Making a World of Difference The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a Canadian crown corporation, is one of the world’s leading institutions in the generation and application of new knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. We are seeking a talented professional for the following position in the Governance, Equity and Health Program: Position: Senior Program Specialist or Officer - Health Equity and Governance Portfolio Position #: 335 Location: Ottawa, Canada Salary Range: $86,383 - $107,979 CDN Note: This position may be filled as a Senior Program Officer ($81,524 - $97,867 CDN) for candidates who have less than 8 years relevant experience Duration: Term - 5 Years Closing Date: March 1, 2009 at Midnight (Canadian EST) Job Overview The Governance, Equity and Health (GEH) Program supports research in developing regions to promote equitable provision of public health and health care services. This includes research on financing, delivery, access and governance challenges across a number of themes and regions. As a key member of a multi-disciplinary team, the Senior Program Specialist or Officer identifies critical research issues; assists in developing the research strategy; and takes the lead in reviewing, developing, monitoring, managing and evaluating a portfolio of research projects. In particular, he/she will be involved in developing the portfolio on health equity and governance incorporating financing and poverty dimensions within an overall systems strengthening approach. Candidate Profile Note: Ideally we are seeking a professional with education and experience either in i) public health with knowledge of public financing and poverty issues OR in ii) public financing or health economics with knowledge of health policy and systems issues. Education PhD, or a Masters with equivalent work experience, and a record of research in a relevant health or social science discipline such as epidemiology, public health, economics, political science, or public policy. Experience This position requires five to eight years of relevant experience, which includes: conducting research managing and evaluating research projects developing and monitoring budgets establishing and building partnerships capacity building such as teaching, mentoring and supervising working in developing regions Language Bilingual (English/French) position at an intermediate level Proficiency in Spanish is an asset Knowledge Knowledge of the global public health arena and the donor landscape Knowledge of quantitative research methods Understanding of health financing and economic policy challenges in developing regions an asset Competencies Excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills (orally and in writing) Superior planning, organizing, coordinating and negotiation skills under pressure Strong analytical and problem-solving skills Innovative, creative and flexible team player Ability to manage complex and diverse projects while traveling or in the field Ability to establish, manage and monitor relationships with stakeholders Ability to provide advice and guidance to stakeholders and senior management Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team including diverse cultures, expertise and experiences Awareness of and sensitivity to individual, gender and cultural differences. Additional Information This position requires a willingness to acquire more specialised knowledge of health economics and/or health financing, if required, AND to travel internationally, an average of 60-90 days per year. To learn more about these career opportunities and how to apply, visit our website at www.idrc.ca/careers. Your application should provide precise examples of how your experience, qualifications and skills match those required as indicated in the job profiles.
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