January 14th, 2020

Health Research and Policy Analyst - Term - Halifax

The Nova Scotia NDP Caucus is seeking a full-time Health Research and Policy Analyst to join our team in Halifax for a four-month term. The Health Research and Policy Analyst is the resident expert on issues related to health care in Nova Scotia for NDP Members of the Legislative Assembly and Leader.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a strong background in producing accurate, policy research in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment. Political research requires keen attention to detail, an appreciation for the human impact of statistics, facts and figures, and the ability to work quickly and adapt on the spot.

This is a great opportunity for people with an interest in progressive politics and strategic thinking.

Job Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Health Research and Policy Analyst include:

  • Researching and analyzing emerging current affairs, including identification of new issues for the attention of NDP MLAs and staff, within an assigned set of research areas.
  • Writing clear and concise briefing notes for Caucus members on important issues in health care, including long-term care, emergency care, mental health, addictions, primary care, rural health care, etc.
  • Analyzing legislation, government programs, economic data, public policy issues, reports, and other relevant materials.
  • Preparing speaking notes for committee meetings, debates in the legislature, speeches to stakeholder groups, and other events as required.
  • Providing background for news releases, direct mail, correspondence, speeches, and other communications materials.
  • Liaising with outside interest groups to provide NDP MLAs and caucus staff with background information.
  • Delivering accurate information in a timely way, using relevant and verifiable sources.


The Research and Policy Analyst will possess the following qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field, preferably related to health care or health policy, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, computer, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet strict deadlines.
  • Familiarity with the New Democratic Party, its policies, and structure.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Knowledge of government processes and current issues is an asset.
  • Bilingualism in French and English is an asset.

Candidates must be available to work extended hours, including evenings, while the Legislature is sitting (likely four to six weeks between late February and late April).

Term:This is a term position, starting as soon as possible and finishing May 31, 2020.

Compensation: The starting salary for this position is $2,294.40 bi-weekly with cost-shared health, dental, and pension benefits in accordance with the staff collective agreement and the General Civil Service Regulations made under section 45 of the Civil Service Act.

Closing date: No later than 5 PM on Sunday, January 19, 2019.

The Nova Scotia NDP Caucus practices employment equity. Women, African Nova Scotian persons, Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons are encouraged to apply for this position. If you are a member of an equity-seeking group, you may choose to identify as such in your cover letter.

Please send a resume and cover letter by e-mail to Kaley.Kennedy@novascotia.ca with the subject line “Health Researcher”