University Health Network Postdoctoral Fellow Temporary in Toronto, ON

University Health Network

Branch Toronto ON CA

Postdoctoral Fellow
Toronto, ON

Shape and help manage an expanding pipeline of innovations in WCAH at transition to scale; The PDF’s work will grant the individual exposure to partners within…

The Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) Innovation Marketplace is seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow (Grand Challenges Fellow) to support its operations. The Innovation Marketplace is a strategic alliance between development innovation organizations operating under the United Nations’ EWEC Initiative and the revised Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescent’s Health. It aims to facilitate investment in health innovation at “critical testing” and “transition to scale” stages. The Marketplace’s mandate is to facilitate the transition to scale of 20 investments by 2020, and by 2030 to see at least 10 of the innovations widely available and having significant positive impact on women, children, and adolescents.

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.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow (PDF) will be hosted at Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) in Toronto, Canada. The PDF’s work will grant the individual exposure to partners within the Innovation Marketplace which includes the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), UBS Optimus Foundation, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, and domestic organizations such as Grand Challenges Brazil, India, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Japan, Israel, Africa, Ethiopia and China.

Description of responsibilitie s
Formally reporting to the Director of Programs and working with the Innovation Marketplace Secretariat, as well as others across the Programs and Investments Teams at GCC, BMGF, and USAID (anchor partners), the Post-Doctoral Fellow’s responsibilities will include but are not limited to: work across two streams of responsibility: curation and brokering; shape and help manage an expanding pipeline of innovations in WCAH at transition to scale; recruit and manage a network of external reviewers with technical expertise to conduct comparative analyses (i.e., curate) of innovations; maintain prioritized lists of the most promising innovations in WCAH; conduct due diligence, develop investment memos, and structure funding partnerships (i.e., broker) for specific innovations. Potential partners include those within the Innovation Marketplace, private sector/MNCs, private capital (e.g., high net-worth clients of investment banks, venture capital firms), and governments; develop, refine and/or implement processes for sourcing, curating and brokering innovations, and analysis of portfolio progress, results and lessons on a continual basis; act as a brand ambassador and thought leader for the Innovation Marketplace, promote its activities and opportunities through external collaborations, presentations and communications with potential partners, innovators, external thought leaders, and anchor partners of the Innovation Marketplace.

Competencies and qualities
• Hold a doctoral level degree in a scientific discipline (PhD, ScD, MD, DVM, EdD, etc.)
• Have 3+ years of research or funding experience in RMNCH/adolescent health / development
• Proven outstanding scientific judgement
• Excellent knowledge and understanding of WCAH and development programs in LMICs
• Experience scaling solutions through private and / or public sector channels in development contexts
• Knowledge and experience in project-level results reporting, data management and analysis
• Applied expertise in 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
• International fellows are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada
• 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 CV, covering letter and 3 references . You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Temporary
Location: Toronto, ON, CA
Posted on: 2016-11-01
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