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Posted on October 20, 2016

Request for Proposals: Understanding the Needs of Urban Inuit Women – Qualitative Research and Analysis

Issuing Office:

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
510 – 1 Nicholas St.
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7

T: 613-238-3977
F: 613-238-1787

Deadline for submissions: November 6, 2016


Statement of Work


Understanding the Needs of Urban Inuit Women


Pauktuutit fosters greater awareness of the needs of Inuit women, advocates for equality and social improvements and encourages their participation in the community, regional and national life of Canada. Pauktuutit leads and supports Inuit women in Canada in policy development and community projects in all areas of interest to them for the social, cultural, political and economic betterment of the women, their families and communities.

Pauktuutit’s work is grounded in culturally relevant and gendered responses to the issue. This means that the work is Inuit-specific and reflects the needs and usability of the programs and services for women and girls. Pauktuutit undertakes numerous projects to research and examine the opportunities and barriers Inuit women face to participating in northern economic development and produces a variety of culturally-specific resources to address these issues and provide targeted supports.

The Project

This is an open call to individuals, firms, or organizations to provide a comprehensive proposal for the production of a gender-based analysis around the needs, challenges and service gaps that face Inuit women living in urban centres. Pauktuutit is seeking proposals to research and analyze qualitative data from interviews in order to provide an evidence-based assessment of the programs, services and supports required by Inuit women to build the lives that they want in urban centres. The research will primarily examine:

  1. why Inuit women choose to relocate to urban centres;
  2. what urban programming is currently being accessed and why; and
  3. what further supports are needed to address the barriers to developing sustainable livelihoods free from violence, homelessness, unemployment and poverty.

Applicants are required to demonstrate strong research experience with an understanding of qualitative research methodology and research from a gendered perspective. Applicants should also have an understanding of Inuit culture and the social and economic context of Inuit communities in urban centres. The final research results will be publically disseminated online in English and Inuktitut.


  •  Literature review of existing research, studies and evidence around the experiences, needs and challenges of Inuit, particularly Inuit women, in the urban context;
  •  Qualitative research methodology and interview guide;
  •  Travel within Canada as required to conduct interviews;
  •  Analysis of approximately 50 one-on-one interviews with Inuit women and frontline service providers; and,
  •  Final research report around the specific needs of Inuit women in urban centres in order to identify gaps, increase understanding and guide program development.

In addition, applicants will be required to:

  •  Meet with the project team to review and clarify the purpose of this assignment and expectations;
  •  Participate in project meetings and teleconferences as appropriate;
  •  Provide progress updates as required; and,
  •  Submit all final project documents upon completion.


The duration of the contract will be from November 14, 2016 – March 31, 2017.

  •  Bids will be accepted until Sunday, November 6, 2016;
  •  Contract begins November 14, 2016;
  •  Delivery of literature review and research methodology by December 16, 2016;
  •  Delivery of draft research report by February 28, 2017; and,
  •  Delivery of final research report by March 17, 2017.

Pauktuutit’s Roles and Responsibilities

The primary contact at Pauktuutit for this project is Elana Nightingale, Manager of Socio-Economic Development ( and will be supported by Tracy O’Hearn, Executive Director of Pauktuutit (

Pauktuutit commits to providing the information and materials necessary to complete the work and will respond to requests for information in a timely fashion.

Pauktuutit will provide feedback and review of documents and materials within three business days.

Confidentiality, Privacy and Copyright

The successful applicant shall not disclose to any party any confidential information gained or resulting from activities undertaken under this project, nor shall the applicant disclose any information concerning Pauktuutit or their affairs where such information is obtained through this project.

The successful applicant will be credited in the final publication(s).

It is understood that Pauktuutit retains ownership of any and all materials and intellectual property created, designed or produced as a result of activities undertaken by the successful applicant when awarded this project.

It is understood that the successful applicant will generate original work for this project.

Proposal Instructions

  1. Applicants must submit their company name, business/GST number, references and a research-based writing sample;
    Note: If you have previously submitted this information to Pauktuutit, we require only an example of the research methodology that may be used, as well as costs.
  2. The proposal must demonstrate how the objectives and deliverables for the project will be met and should include a proposed research methodology;
  3. Submit by email to;
  4. Word format or PDF;
  5. Estimates/budgets must remain firm until March 31, 2017;
  6. No payment will be made for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a proposal in response to this RFP;
  7. Costs for work before the receipt of a signed contract are not eligible for inclusion in the contract; and,
  8. Pauktuutit reserves the right not to award a contract as a result of this RFP.


  •  The proposal must include a detailed budget not to exceed $56,500.00 (including taxes).
  •  Please indicate the billing rate.
  •  List any other expenses that might be applicable.
  •  Please include 13 per cent HST tax.

Rights of the Organization

Pauktuutit reserves the right to:

  •  Enter into negotiations with one or more bidders on any or all aspects of this proposal.
  •  Accept any proposal in whole or in part.
  •  Cancel and/or re-issue this requirement at any time.
  •  Award one or more contracts.
  •  Verify any or all information provided by the bidder with respect to this requirement.

Contact Information

Please direct the application to:

Elana Nightingale, Manager of Socio-Economic Development
Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
520 – 1 Nicholas St. Ottawa, ON, K1N 7B7
613-238-3977 ext. 236