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Project Officer CIHR-IHSPR (One year, full-time contract)


Role Group: CIHR-IHSPR

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada’s federal funding agency for health research. Composed of 13 virtual Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada. The Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) is dedicated to supporting innovative research, capacity-building and knowledge translation initiatives designed to improve the way health care services are organized, regulated, managed, financed, paid for, used and delivered, in the interest of improving the health and quality of life of all Canadians. The IHSPR team is based in Toronto and works closely with CIHR staff based in Ottawa, with both offices collaborating closely to ensure the smooth running of all of IHSPR’s projects and initiatives. This small and closely-knit team coordinates and facilitates a wide variety of projects with short to long-term deadlines, making this a highly dynamic environment with a constantly evolving work flow.

IHSPR is currently seeking a project officer to join the Toronto office, based at ICES, who will contribute to the planning, implementation and evaluation of a number of strategic institute projects and initiatives. In this position, the project officer will have the opportunity to work with a wide array of stakeholders including researchers, decision-makers, executives and knowledge translators, all dedicated to improving health policy and services for Canadians.

Responsibilities of the position include, but may not be limited to:

  • Contribute to the development of reports, analyses, briefings and presentations to ensure effective development, planning and implementation of IHSPR projects/initiatives
  • Conduct environmental scans and literature reviews of new and emerging areas to inform Institute strategic investments and program planning
  • Contribute to the development and administration of end-of-grant reports for IHSPR-funded research, and the synthesis of key outputs, outcomes and lessons learned from these reports to inform future initiatives
  • Lead and/or contribute to data collection and analysis, development of performance management frameworks and the evaluation of projects/ initiatives
  • Maintain internal and external collaborative relationships with the other CIHR Institutes, and national, provincial and community organizations, (including other funding organizations, government, non-government and voluntary organizations), to ensure the success of projects/initiatives and other partnered activities
  • Respond to Institute-related questions from a variety of audiences (eg, partners, potential funding applicants, CIHR staff) to ensure timely and accurate communication on behalf of the Institute
  • Aid in peer and relevance review/validation of Institute funding awards, as well as contribute to the creation of annual reports (including development of evaluation criteria, validation of data, etc.)
  • Coordinate and track Institute-led project activities and related resources to ensure progress is made in accordance with predetermined timelines

Knowledge, skills and abilities required

  • Masters graduate or equivalent experience, including experience in a health research-related field, ideally within IHSPR’s mandate area
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with experience communicating with a range of audiences and formats
  • Understanding of Canada’s academic health research and health systems environments, and knowledge of relevant stakeholders in Canada
  • Strong analytical skills, to assist with development of performance management frameworks and the evaluation of projects/initiative
  • Ability to identify, analyze and resolve problems effectively and in a timely fashion
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects, setting priorities and delivering expected results on time and in budget
  • Flexibility and ability to function with minimal instructions (autonomy)
  • Strong coordination, organizational and facilitation skills
  • Ability to function effectively in a complex team environment
  • Ability to acquire knowledge of CIHR’s legal context and obligation pertaining to internal and external communication
  • Ability to use PC office applications including, but not limited to, Word, Excel, PowerPoint; and AdobeCreative Suite
  • Knowledge of both official languages is a strong asset

Please note: Occasional travel and working outside of normal office hours will be required.

This position is a one year full-time contract with possibility of renewal. This position is located at ICES Central in Toronto.

ICES offers a competitive compensation package with full benefits, and participation in a defined benefit pension plan with HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan).

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter detailing how their knowledge, skills and abilities match the scope of this position to the attention of:
Human Resources Department
Please quote job# IHSPR-18-01

We thank all applicants for their interest in working at ICES. Due to the volume of applications received, only applicants being considered for the position will be contacted for further discussions.

ICES is committed to providing accessible employment practices, in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process, and applicants are asked to make their needs known.


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