Regional Director – Sub-Saharan Africa

Nairobi, Kenya
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Regional Director – Sub-Saharan Africa

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IDRC’s Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa enables advances in maternal and child health, climate change adaptation, foundations for innovation, governance and justice, agriculture and food security and the capacity of think tanks in the region. Working closely with researchers and research institutions, IDRC’s funding helps identify solutions for local development challenges that can be incorporated into usable policies – with particular attention on governance and gender issues.

The Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, is the focal point of IDRC’s management in Sub-Saharan Africa, addressing the coherence and relevance of IDRC’s programming in the region.   Reporting to the President, you will provide regional intelligence, coordinate the scientific and technical delivery of IDRC’s programming in the region, manage the regional office and represent IDRC in the region.  Within IDRC, you will play a key role in speaking for the region and contributing a regional perspective to the development of strategy and priorities at an international level.

Candidate Profile


To be a strong contender for this high profile and challenging leadership role, you will have extensive professional work experience with an emphasis on developing regions, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa, in the following areas:

• research management in a field related to one or more of IDRC’s Program Areas (such as Agriculture and Environment, Inclusive Economies or Technologies and Innovation);

• as an articulate and persuasive spokesperson for a research program or institution;

• as a creative and innovative manager capable of leading and engaging a highly skilled team in a matrix environment and administering financial resources; and

• consulting and negotiating with stakeholders from different backgrounds.


• Bilingual position (English and French) at an advanced level

• Working knowledge of another language in use in the region is an asset


• Of development issues in the Sub-Saharan Africa region and understanding of their implications for IDRC’s work

• About translating research into policy and practice

• Of development cooperation in general and of Canadian foreign and development assistance policy, in particular, is an asset


• Passion for IDRC’s Values, Vision, and Mandate: as IDRC’s representative in diplomatic, political, and international circles, communicates its values with conviction

• Value-Based Leadership: embraces and champions change, effectively represents IDRC values, and supports corporate strategies

• Management Excellence: manages research and human and financial resources to meet current and future organizational needs; communicates effectively in a variety of cultural settings and different fora, adapting message to suit audience; and at ease working within a matrix management system

• Strategic Agility: contributes to defining IDRC’s strategic directions by analyzing and communicating information gathered from various networks and partners in the field

• Engagement: reinforces collaboration and creates a sense of direction and purpose that inspires, motivates, and guides the regional office team

• Demonstrates superior interpersonal and communication skills to influence and engage with diverse audiences


• Post graduate degree (PhD or Master degree) in a discipline related to the work of one of IDRC’s Program Areas

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International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Their regional offices work closely with the communities they serve — throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Canada. Locally, they keep their ear to the ground and nurture relationships that facilitate solutions for the most pressing development issues.

By bringing together the right global partners, they multiply impact for increased numbers of people throughout the developing world. Their collaboration with local research institutions and funding partners not only advances global security and prosperity, but ultimately reduces dependence on aid — while building local leadership.

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