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Technical Specialist, Reproductive, Child and Youth Health, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, OAHPP

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline September 15, 2010

Duration:  Permanent
Reports to:  Director of Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention             
Location:  480 University Ave, Toronto
Posting Date:  Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Closing Date:  Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Organization Summary:

The Ontario Agency for Health Protection & Promotion (OAHPP) is a centre for specialized research and knowledge in public health, focusing in the areas of infectious disease, infection control and prevention, health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention, environmental health and laboratory services. It provides technical and scientific assistance, rapid on-site field support, as needed, specialized communication and training, as well as input to standards and policy and practical tools for implementing best practices. The Agency was created by the Ontario Government as a result of its commitment to Operation Health Protection, through the Health System Improvements Act (Bill 171). As Ontario’s first ever provincial Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, the Agency brings academics, clinicians, and policy makers together to create a centre of public health excellence in the province.

Position Summary:  

Reporting to the Director of Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP), the position is responsible for providing professional and technical support in the areas of reproductive, child and youth health. This includes identifying current and emerging best practices and providing training, education, consultation and advice to support reproductive, child and youth health activities carried out by local public health units, government ministries and related networks and communities of practice. In addition, the position would support HPCDIP knowledge synthesis initiatives and provide strategic and policy advice in the areas of reproductive, child and youth health.

Key Responsibilities:

The Technical Specialist will be responsible for:

  • Providing training, education, consultation, advice and technical assistance to HPCDIP partners, including public health units, government ministries, networks and communities of practice, to support the implementation of the Reproductive Health, Child Health and youth-relevant and School Health Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) and related guidance documents;
  • Identifying and synthesizing new and emerging evidence and best practices in the fields of reproductive, child and youth health
  • Generating reviews of evidence to guide policies and practice
  • Providing HPCDIP with strategic and policy advice on reproductive, youth and child health issues;
  • Developing (or assisting in the development of) written reports on reproductive, youth and child health issues ;
  • Supervising external consultants hired to carry out HPCDIP initiatives pertaining to reproductive, youth and child health priorities;
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships within the OAHPP and their health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention networks and partners;
  • Representing the OAHPP and promoting its mandate and strategic initiatives through presentations, attendance at conferences and other activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • 5-10 years experience in a public health setting unit or a public health, research, education and development unit (PHRED) in a role related to child, reproductive and/or youth health (including direct experience with program planning and implementation);
  • Experience in the design and provision of training and knowledge exchange events;
  • Experience in a matrix management structure and within cross disciplinary teams;
  • Demonstrated computer and data management skills with proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project 2003) and familiarity with SharePoint;
  • Superior oral and written communication to: develop reports and presentations to inform and communicate strategically;
  • Ability to work under pressure and respond to deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
  • Strong analytical and conceptual abilities to develop ideas from inception through to implementation;
  • Demonstrated project management, research, and analytical skills, including knowledge syntheses and report preparation;
  • Excellent consultation skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and relationship building skills;
  • Excellent problem solving skills;
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s License.

Education and Experience:

  • Masters degree in public health or related discipline
  • Registration or eligibility for registration with one of the colleges under the Regulated Health Professions Act
  • Your cover letter and resume must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications and competencies.  

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