Grand Challenges Canada

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Knowledge Management Associate (Humanitarian)

Nov 16, 2018
Toronto, Ontario
Early Career

Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) is seeking a Knowledge Management Associate to play a critical role in supporting knowledge creation, sharing and integration for the Creating Hope in Conflict Humanitarian Grand Challenge.

GCC, funded by the Government of Canada, is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact®. 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.

“Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge” is a partnership of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and Grand Challenges Canada. Together, we seek life-saving or life-improving innovations to help the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people impacted by humanitarian crises caused by conflict.

Knowledge Management & Translation Associate

Reporting to the Senior Program Officer (Humanitarian),and working in collaboration with the Grand Challenges Canada Knowledge Manager and working closely with the Programs, Communications, and Operations Teams, the Knowledge Management Associate will ensure relevant knowledge from the Humanitarian Grand Challenge portfolio is efficiently created, managed, shared, and integrated with internal and external audiences to improve humanitarian and programmatic outcomes.

     • Key Responsibilities
            a. Deliver high quality final projects to funders as determined by the grant agreements.
            b. Gather information and data from innovators 
            c. Track and monitor project outcomes, including supporting Monitoring & Evaluation for innovators, including supervising third party consultants (writing a request for proposals, reviewing bids, ensuring good value for money.)
            d. Prepare internal and external reports 
            e. Developing and executing the HGC learning agenda, which includes working with external humanitarian resources consultants (The expectation isn't for this role to do all of the research and writing, but for this person to be working with external organizations that will be doing the work.) 
     • Other responsibilities
            a. Support the Programs Team in reviewing innovator results and identifying where additional validation is needed (i.e., where further validation by Knowledge Manager or experts in the sector is needed, or where site visits are required to further validate results)
            b. Provide guidance to innovators on monitoring and evaluation, and reporting requirements
            c. Support the development of materials/webinars to support innovators on M&E and reporting
            d. Data management including data entry and cleaning, and ensuring the overall integrity of the data 
            e. Regularly assess the grant management system to ensure it is being used optimally within the Humanitarian Grand Challenge team, and to identify areas for improvement 
            f. Lead data analysis and synthesis of results in preparation for 
                     - internal documents including:
                               • GCC’s annual portfolio review
                               • donor reports 
                               • reports for the Board of Directors, 
                               • public communications, and
                               • other reports as necessary 
                     - external documents including:
                               • knowledge products on topics such as: lessons learned, gender integration, successful exits, policy influence
                               • case studies
                               • summary briefs and presentations
                               • outcome statements
                               • reports
                               • white papers
                               • Occasionally contribute content, to help the communication officer, when appropriate to blog entries, social media posts, website articles, and other storytelling materials in partnership with the Communications Officer
            g. Occasionally, conduct site visits to validate results and gather information for knowledge creation purposes
            h. Support the dissemination of knowledge products through the Grand Challenges network, including presentation, representation, and participation in the annual Grand Challenges meeting, annual Learning & Evaluation meeting, International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA) working groups, Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation fora, etc.
            i. Support the development of webinars and other materials and disseminate information to innovators and others in the HGC network

• Completion of a graduate level degree in a relevant discipline (for example monitoring and evaluation, humanitarian response, international development, innovation, economics, business administration, statistics) 
• At minimum five (5) years relevant work experience, preferably in monitoring and evaluation or research
• Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of development innovation and private sector engagement, specifically in humanitarian assistance and disaster reduction in conflict Experience working in humanitarian contexts is ideal
• Experience working in a fast-paced, multitasking entrepreneurial environment
• Experience with working with institutional/government donors is an asset
• Proficiency with word-processing, database and spreadsheet software (including but not limited to the Microsoft Office suite)
• In-depth knowledge of statistical analysis and research methodology, and the realities of conducting evaluation research in humanitarian contexts 
• Hands-on experience with database management
• Demonstrated commitment to impact; proactive, balancing planning and execution
• Demonstrated problem solving skills
• Excellent organizational, coordination 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, or English/Arabic an asset
• Willingness to travel (less than 10% of workload)
• Grand Challenges Canada is an equal opportunities employer. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply 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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