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Project Manager, Northern Wellness Agreement, Government of Nunavut, Department of Health

Iqaluit, Nunavut
Deadline July 15, 2015

Timeframe: Four (4) months– Beginning approximately July 15th and ending November 14th, 2015 (with the possibility of an extension).

Location: Iqaluit, Nunavut

Background and General Description:

The Department of Health, Government of Nunavut, Division of Population Health, is currently looking for a Project Manager to assist with the negotiations, development and completion of a multi-million and multi-year funding agreement with Health Canada. This funding supports a number of key health promotion programs and activities in Nunavut’s communities including Family and Child Health, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Mental Health Promotion and Community Development. The current agreement with Health Canada ends March 31, 2017, in preparation for the next agreement, a number of key activities need to be coordinated:

  • Overall project  management which includes preparing a report that outlines all the steps taken to complete this project
  • The establishment of steering committee to oversee the work
  • Coordinating community consultations with Nunavut’s 25 communities
  • Coordinating consultations with  a variety of other key stakeholders
  • Compiling current resources and assisting in the development of new resources as required

*Past work experience in Northern Canada is a definite asset.

The Department of Health emphasizes a community led approach to improving community wellness.  The Health Promotion Division aims to provide programming support and resources to communities as they identify and address health and wellness priorities in the areas of nutrition; food security; tobacco reduction; sexual health; family, maternal & child health; chronic disease & injury prevention; and mental health awareness & prevention.  The Division is also committed to building capacity for communities to take a more active role in improving community health and wellness through its various training programs for Community Health Representatives, Community Health & Wellness Committees and community-based Wellness Program Coordinators.

This work will directly impact the success of the Department of Health’s efforts to improve public health by building capacity and supporting communities to take a more active role in improving community health and wellness.

Remuneration

The services of the Project Manager are required from July 15th and ending November 14th, 2015(with the possibility of an extension). The casual employment rate for this position is to be determined, with an additional northern allowance. Accommodation MAY be available at a subsidized rate, pending availability. If the successful candidate is not already located in Iqaluit, the successful incumbent will be responsible for covering their own airfare.

Scope of Work

During the four month duration, the Project Manager will support:

Review of Programs

  • Conduct a literature review and jurisdictional scan of processes other regions use to identify/screen, document and share promising practices and make recommendations for which processes can be adapted for Nunavut.  
  • Identify existing relevant community initiatives, programs and projects with a health and wellness focus, across Nunavut, for best practices documentation. This will include governmental and non-government initiatives.
  • Assist in identifying and refining criteria for selection of programs to review
  • Identify and document areas of strength, opportunities and constraints within funded programs
  • Create a database that best presents the information about the community health and wellness initiatives, programs and projects. This database will be user-friendly and display the information in a clear and accessible format. This database will need to be accessible online as well as remotely.
  • Work with the Department of Health to determine the best way to make the database accessible to stakeholders of various audiences (e.g. Department of Health staff, community health workers, general public etc.). The consultant will also make recommendations for how to update the database, how often updates are required and so forth
  • Other duties as necessary

Resource Development

  • Sit on working groups and assist with resource development – posters, pamphlets and training videos (ensuring that messages are aligned with health promotion principles).
  • Assist with lesson plan development
  • Other duties as necessary

Project Management

  • Develop a comprehensive and detailed project workplan for the duration of the project to its completion date – March 31, 2017.
  • Provide secretariat support for an advisory/steering committee of internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop and issue project proposals, RFP’s, tenders, etc.
  • Oversee budget forecast, cash flows and overall budget expenditures
  • Prepare project organization and communication charts
  • Track the progress and quality of work being performed by contractors
  • Use project management tools to monitor projects plans
  • Effectively and accurately communicate relevant project information as required
  • Maintain Contract Execution Tracking Log
  • Issue Contracts, Letters of Intent, Purchase Orders, etc.  

Candidate Qualifications

Interested candidates for this position should possess the following combination of education, experience, knowledge and skills. Those listed as essential are required and those listed as preferred/assets are highly desirable.

Education

  • Post-secondary education in public health, community development, health promotion or international development preferred; but equivalences in experience will be considered

Work Experience

  • 3 years of experience in project coordination or management
  • Administrative experience, with strong Microsoft Office and computer skills is essential
  • Proven ability to work effectively both independently and in a team based environment
  • Demonstrated willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities
  • Strong multi-tasking and organizational skills
  • Formal project management credentials would be an asset
  • Experience communicating with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders is an asset
  • Familiarity with accounting, preparing contracts and invoicing procedures is an asset

Knowledge and Skills (Assets)

  • Thorough understanding of project management phases, techniques and tools:
    • Initiate
    • Prepare: definition/scope/requirements
    • Execute & Control: scope, workplans, resources, deliverables, Q/A, transition planning, etc.
    • Close: completion and assessment
  • Strong verbal communication (e.g. client-oriented) and writing skills
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks and/or projects
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Candidates with knowledge of health and wellness issues within Nunavut and associated challenges
  • Familiarity and understanding of Nunavut Inuit Culture and northern contexts

Interested parties please send in your CV and letter by July 15, 2015 outlining how you meet the above Education and Experience Requirements to David Kierstead at:  DKierstead@GOV.NU.CA.