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2022-101 Planning, programming and liaison officer, Child First Initiative

Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, South
2022 September 26

Under the authority of the Coordinator - Child First Initiative, the planning, programming and liaison officer shall assume a major role in terms of access to services for the beneficiary of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement by ensuring management of the initiative.


The Child First Initiative (CFI) is available through Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) aiming to better meet the unique health, social, and education needs of Inuit children. The Government of Canada is using existing structures under the Jordan Principle to provide Inuit children with the services and supports they need, funded by the federal government. It is a source of funding to access services when there is a gap or absence of service leading to unmet needs, and for culturally appropriate care.


The CFI Officer will be responsible for helping families access available funding through Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), as well as to develop projects in partnership with other regional entities to address unmet health needs of Inuk children up to age 18.


The initiative is accessible to Inuit children, whether or not they reside on the territory of Nunavik. The CFI liaison officer primary responsibility will be to act as a focal point for the children and families in and out region.


This person will provide professional assistance for the development of services, will conduct the research activities needed to identify and assess resources and needs, will provide advice concerning the implementation or improvement of programs and/or services and will participate in various teaching or training activities.




·         Build relationships with community resources and collaborate with existing community-based programs and services;

·         Enhance awareness of existing programs and available supports for Nunavimmiut living on and off-territory;

·         Work with communities/organizations to proactively identify children with unmet need to facilitate early intervention and timely access to services and supports;

·         Identify opportunities to build relationships across all aspects of the health, education and social services systems, including federal and provincial services and programs; service providers, and communities to facilitate access to needed services and supports;

·         Facilitate access to professionals for assessments or provide professional assessment services where/when required;

·         Undertake follow-up with clients/families and key contacts to ensure the child is receiving and maintaining the services required;

·         Identify and work collaboratively with federal, provincial, regional and community partners to implement promising practices and evidence-based models, service arrangements and supports, where possible;

·         Ensure culture is reflected in care where Inuk people are treated with respect, compassion, and cultural understanding, and assist to build cultural competency within the region and broader health and social system;

·         Complete monthly, quarterly and annual reports as required;

·         Track and maintain statistical data and funding.



·         Bachelor degree or college diploma (two years minimum) in a field related to health science, social science, education or related professions. However, other combinations of skills, education and experience that are relevant may be considered;

·         Experience in the health, education and social services network and more specifically in the field of early childhood care and services (an asset);

·         Experience working with indigenous people, organizations, and communities;

·         Knowledge of available federal and provincial programs to support children, youth, and families;

·         Demonstrated experience in planning, adapting, developing and implementing new programs, and maintaining existing programs;

·         Knowledge of the issues and context surrounding youth and family development in Nunavik (an asset);

·         Skills for interpersonal relations, teamwork and collaboration with various stakeholders;

·         Dynamist, autonomy and sense of responsibility;

·         Good judgment and sense of organization and planning;

·         Abilities of analysis, synthesis and negotiation;

·         Strength in management, coordination and group animation;

·         Ability to deliver presentations to different audiences (professionals, families, youth);

·         Reading and writing skills in two of the three official languages of Nunavik;

·         Functional knowledge of the Office suite (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel), email and Internet software.


Candidates who are beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement shall receive priority.

Conditions and benefits

Temporary, full-time position (35 hours/week) of two years with possibility of extension

Based in Kuujjuaq or in telework with travel to Nunavik;

Salary according to rules issued by the MSSS ($27.08/h to $47.98/h).


Northern benefits: retention premium ($6,000/year), isolation premium ($10,627/year), cost-of-living allowance ($3,085/year) and, if hired more than 50 km from Kuujjuaq, subsidized housing provided, moving and storage expenses reimbursed, annual personal trips from Kuujjuaq to point of hiring provided, etc.

Additional details

Interested candidates should send their résumé, no later than September 26th, 2022, at 5:00 p.m., care of:


Human Resources

Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services

P.O. Box 900, Kuujjuaq, Québec J0M 1C0


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