Opportunities - Selection Processes


President, International Development Research Centre,

Appointment Opportunity

We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada’s diversity. Moving forward, the Government of Canada will use an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous Canadians and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We will continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we will build a government as diverse as Canada.

The overarching goal of the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie is to lead Canada’s efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to help reduce poverty and inequality in the world.

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in the following position:

President (full-time position)

International Development Research Centre

Canada's International Development Research Centre, a Canadian federal Crown corporation, is one of the world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new knowledge to meet the challenges facing developing countries. The International Development Research Centre was established in 1970 by an Act of Canada’s Parliament with a mandate “to initiate, encourage, support, and conduct research into the problems of the developing regions of the world and into the means for applying and adapting scientific, technical, and other knowledge to the economic and social advancement of those regions.”

The International Development Research Centre supports leading researchers and institutions in developing countries to solve practical development problems, believing that people from developing countries must take the lead in producing and applying knowledge and innovations for the benefit of their own communities. The International Development Research Centre multiplies the impact of its investments by fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing amongst scientific, academic, policy and practitioner communities in Canada and developing countries.

The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre and is also a member of the Board of Governors. Further to the International Development Research Centre Act and General By-Law, the President is responsible for the direction and supervision of the work and staff of the International Development Research Centre. The President leads the Centre in fulfilling its mandate to help developing countries use knowledge and science to find practical long-term solutions to the social, economic and environmental challenges they face. The President reports, and is accountable, to the Chairperson and Board of Governors. The International Development Research Centre reports to Parliament through the Minister of International Development.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the International Development Research Centre's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 5, 2017, via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel), Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Salary Range: $214,900 - $252,800 (CEO-4)

Position Location: National Capital Region

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for this position. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to candidates who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous Canadians, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

To be considered for this position, please provide examples from your career that clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements in your application:

Education and Experience

If you are selected for an interview, the following criteria will be assessed:

  • A post-graduate degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study;
  • A PhD from a recognized university in a relevant field of study would be considered an asset;
  • Experience in the field of international development and/or in working in, or with, the developing regions of the world;
  • Experience leading an organisation and with a knowledge-intensive and diverse workforce to achieve results;
  • Experience working with the Government of Canada and with a Board of Governors or Board of Directors;
  • Experience working, and forming partnerships, with multiple sectors including the private sector; and
  • Experience in setting strategic directions, managing large-scale programs and financial resources, and setting and achieving performance objectives.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of global sustainable development, Canadian international policy and contemporary global affairs;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the links between research and innovation, policy and impact;
  • Knowledge of Canadian public policymaking and the operations of government;
  • Knowledge of research institutions and funding bodies in Canada and internationally;
  • Knowledge of best practice in corporate governance and management including financial, human resource and change management;
  • Ability to provide strategic direction and thought leadership on policy research issues of national and global significance;
  • Ability to lead, manage and motivate a large organisation and a highly educated and diverse workforce;
  • Strong analytical, decision-making and partnership abilities; and
  • Superior communications skills, both written and oral, and the ability to manage communications with a variety of stakeholders.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

Personal Attributes

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to verify how you have demonstrated the Experience requirements and the following Personal Attributes in your current and recently held positions:

  • Personal and professional integrity
  • Superior judgement
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Tact and discretion

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

In your application, it will be important that you confirm you meet the following requirements:

  • You reside in, or are willing to relocate to, the National Capital Region or to a location within reasonable commuting distance.
  • You are willing to undertake significant travel across Canada and internationally.
  • No officer or employee of a Crown corporation or any of its affiliates, other than the chief executive officer of a parent Crown corporation, shall be a director of the parent Crown corporation (statutory).

If you are appointed to this position:

You must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout your appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website, under Forms and reference material.

You will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, within 60 days of appointment, a confidential report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner’s website.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for this position. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

A roster of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.