Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) is a partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and IDRC, that supports research to inform social and economic policies to improve poor women’s lives, while promoting economic growth. 14 innovative research projects are underway that together cover 50 countries. Projects focus on key themes such as access to better paid jobs, skills training for women, and valuing and recognizing women’s challenging dual roles as caregivers and breadwinners. As GrOW enters its final year, research results are coming in, and there is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic Program Officer to lead and support the translation of GrOW evidence into the policies and practices that can improve lives and livelihoods.
As the Knowledge Translation Program Officer, under the guidance of the Program Leader, you will contribute to the articulation and profiling of the results of GrOW. You will support the development of compelling communications materials appropriate for a variety of external audiences, internationally and Canadian. A key task is to translate knowledge to practice for policy makers and practitioners. You will also provide on-going feedback on communications and research uptake strategies to strengthen capacities of research teams. You will support the day-to-day program operations, including high-quality reporting within IDRC and to DFID, and the organisation of outreach events.
Although this is a term position, we will consider candidates who wish to take a leave of absence or secondment to work at IDRC.
• Master’s degree in a relevant social science discipline; or in communications with a demonstrated understanding of women’s economic empowerment in a developing country context.
The position requires a minimum of three years of relevant knowledge translation, communications, and research experience, including:
• implementing communications strategies to demonstrate research relevance and to translate this knowledge for policy and practice;
• analyzing, interpreting, and synthesizing research;
• writing reports, policy briefs, briefing notes, web- and social media content;
• coordinating projects, conferences, and meetings;
• building and maintaining partnerships;
• working in development and/or research-based institutions and in developing regions is an asset.
• Bilingual position (English/French) at an intermediate level
• Demonstrated knowledge on current debates and issues relevant to research on women`s economic empowerment.
• Demonstrated knowledge on donor and government landscape in Canada and internationally in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
• Sound understanding of strategies for effectively communicating research results and linking research to research users.
• Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills
• Strong planning, organization, problem-solving, coordination, and negotiation skills
• Sound judgment and ability to take own initiative
• Demonstrated research translation skills
• Ability to establish, manage, guide, and monitor relationships with diverse stakeholders
• Ability to work as a member of a virtual team and under pressure
• Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team of people from diverse cultures, expertise, and experiences
• Awareness of and sensitivity to individual, gender, and cultural differences
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