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Project Officer: Community Intervention Planning and Evaluation, University of Calgary, Centre for the Study of Social and Physical Environments and Health, Markin Institute in Partnership with United Way of Calgary

This position has been designed to strengthen the evidence base and
quality of preventive interventions designed at a community level. The
main focus will be on neighbourhood-level interventions in early
childhood as part of a comprehensive poverty reduction program. The
successful applicant will have experience in designing, implementing
and evaluating health promotion interventions in neighbourhoods,
schools, worksites or other organisations. A strong grasp of the
academic literature in this field is required as well as practice or
policy experience.  The applicant should be familiar with change
theories at a community level, the selection of strategies, evaluation
methods and designing interventions for increased sustainability. The
main task will be to build an evaluation framework for whole-community
intervention and to seed evaluation activities into ongoing program
development.  She/he should be thoroughly comfortable with reading
and critically appraising research and academic literature and
translating the learning into the practical design and measurement of
interventions. The successful applicant will work as part of a team
involving early childhood field workers, policy makers, funding bodies,
academic-based researchers and community members. The position is
located within a multidisciplinary research centre.  It will
involve grassroots work in the community.

The position involves a high degree of creativity. Decision making on
key issues and final plans will involve a cross section of parties. The
position is part of broader poverty reduction project anchored at the
United Way by Dariel Bateman.

Applicants should posses an appropriate masters degree or higher,
relevant prior experience and excellent oral and written communication
skills, including the writing of peer reviewed publications. The
successful applicant will be a natural leader, a motivator and
comfortable working with a high degree of autonomy and a broad range of
people. Community development experience is essential and training in
community psychology would be an advantage.

The position is full time, jointly funded by the University and United
Way of Calgary. The position is supervised by Dr Penny Hawe (Markin
Institute, University of Calgary).  

This is a 2 year position, subject to satisfactory performance review
at 3 months. Salary appropriate to experience and qualifications. Start
date: immediate preferred, but negotiable.

Major responsibilities

  • Literature review
  • Participative intervention planning
  • Articulation of intervention goals and strategies through
    community and stakeholder consultation and with reference to the
    relevant theory (e.g.,  empowerment , ecological systems theory,
    social network theory)
  • Leading consultations and discussions about intervention success criteria
  • Design and conduct of evaluation research
  • Liaison with key stakeholders and field workers
  • Grant writing
  • Report writing
  • Writing papers for peer reviewed journals
  • Supervision and training of casual research staff (some may be community members).
  • Up keep of project records
  • Data gathering, interviewing
  • Keeping other team members in touch with activities and developments

For more information, contact Penny Hawe at (403) 210-9383 or

Applications close on September 8, 2006.  Interviews will be held on 19 September 2006.

Please send a cover letter, names and addresses of three referees, a CV
and a copy of one or two examples of your writing (a report or
published paper) by email to Lindsay Bradshaw at
or by mail to

Lindsay Bradshaw
Dept Community Health Sciences
University of Calgary
3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB  T2N 4N1