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Tuberculosis Epidemiologist

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This position is included in the Nunavut Employees Union
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Subsidized staff housing available
Closing Date: 
04 January 2019

Term March 31, 2021.

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

This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.

The Tuberculosis Epidemiologist is an essential part of the TB team and develops, collects and analyses epidemiological data regarding TB in Nunavut.   Reporting to the Manager Territorial Tuberculosis Programs, the role interprets this information to guide planning, priority setting and helps to monitor responses to frequent outbreaks across Nunavut’s 25 communities.

The incumbent will design, develop and utilizes territorial health surveillance mechanisms and resources to provide quality surveillance TB data. The role identifies benchmarks, sets appropriate targets and priorities, and measures the impact of the program. The information impacts the focus, efficiency, evaluation and expenditure’s for budgets of programs and services provided through federal and territorial funding for the eradication of TB. Because of interdepartmental collaboration on addressing the TB crisis in Nunavut, the information also has the potential to affect budgets of other departments. 

The ideal candidate will have proven practical skills with software for epidemiological database and statistical analysis: Microsoft Excel and at least other one statistical analysis software packages (e.g. SPSS- Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, STATA-a general-purpose statistical software package, SAS- Statistical Analysis Software) along with strong ability to guide and coach others in undertaking literature searches, undertake data collection and measurements techniques to monitor health indicators and incidence of TB. In-depth knowledge of the history and culture of Inuit, to anticipate and respond to the culture and values of Inuit communities is required for the position.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this job are usually obtained through a recognized Master’s degree in epidemiology, Biostatistics or Statistics along with two years practical work experience. Proven practical skills in design, implementation, evaluation of quantitative and qualitative epidemiological research methods and experience with structuring and analyzing epidemiological information are essential for the position. Previous experience with communicable disease and TB in particular is considered as an asset along with experience with epidemiological data analysis and papers on health analysis and experience in writing technical reports and papers on health analysis.

The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English and French.  Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official language is an asset.  Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset.

Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education and experience may be considered.

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 pending Manager approval.

An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies.

Department of Finance (Iqaluit)

Government of Nunavut
PO Box 1000, Station 430, Iqaluit, Nunavut X0A 0H0
Phone: (867) 975-6222
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