Associate Advisor - Canada
The Behavioural Insights Team
Toronto
1d ago

About the role

BIT’s Associate Advisors work under the direction of Advisors and Senior Advisors. They are expected to contribute to applied behavioural science projects in many ways, including but not limited to :

  • Developing interventions and trials, e.g. applying concepts from behavioral science to the design of communications, processes, and programs;
  • assisting in the design of field experiments, including power and sample size calculations, developing plans for data collection, cleaning , and analysis

  • Research and analysis , e.g. helping the team conduct field research and desk research; conducting statistical analysis;
  • contributing to the synthesis of findings

  • Written and oral communication , e.g. drafting and editing client-facing notes, reports, and PowerPoint slides; co-facilitating client workshops
  • Client management support, e.g. drafting client emails, meeting agendas, and similar products; joining client meetings and calls
  • Work planning and project management , at minimum by proactively keeping tabs on their own tasks and timelines, responding to project needs, and in some cases taking a more active role in work plan development and coordination
  • Operational support, e.g. scheduling meetings, booking travel, and preparing workshop materials
  • Note : For all tasks, AAs receive close supervision, guidance, and support. As an AA develops in the role, they will be expected to take more ownership of specific tasks within the project development process

    Some of your typical daily tasks may include :

    Research and analysis

  • Scan the evidence base for relevant behavioural science findings; assess quality of research supporting those findings;
  • suggest behavioral intervention approaches based on that research and analysis

  • With support from Advisors and Senior Advisors, develop the experimental design for randomized controlled trials
  • Investigate and respond to gaps, errors and irregularities identified through field research or data analysis
  • Conduct randomizations, power calculations, descriptive and multiple regression analysis in Stata
  • Note : We provide on-the-job training for specific data tasks and techniques, so extensive experience in this area is not a requirement.

    However, successful candidates will typically be familiar with the underlying statistical concepts (e.g. randomization, hypothesis testing, sampling) and will be comfortable reviewing results and considering how those findings apply to a particular problem or setting.

    Work planning and project management

  • Deliver tasks on time, or proactively communicate around challenges to on-time delivery
  • Provide input on project planning and scoping
  • Client management support

  • Schedule and participate in client meetings and phone calls
  • Support project team in maintaining a high level of responsiveness to client communications, e.g. by drafting email responses on tight deadlines
  • Written and oral communication

  • Write clearly and concisely with appropriate style for the audience
  • Communicate behavioral science concepts clearly and concisely
  • Present to external partners on BIT projects and behavioral science concepts
  • Strategic and operational support

  • Contribute to proposals and policy notes
  • Actively engage in relevant policy agendas by reading widely, attending conferences and events
  • Associate Advisors at BIT come from a range of backgrounds, and there is no single profile required for success. However, there are certain needs we anticipate in this important role as one of the first team members of BIT Canada.

    The following backgrounds, interests and qualifications will be prioritized for this role but are not required :

  • Wide policy interests and a willingness to take on a broad range of projects and project tasks;
  • Comfort working for a small, new organization (BIT Canada), including a high tolerance for ambiguity / change;
  • Experience developing or contributing to the design of randomized controlled trials and other types of evaluation;
  • Experience working in or with public or non-profit sector organizations in Canada;
  • Understanding of core concepts from behavioural science; and
  • Fluency in French.
  • More generally, the following backgrounds and qualifications are often helpful for success at BIT :

  • Intellectual curiosity and open-mindedness
  • Dedication to achieving social impact
  • Experience balancing multiple priorities and projects in a work environment, particularly in a client- or customer-facing role
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Strong academic performance
  • Ability to work collaboratively with teammates and clients with a broad range of backgrounds, political affiliations, and skill sets
  • Comfort with travel inside and outside Canada
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