International Development Research Centre Job Vacancy: Senior Program Officers - Ottawa, Canada

A key part of Canada’s foreign policy efforts, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. The result is innovative, lasting solutions that aim to improve lives and livelihoods. Join our team to put your ideas and knowledge to work to help solve some of the developing world’s most critical challenges.


Three Permanent Positions - Ottawa, Canada

Economics of population health and food systems 
As a Senior Program Specialist or Officer, you will develop, support and monitor a variety of research activities, including programming that will help build the field of food systems and public health research. You will bring to the FEH team economic expertise that may be applied to our work on food systems and/or NCD prevention. You have insights into the role of public finance in development, including fiscal and trade policies and their influence on consumption, revenues and equity. You can apply your expertise to understanding change in food systems and interventions for improving the consumer food environment in order to improve access to, and affordability of healthy diets.  

Employment and Growth
As a Senior Program Officer or Program Officer, As the Senior Program Officer, you will develop a portfolio of Southern-led research on how to promote inclusive growth, with a strong gender lens. A key element will include research on the role of the private sector in meeting development challenges, and new business and financing models that combine profit motives with social and environmental goals.  You will also be responsible for promoting engagement and innovative collaboration between IDRC, private sector actors and collaborators, international leaders in this field, and local experts and practitioners.

Governance and Justice
As the Senior Program Officer or Program Officer, you will identify critical research issues related to governance, security and justice, with particular emphasis on addressing gender inequalities. You will also take the lead in developing, managing, monitoring, reporting on and evaluating a portfolio of research projects, and support the development of partnerships with other funding agencies. In particular, you will provide intellectual leadership to identify and create strategic synergies with other thematic programs in IDRC and stakeholders (domestic and international) to ensure that IDRC is supporting key development challenges and opportunities in low and middle-income countries.

Overview of Qualifications
  • PhD. (preferred) OR Master’s degree in a relevant discipline;
  • Experience in leading, managing and conducting research projects on relevant issues;
  • Establishing and building partnerships with research organizations;
  • English and French language skills at an intermediate level.
For more information about this rewarding career opportunity and to apply, please visit our website at APPLY NOW.

VARIOUS Application Deadline:  February 13, 2017 at 23:59 EST

IDRC encourages applications from qualified women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.