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Policy Analyst (3 positions) - Congress of Aboriginal Peoples

Sep 25, 2020
Ottawa (Vanier), Ontario

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples’ (CAP) mandate is to improve the socio-economic conditions of off-reserve status and non-status Indians, Métis and Southern Inuit living in urban or rural areas. CAP holds meetings with members of the government and other partners to find practical ways to improve federal programs, laws and services for off-reserve Indigenous Peoples.

The role of the policy analyst will be to provide in-depth analysis and recommendations for response to current and emerging policy issues that are priorities for our constituency. Responsibilities will include – but will not be limited to – conducting research and analysis in priority areas, consulting with communities, government officials, and technical experts, and the development of options on a wide range of policy projects.

Main responsibilities

  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research and analysis in areas such as housing, education, employment, children and youth, women, social and economic development, justice, rights, human rights, environment, the Indian Act and international issues
  • Preparing and coordinating briefing material, reports, correspondence, presentations and policy statements on current issues as well as federal policy and legislation
  • Preparing written and verbal briefings to the CAP Executive, Board and Senior Management, and making recommendations for consideration
  • Building networks with federal and provincial government, as well as other Indigenous organizations and community stakeholders on policy issues
  • Representing CAP at meetings, conferences and events and providing presentations on CAP policy when required
  • Developing and implementing work plans, identifying and defining key initiatives and outcomes that align with CAP priorities and strategy
  • Contribute to the preparation of proposals for funding and provide assistance in the management of policy initiatives/programs and budgets


  • Three to five years experience in the Indigenous policy or socio-economic research field and demonstrated work history related to Indigenous organizations
  • Must have an understanding of policy issues for off-reserve Indigenous Peoples living in urban, rural, remote and isolated areas throughout Canada
  • Experience in social science and/or economic research and demonstrated knowledge and application of research principles and skills; Competent in managing and undertaking both primary and secondary research.


  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in social sciences or a related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience; a Masters degree in relevant field is an asset.


  • Strategic and critical thinking
  • Sound judgment and high work ethics
  • Ability to work in team environment and independently


  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English. French is an asset;
  • Advanced writing skills including proposal writing ability, public speaking and presentation skills, active listening skills;
  • Good time management skills, along with the ability to prioritize daily tasks; strong organizational skills, and effective decision-making abilities;
  • Expertise in quantitative and qualitative analysis and interpretation of data, as well as conducting literature reviews and environmental scans.

Working Conditions

  • Work will be performed from the CAP National Office
  • Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals
  • Occasional weekend and evening work
  • Occasional travel will be required
  • This is a full-time contract position. Continued staffing of this position is subject to annual priorities and confirmation of funding from the federal government

This posting will be open until the positions are filled. Priority will be given to Indigenous candidates, please self-identify in your cover letter.

Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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