Researcher/ Analyst

Founded in 1990, the Institute on Governance (IOG) is an independent, Canada-based, not-for-profit public interest institution with its head office in Ottawa and an office in Toronto. Our mission is ‘advancing better governance in the public interest,’ which we accomplish by exploring, developing and promoting the principles, standards and practices which underlie good governance in the public sphere, both in Canada and abroad. The IOG’s vision is to be the pre-eminent, independent Canadian source of knowledge, research and advice on governance and its continuous improvement.

The IOG works with a wide range of clients and partners, including governments, communities, business, the not for profit sector and other public purpose organizations to assess their governance and to develop programs for improvement.  While much of our activity takes place in our home base in Canada, we also work with international partners and governments.  The Institute:

  • Provides advisory services to a wide array of organizations on strengthening governance practices including strategic planning, governance assessments and renewal, organizational structure and process, accountability and performance reporting, stakeholder engagement, partnerships and other collaborative arrangements etc.
  • Provides professional development, leadership and capacity-building through courses and other learning events
  • Designs and facilitates multi-stakeholder meetings and convenes events
  • Undertakes applied research

Themes of current interest to the Institute include Modernizing Governance, Public Sector Governance, Indigenous Governance, Not-for-Profit Governance and other related areas.

The Institute is currently seeking to fill the position of Research Officer.

Position Description

  • To research/analyze and prepare case studies or comparative practices on governance themes across jurisdictions, including planning and conducting interviews, literature and document reviews, quantitative and qualitative analysis, writing reports;
  • To assist in the conception, design and development of programs, projects and special events, undertaking detailed substantive planning, recruiting speakers, undertaking logistical arrangements, initiating correspondence and writing reports on events or seminars;
  • To research and prepare position papers or background papers for Institute theme areas, programs and projects, the elaboration and analysis of public policy options and proposals for clients in concise written form;
  • To participate in marketing the Institute’s services, including the preparation of proposals and responding to RFPs.

Reporting Relationships & Working Environment

The Institute has a matrix management environment.  The incumbent will report to a single senior staff member but should expect to work for several individuals concurrently on different projects and must be able to balance priorities accordingly.  The Institute is a small organization, therefore teamwork and a willingness to set your hand to what needs to be done is important.   An ability to work in a fairly unstructured setting helps, as does a willingness to take initiative.

The Institute receives no core funding and relies on projects funded by client organizations for its revenues.  It is therefore a fairly entrepreneurial place.  The pace of work can be intense at times; deadlines and priorities may be subject to change at short notice and professional standards are high.  People who have worked in the IOG in the past tend to say that the working environment is demanding but enjoyable and collegial. Staff development is encouraged through both formal and informal means.

Qualifications:  Professional & Personal

  • Knowledge of Canadian public administration, political science and the function of government and governance issues;
  • Masters degree plus one or more years’ related work experience;
  • Knowledge of other facets of governance related to the themes of IOG work. Candidates with knowledge and/or experience in any of the IOG’s practice areas, will have an advantage;
  • Experience in policy analysis & research (interviewing skills, internet research, literature surveys, quantitative analysis etc.);
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to get things done through others; ability to deal well with senior people in person and on the telephone;
  • Excellent spoken and written English; good at synthesizing material, note taking and accurate summarizing, clear style (a written test may form part of the interview process);
  • Experience working in a federal or provincial government department is a definite asset;
  • Strong Microsoft Word, PowerPoint & internet research skills; other computer applications (e.g. website skills, desktop publishing) an advantage;
  • Ability to work in an unstructured environment; self-starter; self-reliant; good team worker; clear thinker and well organized, with close attention to detail; and
  • Ability and willingness to travel on occasion.

Position Location

This position is located in Ottawa.

$40,000.00 to $50,000.00

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