Jobs at Canadian International Development Agency

Many avenues are open to skilled individuals who wish to work in international development, either with CIDA or with its partners: 

  1. Work for CIDA on a temporary or permanent basis as a federal public servant
  2. Contract with CIDA as a cooperant in a developing country
  3. Work as an intern through CIDA’s International Youth Internship Program or through CIDA’s International Aboriginal Youth Internships initiative
  4. Work as an adviser or volunteer with a non-governmental organization
  5. Work in as an adviser on contract with an executing agency carrying out a CIDA project
  6. Work as a technical adviser on contract with a United Nations agency in a developing country
  7. Become a development officer at CIDA

CIDA also contracts with consultants in support of its assistance programs and projects. These contracts are usually issued through competitions in the Canadian private sector or through CIDA’s consultants database.

If you have any comments or questions, contact CIDA by phone or email:

Telephone: 819-997-5006
Toll-free 1-800-230-6349

1. Work for CIDA on a temporary or permanent basis as a federal public servant

The Public Service of Canada is constantly hiring at all levels to ensure that it has the skills, knowledge, and talent base to meet the evolving needs of Canadians and the mandates of each department and agency, including CIDA.

As the nation’s largest employer, the Public Service of Canada offers a broad diversity of careers in locations throughout Canada and, particularly in CIDA’s case, around the world. Duties and requirements for skills and experience vary with the position.

When recruiting from outside the public service, preference is given to Canadian citizens, in accordance with the PublicService Employment Act.

How to apply

CIDA recruits employees from outside the public service through the services of the Public Service Commission (PSC), which lists job opportunities open to the public on theirCareers in the federal public service website.

The PSC may list some positions separately:

  • If you are a postsecondary graduate or will be shortly and are interested in a career in international development with CIDA, visit the PSC’s Post-Secondary Recruitment site
  • If you are a full-time student looking for summer or part-time employment with CIDA, visit the PSC’s Federal Student Work Experience Program site
  • If you are enrolled in a work-study program, visit your educational institution’s internship office
  • If you are presently a federal public service employee or an employee in private business, another level of government, a Crown corporation, a union, an academic institution, or a non-profit organization, you could work with CIDA for a determinate period through Interchange Canada, a program that promotes lasting bridges between the federal public sector and all other sectors, both within Canada and internationally, by offering employees from one sector a temporary assignment in another sector


2. Contract with CIDA as a cooperant in a developing country

Cooperants are individuals with specialized professional or technical expertise under contract with CIDA for services in developing countries. To contract with CIDA, you must be registered in CIDA’s cooperants database. Cooperants database eligibility criteria

To be eligible for registration as a cooperant, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status
  • Be living permanently in Canada, or be working outside Canada on a CIDA-funded project or at the request of the Government of Canada
  • Have at least three years of relevant experience in key domains

How to apply

Should you meet the cooperants database eligibility criteria, send your résumé to:



Technical Assistance Unit
Canadian International Development Agency
200 Promenade du Portage
8th Floor
Gatineau, QC K1A 0G4

Note: CIDA will only respond, within twenty working days, to candidates who meet the eligibility criteria.

Your résumé will be reviewed upon receipt. Should you meet the cooperants database eligibility criteria, an “Application to Register with CIDA” form will be sent to you.

Upon receipt of the duly completed form, the information you have provided will be entered in the cooperants database. CIDA will then contact you to validate this information.

Please note that registration in the cooperants database does not guarantee a contract offer.

3. Work as an intern through CIDA’s International Youth Internship Program or through CIDA’s the International Aboriginal Youth Internships initiative

The International Youth Internship Program is part of the Career Focus stream of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES), which provides Canadian youth with tools and experience they need to launch successful careers.

As part of this program, CIDA funds Canadian partner organizations to implement projects that provide Canadian graduates between the ages of 19 and 30 internship opportunities in international development.

The International Aboriginal Youth Internships initiative provides opportunities for Aboriginal youth to participate in international internships in developing countries.

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