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Junior Open Smart Cities Analyst 2

Location: Montréal

OpenNorth is looking for a Junior Open Smart Cities Analyst with a strong analytical and social science (urban studies) background, with experience in data management and programming.

The Government of Canada announced that Evergreen, working in partnership with OpenNorth, their Future Cities Canada collaborative platform and numerous non-profit institutions, foundations and stakeholders across Canada, will receive funding over two years to deliver activities from the new Smart Cities Community Support Program (SCCSP). The funding supports capacity-building services for communities nationwide, including the establishment of a national one-to-one advisory service for open and smart communities and cities. OpenNorth is the lead technical partner of this consortium responsible for the one-to-one advisory services. The SCCSP runs from October 2018 until March 2020.

Open North

Founded in 2011, OpenNorth is Canada’s leading not-for-profit organization specialized in open data, open government, community engagement, open smart cities and civic technology. We work with Canada’s largest, most innovative, and connected cities. Our network extends across the country and globally through communities of practice and open government partners. Our work promotes the effective use of data as infrastructure facilitating sustained engagement between government, civil society, and the public.

Job Description

As part of the OpenNorth team under the leadership of the Executive Director, the successful candidate for the two Junior Open Smart Cities Analyst positions will be supervised by the SCCSP Program Lead, OpenNorth’s Chief Technology Officer, and OpenNorth's Open Smart Cities Experts. The analyst will provide top notch case specific analysis, develop content, and conduct capacity building activities according to OpenNorth’s open smart city domains. They will work closely with OpenNorth’s Applied Research Lab and coordinate the input of SCCSP Program partners and clients.

The successful candidate will draw upon their strong background in data analysis, their experience in the social sciences, their experience in the humanities, and their own critical thinking for their work throughout the program. They will assess and evaluate open smart city issues, monitor select Canadian communities for progress, create guidance materials, and deliver guidance materials to Canadian communities. They will be able to assess and evaluate technical problems found in cities, ranging from data collection methods in services, to critical issues such as data literacy, digital divides, and social equity in the application of technologies.

Note: this is not a programming position. The successful candidate will not be developing software solutions.

This position is located in Montréal


  • Conduct desk research on key domain areas, synthesising academic and non-academic literature
  • Use quantitative and qualitative research methods to collect and analyse data on Canadian communities. May include: online surveys, telephone interviews, archival research, content analysis
  • Document and analyse data/IT platforms, workflows, and documentation to assess problems in relation to local civic issues
  • Evaluate the maturity level of select communities using a standard program framework
  • Track the maturity level of select communities across the duration of the program
  • Create content to guide cities on key open smart city issues, delivered through: written guides, workshops, webinars, and more
  • Support the delivery of webinars, presentations, workshops, and more

Requirements and Background

  • Experience in both quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Experience with geospatial data analysis and GIS (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS)
  • Experience with statistical analysis packages (e.g. R)
  • Demonstrated experience conducting policy analysis
  • Demonstrated experience conducting in-depth research in specific fields of study aligned with open smart cities/urban issues (e.g. data management, policy, privacy; data and systems interoperability; cartography, (spatial) data analysis, and data visualisation; public administration and governance)
  • Fluent in English language (native proficiency), strong writing skills
  • Knowledge of open smart cities, urban planning and open data practices across Canada and internationally
  • 3+ years experience with any object-oriented programming language
  • Data modelling, database modelling
  • Systems modelling
  • Knowledge of Canadian IT policy environment
  • Experience with project management
  • Speak, write French (fluent proficiency)


  • Ability to work in fast paced environments, juggling multiple cases with a range of complex situations and needs
  • Ability to synthesise multiple sources and types of information, from different bodies of knowledge
  • Ability, and eagerness, to research and comprehend new topics outside the candidate’s area of expertise
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Terms of the Position

This is a permanent position to be filled by early January 2019.
Regular hours, Monday to Friday, with occasional evening and weekend work.
This position is located in Montréal in OpenNorth’s office in the Mile-End.

This position could be extended beyond the duration of the Smart Cities Community Support Program. We are especially interested in candidates with long-term career interest and availability.
Our office is located in Montréal, but mobility will be expected in Canada, depending on program needs and activities.

Competitive salary, to be discussed according to experience.

How to Apply:

Please attach a single PDF file that includes a cover letter, your resume and your salary requirements to: jobs at
Interviews will be conducted either during the week of December 17-21, or January 7-11
NB: Only the selected persons will be contacted for a telephone pre-selection interview.

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