Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) is an innovative research initiative that aims to inform social and economic policies to improve poor women’s lives, while promoting economic growth. A partnership between the UK’s Department for International Development, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and IDRC, the initiative funds 14 cutting-edge research projects that together cover 50 countries. As Program Officer, you will be responsible for managing projects, research synthesis and accountability, supporting GrOW to finalize a compelling body of evidence that can improve women’s lives and livelihoods.
More specifically, you will:
• be responsible for managing a portfolio of about 6 projects, valued at CAD 5-7 million, that together focus on access to better paid jobs, skills training for women, and valuing and recognizing women’s challenging dual roles as caregivers and breadwinners;
• work closely with grantees to support them in finalization of the projects, ensure high quality reporting from grantees, and help to translate this into program reporting for donors;
• work with grantees and the GrOW team to synthesize results across projects, and help produce GrOW outputs that situate project results in the broader policy debates on women’s economic empowerment;
• manage technical experts as needed to provide support to grantees and/or the synthesis of results;
• work with grantees and the GrOW team to organise end-of-project and research uptake events.
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, represent IDRC, and draw attention to new developments in research and practice.
• Master’s degree in a relevant social science discipline with good understanding of women’s economic empowerment in a developing country context.
The Position requires a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience, including:
• leading, managing and conducting research projects in developing regions;
• managing partnerships with research organizations and practitioners;
• assessing and supporting research capacities;
• promoting uptake of research results and presentation of studies in audience-friendly formats;
• measuring and communicating key results, including production of high-quality reporting;
• experience with research on gender and/or economic opportunities of women, and having worked with funding agencies are assets for this position.
Note: Candidates with the relevant qualifications and more than five years experience may be considered and appointed at the Senior Program Officer level
• Bilingual position (English and French) at an intermediate level.
• Knowledge of current debates and research agendas in the areas of development economics, economic growth, gender.
• Knowledge of the research environment and policy-oriented research organizations in at least one developing country context or region.
• Ability to manage programming and partnerships.
• Good interpersonal and communication skills, including sensitivity towards individual, gender and cultural differences.
• Ability to effectively represent IDRC.
• Team work skills and ability to work in a diverse and multidisciplinary and partially virtual team.
• Results orientation with problem-solving, negotiating, and implementing skills.
• Solid analytical and writing skills.
• Ability to work under pressure.
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