Professional Development Award: Agriculture and Food Security

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Canadian International Food Security Research Fund


August 28, 2017 by 23:45 (EDT)


Food and Agriculture


12 months





Salary ranges from CA$ 52,387 to CA$ 55,006 and travel expenses up to CA$ 15,000






To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or be a citizen of a developing country with a work permit in Canada valid until September 30, 2018;
  • Be pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university or having completed a doctoral program at a recognized university in the last five years;
  • Have a demonstrated specialization in agriculture and food security;
  • Must have a strong track record of academic writing and demonstrated ability to write and work collaboratively to communicate research results.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • General interest in research on food security issues in developing countries;
  • Specific interest in processes of innovation in smallholder farming systems;
  • Specific interest in the institutional economics of multi-partner arrangements.

Language requirements:

  • Applicants must be fluent in English;
  • Proficiency in French is an asset.

Salary range

The salary for this position ranges from CA$ 52,387 to CA$ 55,006, as well as travel expenses up to CA$ 15,000. The stipend levels of PDAs are based on their educational qualifications and work experience in the particular field.


The Professional Development Award (PDA) recipient (one position available) will undertake a 12-month paid program of research focusing on the development and implementation of cross-project learning on scaling up agriculture and nutrition solutions. The general objective of this PDA will be to work with IDRC’s Agriculture and Food Security (AFS) team to carry out and complete synthesis research that will consolidate the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF) lessons on scaling up. This includes involvement in data collection and synthesis, data analysis, team learning activities, and writing up of results and lessons. The position is based in IDRC’s head office in Ottawa, Canada, within the AFS program. The recipient will work under the mentorship of a program officer. The recipient will also carry out other tasks in support of the AFS program, as described below.

Terms of Reference

  • Conducting the research project. In collaboration with the AFS team, the recipient will revise and finalize the research proposal, implement the research involving primary and secondary data collection and assessment according to the proposal guidelines, and submit a final research report at the end of the award period. The PDA will collaborate with the AFS team and other IDRC staff to develop conclusions and recommendations that will inform a peer-reviewed publication to share the lessons to broader practitioner and policymaker audiences.
  • Development of communication products. Based on the synthesis effort, the recipient will support the production of written materials for the communication of common/cross-cutting themes to different audiences. This includes research articles, blogs, and working papers; and contributions to the program’s website, knowledge management platform, and social media.
  • Participation and involvement in programmatic learning on scaling up at major conferences in Canada or internationally. The recipient will contribute to dissemination of results and recommendations at a programmatic conference or related conference.
  • General assistance. The recipient will assist the program staff and carry out other related duties as discussed between the recipient and his/her supervising program officer.

Interested in applying?

Candidates must submit their academic resume, cover letter, outline of the proposed research, and one to three representative publications by August 28, 2017 to Late and/or incomplete applications will NOT be considered. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only candidates recommended for an award will be advised by email.

Outline of proposed research

Applicants will write an outline of a research proposal explaining how they plan to work collaboratively with the AFS team to define and implement a methodology and research approach for the scaling up synthesis. Proposals must be one page maximum, single-spaced, in 12 point font, not inclusive of bibliography, and it must include ALL of the following information, presented in separate headings:

  • Title of the proposal (no longer than 8-10 words);
  • A description of the purpose of the research;
  • Methodology;
  • Ethical considerations.

Expected start date is September 2017.