Junior Policy Advisor: Labour and Employment

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date January 10, 2018
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
Email: mpapineau@nwac.ca

Junior Policy Advisor: Labour and Employment

Reports to:         Executive Director
Salary Range:    $35,000
Term:                   Permanent
Closing Date:    Open until filled
Location:            Ottawa


The Junior Policy Advisor – Labour and Employment is involved in all aspects of the development and implementation of Native Women’s Association of Canada’s strategies related to advocacy and policy from both a National and International perspective. This entry-level position will support developing and executing NWAC official positions in a number of Labour and Employment policy areas. 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 Junior Policy Advisor – Labour and Employment will:

  • Actively maintain a Labour and Employment 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 Labour and Employment Policy development to the President and the Executive Director;
  • Research policy issues and provide advice on Labour and Employment policy 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 other NWAC departments and the Executive Director;
  • Work with other NIO’s and NGO’s to address issues impacting Indigenous women and girls;
  • Assist in writing reports, factsheets, briefing notes, shadow reports, or other policy-type documents;
  • Assist in writing proposals; and,
  • Other related duties as required from time to time.


  • Undergraduate degree in policy, political science, law, social sciences or other related studies or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

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 ( training will be provided);
  • 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 the NWAC PTMAs and 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 Executive Director.

Work/Volunteer Experience

  • Minimum 1 year relevant work or volunteer experience with NGOs, organizations, interest groups and government or government agencies or business/corporate entities.

Knowledge Requirements

  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and Internationally, their cultures, histories and traditions;
  • Knowledge and understanding of contemporary concerns and issues in the doing of Indigenous business in Canada;
  • Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous issues, and norms and standards relevant to promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
  • Some knowledge of key issues impacting Indigenous women and girls in Canada and Internationally;
  • Some understanding of Labour and Employment;
  • Bilingualism is an asset.

Please submit resume and covering letter to:

Melissa Papineau
Director of Human Resources
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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