Fellow, Health Economics


This position is part of the Partnership’s Cancer Systems, Performance and Innovation Division. This division drives improvements in Canada’s cancer system through data, research, economic modelling and innovations such as digital healthcare. The division monitors emerging health technologies and leverages data systems to determine gaps and opportunities for improvements in cancer care. The division enhances regional integration, with leads located across the country with the mandate of increasing responsiveness to local cancer care needs and opportunities. The 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.

Reporting to the Manager, Health Economics & Organizational Performance, the Fellow will gain hands on experience supporting internal and external partners to identify cancer-specific analytic needs, and develop analyses and knowledge products to address these needs. The role also involves learning and supporting the OncoSim model development, validation and use in order to drive evidence-based decision making in the organization and across Canada. The role will also support our initiatives to quantify the economic burden of cancer in Canada.

Specific accountabilities

  • Coordinate and support working group activities to generate evidence on the economic burden of cancer and drive the use of this evidence in the organization and across Canada
  • Conduct assessment of cancer-specific analytic needs of provincial / territory partners as well as internal partners’ economic analytic needs based on their programs
  • Collaborate with Statistics Canada and other key partners/stakeholders on various OncoSim model initiatives that aim to develop, validate and use the model
  • Perform analyses using OncoSim for internal and external purposes:
    • Evaluate the cumulative impact of cancer control measures
  • Write case studies from these analyses to describe the implications of identified policy decisions
  • Conduct environmental scans and literature reviews to support the Health Economics & Organizational Performance portfolio
  • Act as a source of substantive information regarding the status of the quantification of the economic burden of cancer projects
  • Assist the Health Economist and Manager, Health Economics & Organizational Performance, as needed

Collaborative accountabilities

  • Work across divisions and portfolios and with external partners
  • Support equity-based analyses and promote an inclusive approach to cancer control
  • Support Health Economist, Manager/Program Manager/Director accountabilities, overall strategic priorities and core enabling functions
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the Performance Team to maximize our collective ability to measure and report on progress against the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the First Nations, Inuit & Métis team to incorporate Peoples-specific priorities in the work
  • Support division strategy and goals, and delivering results on time and within budget

Essential skills and attributes

  • An ability to establish effective working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, partners and colleagues
  • Demonstrated organizational, process development and project management/coordination skills
  • Advanced research, analytical, interpretive and problem-solving skills
  • Developed technical skills with Excel and other Microsoft Office products, knowledge of TreeAge an asset
  • A commitment to collaboration and shared accountability
  • Developed verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task within a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience of health sector issues/challenges, preferably in the cancer domain

Experience and education

  • Masters degree in health economics, health policy, epidemiology, public health, health services research, MIS, or related field; or a combination of comparable education and experience
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience
  • Expertise conducting equity-related analyses and/or economic analyses alongside the evaluation of First Nations, Inuit and Metis health programs is an asset
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting health data, preferably cancer data
  • Experience in knowledge transfer of technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Experience using data and information to inform health policy
  • Experience and/or knowledge of health economics, preferably health technology assessment in cancer
  • Experience working with provincial, national, and international cancer organizations and professional associations
  • Experience working with or knowledge of cancer registry data 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.

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

Position Details

Reports to:

Manager, Health Economics & Organizational Performance


Downtown Toronto (work from home until further notice)


12 months fixed-term contract

Job level:


Posting Date:

September 8, 2020

Closing Date:

September 21, 2020