Policy Analyst – Poverty Reduction and international Engagement

Ontario Native Women's Association


**Indigenous Women are encouraged to apply. First preference will be given to all qualified Indigenous applicants.**

Why make ONWA your career choice?

Make a difference in the lives of Indigenous peoples by supporting and advocating for positive change.
ONWA prides itself on providing all employees with a total rewards package that is generous and supports our workforce and their family members:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous paid vacation time
  • Paid time off at Christmas above paid vacation time
  • Additional paid stat and civic holidays
  • 35 hour work week
  • Comprehensive benefits program including health, paramedical, dental, vision and EAP. All premiums covered by the employer.
  • Healthcare Spending Account and Lifestyle Spending Account
  • Competitive Retirement Savings Plan up to 16% with organization match pending position
  • Paid sick days
  • Paid cultural/personal wellness days
  • Flexible scheduling to support work-life balance
  • Ongoing professional development.
  • Possible reimbursement on portion of cell phone and internet expenses
  • Remote/hybrid work offered for various positions


At the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA), we celebrate and honour the safety and healing of Indigenous Women and Girls as they take up their leadership roles in the family, community, provincially, nationally and internationally for generations to come.


The Policy Analyst will be responsible for policy research, analysis and development to offer strategic direction, support and advocacy for the ongoing development of culturally relevant policies, legislation, and best practices that positively impact Indigenous women and their families.

The Policy Analyst will conduct research and analysis of local, provincial, and national policies, programs, initiatives and economic trends that affect the well-being of Indigenous women and their families. They will examine existing and emerging legislation and policy development to uncover the potential impacts on Indigenous women, and their families. The Policy Analyst will prepare information packages, tool kits, policy papers, and briefing notes.

The Policy Analyst will draft correspondence, position papers, project proposals, briefing notes, work-plans, and reports; and will represent ONWA at regional and/or provincial government committees and tables.


  • A post-secondary degree and/or diploma in the area of Political, Social Science (s) or Women’s/Indigenous Study (ies), and a minimum of 5 years work experience related to policy analysis and research and/or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Knowledge of the corporate nature, government systems and administration and the ability to interact with other government departments, Indigenous organizations and communities.
  • Knowledge and working of Not-For Profit Organizations.
  • Demonstrated organizational, time management and presentation skills with the ability to follow through on assigned duties independently within strict deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communications, with emphasis on keen listening and ability to effectively interpret verbal communications and needs of prospective Community Members.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office; competency working with other databases.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current issues facing Indigenous Women and their families.
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous Language is considered an asset.
  • Must be dependable, able to follow instructions, respond to management direction and be able to improve performance through management feedback.
  • Valid G Class Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance.
  • A cellular phone and internet access is required within this position
  • Current, valid vulnerable sector criminal records check. Valid 1st Aid/CPR.
  • Ability/willingness to travel.


  • Inter-cultural Competency Informed – Understands to incorporate a personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness and implementation of ONWA’s cultural teachings and organizational practices in both professional conduct and work related deliverables.

  • Indigenous Gender-Based Analysis Informed – Understands to incorporate an intersectional approach to gender, race and discrimination and subsequent intergenerational impacts affecting Indigenous women and their families.

  • Trauma-Based Practice Informed – Understands to incorporate a trauma-informed approach to recognize and respond to all forms of trauma and the necessity of supporting Indigenous women in a culture of tradition and safety in her healing journey.

  • She is Wise Leadership Informed – Understands to incorporate the Four Agreements within daily responsibilities and combined with ONWA’s cultural teachings contribute to the empowerment and leadership of Indigenous women within their communities.


  • Knowledge of policy analysis, legislative change, family healing, health care developments, and the social determinants of health.
  • Analyze pertinent documents and reports affecting health, violence against Indigenous women, and related areas, including government announcements.
  • Monitor political, social economic, cultural and legislative developments for their impacts on the health of Indigenous women and their families.
  • Review existing and emerging services, cutbacks and identify outstanding needs of Indigenous women and their families, both on and off-reserve.
  • Conduct research, community consultations, interviews, focus groups, and compile statistical information, in accordance with standard Indigenous methodologies.
  • Respond to internal and external requests for information including presentations.
  • Work as part of a team both within the organization and with external funders and partners.
  • Research and develop innovative and culturally appropriate models.
  • Monitor, analyze, and communicate provincial level health and healing needs with a view to improve the overall health and well-being of Indigenous Women and their families.
  • Provide advice on organizational positions for existing or emerging policy, legislation, regulation, programs, and/or services.
  • Prepare position papers, recommendations, briefing notes, fact sheets, reports, and other documents.
  • Write up research results; assist in writing proposals and preparing papers for publication.
  • Review and write critical summaries of research literature, data and/or public policy.
  • Maintain up to date resources and bibliographies as they relate to policy and research on issues affecting Indigenous women and their families.
  • Attend meetings as required; represent ONWA at relevant committees and tables.
  • Understanding and awareness of ONWA’s Strategic Plan and Resolutions in those areas that are related to issues affecting Indigenous women and their families.
  • Undertake as requested, administrative and clerical tasks associated with the Department of Policy and Research.
  • All other duties as required.


To execute the functions outlined in this job description.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

As Indigenous leaders, ONWA is continuing full operations including hiring, while working from home, as supporting our community members is a priority. ONWA is scheduling all interviews, providing all training, onboarding and orientation for new employees, through the use of virtual tools. We will continue to accommodate remote and home based work arrangements in an effort to keep our ONWA employees healthy and safe.

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