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Part-time research assistantship (Feb. 28 deadline)

Project description and duties:
The International Development Research Centre (www.idrc.ca) is hiring a part-time research assistant to support a new project entitled: ‘Science Granting Councils: An Exploration of Policies and Practices in Building Research Capacity.’ The project will examine the domestic mechanisms for supporting the creation and application of research in low and middle-income countries. 

How these countries support public science has a direct bearing on the capability of researchers to generate scientific knowledge, and of organizations to adapt or apply such knowledge. Some low and middle income countries invest considerable resources in building scientific capacity with notable results. Other countries are characterized by weak scientific capacity but there are signs of change in how governments support and promote public science.

Looking across low and middle income countries, there are new science granting councils emerging, and established councils are charting new programming directions and creating new partnerships. This project seeks to better understand these three developments and their impacts.

The research assistant will be primarily responsible for researching and writing a literature review drawing on academic and grey literatures. This work will inform a series of meetings with leaders of science granting councils that IDRC will convene between 2012-14. The literature review will also be used to inform a science policy manuscript examining national trends and experiences in building scientific capacity and promoting innovation in developing countries.
Specific duties include:
1. Conducting an academic literature review and preparing an annotated bibliography. This review will document the analytical approaches and empirical research on new entrants, new directions and new partnerships. It will also include relevant reports and evaluations of national programs and policies that promote scientific capacity and the application of knowledge;
2. Undertaking internet searches to identify completed and current research projects on related topics,  and
3. Compiling baseline data on the changing research funding landscape in low and middle income countries. 
Working conditions:
Duration and dates: up to 200 hours with possibility of extension. Work is expected to take place between March and June, 2012
Pay: up to CDN $28/hour, depending on experience
Place of work: flexible. Periodic meetings in Ottawa or via Skype during office hours is required.
Reporting to: David O’Brien, PhD, Senior Program Specialist, IDRC

Essential qualifications:
- Holds a MA/MSc degree or higher in science/public policy or relevant discipline
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Reading knowledge of French and/or Spanish;
- Demonstrated research experience on a topic related to the current project;
- Research experience in primary data collection, secondary data analysis;
- Experience using academic journal databases to compile a bibliography;
- Ability to analyze and critique qualitative and quantitative journal articles;
- Access to word processing, Skype and reliable internet access;
- References willing to comment on your organization and work ethic.
Application process:
Interested candidates should send their application by email to David O’Brien (dobrien@]idrc.ca) no later than February 28, 2012.
The application must include:
• A cover letter indicating how the candidate fulfils the requirements of the position in less than 500 words;
• A current curriculum vitae;
• The names and contact details (email and telephone) of two references who would comment on your suitability for the position (please do not send reference letters); and,
• One writing sample in English or French: this must be solely authored by the candidate and should demonstrate research and writing skills. A literature review or annotated bibliography undertaken by the candidate is acceptable.

Files must be in Microsoft Word or PDF. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for a telephone interview.


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