Grand Challenges Canada

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Associate Communications Officer

Nov 15, 2018
Various Locations, Ontario
Early Career

Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) is seeking an Associate Communications Officer to play a critical role in supporting the implementation and coordination of the communications strategy. This role is key in helping the organization promote and support our initiatives, and assist us in sharing our story and sharing the great work of our innovators through creative communications and storytelling.

GCC is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact®. We are funded by the Government of Canada and we fund 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 Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and a global network of partners to bring successful innovations to scale, catalyzing sustainability and impact. With close to $160 million in funding from the Government of Canada, GCC is currently focused largely on innovations that address persistent reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) challenges.

Associate Communications Officer

• Draft an array of written communications products including news releases, blogs and presentations
• Manage and execute proactive and responsive media relations outreach
• Manage and execute social media initiatives
• Draft and edit annual letters, reports, and other funder report documents
• Support brand communications and program storytelling activities
• Compile and analyze communications and outreach metrics
• Execute on and contribute to the development of Grand Challenges Canada’s communications strategy in support of key programs, events and initiatives
• Experience with storytelling to creatively communicate Grand Challenges Canada's work and the work of our innovators
• Offer support and communication advice to management, staff and innovators
• Create and coordinate a system to share results using the appropriate communications channels, such as TV, radio, print and newspaper media
• Perform other job-related duties as required


• Bachelors’ degree in Communications, Arts, Science, Business or recognized equivalent; media-related degree or diploma preferred
• Verbal and written fluency in French preferred; experience in producing content in French a plus
• Three (3) years’ experience working in communications and/or media relations is a plus
• Media contacts in international development fields preferred
• Experience with social media management (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, Hootsuite)
• Experience with creative production software (e.g. Adobe Creative Cloud apps, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere)
• Demonstrated proficiency with word-processing, database and spreadsheet software (e.g. Microsoft Office suite)
• Superior writing, editing and proofreading skills
• Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, with demonstrated ability to work well independently and within teams
• The ability to work under the pressure of competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment
• Interest and knowledge of global health, early childhood development, international development, sexual and reproductive health and rights, humanitarian assistance and/or social finance/impact investing fields preferred
• Enthusiastic commitment to Grand Challenges Canada’s mission and work as a feminist impact investor

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line here. 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. Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada.

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