Data Policy Advisor

Inuit Qaujisarvingat - Research · Ottawa, Ontario
Department Inuit Qaujisarvingat - Research
Employment Type Permanent Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

APPLICANTS WHO ARE INUIT BENEFICIARIES UNDER A LAND CLAIMS AGREEMENT WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY HIRING. WE ENCOURAGE APPLICANTS TO SELF-IDENTIFY. 

PLEASE APPLY BY APRIL 16, 2021


JOB SUMMARY

Under the supervision of the Manager, Research, the Data Policy Advisor will work to ensure Inuit access, ownership and control over data and information. The Data Policy Advisor is responsible for assessing, advising on, and developing ITK’s data and information policies and infrastructure, to enhance Inuit data and information governance. In addition, the employee is responsible for coordinating related activities across ITK departments, analysis and report writing, providing policy recommendations and advice, organizing workshops and training opportunities, proposal review and writing, committee work, consultation with regional Inuit organizations, and other related tasks. 

 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

PLANNING AND COORDINATION

  • Prepare work plans for specific areas of responsibility assigned by the Manager, Research;
  • Conduct, manage and coordinate organizational data and information policy activities;
  • Coordinate ITK-wide and department-specific data and information technology and infrastructure initiatives, including workshops and training opportunities;
  • Work with external partners to ensure that data collection, storage, and access activities across Inuit Nunangat are culturally relevant and well-coordinated;
  • Coordinate and/or participate in national working group and committees, as required;
  • Coordinate and facilitate partnerships with stakeholders;
  • Assist in the development of strategic, operational and project plans; and
  • Manage projects to ensure completion of all activities as identified in the work plan.

 

SUPERVISION

  • Assist contract personnel, summer students and others as required.

 

DATA & INFORMATION

  • Consult with ITK staff and others to determine the organization’s data and information policy and infrastructure needs;
  • Assist ITK staff with managing data and information solutions;
  • Create an inventory of existing data and information holdings within ITK;
  • Provide ongoing data and information policy and infrastructure determination, development and implementation support to the Qanuippitaa? National Inuit Health Survey;
  • Work in partnership with Inuit regional organizations to support their data and information policy and infrastructure needs;
  • Work with consultants and stakeholders to develop, implement and maintain data and information storage, management system and visualization systems;
  • Work with ITK staff to develop data sharing, storage and access protocols;
  • Work with federal departments and other organizations on Inuit data and information related projects to ensure that the principles of Inuit self-determination are respected and that data products are culturally appropriate and relevant;
  • Assist with the identification and prioritization of key data issues related to research policy; and
  • Attend research conferences and symposiums, as required.

 

POLICY SUPPORT

  • Monitor and analyse developing external trends, policies, programs and issues with actual or potential impact on Inuit self-determination in research;
  • Advocate for the consistent production and sharing of Inuit-specific and Inuit relevant indicators and data;
  • Develop Inuit-specific guidelines on data accessibility, ownership and control;
  • Assist with the identification and prioritization of data and information technology and infrastructure needs and issues to address the policy needs of ITK staff; and
  • Design and conduct consultations and research projects to support and inform the development of ITK policy initiatives.

 

COMMUNICATION

  • Report as required to the Manager, Research;
  • Communicate regularly with ITK staff through meetings, summary documents, briefings etc.;
  • Provide presentations to a variety of audiences including federal departments, working groups, committees and the ITK Board of Directors;
  • As requested, work in partnership with Inuit regional organizations to support their data and information policy and infrastructure needs;
  • Work to develop partnerships with those who support the principles of Inuit self-determination in data and information to ensure that Inuit needs and concerns are articulated and addressed; and
  • Must be able to work as a team member and as a mentor to other staff.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE

  • Prepare and follow project budgets;
  • Draft, edit and produce reports, studies, position papers, policy statements and other documents; and
  • Establish and maintain data and information policy and research records and systems.

 

REPRESENTATION AND RELATIONSHIPS

  • Represent ITK in meetings and conferences or on committees and working groups as assigned by the Manager, Research. This will include task forces or working groups struck from time to time.

 

Performs other duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

  • Strong quantitative, research and data analysis skills
  • Experience with planning, preparing and disseminating data-based reports, briefings and other products;
  • Ability to think critically, including problem solving, research evaluation and analysis;
  • Good attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently and in a group setting with diverse partners and stakeholders;
  • Excellent cross-cultural skills and the ability to deal with diverse opinions;
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills (primarily in English; Inuktut and/or French an asset); including the ability to communicate information through technical and plain-language materials;
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access), Internet e-mail; and,
  • Ability to understand, analyze and interpret policy, legislation and regulation;
  • Ability and willingness to travel;
  • Sensitivity to, and awareness of local, political and cultural issues; and
  • Knowledge of data and information approaches, processes and methods as they apply to Inuit and Inuit Nunangat;
  • An understanding of colonialism’s impact on the collection, context, analysis, assessment of quality and control of Inuit data;
  • In-depth understanding of Inuit representational political structure;
  • Understanding of the many determinants impacting Inuit wellness at the individual, family, community and environmental levels;
  • Familiarity with existing federal, provincial and territorial data privacy and security legislation is an asset; and
  • Priority will be given to beneficiaries to a land claim organization or Inuit self-government

 

EXPERIENCE

  • Experience conducting research and data analysis related to Inuit issues is an asset.

EDUCATION

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline which included some quantitative analysis or research courses combined with 2 years of related work experience in data and information policy position; or
  • A degree or diploma in a relevant discipline combined with 3-4 years of related work experience

 

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Frequent computer use required;
  • Occasional travel and regular meetings;
  • Politically sensitive issues may become stressful;
  • Operational direction is provided by the Manager, Research;
  • Intensified timelines when workload is large; and,
  • Frequent short notice deadlines.

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  • Location
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Department
    Inuit Qaujisarvingat - Research
  • Employment Type
    Permanent Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced