Research Manager

ECHO Network (Environment, Community, Health Observatory)

5-Year Term Position*

Position Summary

A Research Manager (RM) is required for the ECHO Network which is a 5-year research program that brings together national and international partners to: (1) create and operate an Environment, Community, Health Observatory (ECHO) that strengthens intersectoral capacity to understand and respond to health impacts of resource development, and (2) use the ECHO platform to help regional programs make critical decisions on cumulative determinants of health that cannot be achieved by the health sector alone.

The RM will support the ECHO Network to turn the research plan into accountable and effective action through a wide variety of operational, research, and administrative support services which include: project and financial management; organizational development; and supervisory tasks. The RM will be a leader who ensures that project activities are consistent with the research plan; detects and reduces risks to the project, including conflict management; facilitates and coordinates projects activities; and leads on communicating project activities and results internally as well as to the funder and other relevant knowledge users.

* The RM Position is a full-time position (35 hours a week) for 5 years subject to a 3-month trial period, annual reviews and ongoing funding. The position must be held in Prince George, BC.

The project management office will be located at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) under the supervision of project co-lead, Dr. Margot Parkes, in close collaboration with other project leads.

Project Background

The ECHO Network: (1) is an interdisciplinary group of over 50 people across Canada including experienced health, environmental and social science researchers and practitioners; and (2) includes four regional cases (in New Brunswick, Alberta, British Columbia and Northern BC). In each regional case, knowledge-users have identified decision-support needs that demand a better integration of environment, community and health impacts. Regional cases involve a combination of health, environment and community organisations, linked with researchers at UNBC, Université de Moncton, University of Alberta, and Simon Fraser University. The project is administered through UNBC. The ECHO will provide tools and processes that connect people to a network of information, practices and people to develop a shared perspective and more
effective responses to the cumulative impacts of resource development. The research will involve four components, each linked to specific objectives, mentorship and capacity building processes over five years. The ECHO Network also involves a wider network of collaborations and partnerships across other parts of Canada and internationally.

Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership: The RM will work collaboratively with the research team to ensure that the objectives of the project are met; participate in the hiring of research staff and trainees, providing them with mentorship, leadership and supervision; provide training to research assistants and other personnel (e.g. related to computer programs, data analysis, interviewing); and foster constructive collaborative relationships and interactions with research partners, spanning government, community, First Nations and research colleagues.
Management: The RM’s key management responsibilities are to: track project progress against objectives; detect, evaluate and remedy deviations from the project plan and project conflicts; monitor the project status and prepare status reports; facilitate and actively participate in team meetings (e.g. providing regular updates on research activities); interface with relevant universities, institutions and other partners to harmonize and troubleshoot institutional needs for ethics, financial accountability, and other various tasks; monitor and manage research budget and implement cost-effective measures to optimize budget; human resource management of project staff; office management including maintenance of project files and resources; and daily management of research activities and budget.
Communication: The RM will coordinate knowledge translation and exchange activities throughout the research, with responsibilities to; organize meetings and outreach activities with relevant research partners; contribute to generating updates, preparing reports and publications; establish effective communications with project staff and research leads; and ensure timely notification of project leads regarding issues, problems and opportunities.

Qualifications and Experience

This position requires a strong networking background with experience in research implementation, building relationships with diverse research partners, knowledge translation and exchange, as well as excellent leadership, communication, and organizational skills. We are interested in candidates with demonstrated expertise in environment, community and health services fields and ability to work with colleagues from different disciplines and sectors. Preference will be given to those with experience in research team management. Additional qualifications include:
• Masters degree and/or relevant work experience
• Six years of recent, related experience
• Strong understanding of challenges implementing and integrating qualitative and quantitative research approaches
• Experience managing multi-year projects and/or networks that involve multiple partners from different sectors and institutions
• Experience with research ethics requirements
• Significant leadership and management experience in financial management, supervision, and project management, implementation, analysis, report/grant writing
• Exceptional communication skills, both in writing and verbally, and including the ability to chair committees/meetings and present findings/results. Being able to communicate both in French and English will be considered an asset.
• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive relationships and strategic partnerships with internal and external stakeholders
• Demonstrated leadership and/or mentoring skills
• Strong organizational and project management skills and ability to prioritize multiple requests and meet tight deadlines in a dynamic environment.

Salary will commensurate with experience.

Deadline for Applications is Thursday February 16th. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, and names of three references to:
Margot W Parkes, MBChB, MAS, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems and Society
Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences,
University of Northern British Columbia,
3333 University Way, Prince George, BC, V2N 4Z9, Canada
Traditional Territory of the Lheidli T’enneh
Tel: +1(250) 960-681, Fax: +1(250) 960-5744
Email: parkesm@unbc.ca, www.unbc.ca/parkes and ecohealthkta.net

Action Alerts

Resquest for letters of support: Proposed name restoration for the Wolastoq

Sunday, 30 April 2017
by Alma
 The Wolastoq Grand Council supports our YOUTH GROUPS on their proposal for changing the name of the Saint John River, back to it’s original and proper name; Wolastoq (the beautiful & bountiful river ). We see this as a good place to begin the process of implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; which was strongly recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  

Proposed Name Restoration: 
  • The name Saint John River back to it’s original indigenous name -  Wolastoq
Purpose: 
  • Wolastoq; (the beautiful river) is the original Indigenous name of the River.
  • Wolastoq is the name sake for the real identity and unique nationality of our People; the Wolastoqiyik.  Respecting the rights of Wolastoqiyik.
  • Scientific studies have now confirmed, what our people have always known; “that water has memory”.    This river will remember its original name.   
  • This deed would begin a process for reconciliation with a show of goodwill on the part of the Government of New Brunswick, and would;
  • Create opportunities for discussions and engagement around indigenous issues.
  • Wolastoqiyik have a right to retain their own names for communities, places and persons. 

The Wolastoq Grand Council is requesting support letters from our Allies; as individuals, organizations, and/or Groups.  For more information, contact Alma Brooks, 506-478-1256, almabrooks.26@outlook.com

Please send support letters to the following addresses:

The Wolastoq Grand Council,
Grand Chief; Ron Tremblay
50 Maliseet Drive
Fredericton, NB, E3A 2V9


David Coon
Office of the Green Party Leader
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5H1

Additional Information

  1. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Carolyn Bennett; Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada; has assured the Wolastoq Grand Council in writing that; - “Canada is committed to a renewed nation to nation relationship with indigenous peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.”   Carolyn Bennett also stated that ; - “Achieving full reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada is at the heart of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s mandate, and that the government of “Canada will engage with Indigenous peoples, provinces, territories, and Canadians on how to implement the Declaration in accordance with Canada’s Constitution”.

  1. Andrea Bear-Nicholas
As described in a 2011 article by Andrea Bear-Nicholas, Maliseet historian:  
  1. The first step in the dispossession for the indigenous peoples in the Maritimes began in earnest immediately after the British capture of the French fort at Louisbourg in 1758.   Where place names and names of First Nations in the entire region had been inscribed on earlier maps; both would soon be erased by colonial cartographers in a process described by J. B. Harley as cartographic colonialism.  The justifications for these erasures was found in the doctrine of discovery.   
  2. The second step in the dispossession of indigenous peoples in Nova Scotia began immediately after signing of the Treaty of 1760 by Passamaquoddy and Maliseet Leaders, and later the signing of the Mascarene Treaty.   Although there was no surrender of any lands in either of these Treaties; 1.5 million acres of Maliseet land which outlawed the surveying and expropriation of lands not yet ceded by the indigenous inhabitants or purchased by the Crown.    


  3. United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:   Articles 1, 2, 6, & 13   support and provide a guide for the implementation leading to reconciliation.

As a distinct ‘people,’ we have a right to our accurate identity and nationality.
  • Indigenous Peoples have the right to the full enjoyment as a collective or as individuals of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and international human rights law. 
  • Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin and identity. 
  • Every indigenous individual has the right to their own nationality. 
  • Indigenous people have a right to retain their own names for communities, places and persons.  “States shall take effective measures to ensure that this right is protected”.

ACTION ALERT: Reinstate funding to the Canadian Environmental Network

Friday, 03 February 2017
by Raissa Marks
The Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks need your help!

Historically, the Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks including the NBEN received annual core funding from the Government of Canada. This was used to facilitate networking on environmental issues across the country, coordinate national and provincial issue-based caucuses, coordinate ENGO participation in federal public consultation processes, and maintain open lines of communication between ENGOs and the federal government.

In 2011, as part of the across-the-board cuts to civil society organizations by the previous federal government, all federal funding to the RCEN and its provincial affiliate networks was cut. This left the national network and most of the affiliates with functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work.

There is hope that the current government will provide for renewed funding in its upcoming budget. This funding is crucial for the survival of the national network and many of the provincial affiliate networks. A proposal has been submitted. It now needs strong and immediate support from environmental groups and individuals across the country.

This is where you come in!

Please take a few minutes to write to Prime Minister Trudeau and your MP telling them why you value the RCEN, your provincial affiliate network, or environmental networking at the national level in general. Feel free to use the template letter provided below. You can personalize it based on your experience or simply copy and paste.

Trudeau’s email is justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca and you can find your MP’s email here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members

Let’s show our federal politicians that a strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada!

Draft Template Letter:

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I am writing to ask that annual core funding to the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) be reinstated.

Historically, the RCEN provided a crucial link between environmental groups across the country, both large and small. This link was vital in helping communities address environmental issues right across the country and ensuring a robust approach to the development of environmental policy in Canada.

Since funding was cut in 2011, the RCEN and most of its provincial affiliate networks have been functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work. This is not acceptable. A strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada. I urge you to reinstate core funding for this crucial work immediately.

Sincerely,
Gestionnaire de la recherche - Réseau ECHO (Observatoire environnement, communauté et santé)