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Research Consultant (Urban Issues), Toronto Public Health

This is an exciting time to join the Community & Neighbourhood Services Department, Public Health Division in the City of Toronto, and make your contribution in this key role.

Major Responsibilities

Reporting to the Manager, Urban Issues within the Planning and Policy Directorate, will participate in research, evaluation, and policy assignments regarding interrelated health issues that have a higher incidence in urban areas. Health issues include injury prevention, substance use and harm reduction, tuberculosis, mental health, youth health, sexual health and AIDS and drug prevention grants. Working in collaboration with other research and health promotion consultants on the team and within the planning and policy directorate the employee will

* Contribute to the mission, goals and objectives of the Urban Issues Program mandate particularly on issues related to injury prevention and substance use.

* Plan, conduct and evaluate drug /alcohol policy and research studies, including joint projects within the corporation and externally with health care facilities, city agencies, task forces and other levels of government

* Research and analyse issues related to urban issues programs and develop policy options, discussion papers, and recommendations in order to provide divisional, departmental and corporate leadership in these program areas

* Act as a consultant to urban issues programs in the identification, planning and implementation of policy, research and evaluation initiatives

* Provide technical research skills to urban issues programs and promote the use of information and its application to decision making through collaboration, development of linkages and capacity building approaches

* Participate in reviews of existing research and evaluation activities and implementation of research and evaluation programs and policies within the division, including proposals, instruments and reports

* Identify emerging issues and trends and provide direction to program staff on strategic framing and policy analysis regarding the preparation of briefing materials and staff reports to Council, Standing Committees and the Board of Health

* Liase with other key planning and policy staff, healthy lifestyle staff and communicable disease staff on cross- cutting issues that relate to TB/ Sexually Transmitted Disease control /Sexual Health programs/ Injury prevention/ Substance Use/ Harm Reduction/Youth Health/ Mental Health

* Review reports produced by other government and research agencies to determine potential impact on Toronto Public Health strategies, policies and programs on Urban Issues

* Prepare research proposals, research reports and present findings at conferences. Prepares publications for professional journals

* Develop and sustain linkages with potential research partners

* Participate in various internal/external committees

Key Qualifications

Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

1. Masters degree (with research requirement) in Health Sciences or related field, or the approved equivalent combination of education and experience.

2. Experience in evaluation, and applied qualitative and quantitative research.

3. Experience in the areas of policy development and analysis, with an emphasis on Urban Issues and drug/alcohol policy.

4. Experience in building and sustaining community partnerships in the context of research.

5. Ability to prepare reports and articles and to deliver effective presentations.

6. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams.

7. Ability to work within tight deadlines

Job Status: Temporary (Approximately 6 months)

Applications must be received by April 25, 2005.

Salary: $33.76-$37.24/hour

To apply for this position, please send us a resume and cover letter, quoting File #X5CNS7579, 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.

Committed to employment equity, the City of Toronto encourages applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.

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

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