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Research award: Governance and Justice

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 Governance and Justice program funds research and supports researchers in developing countries to gather evidence and develop tools and solutions to build societies free from violence and injustice. The program focuses on two key objectives: creating safer, more inclusive spaces, free from violence and insecurity; and empowering vulnerable groups, particularly women and girls, to prevent and combat gender violence. It supports innovative strategies that address violence and insecurity driven by socio-economic and political exclusion, in particular relating to youth, as well as initiatives that eliminate impunity for sexual and gender-based violence, and explore how health, age at marriage, and labour market opportunities are linked with violence and insecurity.

Governance and Justice is recruiting a research award recipient who will undertake research on issues of youth, violence, and inclusion in Latin America. This includes a focus on themes such as youth violence, youth civic engagement, and youth social and economic inclusion.

The successful candidate will allocate 50% of his/her time to their own research project on the theme mentioned above and under the guidance of a senior program specialist. They will be expected to present a research plan and provide progress updates throughout the year. In the remaining 50% of the 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 2018 call page.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Be enrolled in (or have completed in the last three years) a master’s or doctoral degree 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

Priority will be given to candidates with knowledge and experience in the Latin America and the Caribbean 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.

Language requirements:

  • Must be fluent in either English or French
  • Proficiency in a second official language (English or French) is an asset
  • Proficiency in Spanish is an asset

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


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