Career Opportunity – Policy Advisor of Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services 

Job Posting:  Policy Advisor of Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services 

Reports to:           Director of Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services
Salary Range:      $50,000 to $55,000
Term:                      Permanent
Closing Date:       Open until filled
Location:               Ottawa

Summary

The Policy Advisor – Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services is involved in all aspects of the development and implementation of the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s strategies related to advocacy and policy from both a national and international perspective. This intermediate position will support developing and executing NWAC official positions in a number of policy areas pertaining to Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services.  This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team that will make a difference in the lives of Indigenous women in Canada and around the world.

General duties

The NWAC Policy Advisor – Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services will:

  • Actively maintain a Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services family, policy work plan incorporating relevant priorities as identified by Senior Management and based on NWAC Board identified priorities, and operational needs;
  • Assist in providing technical expertise in the areas of Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services Policy development to the Executive Director;
  • Research policy issues and provide advice on international and domestic Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services policy issues impacting Indigenous women and girls;
  • Engage in background research, prepare fact sheets, briefing notes, documents and reports, and analyze data;
  • Undertake gender and inter-sectional analysis, as required;
  • Communicate and collaborate with governmental and non-governmental organizations as necessary;
  • Maintain regular and ongoing communications with the other NWAC departments;
  • Work with other NIO’s and NGO’s to address issues impacting Indigenous women and girls and gender diverse people;
  • Develop communications materials for NWAC communications unit and website in the area of housing, water, infrastructure and emergency management;
  • Assist in writing proposals; and,
  • Other related duties as required from time to time.

Studies and Work Experience Requirement

  • A post-secondary degree in political science, social science, law, gender studies or related field of study;
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience working with NGOs, organizations, interest groups and government, agencies or private, business/corporate entities;
  • Relevant experience working or volunteering with Indigenous peoples, groups, or organizations is an asset;

Key Skills

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills in both plain language and academic styles;
  • Ability to work in a Team and good interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to carry out culturally-relevant gender-based analysis;
  • Ability to apply sound judgment and make decisions within the area, often on short notice;
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively and under pressure;
  • Ability to conduct research in cooperation and consultation with diverse stakeholders;
  • Ability to facilitate meetings;
  • Ability to supervise or carry out research, analyzes data, and advance effective advocacy and communication strategies under the supervision of the Director.

Knowledge Requirements

  • Knowledge and understanding of concerns and issues impacting Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, their cultures, histories and traditions;
  • Understanding and knowledge of key issues, and norms and standards relevant to promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
  • Strong understand of social policy;
  • Bilingualism is an asset

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:
Christèle Goupy
Human Resources
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
[email protected]
(Email submissions preferred).

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.