PROGRAM LEADER, Climate Change

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Pursue a Career with Impact A key part of Canada’s foreign policy efforts, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. The result is innovative, lasting solutions that aim to improve lives and livelihoods. Join our team to put your ideas and knowledge to work to help solve some of the developing world’s most critical challenges.

Climate Change Permanent Position - Ottawa, Canada

The goal of the Climate Change program is to support partnerships and networks that build evidence for solutions and the use of technology to generate social and economic gains and guard against future climate impacts.

The program has three priorities: generate new knowledge and inform policy in hotspots vulnerable to climate change; increase the resilience of small and medium-sized cities to climate change paying particular attention to reducing the vulnerability of women; and facilitate the financing of climate adaptation strategies, especially from private sources.

As the Program Leader, under the guidance of the Associate Director, Climate Change, you are responsible for the daily management and implementation of programming and partnerships valued at 8-15 million per year. You will lead, motivate and manage your 8 or more staff based in Canada and in our regional offices to achieve program targets and results. Your intellectual leadership will contribute to effectively to develop the program, position the programming in international debates in the climate change and development spheres, as well as inform program evaluation, outreach and communications. You will manage human and financial resources with excellence and in manner consistent with IDRC’s employment philosophy. An effective communicator, you will seek strategic opportunities to represent the IDRC and the program to share program directions and results, link to strategic partners for uptake, and seek potential leverage opportunities. As a member of the Agriculture and Environment Program Area management team, you will contribute to programming strategy, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

Overview of Qualifications:
  •  PhD preferred and a record of research and publication in climate change, environmental or energy sciences relevant to international development, or, in another discipline with application to climate change and energy OR Master’s degree in a relevant discipline and significant work experience (12 to 15 years).
  •  The position requires 10 years of relevant experience, with an emphasis in developing regions, which includes: leading and managing multidisciplinary, international teams with diverse backgrounds and expertise; establishing and building partnerships in the Climate Change and international development domains; communicating research and research results to different audiences including the Canadian and international research and development community, policy and wider public audiences; consulting with stakeholders to define research needs and facilitating the uptake and use of evidence; representing an organization at an international level to promote its vision, mandate and activities; and working in an independent policy research organization or a grant-making organization is an asset.
  •  Strong knowledge of climate change, adaptation and sustainable international development issues;
  •  Strong networks of key actors in developing regions and internationally who are strategic for climate change research and research uptake.
  •  Expertise: provides specialized advice and guidance on issues of research design, outreach, communication and/or organizational development; and articulates how research contributes to development goals
  •  Bilingual position (English/French) at an intermediate level
For more information about this rewarding career opportunity and to apply, please visit our website at idrc.ca/careers

Application Deadline: July 8, 2016 at Midnight (Canadian EST)

Beyond the opportunity to work with people who are passionate about their work, we offer competitive salaries and extensive benefits including opportunities for professional growth, flexible work hours, employer-paid leave, a pension plan, and medical, dental, and life insurance coverage.

IDRC values a diverse workforce and is committed to achieving employment equity. So, if you are an Aboriginal person, a member of a visible minority group, a person with a disability or a woman, don’t hesitate to apply and identify yourself! 

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