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IDRC's Pan Asia Networking program is looking for a Senior Program Officer for Delhi.
Competition: Senior Program Officer, PAN Asia (ICT)
Job Title: Senior Program Officer, PAN Asia (ICT)
Position Number: 642
Location: New Delhi, India (SARO)
Group: Program and Partnership Branch
Level: M ($75,587- $90,704)
Immediate supervisors: Team Leader, PAN Asia (ICT) and Regional Director, SARO
Duration: 2 years
IDRC is seeking a Senior Program Officer to work in its South Asia Regional Office in New Delhi, India. The position is part of IDRC's Pan Asia Networking (PAN) team, which supports research into innovative ways of adopting Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to address key development challenges, namely in the areas of health, education, livelihoods, and governance. The PAN program also seeks to understand the positive and negative impacts of ICTs on people, culture, the economy, and society, so as to strengthen ICT uses that promote sustainable development on the Asian continent.
Working as a member of one or two multi-disciplinary teams under the guidance of the Team Leader (TL), the Program Officer:
– under the supervision of the TL develops, monitors, manages, and evaluates research projects;
– can sign project approval documents up to $50,000
– with guidance from TL takes the lead for a portfolio of PI projects in the range of 10-20 projects and RSPs values at $5-7 million.
– liaises with program colleagues in Ottawa and the regional offices on issues of project development and management;
– plays a role in the identifying, developing and managing IDRC's contacts with other international agencies and Canadian institutions;
– contributes to Centre-wide public relations efforts and to knowledge dissemination and utilization, including participation in IDRC, public and scientific fora;
– identifies the external contacts to support specific program directions and projects;
– identifies donors for revenue generation;
– participates in team meetings
Primary Duties or Responsibilities
Project Development (35%)
Under the guidance of the TL:
– assesses proposals, including conceptual, methodological, operational, evaluative, and financial aspects;
– identifies and develops research proposals in accordance with Centre policies;
– incorporates, at the project design stage, plans for dissemination and utilization of research results;
– explores the potential for support and participation by the Canadian research community;
– develop partnerships with other funding agencies to support project activities,
– negotiates with researchers to increase the use they make of research as input in policy formulation;
– prepares project documents for approval.
Project Management (30%)
Under the guidance of the TL
– manages, in consultation with the Resources Branch staff, the preparation of contracts and grant letters, materiel purchases, travel arrangements, analysis of financial statements, adjustment of budgets and schedules, and project closures;
– provides technical supervision, including analysis of interim reports, participation in workshops, literature searches, identification and administration of resource persons/consultants in support of projects;
– reviews final project reports of research results, and negotiates revisions and/or additional research requirements;
– assists in coordinating the research activities of collaborative projects between Canadian and developing country researchers;
Program Development (10%)
– Works and contributes within the PI team structure that guides the formulation and development of the PI=s program strategy and related project portfolio.
– May be required to take on special assignments and more frequent interaction with senior team members around program development issues.
Project Evaluation (5%)
Under the guidance of the TL:
– Plans and manages project evaluations;
– prepares project completion reports.
Centre-wide Collaboration (10%)
– participates in regular PI meetings, and when required in other Program Area, Branch and Corporate meetings and committees;
– collaborates with the Regional Director and the regional office program staff in the identification and evaluation of emerging and key development trends and priorities in a particular region;
– collaborates with colleagues in Ottawa and the regions in connection with the PO's portfolio of projects in the identification and evaluation of emerging and key development trends and priorities in a particular region
Research Utilization (closing the loop) and Centre Reperesentation (10%)
-assists researchers in writing, editing, and publishing research results;
-participates in public and scientific fora;
PhD or equivalent or a Masters with a record of research and publication in a discipline required by the Centre and a record of research management.
Minimum of five years of related experience including a background in research and research management.
Work experience in a developing country.
The Senior Program Officer will supervise Project Officer(s), Research Officer(s), Professional Development Awardees, Centre Interns and Summer Students. He/She may also supervise Administrative and support staff. He/She will indirectly supervise Staff from the Resources Branch.
This position requires travelling up to 50 days per year
Scope of job
Within the Program Area lead by a Director of the Program Area the Program Officer is expected to:
provide intellectual advice for areas of the Program connected with his/her specialized knowledge;
to manage a portfolio of projects with a degree of independence and discretion within the policies of the Centre and the plans set out in the PI prospectus and to set an example of good practice for more junior staff;
to draw attention to new developments in the disciplines and areas of development covered by the PI;
to be entrpreneurial in identifying additional sources of funding for Centre-supported projects;
to identify when Centre-supported research merits publication or some other form of wider dissemination to both scholarly and development audiences.
– Ability to communicate effectively, in a wide variety of cultural settings and in different fora;
– sensitivity to the importance of gender equity and related issues;
– ability to work as a member of multi-disciplinary teams;
– ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and negotiate under pressure;
– ability to provide specialized advice and professional guidance to external contacts;
– good analytical and writing skills with a demonstrated peer review publication record;
– proven administrative and problem-solving skills;
– ability to supervise research and administrative support staff;
– knowledge of computer systems relevant to the position
– capacity for increased initiative, independent action and program level responsibility.
– Unilingual (English) position.
– French is considered an asset.