Knowledge and Research Advisor
Calgary, AB
Do you want to support with other WASH practitioners to start, strengthen, and grow their WASH programs? We are looking for an enterprising and motivated individual to join our team. Your specialized expertise in WASH, ability to think critically, and experience in practical research and knowledge management will help WASH practitioners to increase the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of their programs. You enjoy learning with colleagues and clients, exploring innovative solutions to complex problems, and will become an integral part of our fast-paced and vibrant organization.

The Position: Knowledge & Research Advisor

Reports to: Senior Director, Research Learning

Type: Full time, permanent

Location: The position is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 30 – 50% travel overseas is required.

Position start date: Flexible; ideally September 2019

Application Due Date: 31 July 2019

Position Summary
The Knowledge & Research Advisor is part of CAWST’s Research & Learning team. This position uses best practice principles in practical research, knowledge management, and monitoring and evaluation, to support WASH practitioners to implement relevant, effective, and sustainable programs. The Knowledge & Research Advisor also strengthen CAWST’s competency as a Centre of Expertise in non-networked WASH and capacity development.

The Knowledge & Research Advisor works closely with all CAWST departments and teams, and in particular those in training, consulting, education, and capacity development.

Specific Areas of Responsibilities
Support individuals and organizations working in WASH through research, measurement, evaluation, and knowledge management
Provide direct (in-person and remote) support to individuals and organizations to meet their WASH knowledge and research needs, and to develop monitoring and evaluation systems for learning and improvement, while also building our knowledge.
Capture, curate, and share up-to-date, pertinent WASH knowledge to a broad range of WASH practitioners through the innovative use of digital tools
Liaise between researchers and practitioners to facilitate practical research that addresses knowledge gaps and needs
Act as a subject matter expert to support the development and delivery of education and training resources and services
Contribute to the evidence base through applied research, landscape analysis, and literature review
Strengthen CAWST as a Centre of Expertise in non-networked WASH and capacity building
Strengthen CAWST staff competency by compiling, distilling, synthesizing, and transferring relevant knowledge to staff
Improve and execute on internal monitoring and evaluation systems and processes to support decision-making and communications
Influence and learn from relevant sectors (e.g., research, education, and international development) through participation in conferences, networks, and working groups
Business & Development Services
Contribute to CAWST’s operations and business services cycle (e.g., department operations planning, monthly operations reports, and project reporting)
Assist with proposal writing, donor reporting, public campaigns, and communication materials as required

Any other duties and responsibilities as directed by the Senior Director of Research & Learning or designate.

Person Profile
Graduate degree in science, engineering, public health, or related fields.

5 years of relevant experience in water, sanitation, hygiene, environment, or health in international development context.
Experience in one or more of the following areas would be highly desirable:
Household water treatment and safe storage
Behaviour change interventions
Knowledge management theory and practice
Library and information science
Qualitative and quantitative research design
Capacity development theory and practice

Skills and Attributes
Critical thinking: Able to navigate complexity. Make good judgement based on logic, objective analysis, experience and common sense.
Analysis: Effectively analyze and synthesize incomplete data and information to generate strategic recommendations and practical actions.
Communication: Ability to present complex information in a way easily accessible and understood by diverse and cross-cultural audiences.
Project management: Able to define a scope of work, outline what it will take to complete the project, and engage others as needed in the process to achieve project objectives on-time, while handling multiple tasks and balancing priorities.
Entrepreneurial: Enjoy working in a dynamic, constantly changing environment. Able to identify opportunities, think creatively about challenges, resolve issues, make recommendations, and seek support when necessary.
Meticulous: Exercise great care in ensuring data and information is collected and managed with high degree of accuracy, consistency, and rigour, down to the last detail.
Languages: Fluency in French and Spanish (verbal and written) is desired. Other languages an asset.

You must be legally able to work in Canada.

CAWST values equitable opportunities, sustainable solutions, and collaborative and inclusive processes. We recognize and accept differences in cultural, religious and political processes.

To Apply
Please apply by sending your cover letter, resume, and completed questionnaire through our posting on LinkedIn by 31 July 2019.

Please note: Only resumes from candidates eligible to work in Canada will be reviewed; and only those applicants granted an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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