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International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Headquarter: Ottawa, Canada
Government Agencies
Ottawa, Canada

About IDRC

As part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC champions and funds research and innovation within and alongside developing regions to drive global change.

Our head office is located in Ottawa, Canada, while five regional offices keep us close to our work. They are located in Montevideo, Uruguay; Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal; Amman, Jordan; and New Delhi, India.

IDRC is governed by a board of up to 14 governors, whose chairperson reports to Parliament through the Minister of International Development.

IDRC was established by an act of Canada’s parliament in 1970 with a mandate “to initiate, encourage, support, and conduct research into the problems of the developing regions of the world and into the means for applying and adapting scientific, technical, and other knowledge to the economic and social advancement of those regions.” 

Keys to our success

IDRC is home to people who share a passion for international development research. We look for employees who truly believe that innovation and knowledge can solve some of the world’s most critical development challenges.

We value a diverse and inclusive workforce who build respect and trust when collaborating with one another, researchers, partners and other key stakeholders to achieve results together. We have more than 350 dedicated employees who come from a variety of backgrounds and speak more than 25 languages. They work from our six offices around the world, in Ottawa, Amman, Dakar, Montevideo, Nairobi and New Delhi.

We are committed to employment equity. If you are an Aboriginal person, a member of visible minority group, a person with a disability or a woman, we encourage you to apply for current job opportunities.

What we offer

At IDRC, we offer a stimulating work environment with colleagues who share your passion for international development. We provide ongoing learning and professional development opportunities through speaker series, forums, presentations and workshops with respected experts from around the world.

You will work with people who are socially and environmentally conscientious and we celebrate knowledge sharing and the exchange of ideas. Ultimately, we learn from and inspire one another.

Our competitive salaries and benefits include:

  • Learning and professional development – international conferences, language training, in-house workshops, coaching and mentoring, and tuition reimbursement
  • Internal movement opportunities
  • Employer-paid leave – vacation and paid leave including closure between Christmas and New Year, summer hours or floater days, flexible work hours and alternate-working arranges, such as compressed work week, telework, and compensatory time-off for travel
  • Insurance coverage – medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Pension plans – Public Service Pension Plan (defined benefit) and contribution pension plans
  • Reward and recognition program, employee wellness program and travel health services
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