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Research Award: Advisory Committee on Research Ethics

Deadline: September 7, 2016

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 award holders to pursue their research goals and work in one of IDRC’s dynamic program or division teams.

The IDRC’s Advisory Committee on Research Ethics (ACRE) seeks a Research Awardee who can help support research ethics programming activities and who can make a scholarly contribution to research ethics in international development.

ACRE provides guidance to staff in the assessment and oversight of the research undertaken and/or supported by IDRC. ACRE’s mission is also to strengthen IDRC employees’ capacity to identify and address research ethics concerns that arise in their work. The successful candidate will allocate about 50% of his/her time to support ACRE’s Coordinator and Chair in implementing the Committee’s mandate and annual work plan.

The Research Awardee will furthermore occasionally support the host program, Foundations for Innovation, in its program management.

Specifically, activities will include:

  • Coordinating seminars and training events on research ethics for IDRC employees;
  • Maintaining and expanding IDRC’s database of resources on research ethics, including through the development of case studies;
  • Identifying country-specific research ethics committees and guidelines;
  • Developing and updating internal policies and standard operating procedures;
  • Providing support to the review process of research proposals;
  • Promoting ACRE’s services internally and externally (e.g., web announcements, Twitter);
  • Contributing to the strengthening of ACRE’s relationship with external stakeholders, such as the Tri-Council Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research and the Global Health Ethics Unit of the World Health Organization.

For the remaining 50% of his/her time at IDRC, the Research Awardee will conduct an individual research project under the guidance of a Senior Program Officer from the Foundations for Innovation program. Research proposals, to be submitted with the application, should relate to the scope of work of the Foundations for Innovation program. Proposals that address ethical issues arising during collaborative research on technology and innovation are particularly desirable. In this case, collaborative research includes partnerships between North-South stakeholders, South-South stakeholders, universities and communities, and the private and public sectors. Key ethical issues of interest include the prevention of research misconduct, attribution of authorship, management of conflicts of interest, and negotiation of power imbalances.

The successful candidate will be expected to present his/her research plan and provide progress updates to ACRE throughout the duration of the award.

Applicants should clearly outline their qualifications for this position, explain how this opportunity will advance their career goals, highlight the importance of their proposed scholarly contribution, and recognize the dual nature of the position (i.e. applied research activity and programmatic support for ACRE).

Who can apply?

To be eligible, you must meet the requirements stated in the IDRC Research Awards 2017 Call for applications Web page.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Work experience and/or graduate training in the area of the responsible conduct of research, bioethics and/or similar fields.
  • Demonstrated interest in research ethics in international development, and/or previous experience in international research ethics;
  • Knowledge of research for development;
  • Strong research and analytical skills;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Field experience in developing countries is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English
  • French language skills an asset

This position is located at IDRC’s head office in Ottawa.


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