The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is hiring a student to work on their climate change program over the summer. This position is based in Ottawa.

IDRC’s Climate Change program supports research that improves climate change adaptation efforts, at the policy level and in practice. The program has three priority areas:

1. Generate new knowledge and inform policy in hotspots vulnerable to climate change;
2. Increase the resilience of small and medium-sized cities to climate change paying particular attention to reducing the vulnerability of women; and
3. Facilitate the financing of climate adaptation strategies, especially from private sources.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

• Assist with program communications (i.e. preparing results stories for the IDRC website, compiling and mailing program newsletters, preparing presentations, etc.)
• Support monitoring and evaluation activities (i.e. collect, review, and catalogue project outcomes and outputs, update program databases, etc.).
• Provide research assistance (i.e. conduct literature reviews, methodology analysis, review of proposals, etc.)
• Assist with the planning of events, workshops, and conferences
• Support program operations (i.e. participate in program meetings, prepare meeting minutes, etc.)
• Perform other tasks, as required

Summer students are considered as integral members of each program and are invited to contribute to team discussions and assist with general programming. This work offers significant insight into the functioning of a donor and a development research institution.

Candidate Profile Education:

• Undergraduate degree (minimum 4th year) and enrolled in a post-secondary program for September 2017 in a relevant discipline such as environmental studies/sciences, geography, urban/rural planning, development studies, or economics.

Language Requirement:

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


• Knowledge or experience in development and climate change
• Experience in communications (i.e. writing content for websites, compiling presentations, preparing content for social media, etc.)
• Reviewing literature, analyzing data, and synthesizing information
• Knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation, and updating databases
• Event planning and coordination


• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Strong interpersonal skills, tact, and discretion
• Good judgment, initiative, and ability to prioritize tasks
• Ability to analyze complex issues and summarize research findings
• Ability to work independently and with others as an effective and cooperative team member
• Sound knowledge of MS-Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), experience with information management systems, strong internet research skills

Deadline to apply: January 31st. Click here to apply.