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Project Coordinator, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline: August 9, 2011


Position Title:                                   Project Coordinator

Department:                                 Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention

Duration:                                        Temporary – 12 months

Location:                                         480 University Avenue, Toronto

Posting date:                                     July 25, 2011

Closing date:                                     August 9, 2011

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Organization Summary:

Public Health Ontario (PHO) is an arm's-length government agency 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.  For more information about PHO, visit

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP), the project coordinator is responsible for assisting HPCDIP scientists, senior staff and content experts with the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data and the preparation of related background documents, reports and presentations related to HPCDIP priorities such as healthy eating, active living, and reproductive child and youth health.

Key Responsibilities:

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Applying quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to the collection and analysis of data and the review and analysis of existing data, research studies and reports;
  • Developing written material including commentaries, reports and summaries of recommendations arising from research and creating background materials suitable for inclusion in policy briefs, technical reports, background documents, FAQs and correspondence;
  • Supporting the work of expert advisory panels and other project-specific committees as needed through the development of literature reviews and syntheses to guide the development  of evidence-based recommendations;
  • Assisting with the development of research grant applications;
  • Supporting the review, synthesis  and critical appraisal of existing evidence and developing short summaries to assist HPCDIP staff and their external partners with priority setting and knowledge exchange;
  • Representing PHO and promoting its mandate and strategic initiatives through presentations, attendance at conferences and other activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills:

·         Demonstrated knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodology and related software applications (SPSS, SAS, NVivo);

·         Experience with the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data and the creation and maintenance of data sets;

·         Demonstrated experience with literature reviews, syntheses, and critical appraisals;

·         Demonstrated project management and analytical skills;

·         Superior written communication skills to develop commentaries, reports, summaries and presentations;

·         Demonstrated computer and data management skills with proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project 2003) and familiarity with SharePoint;

·         Experience in a matrix management structure and within cross disciplinary teams;

·         Ability to work under pressure and respond to deadlines in a fast-paced environment;

·         Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and relationship building skills.

Education and Experience:

·         Graduate degree in public health, social sciences or related discipline.

·         3-5 years experience supporting research at an academic department, research institute or organization related to health promotion and the primary prevention of chronic diseases and injuries; experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research focusing on healthy eating, active living or reproductive child and youth health an asset.

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