Make a difference by bringing your expertise and passion to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The Maternal and Child Health program supports research in low- and middle-income countries to contribute to saving lives of women and children. It strives to develop solutions that will promote the quality and accountability of health services for the most vulnerable. The Program has two objectives: 1) to save and improve the lives of women and children by generating innovations for better quality, more accessible and equitable health services; and 2) to strengthening health information systems for better accountability.
Senior Program Specialist – Maternal and Child Health
Term Position until May 2021 - Ottawa, Canada
As the Senior Program Specialist, reporting to the Program Leader and Regional Director, 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 within the regional office, 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 be leading in efforts to implement the new IDRC Strategy for 2020-2030.
Overview of Qualifications
PhD and a record of research and publication in a relevant health or social science discipline such as epidemiology, public health, health informatics, political science, health economics, anthropology or public policy OR Master’s degree and a record of research and publication in a relevant discipline and significant work experience.
Eight yearsof relevant experience in: managing research, including technical and financial aspects, monitoring and evaluation of research performance, supporting governments and partners in strategic design and implementation of technical support to governments to develop and implement large scale multi-stakeholders programmes, measuring and communicating research results to professional, expert and non-expert audiences, developing analytical and strategic documents regarding high-quality program related reporting results, assessing capacity development needs and developing capacity strengthening programmes, establishing and building partnerships with development organizations, working in low and middle-income countries, specifically in Middle East and Africa.
Bilingual position requiring English and French languages skills at an advanced level.
Strong knowledge and technical expertise of Maternal and child health in a global context, and donor landscape in Canada and internationally, sound understanding of health and social policy issues in Africa and globally
Competencies: 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: 11 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!
Internal Number: 322
About International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
At the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), we support research in developing regions of the world, financially and through capacity-building, to promote growth and development. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that bring choice and change to those who need it most. Join our dynamic team of diverse professionals and build a career that will impact the world.