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Research Award: Governance and Justice

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 Governance and Justice program funds research that addresses development challenges posed by insecurity, injustice and the abuse of power. In regions affected by conflict, citizens and marginalized groups have difficulty claiming their right to live in a safe and prosperous environment. The threat of violence and failure of the state to provide justice and security leave people vulnerable and limit their representation in society. The Program addresses this problem by funding research that focuses on helping citizens and public authorities address the sources of violence, conflict, and poor governance in a gender sensitive manner.

Governance and Justice is recruiting a Research Award Recipient who will undertake research on issues of resilience of communities and institutions in the context of conflict and fragility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This includes a focus on such themes as the Syrian refugee crisis, youth violence and youth inclusion, and gender-based violence.

The successful candidate will allocate 50% of their time to their own research project on the theme mentioned above under the guidance of a Senior Program 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 program through a variety of tasks, which may include synthesizing and disseminating project outcomes and results, participating in project 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:

  • Be enrolled in (or have completed in the last three years) a graduate degree program Masters or PhD in social sciences, in one of the following disciplines: social sciences, international affairs, development studies, economics, journalism or communications;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, with team members based in Canada and internationally;
  • Strong research, analysis, and writing skills for different audiences (academic, policy, general public);
  • Experience working/researching in a developing country; and
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;

Language Requirements:

  • Applicants must be fluent in either English or French;
  • Proficiency in a second official language (English or French) is an asset; and
  • Proficiency in Arabic is an asset.

Priority will be given to candidates with knowledge and experience in the MENA region, and to proposals outlining focused and feasible objectives, and clearly defined methodology. Further, the proposal should demonstrate the relevance of the proposed research to IDRC’s Governance and Justice Program.

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


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