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Program Officer, Global Mental Health - Toronto, Ontario

Job Posting #845176

Position: Program Officer, Global Mental Health
Site: MaRS Discovery District
Department: Grand Challenges Canada
Reports to: Director General, Development Innovation
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience and consistent with the UHN compensation policy
Status: Permanent Full Time

Grand Challenges Canada is seeking a Program Officer in Global Mental Health, to play a critical role in supporting innovations to improve treatments and expand access to mental health care for people living in low- and middle-income countries.

Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact®. We are funded primarily 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. Grand Challenges Canada works closely with Global Affairs Canada and a global network of partners to bring successful innovation to scale, catalyzing sustainability and impact.

GCC funds innovation at two phases of development:
•Seed: to test that innovations can function as designed (i.e. proof-of-concept).
•Transition-to-Scale (TTS): to catalyze the scale and sustainability of tested innovations, including those that have been funded by GCC as well as other trusted partners, using a combination of grant and non-grant financing.

To date, GCC has invested $47.6M CAD in Global Mental Health, having supported 95 mental health innovations in more than 30 countries, more than 70% of which have been led by innovators in low- and middle-income countries. GCC is exploring several new funding opportunities with international partners to relaunch the Global Mental Health program to focus on: (a) investing strategically to help the most promising innovations transition to scale; and (b) building a new pipeline of seed innovations specifically focused on promoting mental health and wellbeing in adolescents

Description of responsibilities
Formally reporting to the Director General, Development Innovation, and working closely with others across the Development Innovation Programs team and the Knowledge Management & Translation team, the GMH PO’s responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
•Shape and directly manage a growing portfolio of Seed and TTS investments in innovative products, services and implementation models in Global Mental Health.
•Source innovations, conduct due diligence, select, and oversee negotiation of appropriate funding models and partnerships for specific innovations.
•Engage with innovators before (including conducting due diligence and forming investment strategies) and after (e.g., post-deal execution support) they receive funding, deploying GCC and network resources to ensure success of innovations.
•Analyze portfolio progress, results and lessons on a continual basis to share within GCC and with key stakeholders.
•Act as a brand ambassador for GCC, promote its strategic interests, activities and opportunities through external collaborations, presentations and communications with potential partners, innovators, external thought leaders, and Canadian and other government representatives.

Competencies and qualities
•Passion for improving mental health for everyone everywhere
•Proven ability to influence actions of multiple actors (innovators, partner organizations, governments, etc.) towards a common vision
•Doctoral level degree in a discipline relevant to global mental health (e.g., biomedical or health sciences, global health, public health, international development)
•Outstanding scientific judgement; proven ability to assess the validity of scientific evidence
•Excellent knowledge and understanding of mental health and development programs in low- and middle-income countries; experience with adolescent mental health an asset
•Knowledge and experience in project-level results reporting, data management and analysis, ideally for global health and development initiatives
•Professional business and financial experience and/or management/project consultation considered significant assets
•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 resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions. Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada.

 Posted Date: June 27, 2019                    Closed Date: July 18, 2019 

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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