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Job: MSFHR / Research and Evaluation Specialist / Deadline: Sunday, March 18, 2018

12 Mar 2018 19:05 | Anonymous


Research and Evaluation Specialist

Strategy – Vancouver, British Columbia

Please note that this position will close by March 18, 2018

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), funded by the province of British Columbia, is BC's health research funding agency. MSFHR helps develop, retain and recruit the talented people whose research improves the health of British Columbians, addresses health system priorities, creates jobs and adds to the knowledge economy.

Since its inception in 2001, MSFHR has been a key participant in BC's health research and life sciences ecosystem. The Foundation works as a trusted partner with government, the health research community and the health system to support better health outcomes through research and its translation into new treatments, cures, practices and solutions. Learn more at www.msfhr.org.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager, Evaluation & Impact Analysis, the Research and Evaluation Specialist supports the implementation of MSFHR’s organizational evaluation and impact analysis strategy. The strategy covers monitoring and evaluation of MSFHR programs, practices, initiatives and partnerships. The Research and Evaluation Specialist leads and supports cross-cutting evaluations, analyses, and research projects on MSFHR’s impact as a health research funder. The Research and Evaluation specialist is skilled and passionate about transforming data into information that can be used to inform improvement and decision making at the Foundation and contribute towards building a data-minded culture. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Leads, plans and implements program, project and organizational-level evaluations:

  1. Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders
  2. Determines the scope and purpose of evaluation activities
  3. Develops indicators and  measures
  4. Designs data capture mechanisms and instruments 
  5. Conducts data collection, analysis and interpretation (quantitative and qualitative)
  6. Prepares presentations and reports based on the data, using a variety of data visualization methods
  • Conducts research and analysis to respond to specific internal and external data analysis requests, including literature reviews, surveys, interviews, trend analysis and online or document reviews on health research-related topics.
  • Works with the Data Analyst to produce visualizations, data summaries and build dashboards.
  • Works with Communications and Stakeholder Relations departments to produce evaluation information in various formats for internal and external audiences (e.g., blogs, summary reports, infographics).
  • Builds internal capacity for evaluation and impact analysis by supporting staff to manage evaluation tasks related to their projects and programs, creating and maintaining an evaluation reference library, and conducting education sessions on evaluation topics.

This job description outlines the key responsibilities for the role, and is not meant to be exhaustive. Other responsibilities and tasks may be assigned, or may naturally become a part of this role over time.

Education/Work Experience

  • A post-secondary degree (graduate degree preferred) in a relevant field (e.g., research-related science, social science discipline).
  • At least three years of progressive experience with evaluation and/or performance measurement in a health research or health care setting.
  • Experience developing and implementing evaluation plans or research plans.
  • Experience in public sector settings, including on complex initiatives that involve academia and other sub-sector stakeholder groups, e.g. government, health care, not-for-profit. 
  • Experience with writing and presenting complex information for a variety of different audiences
  • Familiarity with research impact frameworks such as the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences health research impact framework an asset.   
  • Experience teaching or training others an asset. 


  • Sophisticated understanding of the health, health research, research funding and/or life sciences sectors
  • Ability to design, develop and apply a variety of research and evaluation methodologies (both quantitative and qualitative). 
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills and the ability to synthesize information and communicate with appropriate stakeholders.
  • Ability to produce accurate, relevant and timely analyses and/or writing briefing notes, correspondence, reports and other materials.
  • Strong computer literacy including demonstrated intermediate level skill in a Windows environment, full competency in Microsoft Office programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio), and competency in a variety of data analysis and survey design software.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills. 
  • Detail-oriented while still able to keep the big picture in mind.
  • Team player with excellent collaboration skills, including conflict resolution and the ability to effectively give and receive feedback.
  • Able to multitask and prioritize numerous tasks and competing priorities in a complex environment, and to deliver high quality results on time.
  • Experience with QlikSense or a similar business intelligence tool (e.g., Tableau, Power BI) an asset.

How to Apply

If this sounds like you and you would like to play a role in maximizing the impact of health research in BC, please apply online at https://msfhr.bamboohr.co.uk/jobs/view.php?id=14 by March 18, 2018.  We thank everyone for their interest but only suitable candidates will be contacted.

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