January 2020

The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) provides a National forum for Aboriginal Peoples to holistically address HIV and AIDS, HCV, STBBIs, TB, Mental Health and related co- morbidity issues; promotes a Social Determinants of Health framework through advocacy; and provides accurate and up to date resources on these issues in a culturally relevant manner for Indigenous Peoples wherever they reside.

CAAN is accepting applications for a Policy Advisor.  This is a multi-year full-time contract.  Reporting to the Director of National Programs and Communications, and the Management Team, Director of Research and Policy, the Policy Advisor takes a central role in the organization.

Location: To be determined

The Policy Advisor will be responsible for the research and analysis of information, consulting with key stakeholders, government officials and internal staff, the development of options and preparation of recommendations on a wide range of policy projects.  Responsibilities will include the coordination and implementation of operational policies, programs and strategies necessary to support CAAN’s overall projects, plans, strategies, objectives, and activities.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated Core Competencies which include:

  • Quality Orientation, Time Management, Creative and Innovative Thinking
  • Development and Continual Learning, Problem Solving, Accountability and Dependability
  • Research and Analysis, mathematical Reasoning, Decision making and Judgement
  • Operating Office Equipment, proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.
  • Providing Consultation, Ethics and Integrity
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Enforcing Laws, Rules and Regulations, Mediating and Negotiating
  • Coaching and Mentoring Team Work
  • Strong Communications skills
  • Energy & Wellness Plan

Duties include:

  • Lead the development of effective service redesign – orientated strategic policies and related materials;
  • Provide policy expertise, identify gaps, and develop policies and recommendations that are aligned with CAAN’s strategic priorities and objectives;
  • Conduct research and analysis, and provide interpretation of trends, challenges and opportunities;
  • Establish and maintain internal and external stakeholder relationships;
  • Develop options to address issues and recommend viable policy solutions;
  • Prepare presentation decks, briefing notes and related materials to support policy initiatives and executive decisions;
  • Provide responses to policy issues arising from stakeholders and the public;
  • Deliver policy advice and/or briefings to CAAN senior management and executive, regarding strategic policy renewal and emerging issues.


  • A university degree or college diploma in a discipline related to Indigenous health or project management and/or combination of Education and work experience.
  • Willing and able to travel.
  • Class 5 Drivers License.
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities, particularly Indigenous youth.
  • Experience and interest in Indigenous health.
  • Applications from Indigenous applicants are preferred however all applicants will be considered.

To apply:
Please email a cover letter and resume to teao@caan.ca.
Please address your cover letter to Margaret Kisikaw Piyesis, CEO.
No phone calls please.

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2020.

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