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Program Associate, Global Health Innovation - Toronto, Ontario

Job Posting #916298

Position: Program Associate, Global Health Innovation

Site: MaRS Discovery Tower (currently remote but will need to relocate to Toronto when office reopens)

Department: Grand Challenges Canada

Reports to: Portfolio Manager, Global Health Innovation

Pay Range: $70,200.00 per annum commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN Compensation Policy

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Status: Temporary Full-time (12 months)

Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) is seeking a Program Associate for the Global Health Innovation department.

GCC is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact®. Funded by the Government of Canada and other partners, GCC funds innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada. 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. GCC works closely with a global network of partners to bring successful innovation to scale, catalyzing sustainability and impact.

Through the Transition to Scale program, GCC provides catalytic investment to innovators who have achieved proof-of-concept and are now seeking to scale their solution. GCC provides both grant and non-grant financing, as well as technical support, to best support the growth and impact goals of innovators. Since 2011, GCC has supported >230 innovators in >100 countries globally at Transition to Scale.

As one of the largest impact-first funders in Canada, GCC has funded over 1,300 innovations championed by innovators in more than 106 countries. These innovations have already improved 10 million lives, and are expected to save up to 1.78 million lives and improve up to 64 million lives by 2030.

Program Associate

Formally reporting to the Portfolio Manager, 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 Health Innovation program. 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 Portfolio Manager 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 relevant education in relevant discipline or recognized equivalent 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)
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills; bilingual English/French an asset

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women, people of color, people from LGBTQ2S+ and disabilities communities are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Grand Challenges Canada, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, authentic, and accountable workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply as you may be the ideal candidate we are looking for.

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


  • Start date: Immediate
  • Full time, Temporary (12 months)

Application process

  • Please send your resume and cover letter
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada


Vaccines (COVID-19 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.

Posting Date: March 16, 2023                        Closing Date: April 16, 2023

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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