Lead, Health Economics


The Partnership’s Cancer Systems, Performance and Innovation 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 division enhances regional integration, with leads located across the country with the mandate of increasing responsiveness to local cancer care needs and opportunities. This division also leads data collection, analysis and reporting to Canadians on the performance of the cancer system and progress of the Partnership and its partners in delivering on the eight priorities of the 2019-2029 Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control.

The Lead, Health Economics supports the Cancer Systems, Performance & Innovation Division in carrying out projects and initiatives to achieve organizational priorities. Reporting to the Manager, Health Policy, Measurement & Evaluation, the incumbent leads the delivery of 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.

Core responsibilities and activities

Program specific responsibilities

  • Leads health economic projects, ensuring continuous communication with team members to ensure clarity of roles, responsibilities and expectations
  • Identifies and communicates the scope of projects with team members
  • Determines cases where a more tailored approach is appropriate, e.g., streamlined economic analyses, assessing customer needs to meet timelines, development of a tool to assist decision making at local levels. The Lead will outline a framework for the tailored approach, in consultation with the Manager, Health Policy, Measurement & Evaluation and Director, Performance
  • Provides oversight for the economic processes of projects, providing guidance on technical or process aspects
  • Provides input on lessons learned from each project with a view to continual improvement of processes and approaches
  • Supports capacity building within the Partnership and among external partners
  • Provides strategic and timely advice to the Manager, Health Policy, Measurement & Evaluation, Director, Performance and VP, Cancer Systems, Performance & Innovation, and other Partnership program areas to support the planning and implementation of work related to health economics
  • Provides mentorship and to a team of technical and professional staff to plan and conduct economic evaluations, economic modelling, and incorporation of economic evidence to support organizational and health system needs
  • Supports the uptake, use and maintenance of the OncoSim microsimulation model, including partner engagement, stakeholder management, analyses, and sustainability planning for the tool
  • Develops methods and economic analyses related to the total burden of cancer, and other topics such as system efficiency
  • Establishes, develops, and maintains relationships with international, national, regional, and provincial/territorial levels of government ministries and cancer agencies, as well as professional organizations, and non-governmental organization to further project/program objectives
  • Collaborates with others throughout the Partnership to manage knowledge transfer and exchange activities/products
  • Keeps abreast of current trends and best practice in health economics


  • Consults with economic and clinical researchers, clinical experts, partners and stakeholders, and expert committee members throughout projects (e.g., clarity of roles and responsibilities, scoping, analyses, and implementation)
  • Attends and makes presentations at internal and external meetings and conferences
  • Communicates with internal and external teams regarding status of ongoing work
  • Provides guidance to internal partners of the needs from an economic perspective
  • Collaborates and consults with Partnership staff for advice and/or opinion as appropriate

General responsibilities

  • Facilitates the integration of expert advice into program/project work to further organizational outcomes
  • Works closely with others to contribute content expertise to project opportunity assessments and project plans, and ensures alignment with the Partnership’s goals and priorities
  • Supports team members to implement projects and achieve team objectives
  • Drives innovation and culture change through collaborative behaviour
  • Prepares and presents content and/or represents the Performance team at meetings, both internal and external, and/or conferences and other forums as directed
  • Assists the Manager and Director with other duties and ad hoc projects as assigned


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

Leadership competencies

  • Inspiring – cultivates a common purpose, building energy for change
  • Empowering – builds capability and removes barriers to success
  • Influential – builds and leverages strong relationships, driving action without authority
  • Results-oriented – delivers value from budgets and resources
  • Strategic – thinks ahead; focuses on what’s important; knows when to act

Experience and qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Economics/Health Economics, Health Policy, Epidemiology, Health Services Research, or related discipline, or combination of comparable education and experience
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience, preferably in the non-profit, healthcare sector
  • Proficient in Microsoft 365 (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive)
  • In-depth understanding of economic analysis, including experience in reviewing and conducting economic evaluations, budget impact analyses and computer-based economic and statistical modeling
  • Previous experience in health technology assessment, economic evaluation or related research
  • Demonstrated ability in statistical analysis, critical appraisal and systematic literature review
  • Previous experience in using modelling software, such as Excel, TreeAge, Stata, SAS and/or R
  • Proficient in Project Management, e.g. PMP designation would be an asset
  • Education or experience with First Nations, Inuit and Métis is an asset
  • Bilingual in both English and French is an asset
  • Understanding of the Canadian healthcare system and knowledge of the decision-making processes with the federal/provincial/territorial jurisdictions and broad knowledge of research methods used in the development and application of health technology assessments
  • Sound knowledge of epidemiology
  • Understanding of research principles and evidence-based medicine principles

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, Health Policy, Measurement & Evaluation


Downtown Toronto (work from home until further notice)

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Posting date:

December 16, 2021

Closing date:

January 3, 2021