Manager, Epidemiologist and Bio-Statistician (Various Positions)*Amendment*
Public Health Agency of Canada
Ottawa, ON
Public Health Agency of Canada
Guelph (Ontario), Ottawa (Ontario)
$104,494 to $119,964

For further information on the organization, please visit Public Health Agency of Canada

Closing date: 31 March 2020 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

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Update: Amendment: Education requirement. Candidates who have already submitted an application do not need to resubmit.

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

Information on accommodation for persons with disabilities

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

This is an inventory of potential candidates to fill upcoming employment opportunities at the Public Health Agency of Canada at various locations based on anticipated needs. Management can decide to pull applications at any point so please ensure you submit your application as soon as possible.

The first pull of candidate applications could happen as early as May 18, 2018.

How can you apply?

We want to attract top talent, therefore we are focusing on your competencies. We are also taking a simplified approach for you to apply to this process. To apply for this process, you don’t need to provide a cover letter (just a résumé).

You will be required to complete an online experience screening questionnaire when you apply. The information you provide in the questionnaire must be true. When answering the screening questions you must provide concrete and detailed examples to clearly demonstrate how you meet each qualification.

We can’t make any assumptions about your experience. Simply saying you have the required qualifications or listing your current duties is not enough. Instead, provide concrete and detailed examples that clearly explain where, when, and how you gained the experience. We’ll only use your résumé as a secondary source of information. If you don’t clearly demonstrate you have the required experience, we won’t ask for additional information and you may be screened out. The breadth and depth of experience may be considered during screening, assessment and/or selection of candidates.

The inventory will be updated every 90 days. You will receive a notice in your applicant account 10 days before the end of your active period to determine whether or not you wish to keep being considered for an additional 90 days


The incumbent will work in one of the sections of Centre for Foodborne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (or potentially other divisions within PHAC) performing the following activities, including but not limited to: leading national coordination of surveillance systems; reporting and serving as the focal point on Nationally Notifiable Diseases and case definitions; providing expert advice and briefings pertaining to health issues, risks and benefits; leading or supporting outbreak management and the management of human and financial resources.

Work environment

The Centre for Foodborne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases assesses the risk and reduces the impact of infectious diseases in Canada and internationally that can be spread to humans through contaminated food or water, or through contact with infected animals or the environment.

In addition to the goal of improving public health, we also assess the financial, social and economic cost of these infectious diseases to Canadians. Our work helps governments at the federal, provincial/territorial and local levels to develop policies and programs by providing evidencebased recommendations.

On a global level, we work with international partners such as the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to help reduce the threat of emerging infectious diseases.

Intent of the process

The process will initially be used to staff the following positions:

  • One indeterminate CBC/CBC Manager/Unit Head, Epidemiologist and Bio-Statistician (Manager, Zoonoses Epidemiology) position in Ottawa, Ontario within the Policy Integration and Zoonoses Division (PIZD).
  • One indeterminate English Essential Manager/Unit Head, Epidemiologist and Bio-Statistician (Manager, Surveillance) position in Guelph, Ontario within the Food-Borne Disease and Anti-microbial Resistance Surveillance Division (FDASD).
  • One 12 month English Essential Manager/Unit Head, Epidemiologist and Bio-Statistician (Manager, Detection) position in Guelph, Ontario within the Outbreak Management Division
Our future needs:
The intent of this advertisement is to create and maintain an inventory to fill EC-07 positions within the Public Health Agency of Canada. This inventory may be used to staff positions at this group and level with various linguistic profiles, conditions of employment, geographic locations, security requirements and various tenures (indeterminate, specified term, acting, deployment, assignment, secondment) within the Public Health Agency of Canada. Therefore, all employees seeking this type of position and/or group and level are encouraged to apply including those already at the EC-07 level.

Depending on the needs, candidates may be randomly selected from the inventory for assessment purposes.

All federal organizations listed in Schedules I, IV and V of the Financial Administration Act (FAA) may use this selection process to appoint a candidate to its organization in a similar position.

Positions to be filled: 3

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialization in economics, sociology or statistics and another specialization relevant to the position being staffed (e.g. epidemiology, public health or health sciences).

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.

Degree equivalency

Experience Essential (Common to all positions)
1. Experience in providing strategic advice and/or recommendations to senior management.
2. Experience in managing staff.
3. Significant* experience developing and/or maintaining collaborative working relationships with multiple stakeholders across jurisdictions and levels of government.

  • Significant is defined as having this experience for a minimum of 2 years.
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements
Various language profiles (English Essential; BBB/BBB;CBC/CBC)

Information on language requirements

Essential Knowledge (Common to all positions)
1. Knowledge of theories and practices of epidemiology (which could include surveillance, outbreak investigation or public health action).
2. Knowledge of the Canadian public health system, including key national and international stakeholders.

Essential Competencies (Common to all positions)
1. Communication (oral and written)
2. Working effectively with others
3. Thinking things through
4. Leadership

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

Successful completion of a Master's degree or a PhD from a recognized post-secondary institution with an acceptable specialization in epidemiology, public health, statistics, health sciences and/or another specialization relevant to the position being staffed.

Degree equivalency

Applicants who apply to an inventory process may be referred for one or more opportunities if they meet the needs of the position identified for staffing. Since the position needs may vary from one position to another it is important that you carefully read each screening question and respond whether you meet it or not. If you meet any of the following experience criteria, please clearly indicate it in your application and describe the dates, duration, and breadth to which you meet it as this may result in you being referred to more opportunities.

Candidates MAY also be required to meet ONE OR MORE of the following experience factors, depending on the requirements of the specific position being staffed (Essential or Asset criteria):

1. Experience in managing infectious disease outbreak investigations.
2. Experience in operational or strategic planning.
3. Experience in conducting quantitative epidemiologic data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting.
4. Experience in the preparation and development of horizontal policy initiatives such as Memorandum to Cabinet and Treasury Board submissions.
5. Experience in working on international projects and/or with international stakeholders.
6. Experience in the development, interpretation and implementation of health policy.
7. Experience in the application of economic analysis to health issues.
8. Significant* experience in the coordination and management of health surveillance programs or large-scale** epidemiologic studies.

  • Significant is defined as having this experience for a minimum of 2 years.
** Large-scale epidemiologic studies is defined as national, multi-provincial/jurisdictional studies involving at least three collaborator organizations.

Candidates MAY be required to meet ONE OR MORE of the following qualifications, depending on the requirements of the specific position being staffed as they may be deemed as either an Essential or Asset qualification and would be assessed once screening is complete.

1. Knowledge of the software commonly used in managing/analyzing health-related data.
2. Knowledge of the development and evaluation of public health programs and/or activities.

1. Financial Management
2. People Management
3. Dependability
4. Showing initiative and being action-oriented
5. Demonstrating integrity and respect
6. Attention to detail


Selection for appointment may take into consideration employees who have been or will be impacted by organizational restructuring. Appointments may be made based on the department's commitment to employment continuity of indeterminate employees and no involuntary job loss.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is committed to Employment Equity. In order to ensure a diversified workforce, preference may be given to candidates self-identifying as belonging to one or more of the following Employment Equity groups: aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minority groups provided the candidate meets all essential qualifications listed on the job opportunity notice and any applicable asset qualification(s).

Available to travel domestically and/or internationally. (Depending on the position)
Available to work overtime, often on short notice based on operational requirements. (Depending on the position)

Conditions of employment

Secret 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 targeted groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Based on the hiring division’s needs, additional essential qualifications, asset qualifications, organizational needs, operational requirements and/or conditions of employment may be identified and applied during the assessment and/or selection of candidates.

In assessing candidates, assessment boards may use a variety of tools and methods including, but not limited to, reviews of past performance and accomplishments, written tests, interviews, simulations, PSC tests, reference checks, board member knowledge etc. In addition, all information obtained throughout the selection process, from the time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate the candidates.

Candidates must meet the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position.

Depending on the number of applicants, needs and/or plans, volume management strategies such as, but not limited to, top-down approach, cut-off scores, asset selection, random selection and/or assessment may be used for the purpose of managing applications/candidates and/or determining which candidates will continue in the staffing process. Should a volume management strategy be used, communication regarding the application of the strategy will be provided to those candidates who are impacted.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

Appointment decisions may be based on one or more of the following criteria:
  • Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the strengths and weaknesses of the work team.
  • Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the specific duties of the position being staffed.
  • Depth, breadth, type of work-specific experience.
  • Level/degree of one or more competencies/qualifications.
  • The organizational need of restructuring/budgetary constraints
Candidates from outside the federal public service may be required to pay for travel and relocation costs associated with this selection process.

Proof of education will be required. Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at


Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent.

Candidates must include a valid email address in their application. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that this address is functional and that it accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). It is also the candidate's responsibility to ensure accurate information is provided and updated as required.

Are you ready to apply?

To apply for any position, you need to first create a profile in the Public Service Resourcing System (PSRS), which should only take about 10 minutes. Then, after ensuring you meet the position requirements, scroll to the bottom of the poster and click on "Apply online."

Work your way through the list of requirements, completing each section and saving as you go. Before submitting your application, please ensure that there are green check marks on every single category before submitting your application.
If there are any red Xs on the categories, please click into that category and ensure that everything has been filled out. Screening questions have been built into the application process and occasionally an applicant may miss a field on the Screening Questions page. Please thoroughly review to ensure that you have responded to each question, including all the "Yes / No " questions.

PSRS will automatically disconnect candidates without warning after 60 minutes if there is no activity. You need to save or move to a new screen to maintain your connection. Typing information without saving does not prevent you from being disconnected. Applicants may find it helpful to first use a word processing software to complete their responses using concrete and detailed examples, then copy and paste the responses into PSRS afterwards.

If you have further questions on how to apply or experience technical difficulties with your application, please visit the following website:

We will only accept on-line applications received via the Public Service Jobs site. Persons with disabilities or residing in locations that prevent them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.


Proof of citizenship will be requested if you are considered for a position.

If you are a current federal government employee, please identify clearly your substantive group and level and your employment status on your resume and/or application form. Also, please ensure your Personal Record Identifier (PRI) is included in your application.

An assignment/secondment or an acting appointment is a temporary resourcing option. The approval of your substantive supervisor may be required before an offer can be made.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.