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Program Coordinator - Toronto, Ontario

Job Posting #815408

Position: Program Coordinator —Saving Brains
Site: MaRS Discovery Tower
Department: Grand Challenges Canada
Reports to: Program Officer, Saving Brains
Status: Temporary Full-time – 8 month contract January-August 2018

Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) is seeking a Program Coordinator to play a critical role in supporting the implementation and coordination of the Saving Brains program, the ultimate goal of which is to increase human capital through the development and delivery of bold ideas with real-world impact that protect and nurture early brain development at scale in an equitable, sustainable manner.

GCC is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact®. We are funded by the Government of Canada and we fund innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada. The bold ideas we support integrate science and technology, social and business innovation – we call this Integrated Innovation®. We have a determined focus on results, and on saving and improving lives. GCC works closely with Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and a global network of partners to bring successful innovations to scale, catalyzing sustainability and impact. With close to $160 million in funding from the Government of Canada, GCC is currently focused largely on innovations that address persistent reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) challenges, including Saving Brains. GCC is also currently exploring other social challenges that would benefit from its innovation platform.

The Grand Challenge of Saving Brains cannot be solved by one institution alone. Since 2014, the Saving Brains Partnership has grown to leverage the expertise of partners that bring regional knowledge, global reach, scaling and implementation experience to move against the challenge. The Partnership currently comprises GCC, Aga Khan Foundation Canada, the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the ELMA Foundation, Grand Challenges Ethiopia, the Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation, the Palix Foundation, the UBS Optimus Foundation and World Vision Canada.

Saving Brains funds innovation at two phases of development:
• Phase I – Seed: to test that innovations can function as designed (i.e. to demonstrate proof-of-concept).
• Phase II –Transition To Scale: to catalyze the scale and sustainability of tested, promising innovations.

Tapping into its maturing pipeline of innovations and pipelines of other trusted partners, GCC is increasingly focusing its efforts to support innovations at Transition To Scale, using a combination of grant funding and risk-bearing capital.

Program Coordinator – Saving Brains
Under the direction of the Program Officer – Saving Brains, and working closely with the Programs Team, the Program Coordinator will ensure efficient, high quality execution of investment agreements, contract management and programmatic activities for the growing Saving Brains portfolio.

The Program Coordinator will support all contact with partners, innovators and contractors at all stages of deal sourcing and investment/contract management (i.e. sourcing, opportunity development, negotiation, and post-deal execution), mitigate risk and raise issues with Management as necessary. Key responsibilities include:
• Coordinating and ensuring appropriate institutional due diligence is complete for all opportunities (which includes budgetary, legal, IP, background, and project due diligence)
• Working alongside the Programs Team to source, develop, and negotiate new opportunities and manage existing Saving Brains portfolio deals
• Acting as point of contact for program information and at the project level for both internal and external stakeholders
• Supporting execution of program-related activities including innovator outreach to complete reporting requirements, triaging reports received for approvals, and processing contract amendments
• Contributing to organizational knowledge management by tracking and reporting portfolio deal, financial and programmatic data; includes data entry and data management
• Supporting quality improvement and streamlining processes cross-departmentally
• Contribute to other programmatic and organizational support required across the organization

Leadership and Communication
The Program Coordinator—Saving Brains leads self and peers by conduct and example. S/he may contribute toward development of guidelines, procedures and standards within the scope of the role. S/he interacts with both internal and external contacts primarily for the purposes of exchanging and/or clarifying information and resolving problems within scope of authority. S/he works well with people from different disciplines, and demonstrates excellent competency in written and verbal skills.

• Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline
• At minimum two (2) years relevant work experience, preferably in program support, project coordination and/or grant administration
• Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of relevant domains (e.g., early child development global health, international development, social finance/impact investing)
• Experience working in a fast-paced, multi-tasking, entrepreneurial environment
• Demonstrated proficiency with word-processing, database and spreadsheet software (including but not limited to the Microsoft Office suite)
• Demonstrated commitment to impact; proactive, balancing planning and execution
• Demonstrated problem solving skills
• Excellent organizational and time management skills
• Highly developed interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work well independently and within a team
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills; bilingual English/French an asset
• Limited international travel may 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 resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posted Date: November 30, 2017                  Closing Date: December 14, 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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