Senior Program Specialist – Livestock Health and Aquaculture, The Innovative Veterinary Solutions for Antimicrobial Resistance—InnoVet-AMR, Ottawa, Canada

Closing Date:10/06/18

Position #: 966
Location: Ottawa
Salary Range (CA$): $98,043 – $122,554
Duration: Term – until March 31, 2022
Who Can Apply: The general public – national and international populations
Closing Date: 10/06/18

Job Overview

The Innovative Veterinary Solutions for Antimicrobial Resistance—InnoVet-AMR—is a four-year, CA$27.9-million partnership between Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the United Kingdom’s Department of Health and Social Care. The initiative is aimed at reducing the emerging risk to global health and food security posed by antimicrobial resistance in animals.

The InnoVet-AMR program aims to:
• Support research that will identify innovative veterinary solutions, including vaccines, to reduce the use of antimicrobials in livestock and aquaculture operations in Low and Middle Income Countries;
• Build effective partnerships to better coordinate discovery, development and sustainable delivery of veterinary solutions to reduce the use of antimicrobials in livestock and aquaculture operation in LMICs.
The program will support research that will identify new vaccine candidates, accelerate vaccine development and/or improve the efficacy, delivery and use of existing vaccines. The program will build effective partnerships to better coordinate discovery, development and sustainable delivery of affordable vaccines.  The ultimate intended outcome of the research program will be to prevent antimicrobial resistance through the prudent and reduced use of antimicrobials. Research projects will be expected to understand and address the local contexts and realities which drive antimicrobial usage patterns on LMIC farms, in order to ensure that innovations are relevant, feasible, practical and appropriate for the ultimate uptake and use by small-holder farmers.

As the Senior Program Specialist under the guidance of the Program Leader you will contribute to:
• Providing technical guidance to support the selection of research projects through competitive calls and other grant-making processes.
• Monitor the technical and financial performance of projects and activities: Directly managing a portfolio of research projects of approximately CAD 10 million, ensuring quality and high standards in all stages of the research projects and attention to research ethics.
• Providing technical guidance, advice and information to research teams: working with research grantees and, where applicable, external advisors, to promote sound methodologies and strengthen analytical skills; providing intellectual leadership to foster deeper understanding and effective use of vaccines to improve livestock and aquaculture management and human livelihoods.
• Facilitating program learning and synthesis across projects: forge linkages with other vaccine research programs; and encourage and support dissemination of research findings at research and policy forums, as well as publications in peer reviewed journals.
• Supporting research uptake: developing and implementing strategies and approaches designed to facilitate partnerships between grantees and external leaders including private sector; this could include synthesis of key research findings emerging from the program; promoting dissemination of research to key audiences; representing the Centre in a variety of venues and audiences to promote the use of results.

Candidate Profile


  • A Ph. D. in veterinary medicine, animal science, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology or suitable/related field – with significant experience and a record of publication in Aquaculture.  A DVM and M.Sc degree in an appropriate area, combined with research management experience will be considered.


This position requires a minimum of eight years’ relevant experience, which includes:

  • Experience managing research, including technical and financial aspects, monitoring and evaluation of research performance, and reporting and/or experience in leading and conducting research projects involving multiple stakeholders.
  • Applied research experience in aquaculture health management and-or in microbiology, vaccinology or a related filed
  • Work experience in a low or middle income country setting, preferably but not necessarily conducting research or implementing aquaculture disease management
  • Communicating research and research results to professional, expert and non-expert audiences and developing and maintain collaborative relationships with a range of different stakeholders
  • Work experience in an independent research or grant-making organization
  • Work experience in the private sector, pharmaceutical or biotechnology sectors would be an asset

Note: Candidates with less than 8 years of experience but at least 5 years, may be considered and appointed at the Senior Program Officer level ($91,281 – $109,977)


  • The position requires a superior knowledge of English


  • Knowledge of aquaculture diseases and aquaculture disease control strategies.
  • Knowledge of science relevant to vaccine research, including but not limited to biotechnology, microbiology, immunology, vaccinology.
  • Knowledge of private and public organizations and institutions working on animal health management in aquaculture productions systems and vaccine research and utilization in developing countries
  • Knowledge of agriculture, food security and international development issues relevant to animal health and vaccine research
  • Knowledge of Canadian international development priorities
  • Knowledge of other relevant languages used in the targeted regions of the program (Africa, Asia and Latin America) would be considered an asset.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills, leadership and ability to work under pressure
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills
  • Superior strategic thinking skills and ability to develops and maintain networks
  • Strong planning, organization, problem-solving, coordination and negotiation skills
  • Ability to effectively represent the Livestock Health and Aquaculture program and IDRC externally
  • Ability to work independently effectively and as well in a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to manage research project performance, technical and financial aspects and to uphold high standards of technical merit, ethical standards, and communication standards
  • Ability to establish, manage, guide and monitor relationships with diverse stakeholders

Additional Information

This position requires a willingness to travel internationally, an average of 60-90 days per year.

For more information regarding primary duties or responsibilities, view Job Details.

Source: Career Opportunities

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