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Research award: Governance and Justice 2019

Deadline: September 5, 2018

Please note that all applications must be submitted online.

This particular research award is only open to Kenyan nationals.

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 that are 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. The Governance and Justice Program also supports a new initiative in Myanmar called Knowledge for Democracy in Myanmar. This initiative seeks to support democratic transition in Myanmar through policy research.

Governance and Justice is recruiting a Research Award Recipient who will undertake research on the theme of addressing youth violence, insecurity, and promoting resilience and active citizen engagement in Africa.

The successful candidate will allocate 50% of the time to his/her own research project on the theme mentioned above under the guidance of a Senior Program Specialist, and will be expected to present a 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 2019 Call page and, for this particular position, you must be a Kenyan national.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Be enrolled in (or have completed in the last three years) a Masters or PhD graduate degree program 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;
  • Strong research, analysis, and writing skills for different audiences (academic, policy, general public);
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Priority will be given to candidates with knowledge and experience in Africa, 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:

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

This position is located at IDRC’s Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa, located in Nairobi, Kenya.

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