Scientific Advisory Committee on Global Health - Recruitment
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Global Health (SAC-GH) is recruiting new members
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Office of International Affairs for the Health Portfolio (OIA), on behalf of Health Canada (HC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), are seeking applications from qualified global health experts in Canada to fill vacancies on the Scientific Advisory Committee on Global Health (SAC-GH).
The mandate of the SAC-GH is to provide independent and objective scientific advice and guidance on global health issues for the above listed federal departments. The SAC-GH provides a structured platform for decision makers within these federal organizations to discuss current and emerging global health issues with one another and with external scientific experts.
Key responsibilities of SAC-GH includes:
- Provide evidence-based information on issues relevant to the Government of Canada’s priorities on global health, including issues aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and those that are discussed at various international meetings (e.g., World Health Organisation Pan-American Health Organisation, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization), Global Fund, Global Financing Facility, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, G7, G20, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development);
- Provide foresight intelligence on emerging trends and priorities in global health, innovative approaches to address them, and best practices to help identify potential areas for Canadian leadership on global health;
- Provide evidence-based advice on policy and programming priorities, and how they can be achieved – including the development of funding opportunities and knowledge translation strategies, for global health sector investments; and
- Encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary global health research and activities that engage relevant stakeholders and partners to accelerate the impact of research findings on policies and programs in Canada and abroad.
The deadline for applications is September 10, 2021.
To be eligible for consideration, candidates must:
- Possess scientific expertise and high-level skills in one or more disciplines relevant to global health research. A broad range of perspectives on global health, including from outside the traditional health sector, are welcome.
- Have several of the following competencies:
- be a leader in their field with a reputation for influencing national and international policies on global health and development;
- ability to foster discussions of global health research and their application in responding to global health issues;
- ability to monitor, analyze and evaluate global health evidence and their relevance for Canadian global health policy;
- ability to address equity and ethical issues, legal and social issues related to global health, global health research, and the delivery of health care in low- and middle-incomes countries;
- demonstrated leadership in the development of public policy;
- encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary global health research and activities that engage relevant stakeholders and partners to accelerate the impact of research findings on policies and programs in Canada and abroad;
- demonstrated national and international leadership in mobilizing stakeholders to address important and complex global health issues affecting global equity and fundamental human rights and global public interests; and
- have a basic understanding of the federal role in global health.
Appointments to the SAC-GH will be made in a way that ensures:
- A strong and effective committee.
- Transparency, fairness and credibility of process.
- Diversity of global health research expertise and experience.
- Diversity of membership (e.g. demographic profile, gender, language).
The appointments will start on November 1, 2021 for a term of one to three years, and members may be renewed for a second term that will usually be three years in length.
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Note: At least one candidate will be invited to join the SAC-GH in the fall of 2021, and the recruitment process may be leveraged to add additional members to the committee in 2022. Therefore, a broad range of nominations are encouraged.
The SAC-GH meets at least twice a year (in person, or virtually), with the possibility of additional ad-hoc discussions if needed. Members are expected to come prepared to meetings having read the materials provided and any additional materials they feel would be beneficial in discussing the proposed topics. Members will also be asked to sign a Confidentiality Agreement before participating on the SAC-GH.
Remuneration and Expenses
Members are not compensated for their service; however, travel and accommodation expenses are reimbursed in accordance with the Government of Canada Treasury Board Guidelines.
How to Apply
Interested individuals are invited to apply in English or French by sending the following documents to CIHR at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- letter of interest (maximum 1000 words), which references qualifications, expertise, and the perspective that they would bring to the work of the SAC-GH;
- curriculum vitae;
- short biography;
- At least one reference.
Applicants will be asked to complete a self-identification questionnaire.
Successful applicant(s) will be contacted in fall 2021.
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