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Research Consultant, Woman Abuse Policy Specialist, Public Health, City of Toronto

The Early Child Development Family Abuse Prevention project includes a plan to address woman abuse prevention through public education, service provider education, research, policy development and advocacy. This position will support the development and implementation of policies and best practice guidelines for early identification of, and effective interventions for women at risk for abuse/abused women.
Major Responsibilities

* Participates in research, evaluation, and policy assignments regarding woman abuse as well as the determinants of health associated with woman abuse

* Plans, conducts, and evaluates woman abuse research and policy studies, including joint projects with other city departments, task forces and committees, other levels of government, and other external groups or agencies

* Researches woman abuse issues and develops policy options and recommendations in order to provide divisional, departmental, and corporate leadership in policy, programs, advocacy, and strategy

* Acts as a consultant to family health and other relevant programs, the public health division, and other city departments to identify and service policy, research, evaluation, and program needs

* Promotes the use of information and its application to decision making within the Planning and Policy Directorate and the division through collaboration, the development of linkages, and capacity building initiatives

* Liases with, acts as a consultant, and/or works collaboratively with external groups, including the development of contacts and strategic alliances with other jurisdictions, at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels; non-governmental organizations and interest groups; other agencies; and the private sector

* Conducts speaking engagements for the public, community, and media, in collaboration with public health communications and public relations staff

* Researches, organizes, and writes briefing materials and major reports and correspondence on woman abuse issues

* Participates in and/or chairs internal and external committees

* Reviews and critiques woman abuse research literature and reports produced by other government and research agencies to determine potential impact on public health policy, research, and programs

Key Qualifications

1. Extensive experience in the areas of policy analysis, development and implementation

2. Demonstrated knowledge of the policy/legislative process

3. Experience and ability in planning, conducting, evaluating, and consulting on qualitative and quantitative research studies and surveys

4. Graduate degree in Nursing, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Public Administration or an equivalent combination of education and experience

5. Excellent report writing and oral presentation skills

6. Proven interpersonal skills, including negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and stakeholder/partnerships skills

7. Ability to work co-operatively with others in a multidisciplinary team setting

8. Sound judgement and ability to handle matters of a confidential and sensitive nature

9. Excellent project management abilities

10. Knowledge of woman abuse is a definite asset

11. Knowledge and ability to apply the determinants of health and access and equity principles to research, policy, and practice

Job Status: Temporary--approximately one year

To apply for this position, please send us a resume and cover letter, quoting File #X4CNS5389, using one of the following methods:

Fax: (416) 397-9818 or

Email: or

Mail to: Employment Services, Human Resources, City of Toronto, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3C6

Applications must be received by April 19, 2004.

Salary: $33.76 to $37.24 per hour

We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Committed to employment equity, the City of Toronto encourages applicants from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, racial minorities and women.