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Epidemiologist

Groups: 
Health
Community: 
Iqaluit
Reference number: 
10-503296
Type of employment: 
Term
Union Status: 
This position is included in the Nunavut Employees Union
Salary: 
$97,734
Northern Allowance: 
$15,016
Subsidized staff housing available
Closing Date: 
09 June 2017

Term until March 31, 2018.

This is a Highly Sensitive Position and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check, along with a clear Vulnerable Sector Check is required.

This position is located in Iqaluit; however it is responsible for the information needs of Nunavut.  The information provided affects the focus, effectiveness, efficiency, evaluation and overall expenditures for budgets of programs and services of the entire Department.  Because of interdepartmental collaboration on key issues, the information also has the potential to affect budgets of other departments.  Information may be made available to other stakeholders in health.

This position provides analytic services to ensure accurate, timely and useable information essential to the Department of Health and partners.  This is done in accordance with priorities, policies and directives of the Department. The end results are to improve the health and wellness of the population of Nunavut, reduce the burden of mortality and morbidity in the population, improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health programs and social services and thereby reduce the expenditure on acute health care in hospitals, social services and client travel. This position reports to the Manager of Population Health Information.

Knowledge in a health related field or social services. A knowledge base of the various processes relating to disease, disability, and other health conditions. An ability to apply epidemiologic and biostatistical methods; in identifying the determinants of disease, and other health conditions are also required. Advanced knowledge and experience in conducting basic descriptive statistics and multivariate analysis such as: multiple logistic regression, cluster, and probit analysis is required. Knowledge of statistical analysis packages/software; for example SPSS, SAS, ACCESS and SQL is mandatory. Knowledge of ICD 10 coding is also required. Knowledge of northern health care systems and social service structures, legislation, public health administration and northern cultures as they relate to health and social service issues is essential. An ability to survey epidemiologic literature and identify new approaches in research methods and techniques relevant to the work and departmental mandates is also necessary. Three (3) years of professional, hands-on data analysis experience is essential. Two (2) years of experience in health equity analysis at the provincial, territorial or national level is mandatory. Experience in writing technical reports and papers on health analysis, and clear understanding of research methods and epidemiological and statistical principles is also essential.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this job are usually obtained through a recognized MSc. degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics or Statistics. Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered. A Master’s Degree in Public Health with an understanding of both qualitative and quantitative methods, up-to-date training and knowledge of statistical and analytical approaches in social epidemiology and measurement issues addressing inequalities and inequities in health is the equivalency.

Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset.

Term until March 31, 2018. Current Indeterminate Government of Nunavut employees that apply and are successful on this term position may be offered an internal transfer assignment for the duration of the term.

  • The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a more representative workforce so it can better understand and serve the needs of Nunavummiut. Priority will be given to Nunavut Land Claims Beneficiaries. 
  • Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Nunavut Priority Hiring Policy. 
  • Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal record check. Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration. 
  • Job descriptions may be obtained by fax, email or on the website. 
  • Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Contact: 
Department of Finance (Iqaluit)

Government of Nunavut
PO Box 1000, Station 430, Iqaluit, Nunavut X0A 0H0
Phone: (867) 975-6222
Toll Free: 1-888-668-9993
Fax: (867) 975-6220
Email: gnhr@gov.nu.ca
www.gov.nu.ca/finance