Program Analyst

Position: Program Analyst – Global Mental Health
Site: MaRS Discovery Tower
Department: Grand Challenges Canada
Reports to: Program Officer, Global Mental Health
Status: Permanent Full-time

Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) is seeking a Program Analyst to play a critical role in supporting the implementation and coordination of seed and transition to scale investments. The Global Mental Health program supports innovation in the mental health needs of the most vulnerable people, in particular youth in low- and middle-income countries.

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

GCC funds innovation at two phases of development:

• Seed: to test that innovations can function as designed (i.e. proof-of-concept).
• Transition-to-Scale (TTS): to catalyze the scale and sustainability of tested innovations, including those that have been funded by GCC as well as other trusted partners, using a combination of grant and non-grant financing.

Global Mental Health Program: To date, GCC has invested more than $45M CAD in Global Mental Health, having supported 95 mental health innovations in more than 30 LMICs, more than 70% of which have been led by innovators in LMICs. GCC relaunched the Global Mental Health program in 2020 with a focus on: (a) investing strategically to help the most promising innovations transition to scale; and (b) building a new pipeline of seed innovations specifically focused on promoting mental health and wellbeing in adolescents.

Under the direction of the Program Officer and working closely with the Program’s Team, the Program Analyst works to ensure efficient, high quality coordination of a range of programmatic activities for the Global Mental Health portfolio. The Program Analyst will support engagement with partners, innovators and contractors at all stages of innovation sourcing and investment/contract management (i.e. sourcing, opportunity development, negotiation, and post-deal execution), mitigate risk and raise issues with the Global Mental Health Program Officer and/or Management as necessary.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the development of Requests for Proposals (including outreach to maximize reach)
  • Coordinating application intake and review processes, and negotiation processes for new grants and contracts
  • Coordinating the monitoring and close-out of existing grants and contracts
  • Synthesizing key data to produce compelling donor and management reports
  • Contributing to knowledge management and translation of project and programmatic data; including data entry and data management
  • Acting as point of contact for program and project-level information for both internal and external stakeholders
  • Answering project-related questions from grantees (i.e innovators) and contractors (typically people who support innovators)
  • Supporting quality improvement and streamlining processes cross-departmentally
  • Coordinating and supporting execution of program-related activities including innovator outreach to complete reporting requirements, triaging reports received for approvals, and processing contract amendments
  • Providing other programmatic and organizational support required as needed


  • At minimum, completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline or recognized equivalent required; relevant life experience
  • Program support and/or project coordination and/or grant administration experience
  • Project Management experience preferred; certification an asset
  • Experience working in a fast-paced start-up an asset
  • Demonstrated proficiency with word-processing, database and spreadsheet software (including but not limited to the Microsoft Office suite)
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of relevant domains (e.g., global health, mental health, sexual and reproductive health, youth and adolescent health, international development, social finance/impact investing)
 • 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; working knowledge of French an asset; experience working cross-culturally an asset

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

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: November 19, 2020                     Closing Date: December 10, 2020

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. 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.



November 26, 2020




Full-time Permanent