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Title Program Analyst, Research and Ethics (18 month contract)
Program Knowledge Services
Organizational Overview Public Health Ontario (“PHO”) is Crown Corporation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, PHO links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.

PHO provides expert scientific and technical support relating to infection prevention and control; surveillance and epidemiology; health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental and occupational health; health emergency preparedness; and public health laboratory services to support health providers, the public health system and partner ministries in making informed decisions and taking informed action to improve the health and security of Ontarians.

Further information is available at www.oahpp.ca.

Position Details Position Title: Program Analyst, Research and Ethics
Department: Knowledge Services
Duration: Full-time temporary (18 month contract)
Location: 480 University Avenue, Toronto
Compensation Group: AMAPCEO
Position Status: Open
Job Code: 18PGS - General Scientific
Salary: $68,182 - $84,294
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Posting Date: June 18, 2013
Closing Date: July 3, 2013

Knowledge Services is a cross-functional department responsible for developing and implementing services to support Public Health Ontario staff and supporting Ontario’s public health units to address applied research and program evaluation, education and professional development, and knowledge exchange functions. The Program Analyst is an integral member of the Knowledge Services team and undertakes a range of activities to plan, coordinate and administer policies and programs to support implementation and service delivery to meet the needs of Public Health Ontario and public health unit staff.

The Program Analyst, Research and Ethics will be an integral member of the Knowledge Services Department. Public Health Ontario has recently developed a model of ethics support and oversight for public health initiative, including research, surveillance, program evaluation and quality improvement for Public Health Ontario and the 36 Public Health Units across the province. The Research and Ethics team, Knowledge Services is responsible for developing and implementing services to support Public Health Ontario and Public Health units staff that adopt the ethics model elements. These services include ethics advisory, ethics education, common forms and tools and ethics review processes include an ethics review board.

The Program Analyst, Research and Ethics is responsible for ensuring ethics services developed meet the needs of Public Health Ontario and public health unit staff by facilitating thoughtful consultation and engagement with stakeholders and implementing evidence-based evaluation activities to inform continuous improvement of ethics services. The Program Analyst, Research and Ethics will negotiate and develop processes, policies and procedures to support implementation and service delivery within Public Health Ontario and for Public Health Units. The Program Analyst, Research and Ethics will support the Research Ethics Officer to develop services by reporting on stakeholder needs and evaluation results and providing evidence-based recommendations for service development and improvements.

Key Responsibilities • Conducts environmental scans, consultation and information analysis to inform program and service development; document findings and provide recommendations.
• To design, modify and implement processes, policies and procedures to support implementation and service delivery.
• Help identify needs and best practices for tools and education, and support the creation of same.
• Track and monitor service activity for continuous quality improvement of services, and ensure services are aligned with policy requirements.
• Design and recommend an evaluation framework and relevant techniques to conduct formative, implementation and outcome evaluation (i.e. the success of program goals and objectives) . Collect and analyze evaluation data to routinely report to program management and SRKE advisory committee.
• Establish ongoing relationships with internal and external public health stakeholders to help identify needs and priorities for services. Provide analysis and recommendations for service delivery options to meet different client needs, in particular SRKE advisory committee for service deliver in health units and PHO management for internal scientific staff.
• Work in partnership and collaborate with program areas across Public Health Ontario, public health units and public health stakeholders.
• Develop funding and partnership agreements; monitor funding, service requirements and partnership arrangements (e.g. Memorandum of Understanding, Memorandum of Agreement, and transfer payments) to ensure effective administration and compliance.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills • Proven expertise in the principles/practices of policy and program research/development, environmental scanning, trends forecasting, and issues analysis.
• Excellent planning and problem solving skills with an ability to find innovative solutions.
• Experience working with and engaging expert panels, advisory committees, external stakeholders demonstrating strong consultation, strategic communications, negotiation and interpersonal skills.
• Thorough understanding and experience planning and implementing evidence-based program evaluation strategies and continuous quality improvement initiatives. This includes an understanding of conceptual models and evidence-based frameworks.
• Familiarity with Ontario’s public health systems, programs and processes.
• Excellent oral and written communications to develop background papers, technical reports, briefing notes and presentations to inform and communicate strategically; demonstrated ability to develop and deliver presentations for knowledge transfer of policies and programs.
• Experience working in a matrix management structure and within cross disciplinary teams.
• Ability to meet tight deadlines and manage multiple projects at the same time.
• Demonstrated computer skills with proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Project) and familiarity with SharePoint.

Education and Experience • Master’s Degree in public health, health administration, evaluation, social science or related discipline and/or combined relevant experience.
• Five to seven years of experience working within the public health system; working in a public health unit would be considered an asset.
• Five to seven years of experience in the application of evaluation frameworks, and the application of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods. Credentialed Evaluator status with the Canadian Evaluation Society (or ability to meet all eligibility requirements for Credentialed Evaluator status) would be considered an asset.
• Five to seven years of experience working with and engaging expert panels, advisory committees, and external stakeholders demonstrating strong consultation, strategic communications, negotiation and interpersonal skills.
• Proficient with various computer systems and software programs, including data management (MS Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SPSS, Project 2003) and SharePoint.
• Experience working in research ethics administration would be an asset.

Posting date 6/18/2013
Closing date 7/3/2013
Street Address 480 University Avenue
City Toronto
Province Ontario [ON]
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