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Research Assistant

Operations | Toronto, ON, Canada

Job Description

About Us:

TakingITGlobal is an international organization lead by youth, empowered by technology. TakingITGlobal (TIG) connects youth from around the world to find inspiration, information and get involved in improving their local, regional and global communities.

TakingITGlobal’s mission is to provide opportunities for learning, capacity building, cross-cultural awareness, and self-development through the use of Information and Communication Technologies. Its key strategic initiatives include; providing a virtual space for cross-cultural expression, dialogue, networking and collaboration among youth, supporting youth action and understanding around global issues, developing rich interactive, global education experiences, and facilitating the development of local content, multilingualism and skills training.

TakingITGlobal has approximately 20 staff based in Toronto and an additional 20 staff who work part-time in different parts of Canada and around the world as well as hundreds of volunteers. Supporters include Canadian Heritage, Microsoft, Adobe Youth Foundation.



  • Managing Google Analytics custom dashboards and social media reporting (HootSuite);

  • Assisting with project-level metrics tracking using standard PMI best practice

  • Leading data acquisition, quota management, cleaning, tables preparation, analysis and reporting of program and project-level evaluations across multiple project areas;

  • Supporting desk-research efforts and literary reviews of key discussions relating to the intersection of education, civic engagement and technology;

  • Working to support the development of major research grant-writing efforts (CIHR, SSHRC) with a focus on understanding emerging dimensions of youth leadership in online environments;

  • Working to develop a tracking study and TIG ‘Research Advisory Group’ to provide opportunities for youth voice to be more meaningfully incorporated into TIG organizational and project-level practice;

  • Reviewing HootSuite web analytics reports, Google Analytics to understand traffic trajectories through key parts of the TIG Network;

Commitment Level

  • We are looking for someone who is able to commit 20 hours per week:

  • 16 hours in the office and 4 hours working remotely from home


     Strong written and oral communications skills

     Expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research

     Experience with survey design and data analysis

     Knowledge of statistical analysis in social sciences

     Comfortable with using data analysis programs including Excel, SPSS

     Interest in youth issues and international development

     Post-Secondary or equivalent professional experience in the research field

     Ability to work in a fast paced office environment, managing multiple shifting priorities with strong time-management skills.


Improve skills: Staff at TakingITGlobal improve a broad range of skills including various types of web development, design, marketing, evaluation and surveys, fundraising, writing, editing, and strategy. The organization provides a good platform to improve and learn new skills due to the varied range of projects, and the opportunity to learn from others.

Gain work experience: As a youth-driven organization, TIG is often the first or second ‘career-related’ work experience for its staff. This experience can be particularly valuable, considering that (due to constant growth; and most people being relatively new or on the same level of seniority) positions are generally both challenging and ‘senior’. TIG’s reputation is growing and may be respected by future employers, and TIG’s collaborative nature and opportunities for travel and representation mean staff may grow a solid professional network.
Work in a positive environment: Several factors contribute to TIG’s positive work environment. TIG’s office is a vibrant, inspiring space located in a central, accessible, fun part of Toronto. It encourages collaboration, and is more comfortable than most workplaces. 
Make a difference:TakingITGlobal’s mission is essentially altruistic, and staff members have the (rare) opportunity to put their skills and energy to work for a ‘non-profit’, ‘good cause’. Staff can get a thrill out of the ‘cutting edge’ nature of TIG’s work, the clear growth in TIG’s reach, and the positive feedback provided by members and partners.

Application Details:

 Application screening will be conducted on an ongoing basis and with the start date on September 3rd, 2013. For additional details or if you have any questions, direct them to:

Contact: Human Resources 
Email: [[redacted]]
(include the title of the position in the subject of the e-mail)
Mail: 19 Duncan Street, Suite 505, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3H1, Canada
Fax: 416-352-1898
For Inquiries: 416-977-9363 

Please electronically mail your cover letter and resume and include the title of the position in the subject line of your email and let us know how you heard about the position. Please do not mail or personally submit resumes, as we are a small organization and do not have the capacity to respond. 

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, due to the volume of applications and inquiries we receive; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.