Project Manager

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Saturday, August 12, 2023

Location: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH)
Reports To: Executive Lead
Salary: Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 35 hours/week
Job Type: Hybrid
Status: Full-time, Temporary (1-year contract)

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking a Project Manager to join the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) program.

This position is temporary, full-time for one-year.

The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH), based in part at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), is looking for a Program Manager to support its Data Security and Regulatory and Ethics Work Streams.

GA4GH is an international alliance formed in 2013 to accelerate the potential of research and medicine to advance human health. Bringing together hundreds of contributors working in healthcare, research, patient advocacy, life science, and information technology, the GA4GH community is working together to create policy frameworks and standards to enable the responsible, voluntary, and secure sharing of genomic and health-related data. Learn more at

GA4GH is supported by four international hosts: the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the Wellcome Sanger Institute, EMBL-EBI, and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). Eight technical and policy framing teams (“GA4GH Work Streams”) drive the standards development work to meet the specific needs of real world clinical and genomics data sharing projects. GA4GH Work Streams collaborate with Driver Projects—genomic data initiatives that help guide our development efforts and implementations of our products.

The primary function of this role is to provide project management support for a portfolio of projects, including the Regulatory and Ethics Work Stream (REWS) led by Yann Joly (McGill University, Canada) and Dianne Nicol (University of Tasmania, Australia) and the Data Security Work Stream, led by David Bernick (Broad Institute, USA) and Lucila Ohno-Machado (University of California, San Diego, USA).

The Data Security Work Stream creates technology standards and best practices for protecting data and services consistent with the GA4GH policy framework, including the development, customisation, and adoption of standards for identity management, data security, privacy protection, and service assurance.

REWS focuses on the ethical, legal, and social implications of international data sharing. Building on a novel human rights framework, the REWS develops community-driven tools, standards, and policies that foster common practices across countries, sectors, and institutions.

To learn more about working at OICR, visit our career page.

The responsibilities include:

  • Act as the liaison between the Work Stream Leads, Work Stream contributors, and the GA4GH Secretariat, explaining technical project advancements, challenges, and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Track and provide support to deliver on scheduled projects.
  • Guide completed projects through the product approval process.
  • Facilitate collaboration between assigned Work Streams and other Work Streams to ensure harmony across all GA4GH projects using organisational and technical skills.
  • Ensure the proper running of the Work Streams and associated teams through conflict resolution, finding creative solutions to challenges, and understanding the intricacies of working within a global community.
  • Support outreach and implementation efforts for completed projects.
  • Deliver high quality documents for review and feedback by the GA4GH contributors and leadership.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations and communication materials for internal and external audiences.
  • Coordinate the activities of the Work Streams by scheduling meetings, preparing materials, drafting agendas and minutes, and more.
  • Act as a GA4GH representative at international conferences via speaking engagements and establishing connections with potentially interested parties.
  • Promote active engagement with external parties in relation to the Work Stream or its projects.
  • Support planning for semiannual in-person meetings with focus on workshops and sessions relating to the Work Streams.
  • Attend regular virtual or hybrid Steering Committee meetings and video-conferences, preparing materials and speaking to various topics as required.
  • Keep abreast of scientific and other developments that are relevant to the Work Streams and GA4GH overall.
  • Support the GA4GH product approval review process through the assessment of regulatory and ethics implications of potential GA4GH products prior to their release.
  • Lead and supervise project coordinator(s) providing guidance, mentorship, and support to ensure their professional growth and success in project delivery.


  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree with focus on Law, Social, or Political Science, or Bioethics, or recognized equivalent.
  • Research experience preferred.
  • Significant experience in project management.
  • Knowledge of core ethico-legal issues in genomics and data sharing.
  • Ability to contribute to policy-oriented outputs.
  • Basic knowledge of data security and privacy protection issues and related technologies.
  • Previous work experience with international complexity preferred.
  • A commitment to high standards of integrity and ethics.
  • Strong interest in technical applications and implementation of data governance and policies.
  • Advanced writing skills.
  • Advanced organizational skills.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and time management skills.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively.
  • Experience with word processing, slide presentations, and spreadsheets are required.
  • Experience working in a GSuite environment preferred.
  • Experience with Github preferred.
  • Collaborative.
  • Independent and self-motivated.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Able to work flexible hours on occasion.

OICR is a collaborative, not-for-profit research institute accelerating the development of new cancer research discoveries for patients around the world while maximizing the economic benefit of this research for the people of Ontario. We are dedicated professionals who bring expertise to each of our roles. We are looking for individuals who share our values of excellence, innovation, collaboration, impact, responsibility and community.

Launched in December 2005, OICR is an independent institute funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

For more information about OICR, please visit the website at

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

OICR is committed to fostering a climate of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. This commitment is central to, and mutually supportive of, our research excellence mandate. We welcome and respect the diversity of all members of our community and we support an inclusive culture for all. We welcome all applicants, and encourage applications from racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S persons, and others who may contribute to furthering a diversity of ideas within our community. OICR is committed to fair assessment of a candidate’s abilities, and consideration for diversity of thought, method, and experience. Providing an accessible workplace and recruitment process is important to us, as described in our Accessibility Plan ( Should you require accommodation during any stage in the recruitment process, please complete the form at the bottom of page Information received related to accommodation will be handled confidentially.

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research thanks all applicants. However, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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