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Program Leader - Globalization, Growth and Poverty

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Last Date: 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. 

PROGRAM LEADER - Globalization, Growth and Poverty  

Job Overview  

The goal of the Globalization, Growth and Poverty Program is to support policy reforms in developing regions aimed at promoting inclusive growth, by funding policy-oriented research and strengthening the capacities of researchers.  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 teamís 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 $10 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 economics, public finance, or international development, 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. Note: If the successful candidate doesnít meet the bilingual language requirement, he/she will be required to take language training.

         Proficiency in Spanish is an asset 


         Knowledge of economic and social policy issues in one or more of the regions targeted by the Program

         Familiarity with the issues and challenges around promoting inclusive, sustainable growth

         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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