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Senior Methodologist/Researcher, CPHI

Pay Grade: 7
Branch: Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI)
Job ID: 632
Location: Ottawa
Reports to: Director, Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI)

Job Summary

The Senior Methodologist/Researcher is responsible for leading, managing and carrying out analytical activities for the Canadian Population Health Initiative in the context of the CPHI Council priorities and Action Plan. These activities include working with CPHI/CIHI staff to determine data analyses ideas/needs for products and other applied work to support decision-making in Population Health. The Senior Methodologist/Researcher also contributes to the development of analytical skills among staff and serves as an expert resource for selected projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides advice on the identification, feasibility and scientific merit of analytic studies identified for future work as identified by CPHI Council and Action Plan;
  • Develops analytical plans and implements analytic protocols for population health research projects, including, but not limited to, the preparation of  analytical plans for projects and analyzing data to address research questions, edit and review of CPHI reports with a particular focus on analytical information;
  • Takes responsibility for ensuring that the population health research analytical activities are carried out on time and meet very high standards. This includes having a detailed understanding of the strengths and limitations of the data and analytical techniques. Accountable in ensuring high quality products within a quality assurance framework.
  • Performs and/or oversees complex statistical analyses.
  • Has full accountability for managing risk on program/projects; liaises with internal and external stakeholders on scope, outstanding issues, deliverables and other matters. In particular, ensures that issues are addressed appropriately; where necessary and appropriate, seeks advice and guidance from experts within or outside of the organization; consults with and keeps the Director of CPHI appropriately informed ;
  • Coaches and mentors analytical staff within CPHI and contributes to analytical skills enhancement activities across CIHI;
  • Keeps abreast of the latest developments in pan-Canadian and international population health research; establishes and maintains relevant professional contacts;
  • Prepares reports and background/discussion papers related to assigned projects; prepares papers for peer-reviewed journals and mentors staff in this activity; prepares and delivers presentations in support of CPHI/CIHI and its Strategic Directions;
  • Contributes to the promotion of CPHI/CIHI products and services through participation on external committees, presentations and/or attendance at conferences, and other activities, as required;
  • Leads the evaluation of CPHI's work and its impact;
  • Acts as liaison with other CIHI Departments to document and incorporate CIHI data and information into CPHI products as appropriate.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Postgraduate degree in a health or social science discipline with relevance to population health, with an established track record in population health publications and research; PhD a strong asset.
  • Over 5 years of population health experience managing and carrying out advanced analytical activities, research projects and article publications.
  • Strong conceptual understanding of health and its major determinants.
  • Strong understanding of quantitative research and the ability to analyze and synthesize sophisticated research and technical health information.
  • Understanding and experience in running higher-level analysis (e.g. Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM), longitudinal analysis). Knowledge of qualitative research methods.
  • A history of successful collaboration with researchers and with key population health stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal and mentoring skills.
  • Strong project management experience and skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience in and comfort with creating information products highlighting research results, statistical information, and policy analysis for a variety of expert and non-expert audiences.
  • Knowledge and experience with the analysis of large administrative datasets (particularly familiarity with Statistics Canada data holdings, analytical tools and reporting processes).

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We thank all those who apply, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.