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Program Officer, Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace - Toronto, Ontario

Job Posting #813180                Revised: if you have already applied to this job, please do not re-apply

Position: Program Officer, Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace
Site: MaRS Discovery District
Department: Grand Challenges Canada
Reports to: Director of EWEC IM
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Status: Permanent Full-time

Grand Challenges Canada is seeking a Program Officer (PO) to play a critical role in supporting its operations for the Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace, which aims to facilitate funding of innovations in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Adolescent and Child Health (RMNCAH) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact®. Funded by the Government of Canada and other partners, Grand Challenges Canada funds innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada. The bold ideas Grand Challenges Canada supports integrate science and technology, social and business innovation – known as Integrated Innovation®.

The Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace is a strategic alliance between development innovation organizations operating under the United Nations’ Every Woman Every Child Initiative and the revised Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescent’s Health. It aims to facilitate investment in health innovation at crucial “critical testing” and “transition to scale” stages. The Marketplace’s mandate is to facilitate the transition to scale of innovations so that by 2030, at least 10 of the innovations are widely available and having significant positive impact on women, children, and adolescents. The EWEC Innovation Marketplace is hosted by Grand Challenges Canada in Toronto.

Note: for more information on the “Innovation Marketplace”, including details of its pipeline, curation, brokering, and investment functions, please see the article “Innovating for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescent’s Health” in the British Medical Journal.

Description of responsibilities
Formally reporting to the Director of the Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace and working closely with the team, EWEC IM PO’s responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
• Shape and directly manage a growing pipeline of innovations in products, services and implementation models that have the potential for greatest impact for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.
• Source relevant information about innovations aligned with the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescent’s Health from partner organizations for comparative analysis.
• Work with Innovation Marketplace team and external experts to ensure a trustworthy curation process which results in a robust, defensible evaluation of innovations against criteria that are meaningful for investors.
• Work with Innovation Marketplace team and consultants to conduct due diligence on promising innovations.
• Engage potential investors (e.g., Innovation Marketplace partners, governments, private corporations) and intermediaries to investors (e.g., investment banks, World Bank technical staff, UN Foundation) with opportunities to invest in the critical testing and scaling of innovations
• Be a brand ambassador and thought leader for the Innovation Marketplace; promote its activities and opportunities through external collaborations, presentations and communications with potential and established partners, innovators, and external thought leaders.
• Manage relationships with innovators, partners including but not limited to Innovation Marketplace partners.

Competencies and qualities
• Doctoral level degree in a discipline relevant to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and/or adolescent health (e.g., biomedical or health sciences, public health, medicine) in low- and middle-income countries. At least two years of relevant work experience is an asset.
• Outstanding scientific judgement
• Knowledge and experience in project-level results reporting, data management and analysis, ideally for global health and development initiatives
• Degree(s) and/or studies in (international / development) business, finance, economics considered a significant asset
• Highly developed interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work well independently and within a multidisciplinary team
• Demonstrated problem solving skills
• Excellent organizational and time management skills
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills
• The ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment is essential
• Some international travel will be required.

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your cover letter, CV and 3 references. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posted Date: November 30, 2017               Closing Date: December 21, 2017                                     

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

UHN thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position.  Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted. 



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