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Research Award: Donor Partnership Division

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.

IDRC’s Donor Partnerships division (DPD) initiates, builds, and maintains relationships with donors, international organizations, and research funders committed to enhancing research capacities in developing countries. DPD coordinates the strategic and policy dimensions of partnering, as well as the more practical aspects of concluding agreements with other research funders, such as negotiating and budgeting. DPD works with all IDRC programming areas; therefore, the successful candidate will be exposed to a diverse set of research projects and will acquire a solid appreciation of the world of research for development.

DPD is looking for a Research Award Recipient to undertake research addressing one aspect of partnering. We are particularly interested in research related to public-private partnerships for development, bilateral investments in research, trends in private philanthropy, and elements that contribute to effective donor partnerships.

The successful candidate will allocate 50% of their time to their own research project under the guidance of a Senior Partnership Officer, and will be expected to present their research plan and provide progress updates during the year. In the remaining 50% of their time, the Research Award Recipient will contribute to the management of the division through a variety of tasks, which may include coordinating and disseminating the production of information related to donor partnerships, participating in partnership development, monitoring and evaluation, communication and learning activities, and preparing internal and external reports.

Applicants should clearly outline their qualifications for this position, and 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 2017 Call for applications Web page.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge of international development issues and familiar with international and Canadian development agencies;
  • Strong research, analytical, and writing skills, and familiar with website applications.

Candidates with a business and/or international relations background are encouraged to apply.

Language Requirements:

  • Applicants must be fluent in English;
  • Proficiency in French is an asset.

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


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