Investment and Pipeline Development Manager, Humanitarian Innovation


Grand Challenges Canada (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.


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Investment & Pipeline Development Manager, Humanitarian Innovation – Toronto, Ontario

Job Posting #917115

Position: Investment & Pipeline Development Manager, Humanitarian Innovation

Site: MaRS Discovery Tower (Currently Temporarily Remote)

Department: Grand Challenges Canada

Reports to: Director, Humanitarian Innovation  

Compensation: CAD $95,500.00 + temporary benefits premium per annum 

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Status: Full-time Temporary Contract – 24 months  

Grand Challenges Canada (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.

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.

Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge (HGC) is a partnership of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO), the Government of the Netherland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA), Global Affairs Canada (GAC) 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 across the following focus areas:

  • Safe water and sanitation: Innovations that improve the supply and quality of water, sanitation and waste management in conflict settings.
  • Alternative Energy: Innovations that create affordable, clean and reliable sources of electricity, including supporting local energy equipment vendors and better mapping energy demand and usage.
  • Life-saving information: Innovations that improve access to life-saving information, which may include addressing ICT infrastructure challenges, increasing digital literacy or improving two-way communication between humanitarian actors and the affected communities.
  • Health supplies and services: A wide range of innovations including, but not limited to, improving local manufacturing of health and nutrition supplies, improving medical product logistics or improving emergency outbreak response.

The INVESTMENT & PIPELINE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION develops, shapes and manages a dynamic portfolio of humanitarian innovations.  Deploying relevant thematic expertise, business acumen, and investment knowledge, this role has the following responsibilities:   

Source and Fund innovative deals aligned with portfolio strategies:

  • Source and secure sufficient and quality pipeline of humanitarian innovations from external and internal sources in line with GCC and HGC portfolio priorities
  • Review the pipeline of innovations, assess against HGC selection criteria and develop a shortlist of innovations for funding
  • Evaluate new grant opportunities, including facilitating scientific peer review and conducting operational, financial and programmatic due diligence and risk analysis
  • Prepare investment memorandums and present potential investments to GCC’s Investment Committee
  • Collaborate on negotiations and their translation into grant agreements 

Represent GCC and the portfolio with external audiences to achieve the objectives above:

  • Establish and/or manage partnerships with a range of stakeholders – such as foundations, development organizations, UN agencies, government officials, researchers, impact investors, and social entrepreneurs – primarily to establish stronger pipeline partnerships and source quality pipeline deals
  • Develop and test new initiatives to increase pipeline opportunities
  • Engage with external audience to promote HGC innovations and build pathways for adoption and scale. 


  • Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of humanitarian sector
  • Demonstrated engagement with key stakeholders and networks in humanitarian sector
  • Excellent analytic, strategic thinking and project management skills
  • Self-directed with an entrepreneurial approach to source, fund, and support innovators
  • Highly developed verbal, written and presentation communications skills
  • Ability to take initiative and effectively manage competing priorities and deadlines
  • Commitment to GCC’s strategy of shifting power to those closest to conflicts
  • Working knowledge of French is a significant asset
  • Previous experience in impact investing a significant asset 


  • A minimum of 8-10 years of work experience, ideally with at least 3-5 years relevant experience in impact investing preferably including work with early-stage investments and/or social enterprises in low and middle income countries
  • Experience working and/or living in conflict and humanitarian contexts a significant asset
  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. impact investing, humanitarian, international development) – or commensurate work experience 

20-30%  international travel may be required. 

Don’t meet every requirement? Studies have shown that women, people of color, people from LGBTQ2S+ and disabilities communities are less likely to apply to jobs when they do not meet every qualification. At Grand Challenges Canada, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, authentic, and accountable workplace, so if you are excited about this role but your experience does not 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. 

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to relocate to the Greater Toronto Area or neighboring areas and able to spend 1-2 days in the office per week when the Grand Challenges Canada offices open. 


  • Proposed Start Date: 15 May 2023
  • Status: Full-time Temporary Contract 

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.

How to Apply:

Application process

  • Please send your resume and cover letter

People with disabilities 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: March 31, 2022                       Closing Date: April 21, 2022

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


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