|Salary Range (CA$):||$91,281 – $109,977|
|Duration:||Term – 36 months|
|Who Can Apply:||The general public – national and international populations|
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.
IDRC is looking for a Senior Program Officer with experience in Nutrition and Food Security to develop and implement an exciting collaborative research program in East and Southern Africa: the Cultivating Africa’s Future (CultiAF). Priority themes include nutrition, water management, and reduction of post-harvest losses. CultiAF is a partnership program with the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research. Based in Nairobi, the Senior Program Officer will work closely with other IDRC and ACIAR team members around the world, and will report to the Program Leader (Agriculture and Food Security) while working under the supervision of the IDRC Regional Director.
CultiAF is part of the Agriculture and Food Security program of IDRC, a program that supports innovation for more efficient and sustainable agricultural production to enhance food security, incomes, and nutrition that benefit small-scale farmers, particularly women.
CultiAF funds research projects to improve food security in the countries of East and Southern Africa. The current portfolio of research includes innovative projects on management and post-harvest loss in fisheries, non-traditional feeds in fish and poultry sectors, commercial bean products for nutrition and convenience. Projects strive to ensure effective communication of results, gender transformative outcomes and improved economic opportunities for youths, while involving research users and the private sector.
Specifically, the successful candidate will contribute to program implementation by:
A record of research and publication in an area of applied research related to food and nutrition security in a developing region of the world, with a PhD in a relevant discipline associated with food security such as food science and nutrition. Candidates with a Masters and ten to twelve years of professional experience will also be considered
The successful candidate will demonstrate a sustained, progressive career development of five to eight years and a track record that includes:
• managing research in the food and nutrition sector in international settings, from project design to project implementation;
Note: Candidates with more than eight year of experience may be considered for appointment at the level of Senior Program Specialist.
• A superior knowledge of English is essential for the position
The successful candidate will have a thorough understanding of food production systems, nutrition and smallholder farming in Eastern and Southern Africa. He/she will have particular expertise in one or more of the following areas:
• contribution of different components of food systems to food and nutrition security in developing countries (particularly Eastern and Southern Africa)
• Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills
This position requires traveling up to 60 – 90 days per year. For more information regarding primary duties or responsibilities, view Job Details.
How to Apply
Please provide a cover letter along with your CV, setting out precise examples of how your experience, qualifications, and skills match those required for this position.
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