Senior Program Specialist


If you are looking for a career opportunity, want to give meaning to your professional achievements and contribute to making the world a better place by playing a part in international development, and are passionate about research and innovation to promote democratic and inclusive governance, the empowerment of people, gender equality integration, and the inclusion of excluded groups, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is the place for you!

IDRC is home to people who share a passion for international development research. We look for employees who believe that knowledge and innovation can help solve the world’s most critical challenges.

Come join our team and help us build a more sustainable and inclusive world!

Our employment opportunity of the moment: Senior Program Specialist*

*Note: Candidates with less experience may be considered for appointment at the level of Senior Program Officer (CA $106,886- CA $132,319).

Program: Democratic and Inclusive Governance

The IDRC’s Democratic and Inclusive Governance Program funds research and innovation so that people around the world can enjoy the benefits that democracy and inclusive governance bring to everyday life. We support evidence-based research that helps people and public authorities address the causes and drivers of weak governance in a manner that promotes empowerment, gender equality and inclusion of excluded groups.

Location: Dakar, Senegal (Hybrid Mode**)

Employment status: Indeterminate

Take a minute to see if your profile fits IDRC:

You have

  • Ph.D. in a field relevant to international development such as, political science, human rights, international affairs, international law, political economy and/or sociology or a related field and eight (8) years of relevant experience or a master’s degree in these fields with ten (10) years of relevant experience.
  • Proficiency in French and English (reading, writing and speaking).
  • Specialized research project oversight experience, with significant and relevant experience in democratic governance, human rights, justice, civil society or social movements and/or governance of technology; in low and middle-income countries specifically within the African context.
  • Experience in implementing and advising researchers on effective approaches enhancing research finding uptake by diverse users.
  • An in-depth understanding of gender equity and social inclusion, analysis, planning, and integration activities for international development projects.
  • An enhanced knowledge of West and Central Africa regional perspectives and actors central to on-going development initiatives, especially specific experience working in West and Central Africa directly with organizations working on issues of democratic governance.
  • Aligned with the IDRC’s culture and value statements: At IDRC we are respectful, intentional and accountable.
  • A professional and intellectual leader who prides themselves on their ability to provide strong technical leadership to specialized research initiatives.
  • Passionate about expanding democratic and inclusive governance in low-middle income countries (LMICS).
  • Competent and comfortable in the communication, negotiation and coordination of organizational initiatives, projects, and partnerships.
  • A high performing professional, qualified to establish, manage, and develop professional relationships and modes of funding for international development projects.

You are interested in:

  • Managing a portfolio of projects with a large degree of independence and discretion in compliance with IDRC policies.
  • Leading and contributing to the shaping of the strategic directions of the program through new knowledge, evidence use, and multi-stakeholder engagement.
  • Working in a learning organization, utilizing previous knowledge and research to expand IDRC’s global footprint and positive impact.
  • Providing technical guidance to both internal staff, as well as external grantees through frequent collaboration.
  • Communicating results to promote change to professional, expert and non-expert audiences and developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with a range of different stakeholders.
  • Joining an organization that values and models diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Then we are interested in your profile!
  • At IDRC, we support your professional development.

Additional Information

  • For more details on the primary duties and responsibilities, view Job Details.
  • ** Hybrid Mode: Have the flexibility to work in hybrid mode (Minimum 3 days out of 10 in the office).
  • This position requires frequent international travel.
  • As a result of this process, the Centre may establish a pool of pre-qualified candidates for future permanent and term opportunities requiring the same competencies with the Democratic and Inclusive Governance Program.
  • We appreciate your interest, however, only candidates selected to continue in the process will be contacted.

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