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Research Analyst

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date June 25, 2019
Type Full Time
Company First Nations Information Governance Centre
Location Ottawa, ON
Category Research / Development
Client FNIGC
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Research Analyst

The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) is an incorporated non-profit organization operating with a special mandate from the Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs in Assembly (Resolution #48, December 2009). FNIGC’s Vision is that every First Nation will achieve data sovereignty in alignment with its distinct worldview.

In addition to serving the information, research, training and capacity development needs of First Nations people and communities, FNIGC is home to the First Nations Regional Health Survey (FNRHS), the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES) and the First Nations Labour and Employment Development (FNLED) survey.


This is a unique position in which the individual plays a key role in supporting research projects that are in line with FNIGC’s Strategic Research Plan. The Research Analyst works collaboratively with the Program Managers and provides assistance and support to the Research and Survey Management teams. The Research Analyst also supports knowledge exchange activities, partnership development, and relationship management. The position reports to the Senior Manager of Surveys, Research and Information Management.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the development of various research products, which includes research, writing, analysis & interpretation;
  • Participate and support in the review process for contracted research publications, which includes setting schedules, coordinating with internal and/or external collaborators and collating edits and feedback;
  • Assist in liaising with external organizations, regional member organizations and contractors to undertake relevant research projects;
  • Support the proposal writing process for seeking out research funding alongside the Program Managers;
  • Participate in the coordination of regional member engagement in collaborative research initiatives;
  • Participate in meetings with outside entities interested in research collaboration;
  • Support specific projects as requested by the Senior Manager to benefit a project’s advancement;
  • Assist with the preparation of reports and/or briefing notes on status of activities for the Senior Manager;
  • Provide support to develop scope of work for external consultants where applicable;
  • Identify program issues and deal with those that can be resolved within the program team, and for larger, more complex issues, escalate to the Senior Manager in a timely manner;
  • Schedule and track program timelines and milestones using appropriate tools;
  • Provide support to the First Nations Data Centre where necessary – such as supporting the review of external data requests for research projects, of data released by the data centre, and of research products using data released from the data centre;
  • Provide cross-departmental support to the Research and Survey Management team – including content research, questionnaire design, pilot testing and report writing for FNIGC surveys;
  • Participate in regular team meetings.
  • Collaborate with the Program Managers in the management of research projects;
  • Support the Program Manager of the First Nations Data Centre towards the development and maintenance of contract agreements, and towards the supervision of clients visiting the data centre;
  • Support the Program Managers of Survey Management team in the development of surveys and survey-related products;
  • Assist with coordinating communication between internal and external teams;
  • Identify resources needed and work closely with teams to maintain full visibility of the project schedule and potential roadblocks with internal and external deliverables;
  • Work in collaboration with Program Managers and FNIGC Communications where appropriate to identify avenues for dissemination of research products;
  • Assist in liaising with necessary contractors and FNIGC Communications to ensure that research publications are in a ready state for cataloguing (e.g., copyright, ISBN codes, cover art and formatting);
  • Assist in liaising and supporting communications with program stakeholders;
  • Assist in identifying relevant conferences and workshops where FNIGC research products may be showcased;
  • Support Program Managers in the development of presentation and knowledge translation products;
  • With the support of team members develop innovative and accessible ways to showcase FNIGC data;
  • Uphold the First Nations principles of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession (OCAP®).

Education and Experience

The Research Analyst should have a Master’s degree in social sciences, humanities, public health or similar disciplines.

A minimum of three years’ working experience conducting research and analysis to support policy development and/or research products is required. Other combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Experience conducting research and data analysis in relation to First Nations issues as well as experience working with First Nations is required.

Job Requirements

  • Well-developed communication and presentation skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong facilitation skills.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills with an ability to relate to people at all levels, in and out of FNIGC.
  • Understanding of project / program management techniques and methods.
  • Ability to effectively plan and coordinate activities and responsibilities.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships at all levels.
  • Strong ability to think creatively to identify and resolve problems.
  • Excellent tact and diplomacy skills, coupled with a high level of integrity while handling confidential information with discretion.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills to effectively handle multiple priorities simultaneously and meet scheduled timelines.
  • Ability to take initiative, be self-motivated and use independent judgement to respond appropriately to requests for information.
  • Dedicated team player.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with statistical programs such as SPSS, SAS or STATA, as well as advanced research skills, is required.
  • Ability to perform knowledge syntheses and critically appraise and evaluate qualitative and quantitative research from various sources.
  • Exceptional knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and research engines and tools.
  • Experience working with First Nations organizations or communities possessing operational knowledge and understanding of issues facing First Nations locally, regionally and nationally required.

The successful candidate will be eligible for a competitive salary, a benefits package, and a pension plan.

If you are interested in this position and meet the above criteria, please send your résumé, a sample of your writing and a cover letter telling us why you think you’d be a great addition the FNIGC team to by July 12, 2019 (or until position is filled).   Please use Research  Analyst in the subject line of your e-mail and note that résumés without writing samples and cover letters will not be considered. 

First Nations candidates will be given priority, please self-identify.

FNIGC is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.  We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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