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Research Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness and Service Integration, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline November 25, 2013

Job ID 13-0167
(five month part-time contract)

Organizational Overview

Public Health Ontario ("PHO") is a Crown Corporation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, PHO links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.

PHO provides expert scientific and technical support relating to infection prevention and control; surveillance and epidemiology; health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental and occupational health; health emergency preparedness; and public health laboratory services to support health providers, the public health system and partner ministries in making informed decisions and taking informed action to improve the health and security of Ontarians.

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Position Details    

Position Title: Research Coordinator
Department: Emergency Preparedness and Service Integration
Duration: Part-time temporary (five months)
Location: 480 University Avenue

Compensation Group: AMAPCEO
Position Status: Open
Job Code: 16PGS General Scientific
Salary: $59,620 - $72,826
Hours of Work: 21.75 hours per week (three days per week)

Posting Date: November 11, 2013
Closing Date: November 25, 2013

Reporting to the Chief, Emergency Preparedness and Incident Response the Research Coordinator will work on the policy framework around risk communication relating to extreme weather and climate change.

Key Responsibilities    

  • Conduct a systematic review of the existing risk communication and extreme weather literature to identify existing and emerging practices, including critical infrastructure, supply chain, environment and sustainability, and organizational literature.
  • Apply qualitative and quantitative research methods as appropriate in order to review and analyze data, research studies and reports;
  • Review and synthesize research results, as background for use in focus group meetings, teleconferences and workshops to develop a list of best and promising practices in risk communication on extreme weather and climate change in Canada.
  • Contribute to the preparation of grant applications and manuscripts.
  • Develops draft and contributes to the writing and submission of conference abstracts, manuscripts, and technical reports.
  • Contributes to the design and undertakes literature reviews and provides syntheses and critical appraisal of existing evidence and develops summaries.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge and experience with quantitative and/or qualitative research methodology and related software applications (SPSS, SAS, NVivo), sufficient to apply quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies to the collection, analysis and interpretation study data.
  • Skill and expertise in conducting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data and research in area of own specialty in order to complete statistical analysis including descriptive and inferential analyses.
  • Skill and expertise in conducting literature reviews, syntheses, and critical appraisals, sufficient to provide syntheses and critical appraisal of existing evidence, and to develop summaries.
  • Skill and expertise in developing proposals, reports, and presentations.
  • Effective project management, research, analytical skills in order to support the work of expert advisory panels and other project-specific committees as needed.
  • Skill and the ability to work in a matrix management structure and within cross disciplinary teams.
  • Planning, organizing, project management skills and initiative in order to work efficiently under conditions of multiple deadlines and changing priorities with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Skill and ability to approach and manage assignments in a fast-paced environment.
  • Effective interpersonal, teamwork and relationship building skills.
  • Office computer and data management skills with proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project); familiarity with SharePoint in order to manage documents and processes on SharePoint.

Education and Experience    

  • Master’s degree in public health, social sciences or related discipline, in order to serve as the primary administrative point of contact for internal research staff, and as the principle operational liaison for other research organizations, funding agencies and regulating bodies.
  • Three to five years’ experience supporting research at an academic department, research institute or organization.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please visit http://www.publichealthontario/careers and click on the job title.  

Your cover letter and resume must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications/competencies.

Thank you for your interest in this position, however, only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.