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Health Policy & Research Advisor

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

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada (PIWC) 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 PIWC, you are taking an active role in changing lives of Inuit.  Likewise, PIWC recognizes your value and is dedicated to supporting you and creating environments that fits our employee’s diverse lifestyles. This includes benefits and perks such as: supplementary Health and Dental benefits; Cell 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 are actively engaged in creating space to connect, share experiences, celebrate each other, and recognize our work.  Join our team!

This position will be primarily based at our Ottawa, Ontario office; however, remote work is currently available and could potentially be permanent based on business needs as we move forward.

The Position:

Pauktuutit, as the national voice of Inuit women in Canada, has a key role to play in promoting greater progress in priority areas for Inuit women and children’s health and well-being.  Our ability to do so depends heavily on partnerships across government departments, key funders, Inuit community groups and other stakeholder organizations.

Pauktuutit continues to undertake its health policy and programming work, with increasing need to invest in capacity to advance Inuit women’s health priorities by providing advocacy for services needed and developing consistent policy that unifies the voice of Inuit women to achieve equitable and just health outcomes for Inuit women, children and families. 

We are seeking a skilled individual to fill the role of Health Policy & Research Advisor. The Health Policy & Research Advisor supports the development and implementation of Pauktuutit’s strategic policy priorities, research priorities and initiatives specifically in the areas of Health Policy.  

As an ideal candidate, you are responsible for researching information and statistics, conducting analysis and preparing written documents and recommendations for policy development, interpretation, and application.  The role will also provide Pauktuutit the capacity to prepare for robust engagement, co-development and representation of Inuit women’s distinct health rights, needs and priorities with key stakeholders more adequately.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Undertake health research and policy analysis, including engagement and consultation with Inuit women across Canada on a range of women’s health policy issues of relevance to the federal government, including new and emerging issues that require timely input.
  • Bring thought leadership in raising the voice of Inuit women with government stakeholders and building relationships and capacity for change.
  • Contribute to the work of the Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committees work addressing health disparities for Inuit women.
  • Represent the organization at a range of venues such as conferences, symposia, etc. as requested.
  • Consult experts and collaborate with colleagues on health policy as related to Inuit women.
  • Develop and maintain positive stakeholder and partnership relations.
  • Assist with planning and/or facilitating workshops, meetings; work plan 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 quarterly reports to the Board of Directors, Advisory Committee(s) and others as required.
  • Ensure timely and adequate internal and external reporting and documentation.
  • Other duties as required.

Administrative/Other responsibilities include:

  • Communicate appropriately about sensitive issues.
  • Participate in training and professional development initiatives as required.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of all files where appropriate.


Required Qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree in health administration or a related field of study with 3-5 years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in specific policy area.
  • 5+ years of experience providing assessment and analysis Health policy within the context of multifaceted projects, preferably for as related to Inuit or indigenous people.
  • 3+ more years’ experience in prioritizing Health within a government/public service context
  • 3+ years of experience in designing training and capacity building programmes in accordance with Results Based Management principles and with strong gender equality components.
  • 2+ years of experience working with federal, provincial, territorial, northern, urban government officials and funding organizations.
  • Team player, focused on mobilizing and leveraging capacities and interests towards 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 socio-economic issues of Inuit 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 and understanding of the issues Inuit communities, including health and wellbeing.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to translate complex ideas and information to any audience.
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing large sets of complex and changing data, and communicating it concisely, ensuring colleagues across the organization, Committees, and other key stakeholders understand findings and recognize significance.
  • Experience working with federal, provincial, territorial, northern, urban, and international governments and officials.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Spoken and written Inuktut language is desirable. French is an asset.

About PIWC:

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 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 or apply directly on our website at

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

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