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Child and Youth Advocacy Specialist
This is a Position of Trust and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check is required.
As per HRM Directive 518, this employment opportunity is restricted to Nunavut Inuit under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.
The Representative for Children and Youth Office is an independent office that exists to safeguard the rights and interests of the children and youth of Nunavut. The office fulfills a range of responsibilities under the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) Act, which include individual advocacy, systemic advocacy, critical injury and death reviews and public awareness. The office is guided in its work by Inuit societal values, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, national advocacy standards and the voice of the child.
Reporting to the Director of Child and Youth Advocacy Services, the Child and Youth Advocacy Specialist raises Nunavummiut’s awareness of the rights of children and youth and the role of the Office; responds to requests for information from children, youth and their families; helps children and youth access services; advocates for children and youth navigating complex support systems and programs, and; contributes to the writing of reviews and reports.
We are looking for candidates with:
A university degree that relates to the work of the position, such as social work, health, justice, education, mental health or counselling and a minimum of 3 years’ experience in providing direct service to children and youth. Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered; such as, a 2 year college diploma in a child or youth service related field (e.g.: social work, health, justice, education, mental health, counselling), and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in providing direct service to children and youth.
In addition, we require candidates to have an understanding of advocacy processes: how to help children and youth be heard and gain access to needed services and supports, some experience in negotiating, problem solving, dispute resolution and mediation, excellent communication skills and an understanding of Inuit societal values, culture and history.
The ability to communicate in Inuktitut/Inuinnaqtun will be considered an asset.
An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies.
If you would like assistance with resume writing or interview preparation please contact the staffing consultant for this competition.