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Program Analyst, Research and Ethics, Knowledge Services, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline August 23, 2013

12 month contract
Job ID: 13-0099

Organizational Overview

Public Health Ontario (“PHO”) is Crown Corporation 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.

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Position Details    

Position Title: Program Analyst, Research and Ethics
Department: Knowledge Services
Duration: Full-time temporary (12 month contract)
Location: 480 University Avenue, Toronto
Compensation Group: AMAPCEO
Position Status: Open
Job Code: 18PGS - General Scientific
Salary: $68,182 - $84,294
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Posting Date: August 9, 2013
Closing Date: August 23, 2013

Knowledge Services is a cross-functional department responsible for developing and implementing services to support Public Health Ontario staff and supporting Ontario’s public health units to address applied research and program evaluation, education and professional development, and knowledge exchange functions. The Program Analyst is an integral member of the Knowledge Services team and undertakes a range of activities to plan, coordinate and administer policies and programs to support implementation and service delivery to meet the needs of Public Health Ontario and public health unit staff.

The Program Analyst, Research and Ethics will be an integral member of the Knowledge Services Department. Public Health Ontario has developed services to support applied research and program evaluation, education and professional development and knowledge exchange functions in public health. One of these new services is a Locally Driven Collaborative Project (LDCP) stream, which is currently in its third cycle. This stream will help health units meet the Ontario Public Health Standards by facilitating participation, engagement, and uptake of research and program evaluation activities. The Research and Ethics team, Knowledge Services is responsible for developing and implementing the LDCP to support Public Health units to engage in collaborative projects, by providing collaboration opportunities, project facilitation, and collaborative project funding.

The Program Analyst, Research and Ethics is responsible for ensuring the services developed within the Locally Driven Collaborative Project meet the needs of Public Health Unit staff by facilitating thoughtful consultation and engagement with stakeholders and implementing evidence-based evaluation activities to inform continuous improvement of the program. The Program Analyst, Research and Ethics will also work closely with the Research Facilitator to plan and deliver collaboration opportunities (e.g. workshops) to identify and develop priority themes and project topics and develop project proposals. The Program Analyst, Research and Ethics will be responsible for ensuring engagement from appropriate stakeholders (e.g. academics, PHO scientific staff, local public health units, public health associations) throughout the collaborative process. They will support the existing collaborative teams to develop and implement a knowledge exchange strategy which allows for shared learnings from LDCP project with Ontario public health stakeholders. Finally they will negotiate and develop processes, policies and procedures to support funding administration and reporting.

Key Responsibilities    

  • Conducts environmental scans, consultation and information analysis to inform program and service development, document findings and provide recommendations.
  • To design, modify and implement processes, policies and procedures to support implementation and service delivery.
  • Help identify needs and best practices for tools and education, and support the creation of same.
  • Track and monitor service activity for continuous quality improvement of services and ensure services are aligned with program requirements.
  • Support the development of an evaluation framework and relevant techniques to conduct formative, implementation and outcome evaluation (i.e. the success of program goals and objectives). Collect and analyze evaluation data to routinely report to program management and SRKE advisory committee.
  • Establish ongoing relationships with internal and external public health stakeholders to help identify needs and priorities for services. Provide analysis and recommendations for service delivery options to meet different client needs, in particular SRKE advisory committee for service deliver in health units and PHO management for internal scientific staff.
  • Work in partnership and collaborate with program areas across Public Health Ontario, public health units and public health stakeholders.
  • Develop funding and partnership agreements; monitor funding, service requirements and partnership arrangements (i.e. Memorandum of Understanding, Memorandum of Agreement, and transfer payments) to ensure effective administration and compliance.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills    

  • Proven expertise in the principles/practices of policy and program research/development, environmental scanning, trends forecasting, and issues analysis.
  • Excellent planning and problem solving skills with an ability to find innovative solutions.
  • Experience working with and engaging expert panels, advisory committees, external stakeholders demonstrating strong consultation, strategic communications, negotiation and interpersonal skills.
  • Thorough understanding and experience planning and implementing evidence-based program evaluation strategies and continuous quality improvement initiatives. This includes an understanding of conceptual models and evidence-based frameworks.
  • Familiarity with Ontario’s public health systems programs and processes.
  • Excellent oral and written communications to develop background papers, technical reports, briefing notes and presentations to inform and communicate strategically; demonstrated ability to develop and deliver presentations for knowledge transfer of policies and programs.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and manage multiple projects at the same time.
  • Demonstrated computer skills with proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Project) and familiarity with SharePoint.

Education and Experience    

  • Master’s Degree in public health, health administration or related discipline and/or combined relevant experience.
  • Five to seven years of experience working within the public health system.
  • Experience working in a matrix management structure and within cross disciplinary teams.
  • Experience working with and engaging expert panels, advisory committees, external stakeholders demonstrating strong consultation, negotiation and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working in research ethics administration and/or working in a public health unit would be considered an asset.

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Your cover letter and resume must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications and competencies.

Thank you for your interest in this position.  Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.