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Evaluation Specialist, Health Promotion, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline November 21, 2013

Job ID 13-0161

Organizational Overview

Public Health Ontario (PHO) is a 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. For more information about PHO, visit

Position Details

Position Title: Evaluation Specialist
Department: Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
Duration: Full-time permanent
Location: 480 University Avenue, Toronto

Bargaining Unit: AMAPCEO
Classification: 18APA – Program Analysis
Salary: $63,553 - $79,211 per annum

Posting Date: November 7, 2013
Closing Date: November 21, 2013

Reporting to the Manager, Knowledge Synthesis and Evaluation Services, and working closely with the Chief, HPCDIP and other members of the HPCDIP team, the Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP) Evaluation Specialist provides professional evaluation services and support in the areas of health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention, including reproductive, child and youth health in alignment with the strategic priorities of Public Health Ontario. Supports knowledge generation and synthesis in prioritized areas within health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention, and provides advice and support to the evaluation of initiatives and interventions carried out by public health partners.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develops evaluation plans for priority HPCDIP projects and initiatives and oversees the implementation of these plans.
  • Develops conceptual models including program logic models, frameworks, consultation papers and other support materials to facilitate effective evaluation processes within HPCDIP and PHO, relative to the content area.
  • Develops (or assists in the development) of high quality evaluation tools and measures (for example: questionnaires, focus group protocols, process and outcome indicators).
  • Supervises external consultants hired to evaluate HPCDIP initiatives as needed.
  • Provides advice and support to evaluations of key initiatives carried out by HPCDIP partners including government ministries, local public health units, health promotion resource centres and health promotion intermediaries, networks and communities of practice.
  • Ensures the development of high quality approaches to evaluation (including research design, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, instrument development, data collection and analysis, electronic approaches etc.).
  • Contributes to knowledge generation, synthesis and evaluation activities in prioritized areas within HPCDIP and PHO, relative to the content area.
  • Supervises students and other trainees on an as-needed basis in knowledge generation, synthesis and evaluation activities in prioritized areas within HPCDIP.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative working relationships within PHO and their health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention networks, ministries and partners.
  • Contributes to PHO-wide evaluation processes as requested.
  • Represents and promotes PHO mandate and strategic initiatives through active participation on relevant committees, presentations, attendance at conferences and other activities.
  • Presents findings, initiatives and relevant PHO activities at local, regional, national and international forums as appropriate.
  • Prepares and/or reviews HPCDIP scientific and technical reports and manuscripts of evaluation initiatives to internal audiences, the broader public health community and scientific communities as appropriate.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of evaluation principles, methods and techniques including formative, process and outcome evaluations, to develop, lead and coordinate evaluation initiatives within HPCDIP and PHO, relative to the content area.
  • Knowledge of, and expertise in, the application of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods (including the design of evaluation studies, instrument development, data collection and analysis and report and manuscript writing).
  • Content knowledge in HPCDIP, including early child development, chronic disease, injury prevention and related risk factors.
  • Strong analytical and conceptual abilities to develop ideas from inception through to implementation.
  • Skills in literature searches, reviews, critical appraisal and knowledge syntheses.
  • Strong interpersonal, teamwork and relationship building skills to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with all partners.
  • Experience working 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 consultation and problem solving skills to promote PHO mandate and strategic initiatives through participation on advisory committees and at conferences.
  • Project management, research, and analytical skills to provide advice and support to evaluations of key initiatives carried out within PHO and by HPCDIP partners, relative to the content area.
  • Proficient with various computer systems and software programs, including data management and analysis (MS Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SPSS, NVivo) and familiarity with SharePoint.

Education and Experience

  • Master's degree in public health, evaluation, health promotion, epidemiology, social sciences or related discipline and/or combined relevant experience.
  • Credentialed Evaluator status with the Canadian Evaluation Society (or ability to meet all eligibility requirements for Credentialed Evaluator status).
  • A minimum of five years of progressive evaluation experience at a provincial agency, academic institution, public service, and/or ministry related to PHO core content areas: health promotion and the primary prevention of chronic diseases and injuries (including direct experience with conducting formative, process and outcome evaluations).

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