SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER, Livestock Vaccine innovation Fund

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 2 August 2018

Job Description

Pursue a Career with Impact

Livestock Vaccine innovation Fund. Ottawa, Canada

The Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund (LVIF) is a CA$57 million partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Affairs Canada, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre. The LVIF works through partnerships to 1) develop vaccines that are affordable, available, and acceptable to livestock smallholders; and 2) facilitate their use at scale. The Fund targets key livestock diseases that have the most impact on both women and men livestock smallholders in Low and Middle Income Counties. To meet its goals, the Fund is carrying out activities along three broad streams of work, representing different entry points on the vaccine research and development continuum: 1) Upstream cutting edge research and proof of principle; 2) Midstream improvement, field trials and manufacturing; and 3) Downstream demand, scale and partnerships.

IDRC is looking for a Program Officer who will provide key support to the program to develop and deliver on the downstream phase of the program, particularly new work on Gender and Livestock and Delivering Impact at Scale. Activities which will be a major focus of the remaining time of the program.

Overview of Qualifications

  • A PhD in Agriculture, Animal Science, Agricultural Economics, International Development, Rural Development or related field. A DVM, MBA, and/or MSc degree in an appropriate area, combined with research management experience may be considered.
  • This position requires a minimum of five years’ relevant experience, which includes: Applied research in animal health extension/management and or vaccine delivery/deployment programs;Working a low or middle income country setting, preferably but not necessarily, conducting research or implementing gender specific programming in animal farming systems; 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; Experience working in either the NGO, vaccine manufacturing, or animal vaccine/drug delivery sectors would be an asset
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, leadership and ability to work under pressure
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to establish, manage, guide and monitor relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Bilingual (English and French) at an intermediate level

Application Deadline: August 24, 2018

About the Organization

A key part of Canada’s foreign policy efforts, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. The result is innovative, lasting solutions that aim to improve lives and livelihoods. Join our team of professionals to put your ideas and knowledge to work to help solve some of the developing world’s most critical challenges.

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IDRC values a diverse workforce and is committed to achieving employment equity.

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