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Communications Coordinator


Centre for Behavioural Research

and Program Evaluation (CBRPE)

Effective Date: October 2006
Grade: USG 5 Reports to: Manager, Communications

General Accountability

The position reports to the Manager, Communications. As Communications Coordinator, the position will support the Manager, Communications and communications activities of the Centre for Behavioural Research and Program Evaluation (CBRPE).  The successful applicant will provide providing writing, copy editing, administrative, and co-ordination support for communications activities at CBRPE.

All staff employed at the Centre for Behavioural Research and Program Evaluation (CBRPE) are responsible for contributing to the mission of the organization:  “To build capacity for, and to conduct social and behavioural studies that contribute to improved cancer prevention and care at a population level.”  Our organizational vision and goals can be found on the CBRPE Web site (

Nature and Scope

CBRPE is supported by the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) with funds from the Canadian Cancer Society (the Society).  It was launched in 1993 and moved to the University of Waterloo in 1997.  In addition to core funding from the NCIC, CBRPE receives contracts and grants from Health Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Social Services and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), as well as other Foundations and granting agencies.  The annual core budget is approximately $2.2 million rising to $2.6 million by 2007, the final year of the current funding commitment. CBRPE holds approximately $5 million in externally funded research and evaluation grants and contracts.

Research is conducted through independent operating grants secured by the Executive Director; Director, Evaluation Studies; CBRPE Scientists; Research Associates; and Post Doctoral Fellows in peer reviewed competitive cycles from national or international granting agencies.  CBRPE also supports and manages the Sociobehavioural Cancer Research Network (SCRN), which conducts multi-centre research projects and knowledge transfer activities across the country. Evaluation Studies is another major component of CBRPE’s work.  In addition to conducting evaluations for core Society programs and services, evaluations of provincial, national and international cancer control initiatives are undertaken from time to time.  CBRPE offers graduate and post-graduate training opportunities and exchange programs for visiting scholars and University of Waterloo (UW) faculty.  It fosters linkages between researchers and decision makers to ensure the translation of research results to inform decision-making and ensure that research activities and evaluations have an impact on policy and programs.

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