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Job description

Research Analyst

Reference number : AHS23J-022989-000006

Selection process number : 23-AHS-HSRO-EA 354323 Public Health Agency of Canada - Health Security and Regional Operations Branch

Edmonton (Alberta), Vancouver (British Columbia), Winnipeg (Manitoba), Moncton (New Brunswick), Yellowknife (Northwest Territories), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Iqaluit (Nunavut), Toronto (Ontario), Montréal Island (Québec), Regina (Saskatchewan), Whitehorse (Yukon)


$88,618 to $101,999

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Closing date : 31 March 2023 - 23 : 59, Pacific Time

Who can apply : Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation.

All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.


The duties of the positions may vary based on the position occupied and the location of work. However, here are some examples of the types of duties you can expect to perform as a result of an appointment from this selection process :

Lead intelligence gathering and analysis on emerging and priority population health issues and jurisdictional landscapes.

Contribute to the development of knowledge products and tools to address gaps data analyses and syntheses, epidemiology, evaluation of initiatives and scientific publications.

Lead knowledge mobilization and public health capacity building activities through stakeholder engagement including Centres, regional colleagues, external academic and public health stakeholders, and MPH internships.

Provide leadership and / or support on public health science-related files.

Provide surge support during emergencies in areas such as analysis, planning, and stakeholder liaison.

Provide advice to management and occasionally senior management on matters that require consideration of multiple system factors.

Work environment

We bring people together to create a healthy and inclusive workplace and are operating in a hybrid work environment with a mix of remote work (from home) and on-site presence at the official Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) offices.

Join our collaborative team where we work in close collaboration with colleagues from PHAC National Centers, external partners and regional offices across the country.

Intent of the process

The immediate intent of this process is to staff the following positions in the Public Health Agency of Canadas Health Security and Regional Operations Branch (HSROB) within our Public Health Capacity and Knowledge Management Units (PHKMU) :

  • One term bilingual imperative (CBC) position in Montreal, QC.
  • One term bilingual imperative (CBC) and one term English essential position in Toronto, ON.
  • One term English essential position in Vancouver, BC or Edmonton, AB.
  • One indeterminate bilingual imperative (BBB) in Winnipeg, MB or Regina, SK. If no successful candidates are found at the BBB level, then English Essential may be considered.
  • One term English essential position in the Northern region where the work may be conducted virtually.

A pool of qualified candidates (partially assessed) may be established and may be used to staff similar positions at this group and level with various language requirements.

In addition, this process may be used for various tenures (acting appointments, assignment, deployment, indeterminate, specified period, secondment), security requirements and conditions of employment within the Public Health Agency of Canada.

As a result of the potential and possible use of the selection process and subsequent pool by hiring managers, we encourage all candidates seeking this type of opportunity to apply.

Positions to be filled : Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Education :

Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialization in economics, sociology or statistics.

Note : Candidates must always have a degree. The courses for the specialization must be acceptable and may have been taken at a recognized post-secondary institution, but not necessarily within a degree program in the required specialization.

The specialization may also be obtained through an acceptable combination of education, training and / or experience.

If your degree is not in economics, sociology or statistics, you will have to clearly list the university (or equivalent) courses that you have taken in at least one of the three relevant areas of specialization in your application.

Masters degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in social or health sciences or a field related to the position.

Experience :

  • 1)Significant* experience in researching, analyzing, synthesizing, and interpreting public health issues or data to provide recommendations and produce documents;
  • 2)Significant* experience in developing and maintaining partnerships and collaborative relationships with stakeholders from various sectors related to health or the public health field;
  • 3)Experience in planning and coordinating projects;

4)Significant* experience performing qualitative or quantitative data analysis using softwares such as Excel, SPSS, SAS, NVIVO or equivalents.

Note :

Significant* experience is understood to mean the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with having performed a broad range of various, complex related activities leading to tangible achievements, normally acquired over a period of 2 years or more.

The amount, the complexity and the diversity of activities, as well as the autonomy level will also be taken into consideration.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements

English essential, bilingual imperative (BBB), bilingual imperative (CBC)

Knowledge :

1) Knowledge of public health responsibilities, priorities / issues and main public health organizations at the federal level and provincial level (based on the region / province for which you are applying).

2) Knowledge of key public health concepts such as social inequalities, prevention and health promotion, social epidemiology, or the social determinants of health.

Abilities :

1)Ability to communicate effectively orally.

2)Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

3)Ability to analyze and summarize scientific information, make recommendations to management.

4)Ability to apply methods and tools of quantitative and qualitative analyses of data.

5)Ability to develop and apply methods of knowledge transfer and exchange also known as "Knowledge Mobilization", "Knowledge Application" or "Knowledge Transfer".

Personal Suitability :

1)Working effectively with others

2)Showing initiative and being action oriented


4)Demonstrating integrity and respect

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Asset Education :

PhD degree in Public Health, Community Health or equivalent.

Asset Experiences :

1)Significant* experience in Epidemiology.

2)Experience conducting complex statistical analyses (e.g., statistical modeling, factor analyses, geospatial analyses, regression analyses, etc.).

3)Experience in chronic disease prevention (e.g., research, surveillance or intervention programs / policies).

4)Experience in epidemiology or research on mental health or mental illness.

5)Experience in infectious disease prevention in clinical, social and behavioral contexts such as STBBI, immunization, nosocomial infections, or respiratory diseases.

6)Experience in infectious disease prevention in climate, food and built environmental contexts such as One Health, health impacts of climate change, enteric diseases or zoonoses.

7)Experience in the field of healthy child development (e.g., research, surveillance or intervention programs / policies).

8)Experience in population aging and healthy lifestyles.

9)Experience in substance abuse prevention (ex. cannabis, opioids, or alcohol).

10)Experience working with Indigenous communities on health and / or public health files.

11)Experience in developing written non-stigmatized scientific knowledge products.

12)Experience supervising / mentoring university student(s).

13)Experience in performance measurement or program evaluation.

Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups : Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve.

We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

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