Program Officer

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)


If you are looking for a career opportunity, want meaningful professional achievements and contribute to making the world a better place, by playing a part in international development, and are passionate about advancing research and knowledge use to make food systems healthier and more sustainable, then the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is the place for you!

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

Come join our team and help us build a more sustainable and inclusive world!

Our employment opportunity of the moment: Program Officer, CCHeFS

Program: Climate-Resilient Food Systems, in the Catalysing Change for Healthy, Sustainable Food Systems initiative (CCHeFS)

Location: Ottawa, Canada (Hybrid Mode*)

Employment Status: Temporary, until March 2026

Take a minute to see if your profile fits IDRC:

You have:

  • Master’s or PhD degree with a minimum of three (3) years of experience and a record of publication in a relevant discipline such as nutrition, public health, food systems, or international development
  • Proficiency in French and English (reading, writing and speaking).
  • A significant recent experience in project management and development, and managing collaborative and transdisciplinary research, all preferably within the context of issues on climate-resilient food systems (CRFS).
  • An in-depth understanding of food systems challenges in low and middle-income country (LMICs), especially policies and strategies for influencing demand and improving consumer food environments, and in CCHeFS.
  • An enhanced knowledge in grant management, monitoring and evaluation, and knowledge mobilization of the climate-resilient food systems.

You are:

  • Aligned with the IDRC’s culture and value statements: At IDRC we are respectful, intentional and accountable.
  • A strong analytical and skilled verbal and written communicator.
  • Able to use a wide range of research methods (e.g. quantitative and qualitative) and to work in a fast-paced team with multiple demands and meet deadlines.
  • Able to build and maintain partnerships and have excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Superior at planning, organizing, coordinating and problem solving.
  • Able to take initiative and use sound judgement.
  • A proven team player who works well within a multidisciplinary group of people from diverse cultures.

You are interested in:

  • Assessing proposals, including conceptual, methodological, operational, evaluative, and financial aspects, and identifying and developing research proposals in accordance with the Centre policies.
  • Managing the preparation of contracts and grant letters, analysis of financial statements, adjustment of budgets and schedules, and project closures.
  • Working and contributing within the Program Initiatives (PI) team structure that guides the formulation and development of the PI’s program strategy and related project portfolio.
  • Leading strategic communication activities, including the development of high-quality publications that will ensure that the CCHeFS initiative visibly contributes to national, regional and global dialogs about food systems change.
  • Leading and supporting cross-initiative syntheses knowledge sharing of impacts of the CCHeFS initiative and collaborating at centre-wide level with different stakeholders.
  • Joining an organization that values and models diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Then we are interested in your profile!

At IDRC, we support your professional development

Additional Information:

For more details on the primary duties and responsibilities, view Job Details.

* Hybrid Mode: Have the flexibility to work in hybrid mode (minimum 3 days out of 10 in the office).

This position requires frequent international travel.

As a result of this process, the Centre may establish a pool of pre-qualified candidates for future permanent and term opportunities.

We appreciate your interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The International Development Research Centre is committed to creating and fostering a respectful, diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace culture that reflects the people’s lives we impact and the Canadian community we work within, where everyone can truly be themselves. We welcome Indigenous peoples and persons from all races, ethnicities, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, as well as persons with physical or mental disabilities to be part of our team.

We strive to ensure barrier-free selection processes. If you are contacted regarding a career opportunity, testing or interview, please advise the People and Corporate Culture Division representative of the accommodation measures that must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

Who can apply? The general public – national and international populations.

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