Analyst, Research & Innovation


The Partnership’s Cancer Systems, Performance and Innovation (CPSI) Division drives improvements in Canada’s cancer system through data, research, economic modelling and innovations such as digital healthcare. This division monitors emerging health technologies and leverages data systems to determine gaps and opportunities for improvements in cancer care and informs internal partners on innovative approaches, international best practice and compelling evidence to support key partnership decision making.

The Research & Innovation team, part of the CPSI division, promotes cancer research across Canada as well as driving the adoption of innovative approaches. It supports this work through its role as the Executive Office of the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance (CCRA) and its activities scanning international and academic best practice.

The Analyst, Research & Innovation supports the Cancer Systems, Performance & Innovation Division in carrying out projects and initiatives to achieve organizational priorities.  Reporting to the Manager, Research & Innovation, the Analyst coordinates and provides support to deliver on program/project objectives.  As a highly organized professional with strong time management skills, this position delivers on the tasks of the job while contributing to the Partnership’s overall vision to reduce the burden of cancer on all Canadians.

In all that we do, Research & Innovation seeks to promote equity and justice across all communities through our work with others and in our work together. Internally, we promote a flexible, inclusive culture that prioritizes diversity of thought and experience whilst inviting constructive challenge. We actively seek to widen our perspectives, networks and capabilities.  We value flexible working and support this at all levels of our team.

Core responsibilities and activities

Policy development

  • Is responsible for gathering evidence, identifying themes and building consensus for new initiatives. This policy development will focus on emerging and innovative policy areas in Cancer Control such as Virtual Care and Artificial Intelligence
  • Develops and maintains relationships with stakeholders (internal and external) including planning, organizing and preparing materials for internal and external meetings, framing our work within the context of competing priorities
  • Leads the collection of primary and secondary evidence, acting as a content matter expert
  • Works cross functionally to create policy solutions and strategic initiatives that address common needs, acting autonomously to identify themes from evidence and prioritize high impact work
  • Acts as an advocate for patients and innovators by engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders and ensuring we are taking an inclusive and equitable approach


  • Builds out and improves the Partnership’s evidence services function, collaborating with the Specialist, Scientific and International Engagement, to promote the use of a range of traditional and non-traditional evidence
  • Analyzes the commissioning and use of evidence sources to identify opportunities for greater uptake or efficiency across the Partnership
  • Improves access to high quality evidence reviews through the creation of guidelines, collation of existing material and direct assistance to teams


  • Enables collaboration between the Partnership and the Canadian cancer research community, especially through the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance
  • Develops targeted initiatives to promote cancer research and further develop the relationship between the Partnership and the cancer research community
  • Performs quantitative data analysis to identify key trends for the Canadian Cancer Research Survey

General accountabilities

  • Supports the development of briefings to senior leadership on topics within the Research and Innovation Portfolio including undertaking time limited reviews of strategic issues, developing and presenting content for written or verbal presentations to a senior audience
  • Performs other duties and ad hoc projects as required


The Partnership’s core competencies are a key element to reviewing performance. While the duties and responsibilities of a position tell you the “what,” the competencies tell you the “how.”  We have developed five universal competencies which we expect to be exhibited by all employees regardless of level or position, as well as five leadership competencies which we expect to be exhibited by staff in people management positions.

Universal competencies

  • Inclusive – values diversity and applies an equity lens; consciously thinks about who needs to be included
  • Agile – is constantly adapting to partners, priorities and outcomes; is committed to continuous learning and improvement; promotes new ways of doing things
  • Collaborative – partners and builds strong relationships; works effectively with team members, focusing on delivering individual contributions to meet collective outcomes
  • Outcomes-focused – focuses on the ultimate impact, priorities work with a focus on underserved groups
  • Systems-thinking – connects the dots between their work and the broader system, has political acuity

Experience and qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree or combination of comparable education and experience in technology, health care or a related field
  • A minimum of five years’ cumulative work experience in policy, technology, health care or a related field
  • Experience engaging with a diverse group of stakeholders to achieve or create change
  • Experience with project planning and process development with an ability to anticipate organizational priorities
  • Proficient in Microsoft 365 (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive)
  • Proficient in a least one statistical software package such as SAS, SPSS, Strata, R etc.
  • Experience in conducting literature and systematic reviews and evidence scans
  • Experience in analyzing data and communicating findings
  • Experience in the following is desirable but not mandatory
    • Embedding innovation within a healthcare system
    • Applied or translational research
    • Regulation of emerging technology
    • Bilingual in both English and French is an asset

Apply now

To apply, please forward your CV and cover letter combined in one file in Word or PDF format to:

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer thanks all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer has a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Details

Reports to:

Manager, Research & Innovation


Downtown Toronto (work from home until further notice)

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Posting date:

January 27, 2021

Closing date:

February 10, 2021