The North-South Institute


Employment Opportunities

Quantitative Researcher


The North-South Institute is seeking a qualified individual with extensive statistical experience, including working with official nationally produced data in Canada, to support the implementation of the Post-2015 Data Test. The Post-2015 Data Test is a multi-country research project aimed at examining the availability and quality of nationally produced data to measure progress against the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.


As the Millennium Development Goals reach their end date in 2015, there is a broad consensus that the development agenda that replaces them should be universal. Whereas the Millennium Development Goals applied to developing countries only, the post-2015 agenda will apply to all countries, including Canada.

To support the implementation and measurement of the post-2015 goals, a “data revolution” has been called for to enable governments and policy makers to better track development progress and equip people with the information they need to demand more from their governments and hold them to account.

With the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The North-South Institute (NSI) and partner research institutions from the global South have launched the Post-2015 Data Test, an initiative that examines how the universal post-2015 agenda can be applied and measured across a variety of country contexts. Participating countries include: Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Peru, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Turkey. Carried out by local think tanks in each country, the Post-2015 Data Test examines country priorities and challenges related to accessing data and measuring progress in seven potential post-2015 goal areas: poverty; employment and inclusive growth; education; energy and infrastructure; governance and human rights; environmental sustainability and disaster resilience; and global partnership for sustainable development.

Scope of work:

NSI is seeking an experienced individual to support the Canada case study under the initiative, particularly the data mapping and assessment component of the project. This includes the following:

1)      Assistance in finalization of appropriate targets and indicators that reflect Canada’s priorities across the goal areas outlined above

2)      Assistance in mapping all data sources for selected indicators (includes survey and administrative data) in the Canada case study, including collection of meta-data and raw data

3)      Conduct data quality assessment for the Canada case study based on framework developed for the initiative

4)      Conduct key informant interviews on data availability and accessibility in Canada

5)      Draft analysis and key findings from the data quality assessment for Canadian county study report

6)      Provide support in liaising with Canadian stakeholders on the project as needed; and

7)      Provide support to NSI researchers working on the project as needed

Required skills and experience:

  • Extensive knowledge of and experience working with data collected and produced by Statistics Canada
  • Excellent quantitative research skills
  • Research experience looking at domestic priority issues for Canada, particularly in areas such as poverty, inequality, employment and economic growth


  • Experience using data analytic and visualization tools
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Experience working in a policy-oriented research setting


Duration: ASAP – August 29, 2014

Application Closing Date: June 9, 2014

If you wish to apply, please send your CV and cover letter to Shannon Kindornay at Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.