PROGRAM OFFICER EDUCATION AND SCIENCE at International Development Research Centre

Pursue a Career with Impact

The IDRC’s program on Artificial Intelligence for Development in Africa offers exciting possibilities for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals by spurring new startups, improving food systems, enabling higher-quality education delivery, and contributing to tackling pressing health and climate challenges.

Join our team to put your ideas and knowledge to work to help solve some of the developing world’s most critical challenges.



Term Position until March 2025 – Nairobi, Kenya

As the Program Officer, you will identify research issues such as the impact of artificial intelligence, and other novel technologies to support the achievements of Sustainable Development Goals, mainly in the areas of education, governance, and entrepreneurship.

Overview of Qualifications

  • Ph.D. and a record of publication in an area of applied research related to the application of information and communication technologies (such as AI) and international development as applied to the developing world OR a master’s degree in a relevant discipline and significant work experience and publications.
  • Requires three (3) years of relevant experience supporting the management of applied research related to artificial intelligence or other related technologies in developing regions.
  • English and French intermediate reading, writing, and speaking skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues related to the information society in the developing world, including how new digital technologies and applications, such as artificial intelligence, big data or the internet, impact on education, entrepreneurship, and governance.

Application Deadline: July 5, 2022, at 23:59 EST

As part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC champions and funds research and innovation within and alongside developing regions to drive global change.

IDRC is committed to creating and fostering a respectfuldiverse, equitable and inclusive workplace culture that reflects the people’s lives we impact and the Canadian community we work within, where everyone is comfortable being their authentic selves. We welcome Indigenous peoples and persons from all races, ethnicities, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, and physical or mental abilities to be part of our team.


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