Employment Opportunity: Junior Health Policy Analyst

July 9, 2024


SCO is a growing and dynamic regional First Nation organization that represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations and more than 87,000 citizens in what is now southern Manitoba. Established in 1999 by the Chiefs, SCO is mandated as an independent organization to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nation peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.

SCO provides competitive compensation and excellent pension and benefits, as well as a positive work environment.


The Junior Health Policy Analyst is responsible for tracking emerging issues, providing technical support to SCO Health Transformation staff and management, assisting with developing SCO Health Transformation programs, gathering information, drafting position papers, reports, and other material with recommendations for consideration to create positive change and improve the health and well-being of southern First Nation citizens and communities. This position frequently engages with SCO member Nations. other jurisdictions, and other organizations.


  • Assists with the development, research, review, and analysis of complex and

strategic policy, programs, funding opportunities and processes. This includes daily monitoring of media, government announcements and specific government initiatives and legislation

  • Provides support for the analysis of government policy and legislation as required, using a First Nations lens
  • Assists the Senior Health Policy Analyst and management team with interjurisdictional or intergovernmental working groups, internal SCO working groups, and at external community tables and committees as required
  • Helps to prepare written correspondence (advocacy letters), briefing notes, discussion documents, policy papers, options papers, research reports, strategies, and action and advocacy plans and activities for SCO Health Transformation senior management with a goal of increasing awareness of southern First Nations perspectives, needs, and rights

Monitors federal and provincial government policy. Flags issues for senior management

  • Assists with gathering research for program development and funding proposals for the SCO Health Transformation department
  • Helps to prepare annual and other program reporting (narrative and financial) for senior leadership and funders
  • Assists with the creation of complex reports, provides analysis, organizes and themes data for internal and external publications
  • Ensures SCO Health Transformation documents adhere to SCO communication and language standards and formatting
  • Assists with the coordination of special projects as determined by senior leadership
  • Helps to conducts focus groups, facilitates meetings and prepares presentations on SCO Health Transformation priorities or assigned projects
  • Ensures detailed yearly work plans and deliverables are met
  • Other duties as assigned


  • A degree in public policy, political science, or a related field. Other combinations of relevant work experience will be considered
  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in policy analysis, including experience writing advocacy letters, briefing notes, discussion, and policy papers. An equivalent combination of education and experience would be considered
  • Demonstrated expertise in program implementation
  • Knowledge and experience with education programs, institutions and systems
  • Knowledge of First Nations health legislation
  • Knowledge and awareness of provincial and federal government policy and process, including policy areas that directly and indirectly impact the health and wellbeing of First Nations
  • Experience conducting moderately complex and strategic research (e.g.  Jurisdictional scans, literature reviews, interviews, stakeholder consultations, statistical analysis, focus groups, surveys), and policy analysis including knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, and techniques of researching, evaluating, and analyzing information
  • Knowledge of sources of data and current literature, emerging trends and developments in First Nations issues and rights pertaining to health and wellbeing
  • Excellent written communication skills, with the ability to write clear, concise documents and reports with a high degree of accuracy and for a variety of audiences
  • Strong verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate research, policy, and ideas to a variety of audiences
  • Self-motivated professional able to work independently with general supervision and as part of a team, and to balance competing interests, solve problems or impasses, and move initiatives forward to meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and productively with colleagues, supervisors, and other internal and external stakeholders  
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work under pressure, independently managing a wide range of tasks, often within short timelines and with precision 
  • Highly developed understanding of quality standards with respect to preparing, proofreading/editing, formatting, and packaging a variety of documents
  • Political acumen and ability to maintain confidentiality when developing and handling sensitive information
  • Understanding of human and Indigenous rights
  • Good proficiency with Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams or Zoom
  • Ability to speak Dakota or Ojibway language an asset


  • Current and satisfactory Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Current and clear Child and Adult Abuse Registry Checks
  • Must have a valid class 5 Manitoba driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle for business travel

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024, at 4:30 PM CST

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources

Southern Chiefs’ Organization

202-600 Empress Street

Winnipeg, MB R3G 0L5

Fax: (204) 946-1871 | hr@scoinc.mb.ca

Please cite the job title in the subject line if you are applying via email.

Preference will be given to qualified First Nations candidates.

Please self-identify in your cover letter.

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected will be contacted for further consideration.