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Junior Policy advisor – Environment

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date January 16, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Native Women’s Association of Canada
Salary $35,000 - Per Hour
Location Ottawa, ON
Category Miscellaneous
Client Native Women's Association of Canada
Contact Information


Job Description: Junior Policy advisor – Environment
Recent Graduates Welcome!

Reports to: Senior Policy Advisor – Human Rights

Salary Range: $35,000 (starting salary)

Term: To March 31, 2017 with a possibility of extension

Closing Date: Open until filled

Location: Ottawa


The Junior Policy Advisor – Environment is involved in all aspects of the development and implementation of Native Women’s Association of Canada’s strategies related to advocacy and policy on environmental issues. This position will support developing and executing the Organization’s official positions. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team that will make a difference in the lives of Indigenous women and girls.

General duties

The NWAC Junior Policy Advisor will:

  • Research policy issues and provide advice on environmental issues impacting Indigenous women and girls;
  • Engage in background research, prepare documents and reports, and analyze data;
  • Communicate and collaborate with governmental and non-governmental organizations as necessary;
  • Maintain regular and ongoing communications with the Strategic Policy Team and their Manager;
  • Work with other NAO’s to address environment issues impacting indigenous women and girls;
  • Write reports, factsheets, briefing notes, shadow reports, power points or other policy-type documents;
  • May be asked to write proposals;
  • May be asked to provide administrative-type support; and
  • Other related duties as required from time to time


  • Degree in policy, law, social sciences or other related studies or educational equivalent.

Key Skills

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills in both plain language and academic styles;
  • Ability to work in a team;
  • 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 provide administrative support and carry out research, analyze data, and advance effective advocacy and communication strategies under the supervision of the Manager;
  • Ability to coordinate and facilitate meetings;
  • Good note-taking skills.

Work/Volunteer Experience

  • Some work or volunteer experience with NGOs, organizations, interest groups and government or government agencies is asset.

Knowledge Requirements

  • Some knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, their cultures, histories and traditions, their concerns about the environment and climate change;
  • Knowledge of the values and mandate of the Native Women’s Association of Canada;
  • Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous issues and norms and standards relevant to promotion and protection of the environment;
  • Some knowledge of key issues impacting indigenous women and girls;
  • Some knowledge of the Indigenous initiatives related to the environment;
  • Bilingualism is an asset.

Please submit resume and covering letter to:

Lynne Groulx,
Executive Director
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7

(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.

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