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Senior Program Specialist – Maternal and Child Health

Pursue a Career with Impact

Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa is a multi-donor initiative funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).  With an investment of CA$36 million over seven years, the initiative will generate solutions to critical maternal, newborn and child health challenges, and support the uptake of research findings into policies and programs that result in better quality health services.  The initiative’s components include (1) 19 Implementation Research Teams (IRTs) generating evidence and promoting its use in practice, (2) two independent policy and research organizations/consortia – referred to as Health Policy and Research Organizations (HPROs) facilitating uptake of evidence into policy and systems strengthening, and (3) synergy grants to incentivize accelerated uptake of innovations in maternal and child health and to address sexual and reproductive health issues.

SENIOR PROGRAM SPECIALIST – Maternal and Child Health

Temporary position until December 2020 –
Ottawa, Canada

As the Senior Program Specialist, reporting to the Program Leader, you will identify critical research and capacity issues; assist in developing and implementing the research strategy; and take the lead in managing, monitoring and evaluating a portfolio of research projects. In addition, you will provide intellectual leadership to identify and create strategic synergies with other thematic programs in IDRC, the government of Canada, partner agencies, and other international organisations to ensure that IDRC is supporting key development challenges and opportunities in low and middle income countries.

Overview of Qualifications

  • PhD or a Masters with equivalent work experience, and a record of research in a relevant health or social science discipline such as epidemiology, public health, health informatics, political science, health economics, anthropology or public policy;
  • Experience in leading, managing and conducting research projects on issues related to health systems research, primary health care, maternal and child health in Africa involving multiple stakeholders;
  • Knowledge of global public health arena and donor landscape in Canada, Africa and internationally;
  • Strong leadership and relationship building skills;
  • 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

Application Deadline:  March 20, 2017 at 23:59 EST

Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world. Bringing together the right partners around opportunities for impact, IDRC builds leaders for today and tomorrow and helps drive change for those who need it most.  

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




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