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International Development Research Centre Selection Criteria


  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study, or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience.
  • A post graduate degree would be considered an asset.


  • Leadership experience in a multi-disciplinary, decentralized and geographically dispersed organization;
  • Experience dealing with the Canadian federal government;
  • Experience dealing with a Board of Governors or Board of Directors;
  • Experience in setting the strategic direction of an organization and reaching its financial goals;
  • Experience in a knowledge-intensive work environment;
  • Experience in international development or working in or with the developing regions of the world, would be considered assets.


  • Knowledge of, and interest in, the challenges of developing countries;
  • Knowledge of, and interest in, Canadian public policy-making and the machinery of government;
  • Knowledge of the potential links between research and policy-making;
  • Knowledge of current corporate governance and human resource issues;
  • Knowledge of research funding institutions, both in Canada and internationally would be an asset.


  • Ability to manage and motivate a highly educated and skilled workforce;
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to act as a spokesperson in representing the IDRC with the media, stakeholders and senior government officials;
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making abilities.

Personal Suitability

  • Personal and professional integrity
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Sound judgment and objectivity
  • Tact and discretion

Language Requirements

  • Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.
  • Knowledge of other languages would be an asset.

Working Conditions

  • The successful candidate must reside in or be willing to relocate to the National Capital Region or to a location within reasonable commuting distance.