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Canadian Project Coordinator, Documenting Capacity Strengthening Approaches and Best Practices in Teasdale-Corti Team Grants

Ottawa, Ontario

DeadlineJuly 24, 2009

Position: Canadian Project Coordinator for “Documenting Capacity Strengthening Approaches and Best Practices in Teasdale-Corti Team Grants” (the Case Study Project)

Position type: Half-time (0.5 FTE), renewable annually for 2 years.

Note: Please do not hesitate to apply if you are looking for a full-time position. There are a number of possibilities for complementary half-time positions with our research teams.

Location: University of Ottawa, Canada

Application deadline: Please submit a cover letter and resume by July 24, 2009 at 5 PM.


The Canadian Project Coordinator will work with the three co-PIs (at the University of Ottawa; Great Lakes University of Kisumu, Kenya; and the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica) and project coordinators in Kenya and Jamaica. Responsibilities include coordinating qualitative data collection, analysis, and writing to develop a set of case studies on the capacity-building experiences of global health research teams involved in the Teasdale-Corti Team Grants projects.

Project background:

Fourteen teams of Canadian and lower- and middle-income researchers received Team Grants funding from the Teasdale-Corti Global Health Research Partnership Program, from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) through the Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI). The teams are undertaking innovative multi-year programs combining applied research, knowledge translation and capacity-building to solve pressing health problems in lower- and middle-income countries.

The two-year Case Study project will contribute to the GHRI’s systematic monitoring, evaluation and sharing of what the Teasdale-Corti program is learning about capacity-building, institutional strengthening and global research partnerships for development.


  • Develop the ethics submission to obtain ethics approval for the project;
  • Oversee the data collection process, develop interview schedules and undertake interviews; help to train Kenyan and Jamaican project coordinators in case study and qualitative methods;
  • Work with country project coordinators to conduct a literature review, prepare an annotated bibliography and short paper of English, French, and Spanish resources on theoretical frameworks for capacity-building;
  • Identify a potential evaluation framework and potential indicators in consultation with Team Grants teams that examines capacity-building initiatives and their impact.
  • Work closely with IDRC and Team Grants team leaders to ensure consultation and input;
  • Manage the project budget, financial transfers to Kenya and Jamaica, and financial and narrative reporting to IDRC;
  • Work with and oversee activities of the Canadian administrative coordinator;
  • Contribute to writing the case study book and work closely with the editor;
  • Assist with writing briefing materials about the project for GHRI and global health coalitions.


  • Minimum of masters degree in international development, nursing, public or community health, epidemiology, social sciences, or other related disciplines;
  • Fluently bilingual (French and English) with Spanish fluency an asset;
  • Proven qualitative research experience (developing interview schedules, conducting interviews, qualitative analysis);
  • Strong writing, editing and manuscript preparation skills with publication record an asset;
  • Excellent library and bibliographic skills; experience conducting and writing up findings from literature reviews;
  • Experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary, international team with excellent cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to coordinate project activities internationally using phone, email, VoiP, and web conferencing;
  • Proven project management skills including ability to prioritize;
  • Demonstrated interest in global health research with lower- and middle-income countries.

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and covering letter by email to no later than Friday, July 24, 2009 at 5:00 pm.

Contact information:
Renee Nossal, Administrative Coordinator
University of Ottawa
Telephone: 613-562-5800 ext. 8683
Fax: 613-562-5658