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Evaluation Specialist, Program Foundations and Finance Department, Population Health Assessment, Surveillance and Evaluation Team, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Barrie, Ontario
Deadline November 9, 2016

Location: Barrie, Ontario. This is a Non-Union position.
Full-Time, Band 10, $45.38-$50.85/hour

Purpose of the Position:

To provide leadership and act as a consultant and a resource in the program planning, monitoring and evaluating activities of the health unit. The evaluation specialist works with senior management and program managers to establish and reinforce Agency policy and best practice in relation to this area of technical expertise. The evaluation specialist provides direction, expertise, training, support, and guidance to staff in the design of community needs assessment and program evaluation; coordinates the planning, and implementation of data collection activities; and consults, coaches and trains staff, students and volunteers in the application of best practice. This position acts as a representative of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at the local, county and provincial level.


  • Requires Masters Degree in a Health or Social Science with emphasis on program evaluation, community or public health.
  • 3-5 year’s relevant experience in program evaluation for the not-for-profit, academic, public service or government sector, including proven analytical, qualitative, and quantitative research skills.
  • Advanced skills and knowledge of theories and principles of public health programming including epidemiology, community health planning, and program evaluation;
  • Advanced skills and demonstrated experience of application of systematic inquiry including evaluation methodologies and statistical methods;
  • Advanced skills and demonstrated experience in assessment and analysis;
  • Advanced skills and demonstrated experience in the application of the principles of health informatics including data collection, processing and analysis, in support of evaluation projects;
  • Advanced skills and demonstrated experience in project management including the development project proposals, work planning, human resource oversight; budget planning and monitoring; contractor recruitment, selection and oversight;
  • Advanced skills and demonstrated experience in computer applications and software packages for conducting both qualitative and quantitative analysis including spreadsheets, statistical packages (including SPSS and Epi info), qualitative packages such as NVivo or Atlas.ti, graphical data presentation software;
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel and Access;
  • Advanced oral communications skills and demonstrated experience in presenting information to individuals and groups for the purpose of setting priorities, accessing resources, defining policy and procedure and influencing program or Agency direction;
  • Advanced written communications skills and demonstrated experience creating project proposals, research articles, technical documents and correspondence to communicate evaluation findings to professional audiences, policy makers, & general public;
  • Advanced skills and demonstrated experience facilitating project planning and implementation with groups of staff and community partners;
  • Advanced skills and demonstrated experience leading interdisciplinary teams, including ability to facilitate, collaborate and resolve conflict;
  • Advanced skills in time management, balancing multiple projects and working to deadlines;
  • Advanced research skills and demonstrated experience in developing research questions, conducting a literature search, critical assessment of the literature and synthesis of the literature including systematic reviews;
  • Advanced skills and experience in priority setting and creative problem solving;
  • Advanced situational analysis skills and experience in description and diagnosis of programs, client needs;
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Visio;
  • Basic supervisory skills, including recruitment, selection, and performance leadership;
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle or the ability to travel in a timely and efficient manner to locations within and outside the health unit district.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in developmental evaluation principles and its application;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the principles of evidence informed decision making;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in performance management and continuous quality
  • improvement;
  • Demonstrated, advanced knowledge and experience with ethical considerations and research reviews.

Preference will be given to candidates with the following qualifications which are considered assets in this competition:

  • Masters Degree in Program Evaluation.
  • Previous public health experience.

For more information, visit Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s website at

If interested in applying for this position, forward résumé with cover letter to Human Resources at referencing posting # 16-26 in the subject line.

If selected for an interview, candidates may be assessed through testing and/or by providing a presentation/portfolio highlighting examples of their work that is applicable to the position being applied to.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is an equal opportunity employer. Accessibility accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process upon request. Due to the number of qualified applications we receive, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada.