[sust-mar] Research & Evaluation Coord., f/t, Ecology Action Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Position: Research and Evaluation Coordinator (Food Team) - Halifax (maternity leave replacement)
Organization: Ecology Action Centre
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

About the Our Food Project

The Food Action Committee project Our Food: Reconnecting Food and Community is seeking a fulltime Research and Evaluation Coordinator for the Halifax office for a one year maternity leave replacement.

The overarching goal of the Our Food Project is to strengthen communities' relationship to food by helping to build ‘positive food environments’. These are the physical and social spaces that help to normalize healthy eating by making it easier to grow, sell, and eat good food. We work at the individual, community and systemic level to increase the availability of nutritious food as well as our access to it, and actively involve citizens in the development of more localized food systems.

Research and Evaluation Coordinator

The Research and Evaluation Coordinator acts as the internal evaluator for the Our Food Project. Their role is to steward all evaluation for the project team, as well as with program participants and network/policy partners in order to determine and understand impact. They also build diverse research partnerships and collaborate with academics to strengthen the evidence base in food security research.

The Research and Evaluation Coordinator is experienced in both traditional and developmental evaluation methods, as well as storytelling. They are a strong communicator and facilitator, with the ability to work with the dynamics of different groups. They have a willingness to learn, are open to different and new ways of working, and work well in both independent and highly collaborative environments.

The position will support and be supported by the rest of the project team, based in Halifax, Cumberland County, Cape Breton and our sister project in Southeast New Brunswick. The position reports to the EAC’s staff directors.

Duties include:
• Working with the project team to create and/or update and implement evaluation plans and tools, based in Developmental Evaluation and Appreciative Inquiry, to evaluate the impact of our activities and adapt as necessary;
• Building staff and partner evaluation capacity;
• Conducting interviews, focus groups and surveys with program participants and partners;
• Conducting a Social Return on Investment (SROI) evaluation study and network analysis of initiatives within the project;
• Collaborating with other researchers in the field of food security to strengthen the evidence base;
• Developing and supporting shared measurement platforms with project partners;
• Using techniques, such as storytelling, photovoice, and/or other similar methods to capture the experience of the communities engaged in the project;
• Telling the story of the project through a variety of means – including but not limited to formal reports for funders (e.g., PERT), photo exhibits, video, data visualization/infographics, blog posts and social media;
• Coordinating team retreats and internal developmental evaluation practices (e.g., Strategy Journals);
• Travel annually to project sites in Cumberland County, Cape Breton and Southeast New Brunswick, as well as an annual knowledge exchange conference with our funder (often in Ottawa);
• Providing leadership for the Evaluation Working Group of the Ecology Action Centre as part of the Strategic Plan;
• Supporting the overall work of the Ecology Action Centre and the Food Action Committee; and
• Other duties as required.

Required skills and experience:

Research & Evaluation
• Masters degree, or equivalent training with strong qualitative research and analysis skills and experience;
• At least 3 years of project evaluation experience, including but not limited to creating and maintaining an evaluation framework, building and utilizing research tools (e.g., surveys, interviews, focus groups, storytelling), meeting funder reporting requirements and deadlines, coordinating data gathering and aggregation, as well as planning research and evaluation activities;
• In depth knowledge of Developmental Evaluation (DE), including practical experience creating and using DE tools;
• Ability to coordinate data gathering from teams and partner organizations;
• Strong working knowledge of excel and data aggregation;
• Attention to detail.

Facilitation & Training
• Strong facilitation skills and proven ability to collaboratively create and deliver facilitation plans;
• Experience with adult education: ability to train team members and partners in evaluation methods and tracking tools;
• Strong communication skills, verbal and written.

• Creative problem solving skills;
• Strong organizational skills, friendly and patient;
• Willingness to learn, experiment and adapt;
• Comfortable in a highly collaborative organizational structure;
• Commitment to social and environmental justice;
• Initiative, self-motivation and the ability to work independently.

Desirable skills and experience:
• Experience with Art of Hosting, Deep Democracy and/or Appreciative Inquiry facilitation methods;
• Experience with participatory action research and/or community-based research;
• Experience with online databases and data visualization;
• Experience or knowledge of Social Return on Investment;
• Understanding of complex systems and social change;
• Experience in a non-profit environment.

Terms of Employment

Start: August 28, 2017
End: September 7, 2018
Note: Candidate is ideally able to join the team retreat August 16-18th in Cape Breton and then start full time on Monday August 28th.

37.5 hours per week @ $21-23/hour, based on experience

Cost-shared benefits plan and 4 weeks paid vacation per year

Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Some evening/weekend work will be required. Some travel required.

Location: This position will be based at our Halifax office.


Please email a cover letter and resume (including 2 references) to Miranda Cobb, Research and Evaluation Coordinator, at:
miranda at ecologyaction.ca

Please submit your application in the form of a pdf document with required elements in the following order: cover letter, resume, references.

DUE DATE: Friday June 23rd, 2017 by 4pm

We thank all applicants for their time and interest, however only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

The Ecology Action Centre is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from individuals in traditionally marginalized groups such as: racialized people, Indigenous people, lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer people, and persons with disabilities. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their cover letter or application if they are a member of a marginalized community. Diversity is a stated value of the Ecology Action Centre. Moreover, diversity in the EAC community is a strength that we seek to cultivate. It is the responsibility of every employee of EAC to foster a  culture that embraces and promotes diversity.


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