay/student-rates-pay.html

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Political science, international relations, development studies, conflict studies, gender studies, law, history, and other related fields.


  • Support the work of the Digital Inclusion Lab with research, analysis, and advocacy on key issues at the intersection of digital technology and human rights.
  • Assist in the organization and preparation of briefing materials (i.e., research notes, summaries, briefing notes, talking points) for high-level events and meetings.
  • Build external relationships that foster collaboration with academics, private sector, and civil society actors to amplify the relevance and potential impact of Canadian policy.


  • Graduate students with a full-time student status for the Winter 2022 term (January – April)
  • Knowledge of international relations and/or human rights and/or digital technology
  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English and/or French
  • Highly developed research, organizational and analytical skills
  • Ability to prioritize work under pressure, both independently and within a team
  • Strong judgement
  • Strong ability to cooperate and collaborate with others
  • Strong attention to detail


  • Some prior knowledge of one of the policy areas of the Centre’s focus (emerging technology and geopolitics, internet governance, digital inclusion).
  • Understanding of the way technology impacts foreign policy or strong interest to learn more about these issues.
  • Strong knowledge of social media and digital technology and their impact on policy issues.


  • Canadian Citizenship
  • Securing the necessary security clearance

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit in a combined PDF file the following: 1) a cover letter that indicates how you meet the essential skills and qualifications; and 2) your resume in English or French to DigitalInclusionLab@international.gc.ca. Please confirm in your cover letter that you hold Canadian citizenship and advise if you currently hold a Government of Canada Security Clearance (please specify which level).

CLOSING DATE: Wednesday September 29th

Laboratoire d’inclusion numérique : Stage à temps plein/FSWEP

DOMAINES DE TRAVAIL: Le Labo d’inclusion numérique est une équipe au sein du Centre pour la Politique Numérique internationale d’Affaires mondiales Canada. Le labo travaille sur des questions à l’intersection de la technologie numérique et de la politique étrangère, dans une optique de droits de la personne, de démocratie et d’inclusion. L’équipe multidisciplinaire travaille dans un environnement créatif et rapide, ce qui exige souplesse et adaptabilité. Le laboratoire collabore avec d’autres ministères, des experts non gouvernementaux de la société civile, du monde universitaire et du secteur privé, ainsi qu’avec d’autres États, afin d’aborder la démocratie et les droits de la personne dans le contexte des technologies numériques.

AVANTAGE POUR LES ÉTUDIANTS: Le stagiaire aura la chance de faire partie d’une équipe qui façonne les approches de la politique étrangère canadienne par la recherche et l’analyse. Le candidat retenu aura l’occasion de se familiariser avec l’élaboration des politiques et d’appliquer ses compétences universitaires à la résolution de défis politiques concrets.

LIEU: En raison des restrictions liées à COVID-19, le stage coopératif/FSWEP se déroulera à distance.

TAUX DE RÉMUNÉRATION: Selon les lignes directrices du Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor pour l’emploi des étudiants. https://www.canada.ca/fr/secretariat-conseil-tresor/services/remuneration/taux-remuneration/taux-remuneration-etudiants.html

FORMATION: Sciences politiques, relations internationales, études sur le développement, études sur les conflits, études sur le genre, droit, histoire et autres domaines connexes.


  • Soutenir le travail du labo d’inclusion numérique avec la recherche, l’analyse et le plaidoyer sur les questions clés à l’intersection de la technologie numérique et des droits de la personne.
  • Aider à l’organisation et à la préparation de documents d’information (c’est-à-dire des notes de recherche, des résumés, des notes d’information, des points de discussion) pour des événements et des réunions de haut niveau.
  • Établir des relations externes qui favorisent la collaboration avec des universitaires, des acteurs du secteur privé et de la société civile afin d’amplifier la pertinence et l’impact potentiel des politiques canadiennes.


  • Étudiants diplômés ayant un statut d’étudiant à temps plein pour le trimestre d’hiver 2022 (entre janvier et avril)
  • Connaissance des relations internationales et/ou des droits de la personne et/ou des technologies numériques.
  • Excellente communication écrite et verbale en anglais et/ou en français
  • Compétences très développées en matière de recherche, d’organisation et d’analyse
  • Capacité à hiérarchiser le travail sous pression, à la fois de manière indépendante et au sein d’une équipe.
  • Capacité de jugement
  • Forte capacité à coopérer et à collaborer avec d’autres personnes
  • Forte attention aux détails


  • Une certaine connaissance préalable de l’un des domaines d’action du Centre (technologies émergentes et géopolitique, gouvernance de l’internet, inclusion numérique).
  • Compréhension de l’impact des technologies numériques sur la politique étrangère ou intérêt marqué pour en savoir plus sur ces questions.
  • Solide connaissance des médias sociaux et de la technologie numérique et de leur impact sur les questions de politique.


  • Citoyenneté canadienne
  • Obtention de l’habilitation de sécurité nécessaire

COMMENT POSTULER: Veuillez soumettre dans un fichier PDF combiné les éléments suivants : 1) une lettre de présentation qui indique comment vous répondez aux compétences et qualifications essentielles ; et 2) votre curriculum vitae en anglais ou en français à DigitalInclusionLab@international.gc.ca. Veuillez confirmer dans votre lettre de présentation que vous avez la citoyenneté canadienne et indiquer si vous détenez actuellement une autorisation de sécurité du gouvernement du Canada (veuillez préciser le niveau).

DATE DE CLÔTURE : Mercredi le 29 septembre

Canada’s Legacy of Gender Equality Support in Pakistan: Malala’s Speech in Parliament, A Symbolic Reminder

by Rhonda Gossen

“Women and girls will be at the heart of the Government’s development policy”, Canada’s Minister for International Development, April 12, 2017


2017-05-02 19.20.26

CIDA’s 1980s and 1990s Women in Development Strategies for Pakistan.

Malala’s moving speech in Canada’s Parliament last month on the right to education for girls is a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggle for gender equality in the country of her birth, Pakistan. It is also a symbolic reminder of Canada’s history of support for women’s rights in Pakistan built over more than three decades. Canada’s legacy as a global leader championing gender equality actually began in Pakistan in the mid 1980s. Looking back at that legacy, it is hard not to view it against the rise of violent Islamic extremism that developed inside Pakistan over the same period. These two opposing forces- those working for women’s rights and those working to restrict them, have both consistently gained strength since.  Decades later, one can trace the path from the Pakistan women’s movement in its struggle against the Islamic laws affecting women’s rights in the 1980s, to Malala today as a symbol for human rights and peace.

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International Policy Ideas Challenge 2017

Tapping into Canada’s research talent for innovative international policy ideas!

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has published details of this year’s International Policy Ideas Challenge competition.  Full details are below and can be found at: http://www.international.gc.ca/world-monde/policy_challenge-defi_politique.aspx?lang=eng

See the SSHRC competition poster.

Past competitions

2016 Policy Ideas Challenge finalists

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