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Analyst Research and Policy, Health Services – Office of the Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel

Mississauga, Ontario
Deadline August 18, 2016

[Ed: deadline updated August 12]

Contract Duration: Approximately thirteen (13) months Health Services – Office of the Medical Officer of Health

The Analyst, Research and Policy (Capacity Development) provides research and analysis skills, project leadership and strategic advice using a broad public health perspective. The incumbent provides technical expertise and leadership to develop and implement components of Peel Public Health’s End-to-End Public Health Practice (E2EPHP) strategic priority. The individual must work in a self-directed manner and be able to develop collaborative and strategic relationships with internal and external partners. Reports to Advisor Capacity Development.

Team Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Review, synthesize, and document the research evidence regarding approaches to community assessment
  • Develop/revise the framework, processes and tools for conducting community assessments in a local public health setting
  • Chair and lead a working group to develop the community assessment component of the E2EPHP priority, including consideration of the infrastructure (e.g., resources) required for sustainability
  • Develop and implement a process for knowledge translation and staff orientation to environmental scans and community assessments
  • Assist Advisor Capacity Development in providing support to program staff conducting community assessment and environmental scans
  • Develop content for the community assessment webpages on the E2EPHP website
  • Liaise and consult with strategic priority leads to ensure coordination of workforce development approaches across the health department

General Responsibilities:

  • Monitors, identifies, analyzes and provides recommendations on trends, risks and opportunities
  • Provides expert interpretation of legislation and internal policies and procedures
  • Serves as an expert on complex issues with a broad focus
  • Applies advanced knowledge of public health and/or technical knowledge regarding population health, social determinants of health, epidemiology and evidence-informed decision making
  • Synthesizes research evidence and participates in research projects
  • Interprets and analyzes complex information to provide strategic recommendations that will guide policy and programming decisions
  • Analyzes information to identify emerging issues and trends and incorporates relevant findings into recommendations for policy and program development
  • Monitors, develops, implements and advocates for policies that will have positive population health implications
  • Provides expert guidance to the program and evaluation planning process
  • Develops and maintains cooperative, collaborative and strategic relationships with internal and external partners
  • Collaborates with a wide variety of experts, corporate staff and federal, provincial and regional colleagues
  • Ensures that issues of diversity, ethnicity, language and culture are reflected in research and policy analysis
  • Prepares complex and specialized documentation, reports and statistical analyses
  • Synthesizes complex information into a wide range of written and visual communication products such as reviews of research evidence, briefing documents, policy positions and presentations
  • Prepares and delivers presentations and represents manager/director/Associate Medical Officers of Health/Medical Officer of Health at local, provincial, federal and international meetings and conferences
  • Designs and implements knowledge translation activities related to research evidence, data and policy
  • Acts as a key representative for specific programs, projects and services
  • Acts as project manager, committee chair or consultant for divisional or departmental projects
  • Acts as a lead in research evidence review processes
  • Responds quickly and competently to high priority and complex questions and assignments that may include consultation with Medical Officers of Health and directors
  • May assist management by providing work direction, advice, training and/or guidance to staff and students
  • Transfers or seeks to transfer public health knowledge and skills


  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Science, Policy, Planning, Health Administration, Epidemiology, Nursing, Nutrition or related degree
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in public health, preferred
  • Strong knowledge in qualitative and quantitative research methods and analytical skills including critical appraisal and appropriate use of evidence
  • Demonstrated ability to apply advanced knowledge of public health and/or technical knowledge including population health, social determinants of health, assessment of research evidence, epidemiology and applicable legislation
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an interdisciplinary setting with a variety of management levels and corporate, community, provincial and federal stakeholders
  • Ability to work with a high degree of independence and competence to establish priorities and balance multiple projects
  • Ability to react quickly and carry out work competently under pressure and with minimal guidance
  • Knowledge and experience in developing search strategies and assessing, determining relevance, critically appraising and analyzing evidence
  • Experience in informing policy development
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated ability to synthesize complex information for a variety of audiences
  • Strong facilitation, project management, partnership/collaboration, planning, problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Competence in using Windows, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook programs and reference management software
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a high degree of discretion and diplomacy

Compensation: Band 7 - As per Non-Union Salary Structure plus comprehensive benefits
Location: 7120 Hurontario Street, Mississauga
Hours of work: 35 hours/week Monday through Friday

If this opportunity matches your qualifications and experience, please apply online at and complete the attached questionnaire.