Senior Program Specialist or Officer – Private Sector Development – Inclusive Economies


As the Senior Program Specialist or Officer, you will take the lead on research that focuses on new roles for the private sector in development  and new business and financing models that promote ‘shared value’ and combine profit motives with social and environmental goals. This will include initiatives for impact investment, social entrepreneurship, supplier diversity, and bottom-of-the-pyramid approaches which emphasizes the economic policies, domestic and trade-related, that promote public-private partnerships. You will also be responsible for promoting engagement and innovative collaboration between IDRC and private sector actors, international leaders in this field, and local experts and practitioners.

Reporting to the Program Leader, you will be part of a diverse and dynamic team, and engage with a network of specialists across IDRC. You will interact with experts in the field and represent IDRC in a variety of fora, promoting strategic thinking and drawing attention to new developments in research and practice.

Overview of Qualifications

  • PhD or Master’s degree with significant work experience and a record of publication in relevant fields such as economics, public policy, business or international development.
  • Eight (8) years’ relevant experience, which includes: development and analysis of new roles for the private sector in development, and supporting public policies; building partnerships with research organizations, practitioners, funding agencies and end users;  consulting with decision-makers to identify research needs and facilitating research uptake; leading, managing or undertaking research, analysis in developing regions; measuring and communicating key results, including production of high-quality reporting; and assessing and strengthening research capacities through mentoring and supervising.
  • Bilingual position (English and French) at an intermediate level.
  • Knowledge of current debates and research agendas in the areas of development economics, private sector development approaches, shared-value business models. 

For more information about this rewarding career opportunity and to apply, please follow the link below.

Application Deadline:  September 25, 2016 at 11:59 EST

Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, the IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world. Bringing together the right partners around opportunities for impact, IDRC builds leaders for today and tomorrow and helps drive change for those who need it most.  

Join our team to put your ideas and knowledge to work to help solve some of the developing world’s most critical challenges.

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!

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: IDRC - International Development Research Center
  • Location: Ottawa
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Economics
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development
    • International Relations
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development
  • Closing Date: 2016-09-25

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