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Deadline extended: global search underway for IDRC’s next president

IDRC is seeking a new president to build on the Centre’s success in supporting research that contributes to a more sustainable and inclusive world.
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For more than 50 years the Centre has supported research and innovation that builds stronger economies and societies in the Global South. The challenges of this work have increased due to the disastrous impacts of climate change, persistent inequalities and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Now, as the tenure of the Centre’s current president, Jean Lebel, comes to a close, IDRC seeks a new president to lead the organization through these challenges and to build on successes to meet the ambitious agenda set out in IDRC’s Strategy 2030.  

The role of president serves as both the chief executive officer of the Centre and as a member of the Board of Governors. The president is responsible for initiating strategies for the Centre, directing and supervising the Centre’s work and staff, and collaborating with the Government of Canada, the Board of Governors and all stakeholders. The president leads the Centre in fulfilling its mandate and reports to and is accountable to the chairperson and Board of Governors. IDRC reports to Parliament through the Minister of International Development.  

For the duration of their term, the president will be responsible for operationalizing Strategy 2030 and achieving planned results; leading a mid-term strategy review; building cohesive national and global partnerships for results; and leading the Centre’s efforts to grow funding. The president will also provide visible leadership to promote IDRC-supported research and to identify opportunities to use research to influence policy and sustainable development. 

Interested in applying?  

This opportunity is open to Canadian and international candidates. The recruitment and appointment processes are being handled independently of IDRC by the Privy Council Office. Applications will be reviewed as of December 30, 2022.  

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