Health Economist


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 Health Economist is accountable for providing content-specific expertise to advance pan-Canadian cancer control initiatives and enhance health system sustainability. The Health Economist will collaborate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to support strategic and operational plans and program development. This work will include evaluating the burden of cancer, assessing the economic impact of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control, providing health economic expertise to support Partnership initiatives, and modelling to assess the value of cancer control policy and practice changes and innovations. The Health Economist will also have opportunity to support the implementation of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control.

Specific accountabilities

  • Provide strategic and timely advice to the Manager, Health Economics & Organizational Performance, Director, Performance, and Expert Lead, Cancer Economics, and other Partnership program areas to support the planning and implementation of work related to health economics and other portfolio-specific initiatives, as requested
  • Collaborate with the Manager and Expert Lead to conduct economic evaluations of cancer control initiatives pertaining to health system sustainability and value-based care
  • Increase the uptake and use of OncoSim, a cancer-focused microsimulation model, to support evidence-informed policy and practice changes, through various knowledge mobilization activities (manuscript writing, presentation development, etc.)
  • Lead a program of work that supports enhancing the system’s understanding of the economic burden of cancer, including projects that leverage the linkage of major population and health datasets
  • Prepare and present complex analyses through presentations, technical reports, academic publications and web content to diverse audiences

Collaborative accountabilities

  • Lead the cross-cutting functionality of embedding a health economic lens across the organization’s program areas, such as prevention, screening, diagnosis and clinical care, and palliative care, to understand and apply health economics in their work
  • Advise on equity-based analyses and promote an inclusive approach to planning for cancer control
  • Drive innovation and culture change through collaborative behaviour
  • Be accountable for collaboration across Partnership divisions and portfolios and with external partners
  • 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 Manager/Director/VP/Expert Lead/Chair accountabilities, strategic priorities and core enabling functions

Relationship management

  • Establish, develop and maintain strong relationships with international, national, regional, and provincial/territorial level external stakeholders (e.g. government ministries/departments and cancer agencies), as well as professional organizations, and non-governmental organizations
  • Develop and maintain strong internal relationships across all departments
  • Provide mentorship to junior team members
  • Assist the VP, Cancer Systems, Performance & Innovation and Director, Performance, as required

Essential skills and attributes

  • Developed theoretical and applied health economics skills and experience; epidemiology skills are an asset
  • Demonstrated knowledge of economic principles, health technology assessment (i.e., economic evaluation, budget impact analysis, return on investment), modelling, cancer system management and/or equity analysis
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience of health sector issues, system sustainability and/or challenges in cancer control
  • Developed internal and external relationship management skills, including the ability to work with colleagues at all levels of an organization in a professional manner, and to establish effective working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, vendors and colleagues
  • Ability to analyze emerging issues and develop strategic responses
  • Ability to provide high quality results in a timely manner within tight deadlines
  • A champion for diversity and inclusion, consciously thinking about who should be included in discussions and planning activities.
  • Developed written and verbal communication skills; knowledge of both official languages is an asset
  • An interest in mentoring, facilitation, coaching and knowledge-sharing skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office 365 products. Knowledge and experience working with social media and web-based tools and technology an asset

Experience and education

  • Master’s degree in Economics/Health Economics, Health Policy, Epidemiology, Health Services Research, or related discipline, or combination of comparable education and experience PhD an asset
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience working in health care, public policy environment or relevant context, preferably with some experience in cancer control
  • 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
  • Previous experience in health technology assessment, economic evaluation or related research
  • Developed expertise leading equity-related analyses and/or economic analyses alongside the evaluation of First Nations, Inuit and Metis health programs
  • Developed experience in planning, producing and disseminating knowledge-based products
  • Developed experience developing and delivering presentations to varied stakeholder groups
  • Developed experience in building and maintaining strategic stakeholder relationships, especially in multidisciplinary settings and with diverse stakeholders

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)



Job level:


Posting Date:

October 6, 2020

Closing Date:

October 19, 2020