Are you passionate about research? Come join us! The Canadian Red Cross is looking for a Senior Advisor, Indigenous Community Researcher on a short-term contract for four (4) months to complete important research with Indigenous communities and disaster resilience.
Reporting to the Senior Manager – Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), the Senior Advisor works to design, collect and analyze information on DRR issues and experiences in Indigenous communities related to emergency preparedness. The output of this work will result in a research document that seeks to identify effective approaches to better engage Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous communities across Canada in emergency preparedness activities and initiatives.
The Senior Advisor will establish a structure for the report, and then collect and analyze information (via desk research interviews with relevant organizations and communities). Additionally, they will also analyze the information in coordination with the partnering Indigenous communities, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and a CRC steering committee to identify themes and make recommendations for the report. Finally, they will draft a research report that will document the process, bringing forward key learning, research findings and recommendations.
Who you are…
· You are an active listener – you are able to ask for clarification, reflect back what was said and maintain a neutral and non-judgemental lens.
· You are a great observer and respectful of your environment – you know how to read-a-room, pick up on subtle cues and know when to change topics or move on.
· You are results-oriented – you pride yourself in getting things done; enjoy working in a team that is highly productive, you take personal initiative and you act on opportunities to create value.
· You are a relationship builder – you nurture stakeholder relationships to support team delivery and foster excellent customer service.
· You are an excellent writer – you are known for your ability to clearly outline research findings and recommendations that allows your reader follow along easily.
You will enjoy…
· Culture: an organization that is guided by our fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality
· Opportunity: to work with the best and brightest in the non-profit field, in an environment that promotes continuous learning, creativity and collaboration
· Meaningful Work: have an impact at the individual and community level across Canada with the opportunity to grow and learn at one of Canada’s largest non-profit organizations
In this role you will…
· Work with Indigenous community partners, AFN staff and CRC DRR specialists, lead the design and execution of research, including literature reviews, interviews and data integration and analysis;
· Develop work plan to support timely delivery of the report;
· Conduct desk research leveraging relevant sources of information including electronic journals and databases;
· Conduct telephone or video-conference interviews with organization or community leaders, program staff and/or members;
· Handle and protect confidential and sensitive data with integrity and applies Indigenous research ethics frameworks;
· Manage data collection by meeting paper and electronic mailing deadlines, entering data, transcribes tapes and handwritten notes; learn and use technology to do these tasks more efficiently;
· Produce written, tabular and visual materials for research reports and presentations;
· Analyze collected data and identifies and organizes data into themes for the paper;
· Work directly with Indigenous community partners and CRC steering committee on regular assigned deadlines to submit outlines and drafts as they are developing the paper to get feedback for clarification and correct observations and data collection.
We’re looking for…
· Ability to work independently in a remotely supervised environment
· Experience leading complex research partnerships
· Experience applying Indigenous research ethics frameworks (e.g.OCAP, Tri-Council Policy for Working with Aboriginal Peoples)
· Previous and relevant experience working within an Indigenous community is essential
· Relevant work or volunteer experience that demonstrates an understanding of emergency preparedness context and key issues within Indigenous communities
· Thorough knowledge of Indigenous culture and networks
· Experience drafting research documents/reports
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills
· Effective interview techniques, including conducting interviews by phone or by video-conference platforms
· Exceptional organization, planning and time management skills
· Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Word Office Suite
· Ability to manage and measure work through established and new systems
· The majority of the work is performed from a home office
· Ability to travel to domestically for this project if required
· Successfully complete a Canadian criminal record reference check