Research award 2020: Development in Fragile contexts

Deadline: September 18, 2019

Please note that all applications must be submitted online.

IDRC is one of the world’s leaders in generating new knowledge to meet global challenges. We offer a number of research awards providing a unique opportunity to enhance research skills and gain a fresh perspective on crucial development issues. These one‐year, paid, in‐house programs of training and mentorship allow research award recipients to pursue their research goals and work in one of IDRC’s dynamic program teams.

A growing proportion of the world’s poor and displaced people are concentrated in fragile contexts and many of the Sustainable Development Goals will not be met if fragility is not addressed. Fragile contexts are marked by multiple and mutually reinforcing challenges, including institutional, livelihoods, climate, and economic. Progress in such contexts will depend on: long-term commitment; solutions that address vulnerabilities, are people-centered, strengthen institutions and systems of governance; and collaboration between humanitarian assistance, security, and international development. IDRC believes research has an important role to play in fragile contexts, to provide localized evidence and solutions. We are seeking a research award recipient who can contribute to this programming. 

Applications are invited for this position to work on one of the following areas related to fragile contexts:

  • Reduction and prevention of violence: research that addresses violence as a structural barrier that undermines social, economic or political empowerment, and solutions and directions for bolstering the development potential of women and excluded groups as agents of good governance
  • Legal empowerment: to develop solutions and tools for increasing equitable access by communities and individuals to resources and services needed for economic, social and political equality
  • Economic growth and employment: research that addresses the role of economic growth, private sector, and (youth) unemployment in context of fragility, and the interactions between socio-economic vulnerabilities on the one hand and violence and (in)security on the other
  • Displaced populations: particularly research on solutions that promote development goals for (forced) migrants in host societies
  • Backslide in democracy: research that looks at how progress in democratisation has been reversed, and whether and how research can help address this

The successful candidate will allocate approximately 50% of their time to this research activity. The other 50% will be dedicated to supporting one of IDRC’s programs. This includes participation in daily activities of the program, assist in organisation of activities, and publication and dissemination of results. 

Applicants should clearly outline their qualifications for this position, explain how this opportunity will advance their career goals.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, you must meet the requirements stated in the IDRC Research Awards 2020 call page.

Candidates should also have the following qualifications:

  • Work experience in development fields mentioned above, particularly in fragile contexts;
  • Demonstrated interest in and/or previous experience in policy or implementation research;
  • Knowledge of research for development;
  • Strong research and analytical skills; and
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Field experience in developing countries is an asset.

Language requirements:

  • Proficiency in English
  • French language skills an asset

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