Job Opportunity – Canadian Network Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses




Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses

The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses was created by the provincial and territorial shelter associations who identified a need for a unified voice on the issue of violence against women at the national/federal level.  The Network was incorporated in November 2012 and began its work in earnest in April 2013. Its mission is to provide a unified voice on the national stage for women’s shelters and transition houses to help generate systemic change with the goal of ending violence against women and children. The Network is a small organization with a team of four which includes this position.

Our strategic objectives for the next three years are to:

  1. Build our policy, advocacy and research capacity in order to contribute to effective change that will lead to long term systemic change to end VAW;
  2. Amplify the voices of shelters in order to bring greater recognition to their issues, contributions and expertise;
  3. Provide capacity building opportunities for shelter workers; and
  4. Strengthen the organization’s infrastructure and systems to sustain the work of the organization.



Reporting to the Executive Director, the Research and Program Officer will provide leadership for the Network’s research agenda namely in establishing a comprehensive national profile of shelters. The profile will assist us in illustrating the scope of the sector as well as the differences between provinces and territories and between urban and rural and remote areas. The national profile will, among other things, provide reliable and up-to-date information on shelter capacity across provinces and territories, scope of shelter services, infrastructure, second stage housing (how many, how are they funded etc.) and funding and staffing structures. The incumbent will be responsible for data collection and analysis, and developing research reports and briefs based on the information gathered. The results of this survey will be the starting point for the Network’s work in initiating a national conversation on the shelters of the future. The Research and Program Officer will also play a key role in this work.



  • Facilitate and initiate national research initiatives in the area of violence against women (VAW), specifically as it pertains to the shelter sector;
  • Develop and maintain a database of information gathered from shelters;
  • Determine the appropriate research methodologies and analytical tools to meet our research objectives;
  • Conduct and/or identify existing research knowledge to inform policy and practise;
  • Write briefs, papers, presentations on the outcomes of in-house research;
  • Facilitate meetings, working groups, to support data gathering and synthesis of policy related material;
  • Engage with external stakeholders to incorporate different perspectives and to identify relevant material;
  • Represent the Network on working groups and liaise with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Organize and facilitate a national roundtable on the shelters of the future;
  • Develop funding proposals to further the Network’s research and policy agenda;
  • Contribute to the strategic development of the CNWSTH;
  • Other duties as required



  • Masters in field of study related to gender issues, ideally issues of violence against women;
  • Previous experience of managing research projects and sharing research results with multiple stakeholders;
  • Proven experience in integrating an intersectional feminist analysis;
  • Proven experience of writing research reports;
  • Previous experience using data analysis tools such as SPSS;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Proven ability to synthesize large amounts of information into informative summaries;
  • Capacity to understand statistics and interpret data;
  • Capacity to integrate new information quickly;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing competing priorities;
  • Highly motivated by team work with the capacity to also work in a self directed environment;
  • Strong language skills (written and spoken) in either English or French and capacity to fully read and communicate in the other language;

This is a contract position to June 30th, 2019. Job location is Ottawa.

Interested candidate should submit a resume and covering letter. Deadline to apply is midnight, Sunday, January 15th. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The CNWSTH is an equal opportunity employer and encourages members of equity-seeking groups to self-identify and apply for this position.

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