Overview

Kate McInturff Fellowship in Gender Justice – Summer 2023

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (National Office) is looking for 1 (one) research intern to assist our Making Women Count program. In 2023, the Fellowship will be focused on developing policy solutions to advance disability justice, with a particular focus on the rights and needs of women and girls with disabilities.

About Making Women Count 

The CCPA’s Making Women Count research program reflects the organization’s commitment to creating progressive policy alternatives for advancing gender equality in Canada. The program works in collaboration with women’s groups and gender equality organizations to identify areas where women and gender-diverse people are facing barriers to their individual and collective well-being. The program’s goal is to advance systemic solutions for addressing gender disparities, targeting those groups experiencing the greatest barriers.

Making Women Count’s main project, at the moment, is called Beyond Recovery. It is tracking women’s economic recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, working on several different initiatives that seek to identify policy and program alternatives to ensure no one is left behind.

As a part of Beyond Recovery, funding has been secured to create three internships in 2022 and 2023 with a specific focus on young women with disabilities. Working with the DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN Canada), the CCPA will host these interns, providing support and mentorship to each intern, while pursuing policy and program research of benefit to the disability community.

About the Fellowship 

Under the supervision of a Senior Researcher, the Fellowship holder will assist with the Beyond Recovery project and produce related public policy materials for publication. Tasks include:

  • Undertake research in policy areas relevant to a just recovery for women with disabilities and other communities hard hit by the pandemic
  • Prepare research summaries and related materials to support work of Beyond Recovery project and DAWN Canada
  • Assist with the compilation of research and communications materials for the Beyond Recovery web page, including a data dashboard and community/sector profiles including data visualization
  • Work as a member of, and contribute to, the broader CCPA team
    Plan, research, write 2-3 policy briefs and/or blogs

The Fellow will have the opportunity of producing policy research for publication by the CCPA and DAWN Canada (e.g., blog posts, magazine articles, briefs) under the project banner and assist as needed with current Beyond Recovery project work and related DAWN Canada initiatives.

Skills and Experience Required 

We are seeking applications from students or graduates with strong writing, research, and communication skills and a keen interest in public policy, gender equality and disability justice. The successful candidate will be:

  • Familiar with public policy in Canada and intersectional feminist perspectives;
  • Experienced in social science research including, but not limited to, literature reviews, jurisdictional scans, and data analysis;
  • Comfortable in working with statistical information (in MS Excel) and data visualization programs;
  • An excellent writer who is able to synthesize complex ideas and policy information;
  • An excellent organizer capable of working both independently and with a team;
  • Knowledge of national and regional gender equality or disability organizations an asset.

Contract Details 

This is a 420 hour summer contract position (35 hours per week, for 12 weeks). The scheduling and distribution of hours are flexible, with meetings happening during typical daytime hours. We are open to accommodating schedules that recognize other commitments and needs. The contracted hours must be completed between May 23, 2023 and September 1, 2023. The successful candidate will be responsible for tracking and managing work hours in conjunction with the project supervisor. 

The chosen candidate can choose to work remotely, with the support of the National CCPA team, or work from the Ottawa office if desired for one or more days, pending approval of the office manager.

The fellowship will pay $22.00 per hour, including 4% vacation pay, for a maximum of 420 hours. 

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an inclusive, safe, barrier-free selection process and work environment.  We welcome candidates from a variety of backgrounds and encourage those who identify as members of marginalized groups to apply.

Applications 

If you are interested and meet the qualification requirements, please submit a cover letter (maximum 2 pages), CV, and three references (names and phone numbers only, no reference letters please) by 9AM EST, Monday, March 27, 2023: 

Apply to: ccpa.bamboohr.com/careers

Please send PDFs only and put “2023 McInturff Fellowship” in the subject line

A shortlist of candidates will be contacted and proceed to the following steps:

  • Submit one brief example (no more than 4 pages) of your research and writing abilities. This can be an excerpt of an article, blog, paper or report that you have written.
  • Candidate interviews will be tentatively conducted between April 19-26, 2023 by Google Meet or another platform – to be confirmed.

Please reach out and let us know if you require an accommodation at any stage of our hiring and onboarding process. Information received in relation to accommodation requests will be addressed confidentially.

Key Dates 

Application deadline: March 27, 2023

Selection of short list of candidates: early April 2023

Submission of written work: mid April 2023

Assessment of written work/Follow up interviews: mid-late April 2023

Decision: first week May 2023

Start Date: May 23, 2022 (flexible)

The CCPA is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with social, economic and environmental justice. For more information, visit www.policyalternatives.ca

DisAbility Women’s Network of Canada works towards the advancement and inclusion of women and girls with disabilities and Deaf women in Canada. Please visit: https://www.dawncanada.net/

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Compensation

The fellowship will pay $22.00 per hour, including 4% vacation pay, for a maximum of 420 hours.

How to Apply

If you are interested and meet the qualification requirements, please submit a cover letter (maximum 2 pages), CV, and three references (names and phone numbers only, no reference letters please) by 9AM EST, Monday, March 27, 2023: Apply to: ccpa.bamboohr.com/careers Please send PDFs only and put “2023 McInturff Fellowship” in the subject line A shortlist of candidates will be contacted and proceed to the following steps: Submit one brief example (no more than 4 pages) of your research and writing abilities. This can be an excerpt of an article, blog, paper or report that you have written. Candidate interviews will be tentatively conducted between April 19-26, 2023 by Google Meet or another platform – to be confirmed.

About Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

CCPA is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with social, economic and environmental justice. For more information visit: www.policyalternatives.ca