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Senior Evaluation Analyst, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Ottawa, Ontario
Deadline November 29, 2010

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) has a legislated mandate to provide national leadership and evidence-informed analysis and advice to mobilize collaborative efforts to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harms.

CCSA is looking for a Senior Evaluation Analyst, reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer.
The Senior Evaluation Analyst is responsible for planning, preparing and completing regular evaluation reports and studies of CCSA's funded projects; and for providing evaluation and performance measurement leadership to CCSA. The Senior Evaluation Analyst will also work with Senior Research and Policy Analysts in planning and conducting evaluation components of research studies in the fields of addiction and substance abuse. The Senior Evaluation Analyst will provide the initiative and leadership to building evaluation as a key component within the organization.


  • Plan, conduct and manage formative and summative evaluations of funded projects, in accordance with Health Canada reporting.
  • Conduct and manage ongoing performance measurement of effectiveness and impacts of the organization.
  • Create and refine measurement and tracking tools to measure outcomes.
  • Select, adapt and apply appropriate methodologies, analytical techniques and models for evaluations.
  • Determine data requirements, identify sources of information and develop means of extracting and collating data.
  • Conduct interviews, surveys, focus groups and workshops to obtain external data to inform evaluations.
  • Analyze information and data and perform sophisticated tests to validate data and confirm results.
  • Prepare reports with conclusions and recommendations or proposals for further study.
  • Review evaluation component of research proposals from other Analysts and kindred organizations or implementation sites, and provide expert advice on evaluation methodology or basic training, as needed.
  • Respond to requests for information and advice from other Research and Policy Analysts.
  • Carry out continuing studies of new and tested performance and evaluation techniques and practices, methodological concepts and evidence-based evaluation to maintain currency in best practices in the evaluation field.
  • Coordinate the preparation and presentation of performance and program evaluations and special reports to CCSA funders and Board.
  • Prepare and make presentations to CCSA staff, funders and Board on evaluation results, as requested.


  • Master’s or Ph.D. in Social Sciences, Health Administration; or Bachelors degree with 10 years experience in evaluation.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in performance measurement, logic models and performance indicators.
  • Knowledge of planning, designing, conducting and reporting on evaluation studies, preferably of federally funded programs.
  • Knowledge of the practice of formative and summative program evaluation and performance measurement as practiced within the federal government.
  • Knowledge of various evaluation methodologies and approaches and best practices in this area.
  • Ability to plan, conduct and manage evaluation strategies, including the management of in-house and external contract personnel.
  • Fully developed analytical and reasoning skills, and the ability to understand, express and apply extremely complex technical/statistical and administrative concepts, methods and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate orally and to write and present carefully articulated, well-reasoned coherent reports and memoranda.
  • Ability to synthesize major and complex evaluation findings and to brief (orally and in writing) senior management on critical factors for decision making.
  • Ability to develop evaluation frameworks based on theoretical models and experience in developing logic models.
  • Ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative evaluation studies and use statistical analysis software.
  • Experience in preparing evaluation plans for grant and contract proposals, particularly with federal research granting bodies (e.g., CIHR, SSHRC, and federal departments and agencies such as Health Canada and Public Safety).
  • Knowledge of principles of project management and proven ability to manage a multi-project workload and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to interact with sensitivity and persuasiveness with project staff in carrying out evaluation-related duties.
  •  (this should be included in the first paragraph—speaks to what we are looking for)
  • Effective interpersonal relationships (including tact and diplomacy) and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Thoroughness and dependability.
  • Advanced competence in microcomputers and software related to word processing, statistical analysis, presentations and project management.
  • Bilingualism is an asset.

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and cover letter by email to no later than November 29, 2010. We thank all respondents; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.