Experienced Researcher – Ottawa

The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) is a mission-driven, Canadian non-profit research and evaluation organization. For 27 years, SRDC has been building a base of knowledge and experience about what works in the provision of workforce development, education, income security, health and well-being, immigrant integration, and almost all other social programs and policy areas. SRDC is recognized across Canada, and internationally, as a leader in the design, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale demonstration and experimental projects. We also conduct program evaluation and impact analyses for a wide range of government and non-governmental organizations.

SRDC’s mission is to help decision-makers implement the most effective policies and programs to the benefit of all Canadians – especially those who face particular disadvantages – and to raise the standards of evidence used to assess and design those policies and programs.

SRDC’s research team comprises 30+ highly qualified and diverse professionals, all of whom have a graduate degree, and a third hold a PhD. With bilingual, multi-disciplinary staff, and experience working in every province of the country, we are able to respond to both local and pan-Canadian research and evaluation needs.

The position

We are seeking a full-time experienced evaluator, with demonstrated skills, knowledge, and expertise in applied social policy research, to join our team of researchers and evaluators in our Ottawa office. The successful candidate will be working with an enthusiastic team of evaluators assigned to the implementation and evaluation of innovative models of labour market integration for newcomer women. The project will be conducted in partnership with immigrant and employment service providers and other organizations across Canada. The position requires familiarity with Canadian immigration policies and settlement and integration services in order to interact effectively with governments and immigrant-serving organizations. Candidates will also get opportunities to work on other projects relating to workforce development, skills training, and labour market programs to assist disadvantaged populations.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • participate in the implementation and evaluation of innovative initiatives and pilot projects in complex setting in collaboration with funders and service delivery partners;
  • manage projects or components of projects as part of a team of researchers and stakeholders;
  • develop and implement evaluation frameworks, work plans, data collection and analysis plans, and project budgets;
  • analyse quantitative and qualitative data;
  • write project reports for policy-makers and practitioners;
  • communicate research findings to a variety of audiences; and
  • develop research and evaluation proposals in response to specific client needs.

Candidate qualifications:

  • PhD or Master’s degree in social sciences or a relevant discipline with knowledge of applied research and evaluation methods;
  • a minimum of five years’ experience carrying out advanced analytical or evaluation studies;
  • demonstrated capacity to integrate different types of evidence from multiple sources and develop high-level findings and recommendations for policy-makers;
  • strong knowledge of evaluation research methodologies;
  • established talent to communicate research results clearly and concisely both oral and written;
  • excellentwriting skills in English; the capacity to work in both official languages is considered a strong asset;
  • cultural sensitivity;
  • experience with GBA+ analysis is considered an asset;
  • excellent stakeholder engagement skills and experience; and
  • organized, inquisitive, quick learner, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and capable of working effectively in a self-directed manner as well as collaborating in a dynamic, fast-paced team environment with multiple stakeholders.

We take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. Our reputation for professionalism, methodological rigor, integrity and ethics, objectivity, and exceeding clients’ expectations is based in no small part on our high-caliber staff. We offer our employees competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package as well as a stimulating work environment and a collegial approach to doing challenging and important work.

The successful candidate will work in our Ottawa office. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter that provides a short description of research interests, experience, and skills, explaining how they relate to the required expertise and proposed responsibilities. Candidates may be required to complete a research assignment as part of the selection process.

We are prepared to fill this position through an interchange program (minimum secondment of
two years) if potential candidates have access to such programs with their current employer.

Please submit applications by April 4, 2019 to:

Elizabeth Rodgers, Director, Human Resources and Corporate Services
Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC)
55 Murray Street, Suite 400, Ottawa, ON  K1N 5M3

Posted: March 15, 2019

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