14 Aug 2019

Policy Advisor

  • Native Women’s Association of Canada
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Job ID : 3239
  • Category : Research
  • Job Type : Full-Time
  • Salary : $$50,000 - $60,000 Annually
  • Anticipated Start Date : As soon as possible
  • Posting Date : 14 Aug 2019
  • Expiry Date : 10 Feb 2020

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Policy Advisor

Native Women's Association of Canada

Ottawa, ON

$50,000 – $60,000 a year 


Reports to:  Senior Director, The Resiliency Centre 

Term:  Permanent

Number of positions:  1

Closing Date: Open until filled

Location: Ottawa


Job Description

Your Impact

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a National Indigenous Organization representing the political voice of Indigenous women and girls in Canada. Incorporated in 1974, NWAC works to advance the social, political, and cultural well-being and equality of Indigenous women through advocacy, education, research and policy.

This exciting opportunity aims to make a difference in the lives of Indigenous women in Canada and around the world.

Your Work

  • The Policy Advisor will focus onconducting research, analysis and writing innovative policy recommendations about the implementation of the Calls for Justice from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Final Report.
  • Develop policy and service provision recommendations on Indigenous resiliency and mental health. Assist in the development of resources and services to be provided.
  • Apply a culturally relevant gender-based analysis to relevant policy and legislation. Communicate and collaborate with governmental and non-governmental organizations.
  • Engage in background research, prepare documents and reports and analyze data on resiliency, mental health in relation to Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people.
  • Ability to translate research findings into plain language.
  • Other related duties as required from time to time.

What We Value

  • We value diversity, sharing, adaptability and a willingness to learn.

How We Work

  • Our team is organized to maximize collaboration, information exchange, as well as efficiency. We will be looking at various approaches to organize our teams and foster a great workplace environment, and as such we are open to hearing about your experiences and ideas to ensure we achieve our team objectives as efficiently as possible.

Required Criteria

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree with 2-3 years of experience in a similar position.
  • Experience with NGOs, organizations, interest groups and government or government agencies or business/corporate entities.

Core Competencies

  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally, their cultures, histories and traditions;
  • Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous issues, and norms and standards relevant to the promotion and protection of Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people’s rights;
  • Comprehensive understanding of policy (including MMIWG, resilience, mental health);
  • Ability to carry out culturally-relevant gender-based analysis;
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills in both plain language and academic styles;
  • Strong attention to detail, editing and proofreading capabilities;
  • Ability to work in a team and good interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively and under pressure.


  • Bilingualism (French and English)


  • Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates.
  • Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • Interviews will be held in Ottawa or by teleconference. Please submit resume and cover letter to: Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates. 

How to Apply

Apply via: Apply@NWAC.ca

Or visit our website for other employment opportunities: https://www.nwac.ca/careers/

Job Categories: Research. Job Types: Full-Time.

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