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Research Assistant, International Policy and Trade, School of Public Policy

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Job ID: 14380

Updated: January 29, 2018

Location: Downtown Campus

Position Overview

The International Policy and Trade Research Division within the School of Public Policy invites applications for a Research Assistant . This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The School of Public Policy (SPP) provides a practical, global and focused perspective on public policy analysis and practice in four focus areas: Fiscal and Economic Policy, Social and Health Policy, Energy & Environmental Policy and International Policy and Trade. The School achieves its mandate through integrated activity across its academic programming and research portfolio and extensive outreach.

The International Policy and Trade Research Division at the School of Public Policy has a mandate to conduct research, publish high quality studies and conduct outreach events with members of academic institutions, government and the private and not for profit sectors in three priority areas: international trade & economics; market diversification; and security & defense.

The position reports to the Scientific Director, International Policy and Trade (IPT), and entails undertaking and coordinating research projects and outreach activities. It normally involves working Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, though on occasion there may be the need to work outside of regular hours as well as travel within Canada and internationally. The position entails assisting with research programming, research projects and outreach activity, as well as undertaking team-based research, in a fast-moving and changing environment often involving multiple stakeholders. Peak times will occur near deadlines for reporting analysis and results to project stakeholders.

Presentation and communication of research and research results to a variety of audiences and in different venues may also be involved (i.e. presentations at conferences, workshops, team meetings as well as in various written publications). The incumbent works on multiple research projects, meeting multiple simultaneous deadlines throughout the year.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Undertake qualitative and quantitative analysis of a range of policy issues in international policy & trade
  • Assist the team in the preparation of literature reviews, briefing documents, background reports, research papers, applied research, presentations and other research products and contributes to the School of Public Policy´s publication series.
  • Work and apply analytical skills for the collection, formatting and analysis of data, which may include comparing and/or validating results with established literature
  • Organize time effectively so that research results are produced by set deadlines that support overall project timelines
  • Follow set guidelines for completion of data analysis but may assist on changes to research methods
  • Undertake a careful and insightful evaluation and interpretation of all analytical results
  • Work with the Scientific Director and the program directors of IPT in organizing research agenda and monitors key deadlines for program activity
  • Assist in drafting IPT program overview documentation, including website content
  • Assist with developing a range of research-related activities including conferences, symposia, and other programming
  • Assist with the development of grant applications
  • Support IPT team members (i.e., participation in project meetings and brainstorming sessions) as required to conduct research, obtain and verify results to assess the accuracy and precision of data, and to assist research related outreach activities associated with the program
  • Responsible for the production of meeting minutes
  • Assist in the preparation and organization of program advisory councils and committees as needed

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Completion of at least a Bachelor degree in economics, public policy, international affairs, or related area with a focus on international policy issues, with a strong preference for a Master's degree in a related field
  • 2-3 years professional research experience is highly desirable or at least 1 year of academic research experience in a related field
  • Experience with research initiatives in a University setting is an asset
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • A strong desire to work independently with demonstrated ability to apply analytical skills for the collection, formatting, analysis and presentation of research data
  • Proficiency in relevant technical software (statistical, graphics, web and database tools, etc.) in addition to Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Demonstrates personal initiative, sound judgement, innovation and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of current issues shaping international relations and trade
  • Ability to multi-task and meet multiple simultaneous priorities
  • Requires good organizational and time management skills, accuracy, and a strong attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively within a team environment, and with stakeholders at various levels of the organization
  • Ability to follow established procedures for research work, but also displays ability to be innovative with respect to suggesting new procedures/evaluation methods
  • A relevant combination of skills and experience may be considered

Application Deadline: December 8, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase I.

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