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Inuit Health Survey National Lead

Policy Advancement – Ottawa, Ontario
Department Policy Advancement
Employment Type Full-Time


Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami




Inuit Health Survey National Lead 

Reporting to the Director of Policy Advancement and Assistant Director Policy Advancement, and in close cooperation with the four Inuit Regions, the Inuit Health Survey National Lead is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of a permanent Inuit Health Survey (IHS) across Inuit Nunangat as well as in a number of urban centres in southern Canada. The National Lead will be passionate about realizing the goal of providing high quality, Inuit-determined and Inuit-owned data to monitor change, identify gaps and inform decision-making, leading to improved health and wellness among Inuit in Canada. Working to build capacity in Inuit communities to develop and collect survey information and supporting Inuit self-determination in setting the research agenda in Inuit Nunangat are key components to creating a permanent IHS, and will be priorities for the IHS National Lead.


The National Lead works collaboratively across the organization to deliver on key initiatives and policies in relation to the Inuit Health Survey. The National Lead will work closely with the regional IHS Managers and regional IHS Steering Committees, the National Inuit Health Survey Working Group (NIHSWG), and the National Inuit Committee on Health (NICoH), as well as IHS partners.




The Government of Canada’s Budget 2018 announced ‘$82 million over 10 years, with $6 million per year ongoing, for the co-creation of a permanent Inuit Health Survey’. One month earlier, the National Inuit Strategy on Research (NISR) was released by ITK. The Strategy outlines the steps required to improve the way Inuit Nunangat research is governed, resourced, conducted and shared. The five priorities identified in the NISR are:


  1. Advance Inuit governance in research
  2. Enhance the ethical conduct of research
  3. Align funding with Inuit research priorities
  4. Ensure Inuit access, ownership, and control over data and information
  5. Build capacity in Inuit Nunangat research


The funding announced in Budget 2018 presents Inuit with a unique opportunity to pursue a new model of leadership for the next and subsequent rounds of the Inuit Health Survey, in ways that reflect the NISR. Going forward, the IHS will be led by Inuit organizations.


Duties and Responsibilities



·         Collaboratively develop and implement national and regional work plans and budgets;

·         Assist with the organization of the National Inuit Health Survey Working Group meetings and coordinate the work of the sub-Working Groups;

·         Coordinate and provide guidance on survey design, questionnaire development, rationale for clinical tests, data storage and management, and data analysis;

·         Liaise with all Federal, Territorial, and Provincial Government departments, Inuit organizations and non-government organizations on planning and implementing the IHS;

·         Guided by the NIHSWG, identify and pursue partnerships with individuals and organizations that recognize and respect Inuit self-determination;

·         Report as required on the work of the IHS to the Executive Director and the President;

·         In concert with the Director of Communications, develop communications strategies with media, governments, and Inuit stakeholders for the IHS.




·         Monitor and analyse developing external trends, policies, programs and issues with actual or potential impact on Inuit health and wellness;

·         In collaboration with Regional Steering Committees, design and conduct regional and community consultations, and attend as requested;

·         Draft policy for recommendation to the Executive Director, President and Board;

·         Follow-up after approval on policy area by designing appropriate procedures to implement policy;

·         Ensure appropriate communications with Inuit Land Claim Organizations and Governments, media, external government and non-government organizations;




·         Assign and delegate authority to staff for the management of specific programs, projects and tasks as required;

·         Review and revise project job descriptions;

·         In conjunction with the Human Resources department, conduct interviews and make recommendations on selection of project staff;

·         Provide advice, coaching and mentoring to staff; and

·         Plan and implement individual training and development programs for all project staff.



·         Under the direction of the ITK Board of Directors, develop annual budgets in collaboration with the Director of Finance and Administration;

·         Ensure that the project expenses remain within budgeted amounts;

·         Authorize expenditures according to approved budget.



  • Represent the IHS in meetings and conferences; 
  • Speak to the media about the IHS, in tandem with the Communications Department.



  • As an ITK team member, the incumbent must be able to work independently and/or co-operatively with a variety of individuals and groups, including government, academics and Land Claim Organizations; and

·         Must be able to foster strong working relationships with relevant Federal and Provincial/Territorial Government departments and regional Inuit organizations.


Working Conditions:

·         At times, extensive travel and meetings;

·         Politically sensitive issues could contribute to stress;

·         Much of the work must be delivered in accordance with specific timelines; and

·         Frequent short notice deadlines.



·         3-8 years of work experience in similar positions;

·         A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as public health, health sciences, epidemiology, public policy and political or social science with a minimum of 3 years of related work experience; a PhD would be a definite asset; OR

·         A Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 8 years of related work experience in a similar role;

·         Epidemiological training/experience would be an asset;

·         Experience in project management and program delivery;

·         Experience in developing and implementing surveys;

·         Must have excellent cross-cultural skills and the ability to deal with a diversity of people;

  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills (English required, Inuktut a definite asset);
  • Experience in public relations, speaking with media, speaking to the public and other diverse audiences, and negotiation skills;
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access).



  • Knowledge and understanding of national, regional and community issues affecting Inuit, including working knowledge of Inuit land claims agreements and Inuit priorities;
  • Understanding of the Inuit social determinants of health and their connections to overall well-being;
  • Program development and evaluation;
  • Research design and implementation;
  • Consultation and engagement protocols;

·         Understanding of Inuit committees and organizational structures and how they function; and

·         Familiarity with the various land claim agreements and Inuit governance structures.

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    Ottawa, Ontario
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    Policy Advancement
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