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Lead, Program Design and Delivery



Special posting considerations

You must provide a cover letter: In this document, you must provide concrete and detailed examples to clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience requirements listed in the essential qualifications and asset qualifications sections. The screening board cannot make any assumptions about your experience. It is not sufficient to say that you have the required qualifications or to list your current duties. One effective approach would be to use the wording of each experience criterion as a heading and then write one or two paragraphs demonstrating not only that you have the required experience, but how it was acquired and your leadership role in delivering results. Ensure that you provide specific, clear and accurate details (what, when, where, and how you acquired each qualification). The curriculum vitae may be a secondary source to confirm the experience described in the cover letter. Applications that do not clearly demonstrate that the candidate meets the screening criteria will not be given further consideration.

CIHR offices are located in Ottawa, Ontario; however, CIHR employees are currently working within flexible work arrangements. Operational requirements will determine the need for on-site presence and/or relocation and may change over time. The hiring manager will discuss these details with candidates, as applicable.

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.

Job Summary


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is a federal government agency that provides funding to support the work of thousands of health researchers. CIHR’s mission is to support a healthier Canada by leading investment in innovative and collaborative research and helping to solve our health care challenges today and in the future. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada. Are you looking for new challenges in a dynamic team? Are you looking for an environment where your expertise is recognized and heard?

If you answered yes to the above, then come join our team!


The purpose of this job is to support management in the effective planning, oversight and continuous improvement of funding competitions, programs and operations and lead implementation of relevant projects.

You will be accountable for liaising with internal and external stakeholders during the competition design and delivery process, while keeping abreast of current and emerging trends in your assigned area. With the support of your team, you will be responsible for timeline planning, competition design, peer review panel recruitment and requirements, reviewer assignments and filling gaps in expertise.

In addition, you will have a role in the governance of initiatives, project and policy development, implementation and oversight, and performance measurement and evaluation related to CIHR’s funding programs and corporate priorities.

You will support the Manager with the operational planning and budgeting of competitions and provide support for internal operational meetings, peer review committee meetings, etc.

Finally, you will be accountable for supervising the work of your immediate team, consisting of Project Managers (if applicable), Advisors and Coordinators, as well as working with your Lead colleagues to plan and monitor activities to ensure a consistent approach across the branch.)


CIHR is dedicated to creating a healthy and stimulating work environment. People are the foundation of our organization. As a member of a CIHR team, you will become part of a diverse community where teamwork and the sharing of ideas amplifies our effectiveness. In addition to a dynamic environment where your work is valued by senior management, CIHR offers excellent conditions that set the agency apart from other employers. For instance, employees enjoy:

  • Competitive salary scale: bilingual bonuses and performance pay
  • Progressive work environment
  • Hybrid Work Model & Remote work opportunities
  • Seamless transition for public servants
  • A great work-life balance

As a Government of Canada Agency, CIHR employees are considered public servants and receive the same the pension and benefits as the core public administration.

The CIHR is a separate agency of the Government of Canada, which allows us to establish human resources policies and programs that meet our specific needs.

We encourage existing public servants to contact the email address below for questions related to transferring to a separate agency.

Essential Qualifications


  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.


  • Experience in analyzing information and writing reports, briefing notes, presentations or documents on complex* issues.
  • Experience in coordinating and monitoring several complex* projects or initiatives with multiple deadlines.
  • Experience providing strategic advice or recommendations to senior management.
  • Experience liaising and negotiating with partners and external stakeholders**.
  • Experience interpreting and implementing policies and procedures.
  • Experience in managing human resources***.
  • Complex issues are issues with two (2) of the following characteristics: multidimensional or horizontal, sensitive or confidential, holding significant risk, affecting many partners or stakeholders, having a major impact on the public service or the Canadians, or having a potential for significant media coverage

**External stakeholders refers to individuals outside of your home organization, and can include stakeholders either in or outside of government (e.g., private sector, NGOs, etc.).

*** Human resources refers to managing employees, including performance and leave management and development or contribution to human resource strategies and plans.


  • Adaptability
  • Critical Thinking
  • Judgement
  • Working with others (Collaborating and Relationship Management)
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Initiative
  • Communication (Oral and Written)
  • Managing Excellence (Providing Vision & Strategy, Organizing Resources and Managing Change)

Asset Qualifications


  • Successful completion of a graduate degree (Masters or PhD) in a relevant field of study from a recognized university.


  • Experience in providing technical advice and coordination support to managers, colleagues and the public.
  • Experience working in health research environment.
  • Experience working with Indigenous community organizations and/or knowledge of Indigenous cultures (i.e., First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis).
  • Experience in research funding program administration.

Important Notes

1) 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.

2) The intent of this process is to staff multiple positions. A pool of pre-qualified candidates may be established to staff future identical or similar positions within CIHR with various tenures (assignment, specified period or indeterminate), various security clearance levels and/or various bilingual linguistic profiles.

3) Applications must be received through the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) – process number: xxxxxxx.

4) We would like to thank all candidates who apply. Only those selected for assessment will be contacted. We will communicate with you regarding this process by email. Applicants should use an email address that accepts messages from unknown senders (some email systems block such messages). If you do not respond to our communications, we will interpret this as your withdrawal from the process.

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

6) For questions, please contact [email protected]


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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