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Senior Policy Analyst, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline July 11, 2011

Public Health Ontario
Draft Job Description

Working Title:
Senior Policy Analyst
(Temporary Full-Time 6 month secondment or contract position)

Organization Summary:

Public Health Ontario (PHO) is an arm’s length government agency dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, PHO links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.

PHO provides expert scientific and technical support relating to infection prevention and control; surveillance and epidemiology; health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental and occupational health; health emergency preparedness; and public health laboratory services to support health providers, the public health system and partner ministries in making informed decisions and taking informed action to improve the health and security of Ontarians.  For more information about PHO, visit

Position Summary:  

Reporting to the Director of Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP), the position is responsible for providing content expertise and technical support to the Chronic Disease Prevention Blueprint Partnership, a joint initiative between PHO and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO). Over the next six months, the Partnership will be collaborating on the development of a Chronic Disease Prevention Blueprint comprised of key recommendations for government policy interventions addressing four key risk factors contributing to chronic disease: tobacco, healthy eating, active living and alcohol. In addition, the Blueprint will contain overarching, system-level recommendations for the prevention of chronic disease. Panels with expertise in the key risk factor areas will be established to vet the recommendations, which will be presented at a Cancer Quality Council of Ontario (CQCO) event in December 2011.

Specifically, the Senior Policy Analyst will support the Partnership through leading and conducting legislative, regulatory and policy research, including issues/trends analysis, in order to prepare documents and provide advice enabling the Partnership to reach decisions and formulate recommendations and policy responses addressing the key risk factors contributing to chronic disease.

Key Responsibilities:
The Senior Policy Analyst will be responsible for:

  • Supporting the Partnership, including its International Expert Panels and Risk Factor specific and other Working Groups, through the provision of policy research, and the preparation of related  written materials such as technical reports and background documents;
  • Supporting the development of the Blueprint recommendations and report;
  • Developing policy options for the implementation of the proposed Blueprint recommendations;
  • Assisting with the development of materials for Partnership meetings/teleconferences, including sessions to engage the International Expert Panels;
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with PHO and their health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention networks and partners;
  • Representing  PHO and promoting its mandate and strategic initiatives through presentations, attendance at conferences and other activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills:

5-10 years policy development/analysis experience at a provincial agency and/or ministry related to health promotion and the primary prevention of chronic disease;
Experience with literature searches and jurisdictional scans;
Proven expertise in the principles/practices of policy research/development, environmental scanning, trends forecasting, and issues analysis;
Experience working with and engaging expert panels and advisory committees;
Demonstrated project management, research, analytical skills;
Demonstrated computer and data management skills with proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Project 2003) and familiarity with SharePoint;
Superior oral and written communication to develop background papers, technical reports, briefing notes and presentations to inform and communicate strategically.

Education and Experience:

  • Masters degree in public health, policy analysis, public administration or related discipline and/or combined relevant experience.

Working Conditions:

  • Working in the provincial office located at 480 University Avenue
  • General office environment,
  • PC use is approximately 80% of time
  • Access to on-site fitness centre

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