IDRC's Climate-Resilient Food Systems program funds research that helps build equitable, inclusive and sustainable food systems in developing countries. Our work helps develop resilience among communities severely affected by climate change and address emerging health threats that arise from food systems. The program is working to improve the health of livestock and protect the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. It is responsible for programming and managing two large partnerships:
i) Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund (LVIF), a CA$57 million partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Affairs Canada and IDRC; and
ii) Innovative Veterinary Solutions for Antimicrobial Resistance (InnoVet-AMR), a CA$27.9 million partnership between IDRC and the UK government’s Global AMR Innovation Fund (GAMRIF) which is part of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
As the Senior Program Officer, under the guidance of the Program Leader, you will contribute to:
- providing technical guidance to support the selection of research projects through competitive calls and other grant-making processes;
- monitoring the technical and financial performance of projects and activities – directly managing a portfolio of research projects of approximately CA $5 to 10 million;
- providing technical guidance, advice and information to research teams: working with research grantees and, where applicable, external advisors, to promote sound methodologies and strengthen analytical skills; providing intellectual leadership to foster deeper understanding and effective use of vaccines to improve livestock and aquaculture management and human livelihoods;
- facilitating program learning and synthesis across projects: forge linkages with other vaccine research programs; and encourage and support dissemination of research findings at research and policy forums, as well as publications in peer reviewed journals; and
- supporting research uptake: developing and implementing strategies and approaches designed to facilitate partnerships between grantees and external stakeholders including private sector; this could include synthesis of key research findings emerging from the program; promoting dissemination of research to key audiences; representing the Centre in a variety of venues and audiences to promote the use of results.
- Ph.D. in veterinary medicine, animal science, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, virology, or suitable/related field. A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline with five (5) additional of qualifying experience will be accepted in lieu of a PhD.
- Position requires a minimum of three (3) years’ relevant experience for holders of a relevant PhD and a minimum of five (5) years of experience for holders of a relevant master’s degree in low or middle income country (LMIC) settings which includes:
- expertise in livestock diseases, livestock disease control strategies and policy, vaccine development, vaccine market development and commercialization;
- managing research, including technical and financial aspects, monitoring and evaluation of research performance, and reporting and/or experience in leading and conducting research projects involving multiple, multicultural stakeholders;
- communicating research and research results to professional, expert and non-expert audiences and developing and maintain collaborative relationships with a range of different stakeholders; and
- work experience in the private sector, pharmaceutical, regulatory or biotechnology sectors and in an independent research or grant-making organization would be an asset.
- Bilingual (English / French) position at an intermediate level
- Significant expertise in the deployment and scaling out of animal health innovations for women and men smallholder farmers and will have particular expertise in one or more of the following areas:
- animal farming systems, livestock diseases and disease control strategies;
- science relevant to vaccine research, utilization and delivery chains in developing countries;
- scaling of proven agricultural technologies in LMICs;
- public and private sectors and NGOs working on animal health management in smallholder livestock production systems in developing countries;
- agriculture, food security and international development issues relevant to animal health and vaccine research.
- Understanding of managing a portfolio of projects with a degree of independence and discretion within the policies of the Centre
- Sound understanding of research-policy linkages and how to move research into action
- Knowledge of diverse research methodologies
- Understanding of Canadian international development priorities
- Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure
- Solid verbal and written communication skills
- Superior strategic thinking skills and ability to develops and maintain networks
- Strong planning, organization, problem-solving, coordination and negotiation skills
- Ability to manage research project performance, technical and financial aspects, and to uphold high technical merit, ethical, and communication standards
- Ability to establish, manage, guide and monitor relationships with diverse stakeholders
- Ability to effectively represent the Animal Health program and IDRC externally
- Ability to work independently effectively and as well in a multidisciplinary team
As a result of this process, the Centre may establish a pool of pre-qualified candidates for future permanent and term opportunities.
This position requires a willingness to travel internationally, an average of 60-90 days per year.
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