Workstream Manager - Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

We have a new opportunity for a Work Stream Manager to provide expert project management support to two to three of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) work streams.

About the role:

You will provide expert project management support for two to three Global Alliance for Genomics Health (GA4GH) work streams. In addition to supporting the assigned work streams, you will be expected to represent GA4GH at the national and international level, and represent GA4GH projects, teams, and initiatives in international collaborations and national genomics programmes.

Responsibilities include strategy development and implementation and programme management of several international task-teams and knowledge exchange projects from concept development through to external communications and continued development.

You will play a critical role in setting the goals and priorities of these groups, as well as the GA4GH Executive and Steering Committee.

About the team:

GA4GH is an international alliance formed in 2013 to accelerate the potential of research and medicine to advance human health. Bringing together hundreds of contributors working in healthcare, research, patient advocacy, life science, and information technology, the GA4GH community is working together to create policy frameworks and standards to enable the responsible, voluntary, and secure sharing of genomic and health-related data. Learn more at

GA4GH is supported by four international hosts: the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the Wellcome Sanger Institute, EMBL-EBI, and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). Eight technical and policy framing teams (“GA4GH Work Streams”) drive the standards development work to meet the specific needs of real world clinical and genomics data sharing projects. GA4GH Work Streams collaborate with Driver Projects—genomic data initiatives that help guide our development efforts and implementations of our products.

Essential Skills

  • Postgraduate degree in biology, bioinformatics, computer science or a related discipline 
  • Demonstrable Programme/Project Management skills with experience in project coordination or management;
  • Proven experience to both develop strategic direction, and propose scientific, technical and programme solutions and make decisions within a team 
  • Proven professional experience in a dispersed matrix team environment, in an academic or commercial setting plus an ability to work well within a team and with external parties 
  • Ability to manage tasks involving multiple stakeholders and competing deadlines  
  • Considers how others may respond to situations and plans the approach in order to achieve the best outcome, using appropriate content, level of detail and style
  • Identifies and pursues opportunities with other teams to generate and develop  new ideas and evaluates
  • Introduces new skills, competencies or ways or working/thinking by developing individual team members, fostering cross-functional  collaboration and knowledge sharing
  • Uses appropriate leadership and decision making style for each person in the team and situation, balancing task and relationship behaviours
  • Encourages and actively removes barriers to enable creativity and innovation
  • Analyses team effectiveness and recommends improvements to work practice
  • Is open and honest, showing consistency between words and actions and delivering on promises to other
  • Confident and enthusiastic presenter, particularly when communicating complex scientific and technical information to other audiences as well as promoting adoption of the tools and standards to external and internal users
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, organizational skills, written and oral communication skills (English);
  • Able to work flexible hours to manage work streams that include contributors from many time zones;

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