Position ID:

Job Category:
Program Management

Salary Grade:
Grade 12 – $107,685-$134,608 per annum with eligibility for performance pay

Job Type / Duration:
Permanent, Full-time

Language Requirements:
Bilingual imperative BBB/BBB

Job Location:
160 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Open to:
The general public

Closing Date:
February 15, 2022

Special posting considerations

• On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced details of its plans to require vaccination across the federal public service.

As per the new Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, CIHR employees must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate (permanent), determinate (term), casual, and student hiring. Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment then the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete an attestation.

As part of the application process, you must provide concrete and detailed examples that clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience criteria listed under the Essential Qualifications as part of your cover letter. Applicants should also indicate in their application if they meet the Asset Qualifications. Please use the education and experience factors as headers and address each demonstrating how you meet each qualification required using concrete examples. Your cover letter should not exceed 4 pages (5 pages for applications submitted in French).

CIHR offices are located in the heart of Downtown Ottawa at 160 Elgin; however, CIHR employees are currently working remotely from home. As pandemic measures ease over time, there is an operational requirement for the selected candidate of this position to be located in the National Capital Region.

As an employer committed to equitable hiring and creating an environment where diverse perspectives are valued, CIHR collects self-declaration information from candidates. Count yourself in and self-declare by identifying to which employment equity group(s) you belong. CIHR is committed to the values and principles of employment equity. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply: women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.
Who we are:

At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada’s health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system. Our mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system.

Job Summary

The Senior Advisor to the *Vice-President of Research – Programs (VPR-P) is responsible for managing and/or providing strategic advice on high priority and sensitive files across the organization, coordinating activities across portfolios, managing strategic operational projects under the purview of the VPR-P’s responsibility, and providing a key challenge function on a wide range of proposals to address critical horizontal issues related to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) mandate, strategic objectives and operational goals.

*This position will support the new incoming Vice-President of Research – Programs. The VPR-P Portfolio will oversee initiative management, Institute support, as well as the design and delivery of CIHR funding programs as well as peer review, including the College of Reviewers. The VPR-P will work in close collaboration with the new Vice-President of Learning Health Systems, CIHR’s Associate Vice-President of Research – Operations, the Secretariat for the Responsible Conduct of Research, Strategic and Corporate Affairs Portfolio colleagues and all of CIHR’s Scientific Directors to implement CIHR’s Strategic Plan and deliver on CIHR’s mandate.

Other responsibilities include:

• Ensuring effective linkages across the organization on projects and activities to facilitate the integration of decisions, comments and directives, which enhance the capacity of the VPR-P to promote coherent approaches for identifying and addressing critical horizontal issues improving CIHR’s ability to deliver its programs and services in a cost-effective manner.
• Responding to, and/or coordinating among senior management on a wide variety of policy and operational issues that arise. This includes solving problems, mediating potential conflicts, and mobilizing organizational resources in advance of emerging and developing issues.
• Nurturing positive relationships and trust based on active and meaningful exchange of information to ensure a common understanding of, and to garner and consolidate support for, the achievement of the organization’s strategic objectives and operational goals.
• Managing high-priority special projects and project staff that focus on research business, program, policy and operational matters.

Essential Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience relevant to the position.

• *Significant experience in providing strategic analysis and advice to senior management** on complex*** and sensitive issues; as well as programs, initiatives, and/or policies.
• *Significant experience in preparing briefing materials for **senior management such as briefing notes and memos, and/or presentations.
• *Significant experience in developing and maintaining collaborative relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders at all levels.
• *Significant experience in project management, planning and coordination.
• *Significant experience in working a fast-paced and changing environment with multiple competing priorities and a diverse group of stakeholders.

*Significant experience refers to the breadth and depth of experience and is defined as the type (range, scope, and complexity) of work handled related to the experience criteria.

**Senior management is defined as positions within the Executive Group (EX-01 to EX-05). (CIHR’s Executive Group is defined as Grades 13 to 16).

***Complex issues are issues with at least one of the following characteristics: multidimensional, sensitive, confidential, affecting many partners or stakeholders, precedent setting or having a major impact on the organizational objectives.

• Extensive knowledge of the health portfolio and CIHR’s mandate, strategic objectives and operational goals.
• Extensive knowledge of government policy issues, programs and practices relevant to the position.
• Knowledge and understanding of the principles, techniques and practices of public or business administration, including practices and techniques relevant to project management.

• Communications (Oral and Written)
• Working with Others (Collaborating and Relationship Management) – the capacity to engage others to manage complicated issues
• Critical Thinking
• Adaptability
• Initiative
• Judgment
• Planning and organizing

Operational Requirements
• Travel may be required and you may be asked to work irregular hours on short notice.

Asset Qualifications

• Experience in leading a team in an environment of multiple competing priorities.
• Experience in change management.
• Experience of various communication and negotiating skills, including facilitation and group process management techniques.

Important Notes

1. We currently have one (1) permanent position available. A pool of pre-qualified candidates may be established through this process to staff future identical or similar positions within CIHR with various tenures (assignment, term/temporary or indeterminate/permanent), various security clearance levels and/or various bilingual linguistic profiles.

2. Applications must be received through the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) – competition process number: J0122-0367. Please be sure to label your cover letter and CV according to this competition process number. Your cover letter should not exceed 4 pages (5 for applications submitted in French).

3. Acknowledgement of receipt of applications will not be sent; we would like to thank all candidates who apply. Only those selected for an exam and/or an interview will be contacted.

4. An interview will be held and a written examination may be administered.

5. The position to be staffed is bilingual imperative BBB/BBB.

6. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, please inform us of accommodations (i.e., an alternative method of assessment, a technical aid, accessibility requirements, etc.) required at any stage of the assessment process, so that we can take the appropriate measures to facilitate your full participation.

7. From amongst those candidates that meet the essential criteria of education and experience, CIHR may select a certain number of candidates that most closely meet the position requirements to participate in the next selection phase.

8. Your candidacy may be eliminated from the competition process if you answer ‘no’ to one or more of the pre-screening questions during the application phase.

9. CIHR is a federal agency (Separate Employer) and does not fall under the Public Service Employment Act.

10. CIHR offices are located in the heart of Downtown Ottawa at 160 Elgin; however, CIHR employees are currently working remotely from home. As pandemic measures ease over time, there is an operational requirement for the selected candidate of this position to be located in the National Capital Region.

11. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] and clearly state the process number in the subject line of your e-mail.

12. All employees of the CIHR are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency. CIHR’s mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened health care system for Canadians. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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