I. Organizational Background
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is the national representational organization for Canada’s 65,000 Inuit, the majority of whom live in four regions, including the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Northwest Territories), Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Québec), and Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador). Collectively, these four regions make up Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland in Canada. Inuit Nunangat includes 51 communities and encompasses roughly 35 percent of Canada’s landmass and 50 percent of its coastline. Consistent with its founding purpose, ITK represents the rights and interests of Inuit at the national level through a democratic governance structure that represents all Inuit regions.
The comprehensive land claim agreements that have been settled in Inuit Nunangat form a core component of ITK’s mandate. These land claims have the status of protected treaties under section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, and ITK remains committed to working in partnership with the Crown towards their full implementation. ITK advocates for policies, programs and services to address the cultural, political and environmental issues facing our people.
ITK is governed by a Board of Directors that is composed of the following members:
Chair and CEO, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC)
President, Makivik Corporation
President, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI)
President, Nunatsiavut Government
In addition to voting members, the following non-voting Permanent Participant Representatives also sit on the Board of Directors:
President, Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada
President, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
President, National Inuit Youth Council
II. ITK’s Midwifery Needs Assessment
ITK is seeking proposals to complete a Midwifery Status Assessment that will focus on assessing the status, including associated strengths and barriers of midwifery practices in Inuit Nunangat. The Assessment should produce an executive summary report and full report outlining the status of midwifery in each of the four Inuit land claim regions, including but not limited to the scope and extent of ongoing midwifery practice, strengths that support its use (from individual to systems level), and barriers or weaknesses that have historically or are currently impeding midwifery practice. The reports should also provide regional-specific and national level recommendations for improving birthing policy development, including potential indicators to monitor progress in relation to these over time.
Midwifery Advisory Working Group
The Department of Policy Advancement at ITK coordinates and works in collaboration with the Midwifery Advisory Working Group. The Working Group follows the structure of the ITK Board of Directors and consists of members from the Inuit land claim organizations (or their appointed designates) that have been selected from the National Inuit Committee on Health (a subcommittee of the ITK Board of Directors) as well as a representative from Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada and ITK. The Working Group members have a wealth of knowledge and experience in midwifery services in their respective regions.
It is the expectation that the Assessment will be done in close collaboration with ITK and the Midwifery Advisory Working Group. The following are specific areas of interest in each region:
- The current status of midwifery
- The demand for midwifery services
- Individual to systems level supports in place for midwifery
- The policies that act as barriers for accessing healthcare services
- The preferred choice of birthplace for community members (i.e. in the community, in a regional hub community, in the south, etc.)
- How to register and/or support midwives in the regions
III. Scope of Work and Requirements
In partnership with ITK and the Midwifery Advisory Working Group, the successful applicant will undertake the following work:
- Identify the current state of knowledge regarding midwifery in each region.
- Identify the level of interest to have midwifery accessible within each region.
- Identify Inuit specific approaches to birthing practices in Inuit Nunangat.
- Identify the current midwifery service deliveries in Inuit communities.
- Identify key provincial/territorial policies and processes that support or act as barriers for midwifery in Inuit Nunangat.
- Identify how midwifery services are currently being funded in each region.
- Identify promising midwifery practices in each region and reasons for them.
- Identify the key challenges, needs and gaps in each region of Inuit Nunangat.
The deliverables for the research-based needs assessment are:
1.Preliminary information package of the midwifery needs assessment which will include:
- a. Methods description
- b. Key informant interview guide
- c. Literature review guide
- d. Timeline for executive summary and final reports
2.Executive summary of the research-based needs assessment report.
3. A final assessment report should include, but is not limited to:
- a. Overview of the Assessment
- b. Summarized results, including from key informant interviews
- c. Analysis and findings
- d. Appropriate citation of references
IV. Summary of Request for Proposals
Through this RFP, we are seeking an experienced consultant who can support ITK to complete a Midwifery Status Assessment. We will assess the proposals based on the following criteria (please include in your proposal):
- Qualifications of the applicant, including past experience, interest and knowledge of the subject
- Project description, outlining a sound, comprehensive approach that covers all tasks outline in Section III (Scope of Work and Requirements)
- Achievable milestones
- Consideration of ITK Strategies and Action Plans
- Engagement of ITK and the Midwifery Advisory Working Group, including any training and capacity building on the subject
- Budget and budget justification that fit with the project description and milestones
- Experience working in partnership with Inuit organizations
We anticipate that this work will begin the week of July 8, 2019 and end September 25, 2019.
Submission Deadline: 4pm July 19th , 2019.
Announcement of Successful Applicant: 4pm July 5, 2019
If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact:
Faith Decontie, Implementation Coordinator