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Research award: Advisory Committee on Research Ethics

Deadline: September 6, 2017

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.

IDRC’s Advisory Committee on Research Ethics (ACRE) seeks a research awardee who can support research ethics programming activities and 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 ethic concerns that arise in their work. The successful candidate will allocate approximately 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 occasionally support the host program, Maternal and Child Health, in its program management and the planning of events and activities around research ethics.

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 Maternal and Child Health program.

Research proposals, to be submitted with the application, should relate to the scope of the work of the Maternal and Child Health program. Proposals that address ethical issues arising in research on health information systems or adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights, particularly in West Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa, are particularly desirable. Key ethical issues of interest include research conduct in fragile and conflict settings, and the involvement of vulnerable groups, such as women and adolescent girls, in implementation research efforts.

IDRC will not approve travel to a region where there is an advisory to avoid all travel. It will be your responsibility to ensure that you follow all Government of Canada travel advisories while applying, when planning your trip, and while in the field. If your proposal is selected and the advisory changes, you will still be required to follow it even after a contract is signed.

The successful candidate will be expected to present his/her research plan and provide progress updates to ACRE throughout 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 2018 call for applications Web page.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Work experience and/or graduate training in the area of global health ethics, 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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