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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Job Posting IDRC - Peace, Conflict and Development

JOB POSTING - International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa

PROGRAM LEADER - Peace, Conflict and Development
Application Deadline: September 26, 2010.

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a Canadian Crown
corporation, supports research in developing regions of the world to
promote growth and development. The result is innovative, lasting local
solutions that bring choice and change to those who need it most. We are
seeking a dynamic, strategic, innovative leader to join our management
team based in Ottawa, Canada.

Job Overview

The Peace, Conflict and Development Program contributes to the production
and dissemination of locally-grounded research on political arrangements,
security, and justice issues, with the goal of promoting more accountable
and legitimate state institutions as well as a more empowered citizenry.
The Program is currently undergoing a renewal to review programming
priorities and strategic approaches to research funding.

As the Program Leader, you will support this renewal and your team’s
focus to develop and maintain a program-level vision; provide intellectual
leadership in identifying critical research issues; and develop, manage
and monitor a portfolio of projects of approximately $6 million annually.
You will lead a multidisciplinary team of professionals based in Ottawa,
Canada as well as in our Regional Offices in the developing world. You
also will represent the Program internationally, support knowledge
dissemination and utilization, and
work to expand programming resources by fostering linkages with other
funding agencies.

Candidate Profile

• PhD and a record of research and publication in a relevant
discipline such as international development, political science, or
international relations, with application to developing country contexts
OR Masters degree in a relevant discipline and significant work experience

• Ten years of experience in conducting and managing relevant policy
research and/or in policy formulation and implementation
• Experience in leading and managing multidisciplinary teams and
working in developing regions
• Experience working in an independent policy research organization or
a grant-making organization is an asset

• Bilingual position (English/French) at an intermediate level as a
• Proficiency in Spanish is an asset

• Knowledge of governance, conflict and social policy issues in one or
more of the regions targeted by the Program
• Familiarity with the issues and challenges around promoting
accountability, legitimacy, security and justice in developing country
• Understanding of policy research methods and approaches, including
strategies for effectively communicating research results and linking
research to policy

• Proven strategic thinking, solid judgement, initiative and creativity
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; sensitivity to
individual, gender and cultural differences
• Strong, planning and project management skills; ability to negotiate
under pressure
• Ability to lead and manage a diverse, multidisciplinary,
international team
• Ability to provide specialized advice and guidance to policy
research organizations supported by the Program on issues of research
design, outreach, and/or organizational development
• Ability to develop and maintain networks of organizations and
partners, including actual and potential funding agencies, grantees, and
government officials

Additional Information
This position requires a willingness to travel internationally, an average
of 30-60 days per year.

If you are interested in a career with a lasting impact, we invite you to
join our team of talented and motivated professionals operating in a
stimulating, multicultural, learning environment. Although this is a
permanent position, we may consider secondments. For more information
about this opportunity and how to apply, visit
Application Deadline: September 26, 2010.

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