• Full Time
  • Ottawa

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The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funds research in developing countries to promote growth, reduce poverty, and drive large-scale positive change.

Pursue a Career with Impact

Make a difference by bringing your expertise and passion to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). IDRC’s Governance and Justice Program funds research that addresses development challenges posed by insecurity, injustice, and inequalities. We support evidence-based research that helps people and public authorities address the causes and drivers of fragility, conflict, violence, and weak governance in a manner that promotes empowerment and incorporates gender equality and inclusion of excluded groups. The result is a better understanding of how institutions, policies and practices can be made more effective and accountable to the populations they serve.


Senior Program Specialist – Governance and Justice

Term Position until March 2024 – Ottawa, Canada

As the Senior Program Specialist, reporting to the Program Leader (PL), 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 including with regional offices, the government of Canada, partner agencies, and other international organizations to ensure that IDRC is supporting key development challenges and opportunities in low and middle-income countries. You will also play a key role in leading new directions that will be set out in IDRC new Strategy 2020-2030


Overview of Qualifications                   

  • PhD and a record of research and publication international development, international relations, international law, public policy, political science or political economy OR Master’s degree in a relevant discipline with pertinent work experience.
  • Eight years of relevant experience in: managing research, including technical and financial aspects, monitoring and evaluation of research performance, establishing and building partnerships with development organizations including multilaterals, research organizations, funding agencies and Canadian stakeholders, measuring and communicating research results to professional, expert and non-expert audiences, scoping opportunties for increased partnership collaboration and participation in revenue generation with donors, organizational representation at national and international meetings, working in low and middle-income countries
  • Position requiring English and Spanish languages skills at an advanced level.
  • Sound knowledge of current debates and research agendas on fragility, violence, justice and promoting citizen engagement for democracy in developing countries, in particular in Latin America.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, results-oriented with strong organizing, problem-solving, implementing, evaluative, monitoring and reporting skills, ability to work in and with multidisciplinary teams from diverse cultures

For more information about this rewarding career opportunity and to apply, please visit our website at idrc.ca/careers.


Application Deadline: 19 September 2019 at 23:59 EST


Beyond the opportunity to work with people who are passionate about their work, we offer competitive salaries and extensive benefits including opportunities for professional growth, flexible work hours, employer-paid leave, a pension plan, and medical, dental, and life insurance coverage.


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 values a diverse workforce and is committed to achieving employment equity.  So, if you are an Aboriginal person, a member of a visible minority group, a person with a disability or a woman, don’t hesitate to apply and identify yourself!

To apply for this job please visit www.idrc.ca.