IDRC’s Food, Environment and Health (FEH) program aims to develop evidence, innovations, and policies for improved health, healthier food systems, and the prevention of emerging infections and non-communicable diseases. The program’s main priority is the prevention of food-related non-communicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Fresh thinking is needed to promote public and private efforts for tackling malnutrition in all its forms and reducing the economic and disease burdens that it brings. Practical solutions are needed that take into account the policy, social, cultural, and economic environments that shape food systems and affect both the quality of food supplies and demand for healthy foods. We support research that applies a multi-disciplinary and multi-sector approach to guide changes in food systems for impact at population level.
As a Senior Program Specialist in the Food, Environment and Health program, you will develop, support and monitor a variety of research activities, including programming that will help build the field of food systems and public health research.
You will bring to the FEH team expertise related to economics and/or food systems and have insights into the role of public finance in development, including fiscal and trade policies and their influence on consumption, revenues and equity. You can apply your expertise to understanding change and interventions for improving food systems and the consumer food environment, in order to improve access to, and affordability of healthy diets.
You are adept at applying your expertise to developing research for development outcomes, the costs and benefits of different options, the roles of stakeholders in change and their evidence needs in order to adopt and implement health promoting policies in low- and middle-income countries. Your understanding of your field and networks, and their relevance to these issues, equip you to provide key input to IDRC’s programming strategy to generate and use knowledge and innovation for large-scale positive change; build leaders; and, to position IDRC as a partner of choice.
Under the guidance of the Program Leader, you will contribute to the program by:
• Contributing intellectually and strategically to program development and implementation:
• PhD (preferred) and a record of applied research and publications in a relevant discipline such as economics or public policy OR Master’s degree in a relevant discipline with 10 years’ experience
This position requires a minimum of eight years’ relevant experience, which includes:
Note: Candidates with less than 8 years of experience but at least 5 years, may be considered and appointed at the Senior Program Officer level ($90,377 - $108,888)
• English and French language skills at an intermediate level
• Knowledge of public finance, particularly the status of policies and the barriers to adoption and implementation in LMICs
• Initiative, sound judgment and excellent interpersonal skills
This position requires a willingness to travel internationally, an average of 60-90 days per year.
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