Program Officer

IDRC, New Delhi, India

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th October, 2020

Job Description

Job Overview

The goal of the Knowledge and Innovation Exchange program is to improve developing country’s policy and practice to strengthen national education systems, strengthen their capacity to more routinely integrate new knowledge and innovations into policy and practice at appropriate scales, tapping into national and regional knowledge generation. The Knowledge and Innovation Exchange is a USD$76.5m initiative of the Global Partnership for Education and Canada’s International Development Research Centre.

As a Program Officer, you will report to the Program Leader based in Ottawa and work under the supervision of the Regional Director.
You will bring to the team regional and educational expertise that may be applied to our work on education research and innovation. You have insights on the role of public-school systems in development, particularly in Asia and the Pacific, and how research and innovation can help to improve education outcomes. You have knowledge of how cross-cutting issues such as gender, data systems, teaching and learning, and learning assessment systems influence the equity and quality of education delivery. You have experience working with a diverse set of education stakeholders including Ministries of Education, teachers’ organizations, multilaterals, UN agencies, CSOs, and private sector actors.

You are adept at applying your expertise to developing research for development outcomes that produces evidence to support the role of education stakeholders in LMICs. You can facilitate key stakeholders to identify shared policy challenges, design research to address those challenges, and enable these stakeholders to adopt, implement, and scale evidence-based education solutions in low- and middle-income countries. You can apply your expertise to understand how research and scaling out innovation may improve access to and quality of school level education systems, increasing for the benefit of children and communities.

You will develop, support, and monitor a variety of research activities, including programming that will help build the field of education systems research by:

  • Contributing intellectually and strategically to program development and implementation: Identify critical research issues, researchers and strategic partners related to policy research and education systems innovations; develop projects according the program strategy; provide technical advice and guidance; contribute to program performance measurement systems.
  • Facilitating program learning and synthesis across projects: Work with research grantees and, where applicable, external advisors, to strengthen methodologies and analytical skills; forge linkages with other research programs; and encourage and support dissemination of research findings.
  • Monitoring project performance: Provide feedback, guidance, and information to recipients to improve performance and enhance the uptake and application of research findings, including when necessary, identifying additional expertise to support the project or program.
  • Promoting research quality and scientific merit: Provide quality assurance at all stages of the research; attention to research ethics, gender equality, equity and inclusion; provide intellectual leadership to foster deeper understanding and interpretation of evidence.
  • Supporting research uptake for impact at scale: Develop knowledge of relevant national and international policy debates and processes; support strategies and approaches designed to facilitate the development of policies and innovations with impact on population and community education.
  • Developing strategic relationships and partnerships: With the support of management, develop concepts for potential program development through donor partnerships; contribute to partnership development, negotiation, administration and reporting.
  • Thought Leadership: Represent IDRC in a wide range of audiences and venues; promote the activities and results of the program to appropriate audiences.

Candidate Profile


  • PhD. (preferred) and a record of applied research and publications in a relevant discipline such as international comparative education is required. A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline with 2 additional years’ of qualifying experience will be accepted in lieu of a PhD.


  • This position requires a minimum of three years’ relevant experience, which includes:
  • Managing research, including technical and financial aspects, monitoring and evaluation of research performance, and reporting and/or experience in leading and conducting research projects involving multiple stakeholders
  • Communicating research and research results to professional, expert and non-expert audiences and developing and maintain collaborative relationships with a range of different stakeholders
  • Supporting governments and partners in strategic design and implementation of technical support to Governments to develop and implement large scale multi-stakeholder programmes
  • Assessing capacity development needs and developing capacity strengthening programmes through mentoring, supervision, and brokering expert support;
  • Establishing and building partnerships with development organizations including multilaterals, research organizations, funding agencies, and end users;
  • Working and building bridges between researchers, decision-makers and policy actors to influence public policy and practice.
  • Experience working in a developing country is an asset
  • Note: Candidates with more than 5 years of experience and who meet the academic requirements, may be considered and appointed at the Senior Program Officer level


English Essential


  • The successful candidate will have significant expertise in the deployment and scaling out of educational program or systems. He/she will have particular expertise in one or more of the following areas:
  • Education issues relevant in LMICs in Asia and the Pacific
  • Knowledge translation and scaling-up processes to improve education in developing countries
  • Familiarity with the tools of communication and policy influence for social policy change, gender equality, equity and inclusion.
  • Academic, government, non-government stakeholders, and networks in Asia and the Pacific, able to engage in research influencing educational systems


  • Strong leadership and relationship building skills
  • Initiative, sound judgment and decision-making
  • Solid analytical and verbal/written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including sensitivity towards individual, gender and cultural differences
  • Results-oriented with superior organizational, problem-solving, implementing and monitoring skills
  • Proven ability to adapt quickly to change and work under pressure
  • Ability to identify opportunities in a creative and innovative manner, to influence and negotiate
  • Ability to effectively represent the Program and the IDRC externally
  • Ability to work collaboratively, face to face and at a distance, in and with multidisciplinary teams from diverse cultures, expertise and experiences.


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