Policy and Research Advisor, Socio-economic Development

Join our team today and make a difference for the future of Inuit women 

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada (Pauktuutit) is the national representative organization of Inuit women in Canada. We foster greater awareness of the needs of Inuit women, advocate for equality and social improvements, and encourage Inuit women’s full participation in the community, regional and national life of Canada.

By choosing Pauktuutit, you are taking an active role in changing the lives of Inuit. Likewise, Pauktuutit recognizes your value and is dedicated to supporting you and creating environments that fit our employees’ diverse lifestyles. This includes benefits and rewards such as supplementary Health and Dental benefitsCell Phone and Internet allowance, or when we are in office, allowance for public transportation. We value your time and in addition to paid vacation, personal wellbeing days, and recognition of public holidays, we celebrate holidays that recognize women and Indigenous people. Our Social Committee is actively engaged in creating space to connect, share experiences, celebrate each other, and recognize our work. Join our team!

Our main office is in Ottawa, Ontario, however, Pauktuutit believes strongly in providing a flexible work environment that embraces hybrid and remote options as critical to the future of work.

The Position:

Pauktuutit, as the national voice of Inuit women in Canada, has a key role to play in ensuring a gender-equality lens in policies impacting Inuit women and gender-diverse individuals, and in promoting greater progress in priority areas for Inuit women and children, across health and well-being, violence, and abuse prevention – safety, and socio-economic development. Our ability to do so depends heavily on partnerships across government departments, key funders, Inuit community groups, and other stakeholder organizations.

We are seeking a skilled individual to fill the role of Policy and Research Advisor with a focus on Socio-economic development. Under the direction of the Director, the Policy and Research Advisor supports the development and implementation of Pauktuutit’s strategic policy priorities, research priorities, and initiatives to advance socio-economic equity for Inuit women. 

An excellent communicator with an analytical mind, the Policy and Research Advisor will be responsible for supporting advocacy priorities and activities that ensure all policy and programming consider, model, and actively promote cultural and gender equality at the core. This may include undertaking research and/or reviewing background information to ensure that the strategy and related actions consider best practices integrating cultural and gender equality with program and governance reform work. The strategy may involve the formulation of procedural recommendations including needs assessments, policy analysis, planning, and response.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Enhance and formalize socio-economic development activities to stimulate economic development for Inuit women 
  • Contribute to the development of Employment and Social Development policies, programs, and services
  • Contribute to the development of policies that would promote a fair and healthy workplace for Inuit women 
  • Provide leadership, cultural and gendered tools to assist in helping Inuit women with distinct needs including persons with disabilities and distinct needs in the areas of housing security, and food security
  • Contribute to the development of policies, programs and services intended to support Inuit women to optimize their talents and resources to participate in learning, work, and community
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of programs that help Inuit women across the life span in school, work, and transitions such as changing jobs, employment, and unemployment and from the workforce to retirement
  • Develop, build, and maintain partnerships and linkages with internal and external stakeholders
  • Assist with planning and/or facilitating workshops, and meetings; workplan logistics/travel, etc.; travel to meetings or conferences when required
  • Assist with the development of meeting materials such as agendas, background materials, and related matters
  • Provide reports to the Board of Directors, Advisory Committee(s), and others as required


Required Qualifications:

  • Post-Secondary Degree in community development, sociology, gender studies, or other relevant subject or equivalent combination of education and experience working on issues impacting Inuit
  • Two or more years of experience working with federal, provincial, territorial, northern, urban government officials, and funding organizations 
  • Minimum of five years experience working within an organization focused on advocating, developing policy or programs focused on enabling women and/or Inuit
  • Knowledge of Inuit culture and socio-economic conditions within Inuit Nunangat are highly desirable
  • Knowledge of capacity-building practices and concepts
  • Knowledge of government systems with regards to funding, grants, and contributions
  • Experience with strategic and operational planning and program review
  • Collaborator, focused on mobilizing and leveraging capacities and interests toward project outcomes
  • Experience in conducting research, analyzing information, and policy experience related to matters of priority to Inuit
  • Experience in community-based research, advisory committees, and understanding of government policy matters for Inuit
  • Knowledge of current political and health, violence and abuse prevention, and socioeconomic issues of Inuit is highly desirable
  • Exceptional communication skills – verbal and written, to prepare and present complex research analyses, evidence-based decision-making results, policy reports, speeches, and briefing notes
  • Knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of products is essential 
  • Spoken and written Inuktut language is desirable. French is an asset

About Pauktuutit:

Pauktuutit is a small but mighty team of individuals who work to improve the quality of life for all Inuit women. Our mission is to foster a greater awareness of the needs of Inuit women and create change to advance women’s full social, economic, and cultural participation in communities in Inuit Nunangat, as well as in cities across Canada where Inuit live.

Pauktuutit is an equal opportunity employer, with policies and practices intended to build an inclusive, accessible, and respectful work environment. We strongly encourage applications from Inuit and other Indigenous people. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, and regulations. 

We are committed to accommodating individuals with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations, please indicate so in your application. 

How to apply: 

Please include a cover letter with your resume and send them to [email protected] or apply directly on our website at www.pauktuutit.ca/careers/

We thank all applicants for their interest in Pauktuutit; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Language Requirement: Spoken and written Inuktut language is desirable. French is an asset