An increasing amount of research is being conducted in mainland Nunavik and in the Nunavik Marine Region (NMR), placing growing pressure on the general population and on local and regional Nunavik organizations. In this context, there is a pressing need for an integrated streamlined regional research process that should work to benefit Nunavimmiut well-being, knowledge enhancement, and the pursuit of sustainable development and self-determination, while respecting the roles and responsibilities of the various bodies established under the relevant land claims agreements, including the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA) and the Nunavik Inuit Land Claims Agreement (NILCA).
The Nunavik Regional Research Authority Steering Committee* is looking for a consultant to take on the initial research, consultation and planning work that is needed to conceptualize the Nunavik Regional Research Authority (NRRA), a body envisioned by the Steering Committee for enacting the above-mentioned regional, streamlined and integrated research process.
At this stage, it is proposed that the NRRA operate under five (5) overarching objectives:
The consultant will be required to accomplish the following work:
The NRRA Steering Committee, which is responsible for establishing, guiding and monitoring the activities of the NRRA, is a newly established ad hoc body. While the organizations and individuals forming the Steering Committee have so far mostly operated and taken decisions on a consensual basis, the Steering Committee seeks support from the Consultant to develop Terms of Reference on how it shall operate. Terms of Reference shall be co-developed in close collaboration with the members of the Steering Committee. For instance, they can include aspects such as stewardship, coordination, decision-making and operating expenses.
2. Integrated NRRA Plan
With a view to supporting the Steering Committee in planning for the creation of the NRRA, the Consultant shall develop an integrated NRRA plan to assess the requirements and challenges related to the creation and implementation of the proposed NRRA (hereinafter the “Integrated Plan”), which shall include the following components:
The Consultant shall base the development of the Integrated Plan on comprehensive consultations with the bodies represented in the Steering Committee; other interested regional and local organizations as well as Nunavik community members; and other key stakeholders involved in research projects as well as research networks in Nunavik, including academics and government researchers. The consultation plan shall be developed by the Consultant in close collaboration with the Steering Committee.
The timeline expected for completing the above-described mandate is estimated to be between 9 to 12 months. The Steering Committee may decide to adjust such a timeline, notably based on events that could affect the consultation schedule (e.g. COVID-19 prevention measures).
Expression of Interest
To express your interest for this mandate, please send the two following documents to Camille Fréchette at firstname.lastname@example.org:
The above documents must be sent before June 5, 2020, otherwise they will not be considered. If your candidature is retained for the subsequent selection phase, you will be contacted and provided with details regarding the next steps of the application process, including the information, work plan and budget to be provided as part of your detailed application.
* Formed by Makivik Corporation (Makivik), the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS), the Kativik Regional Government (KRG), Kativik Ilisarniliriniq (KI), the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau (KMHB), the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board (NMRWB) and the Inuit Research Advisor (IRA) for the region of Nunavik.