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Program Associate, Global Mental Health - Toronto, Ontario

Job Posting #883396

Position: Program Associate, Global Mental Health
Site: MaRS Discovery Tower (currently remote)
Department: Grand Challenges Canada
Reports to: Program Officer, Global Mental Health
Status: Permanent Full-time

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Program Associate, Global Mental Health in Grand Challenges Canada.

Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,600 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) is seeking a Program Associate to play a critical role in supporting the Global Mental Health Program. GCC supports innovations in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, with an aim to save and improve lives of unserved and underserved populations in low- and middle-income countries. Through the Global Mental Health Program , Grand Challenges Canada seeks innovative and transformative person-centred, community-based mental health approaches that meet people where they are. We provide grant and concessionary risk capital, along with technical advisory, to support innovators through seed and transition to scale funding.

As one of the largest impact investors in Canada, GCC has supported a pipeline of over 1,300 innovations in 106 countries. Grand Challenges Canada estimates that these innovations have the potential to save up to 1.78 million lives and improve up to 64 million lives by 2030. GCC is hosted in Toronto at the Sandra Rotman Centre at the University Health Network and this is a Toronto-based role.

Program Associate
Formally reporting to the Program Officer, Global Mental Health, and working closely with the Programs Team, the Program Associate will ensure efficient, high quality execution of a range of programmatic activities for the Global Mental Health portfolio. The Program Associate will support engagement with partners, innovators and contractors at all stages of innovation sourcing and investment/contract management (i.e. sourcing, review, opportunity development, negotiation, and post-deal execution), mitigate risk and raise issues with the Program Officer and/or Management as necessary. Key responsibilities include:
• Supporting application intake and review processes; this includes supporting the development and launch of new Requests for Proposals (including an outreach strategy to maximize reach), planning application intake and internal review processes, planning and orchestrating eligibility and innovation screens, leading communication of results to applicants
• Leading negotiation processes for new grants and contracts, ensuring appropriate institutional due diligence is complete for all opportunities (which includes budgetary, legal, IP, background, and project due diligence)
• Supporting the monitoring and close-out of existing grants and contracts in coordination with the Portfolio Manager
• Supporting knowledge management and translation of project and programmatic data; this includes managing project data, leading reporting and validation, supporting analysis of portfolio progress, results and lessons, updating key information in the grants management system.
• Ensuring innovator reporting is complete and compliant, including a review of progress against programmatic milestones
• Supporting quality improvement and streamlining processes cross-departmentally.
• Supporting engagement with key internal and external stakeholders, overseeing grantees and other external stakeholders’ participation to learning community and general meetings
• Communicating learning opportunities to a portfolio of innovators

• At minimum two (2) to four (4) years related program support and / or grant administration experience required
• Completion of a Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline or recognized equivalent an asset
• Project Management experience preferred; certification an asset
• Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of relevant domains (e.g., global health, early child development, mental health, youth and adolescent health, international development, social finance/impact investing – please indicate in your application areas of expertise)
• Demonstrated proficiency with word-processing, database and spreadsheet software (including but not limited to the Microsoft Office suite)
• Experience with Fluxx Grants Management Software (or similar software) an asset
• Knowledge of corporate finance and investments an asset
• Demonstrated commitment to impact; proactive, balancing planning and execution
• Demonstrated problem solving skills
• Excellent organizational 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 an asset

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. People with lived experiences in relevant thematic areas are encouraged to apply.

Vaccines (COVID and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

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.

Posted Date: September 2, 2021                       Closing Date: September 20, 2021

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 and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: all religions and ethnicities, LGBTQ2s+, BIPOC, persons with disabilities and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 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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