Finance Partner - Grand Challenges Canada

Sep 27, 2019
Toronto, Ontario

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®.

One of the largest impact-first investors in Canada, and with a feminist investment approach, Grand Challenges Canada has supported a pipeline of over 1,000 innovations in 95 countries. Grand Challenges Canada estimates that these innovations have the potential to save up to 1.6 million lives and improve up to 35 million lives by 2030.

The Finance Partner (FP) position will play an integral part of the Finance - Programs Team, overseeing a portfolio of programs/initiatives at Grand Challenges Canada. Working closely with the Programs and Investment teams, the FP provides financial services during pre-award and post-award to innovators. As the FP, you are an adaptable, proactive individual with a strong willingness to learn and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment. The responsibilities of the FP include budget reviews, institutional risk assessments, providing advice and guidance to the Programs/Investment teams and innovators, innovator financial report reviews, etc.

Programs:

• Strong communications and writing skills to effectively provide advice and guidance to the Programs/Investment teams and Innovators
• Create and update budget and financial reporting templates and guidelines to innovators 
• Review and approve innovator’s budgets during the negotiation period, and review amended budgets during the life of the project
• Review and approve innovator’s financial reports, recommending payment amounts 
• Due diligence: assess organizations to ensure they have the capability to administer GCC’s funding
• Lead and present at the financial information sessions for innovators
• Travel up to 10%, completing institutional risk assessments and financial capacity building sessions on site with innovators
• Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration 
• Completion of a Canadian recognized accounting designation (CPA via CA, CMA or CGA stream). 
• Minimum 5 years accounting experience preferably with grant management or non-profit experience 
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interface with the Programs team, funding agencies, and all levels within GCC. 
• Must be self-motivated, proactive, and have demonstrated excellence in organizing and prioritizing workflow in a fast paced and high volume environment. 
• Ability to execute projects with minimum supervision and to complete work within required deadlines
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
• Highly computer literate with advanced knowledge of MS Excel and MS Office Suite. 
• Strong analytical skills, knowledge and skill in applying analytical and evaluative techniques to the identification and resolution of grant administration issues.
• Knowledge of Canadian GAAP, accounting, bookkeeping, laws, regulations, agency policies and guidelines, other requirements that affect grant program administrators. 
• Ability to design, analyze, and prepare financial reports. 
• Ability to monitor expenditures and maintain data.

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line here. 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.

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