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IDRC Careers

Join us at IDRC and help create real and lasting change for people in developing countries.

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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

    Equality Statement

    IDRC strives for equality in all aspects of its work.  We support the generation of knowledge – including by individuals from diverse genders, communities, histories, and experiences – that tackles the systems that perpetuate inequalities on the basis of identity. 

    Inequalities exist across multiple and intersecting categories of identity, including, but not limited to: gender, sexuality, age, class, race, caste, ethnicity, citizenship status, religion, and ability; taking an intersectional approach to equality recognizes these differences and understands diversity as central to advancing equality.  Given that gender inequality is a significant barrier across all dimensions of diversity, IDRC invests specific efforts in ensuring its work promotes gender equality.

    IDRC recognizes that the strength and credibility of its work rests on a two-pronged approach: first, diversity and inclusion are integrated into our internal systems, policies, and practice; second, our research programming considers diversity and inclusion as fundamental dimensions of research quality, and aims to advance equality and inclusion in the world.

    We Recognize and Acknowledge

    • Gender refers to the socially constructed differences attributed to being male and female, and is non-binary and diverse. Differences are rooted in power dynamics between people of different genders, gender norms and stereotypes that cause and reinforce inequalities of opportunities and resources between and among genders. This manifests as discrimination and exclusion of persons of genders with less social power, often girls, women and people who identify as LGBTIQ2+.

    • Women, girls, LGBTIQ2+, and other marginalized groups experience persistent, structural barriers to equality in the developing world and have a right to equality.

    • Achieving equality varies by place and must be situated within the socio-cultural, political, and economic contexts in the different regions where IDRC works; similarly, inequalities are not static and can vary and change over time.


    • Respect for people, engagement, and transparency
      Treating all people with respect, dignity, and fairness is fundamental to achieving our mandate and maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders; it contributes to a safe and healthy work environment that promotes engagement, openness and transparency.
    • Global resonance and relevance
      Research supported by IDRC aligns with globally agreed principles including UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and other systemic frameworks and goals surrounding gender equality and inclusion.
    • Coherence
      Achieving equality and inclusion outcomes through research requires IDRC to be walk the talk; that is, that our internal policies and practice be coherent with our mandate and strategy. This means that IDRC fosters a workplace culture – through its code of conduct, policies and collective agreement - that promotes respect, diversity and inclusion that aligns with our strategy and goals. The inclusion of all people and the ideas they generate are a great source of our innovation
    • Equitable partnerships:
      IDRC promotes and encourages diversity and inclusion considerations in the partnerships that it builds with grantees, funders and other stakeholders in Canada and globally.
    • Engage stakeholders in conduct of research for change:
      IDRC supports research in partnership with expert researchers and advocates knowledgeable of the specific context and who work to transform harmful norms, stereotypes, and inequalities in their countries and communities.
    • Research quality:
      Attention to diversity and inclusion is a fundamental dimension of research quality.
    • Foundational to strategy:
      IDRC treats diversity and inclusion as an explicit and key part of strategy development and execution.
    • Accountability:
      Accountability for monitoring, evaluation, and learning as a means of improving its work on diversity and inclusion is of primary importance for IDRC.