Analyst – Health Policy, Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) @ Cancer Care Ontario


The Cancer Screening Program is part of the Prevention and Cancer Control (P&CC) Portfolio at Cancer Care Ontario (CCO). P&CC brings together cancer prevention, screening, surveillance and research into a single organizational entity, while Cancer Screening focuses specifically on the delivery of Ontario’s three cancer screening programs: ColonCancerCheck (CCC), the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP), and the Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP). There are four units that make up Cancer Screening:

  • Program Design
  • Implementation
  • Operations
  • Quality Management & Quality Management Partnership


Within the Cancer Screening Program, the Program Design Unit provides a standard approach to designing all existing organized and emerging screening programs that moves evidence into action. The Unit coordinates intake and synthesis of new evidence to develop policy and guidelines that are consistent with current evidence and research. It also ensures that Cancer Screening Programs are continually evaluated through performance indicators and targets and that leading screening practices are widely adopted. Program design work is led in partnership with Clinical and Scientific leadership and includes evidence assessments, program design strategy and development, impact assessments and program planning.

The Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) team within the Program Design Unit supports the development of high quality evidence products to inform policy development and program design. It determines activities to help improve effectiveness of screening interventions. The team also monitors for emerging breast cancer screening evidence and is familiar with practice in other jurisdictions.


The key responsibilities of this position are/Les principales responsabilités de ce poste sont:

  • Leads the preparation of policy briefings, jurisdictional scans, needs assessments, and impact assessments on a variety of screening issues to support changes to, and advancement of the program
  • Support the Clinical and Scientific leadership of the program
  • Monitors, collates and synthesizes information on evidence, including clinical evidence, trends and best practices to facilitate planning and decision making
  • Researches, analyzes and synthesizes peer reviewed literature using standard and new critical appraisal methods
  • Summarize evidence reviews into accurate answers or actionable information
  • Analyze research data, interpret results, prepare recommendations and reports
  • Organizes and supports both internal and external working groups and advisory committees involved in policy development and program design
  • Analyzes, assesses and records program requirements to create formal policy documentation
  • Translates analyses and conclusions into briefing notes, policy papers, options analyses, and presentations for a variety of audiences
  • Pinpoints strengths and weaknesses of various alternatives and selects or recommends appropriate decisions/solutions
  • Provides management and stakeholders with status updates, feedback and appropriate reporting on projects including meeting minutes
  • Develops and presents material for review and informational purposes, including scientific and public reports, using excellent written, verbal, and graphical communications skills, with ability to express complex concepts effectively
  • Performs cross-functional and/or other duties consistent with the job classification, as assigned or requested


  • A masters degree in epidemiology or recognized equivalent
  • At least 2 years of practical or related experience in policy analysis/program or research study development, critically appraising scientific literature and preparing evidence summaries
  • An understanding of Ontario’s healthcare system with particular emphasis on population and public health/epidemiologic approaches, theory and practice
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare briefing notes, reports, policy papers and evidence summaries, as well as contribute to scientific manuscripts and presentations
  • Experience formulating policy and working on policy initiatives, assessing impacts and identifying risks
  • Has clinical and/or scientific background or expertise to work with the clinical/scientific leadership of the program
  • Excellent analytic and interpretive skills, proficiency with appropriate analytic software and tools, in particular with SAS
  • Demonstrates exceptional tactical and strategic thinking
  • Ability to recognize target audiences and addresses communication appropriately
  • Ability to prioritize and manage several projects in a cross-functional team environment and to respond quickly based on timelines and project plans
  • Detail-oriented with excellent organization and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a self-directed manner with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work well under pressure and use good judgment in assessing difficult situations
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic fast-paced environment with a degree of uncertainty or ambiguity
  • Works well with people from different disciplines with varying degrees of experience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products
  • Familiarity with cancer screening or cancer in Canada would be an asset
  • Flexibility in work hours including ability to attend early morning and evening meetings on occasion

 CLOSING DATE:     July 8, 2016

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