Associate Officer, Performance and Monitoring (Rome, Italy)

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The Organization

The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) deliver research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives. Alliance solutions address the global crises of malnutrition, climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation.

The Alliance works with local, national and multinational partners across Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, and with the public and private sectors. The Alliance is part of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future, dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services.

With novel partnerships, the Alliance generates evidence and mainstreams innovations to transform food systems and landscapes so that they sustain the planet, drive prosperity, and nourish people in a climate crisis.

The Alliance is part of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.          


About the position

Based in Rome, Italy, under the supervision of the Lead of the Strategic Performance and Results Management Unit, the Associate Officer will support the implementation of the Alliance Strategy, Performance and Results management framework. The Associate Officer will play a key role in the monitoring of Alliance Programs in the context of all research projects, including both bilateral projects and pooled funding together with Alliance staff who have Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning responsibilities. This role will work very closely with the Technology Integration, Organizational Development Unit, Human Resources, Research Levers, Office of Program Delivery, and Program Management Officers.



  • Contribute to the design, implementation, and continuous improvement of a Results-Based Management (RBM) monitoring system that incorporates the Strategic Objectives and supports the delivery of impact against the Alliance Strategy.
  • Contribute to the integration of all aspects of the Strategic Results Framework (SRF) and the One CGIAR Performance and Results Management Framework (PRMF) into the RBM monitoring and reporting system, including linkages to the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Support the annual Research Lever Action plans, mainly focusing on their presentation, including the Performance Agreements, and contribute to the proposal/design of reporting through the Alliance-designated system.
  • Inform performance appraisals to ensure consistency of standards and process among the levers.
  • Collaborate with other business experts in the development/adjustment of related Enterprise Resource Planning System modules to support the integration and synchronization of information. (e.g., linking between work in the Tracking Information Products (TIP) and/or One Corporate System (OCS))
  • Coordinate the collection, analysis and synthesis of performance data to monitor progress against the SRF, and ensure information is disseminated to relevant parties (Alliance – Bioversity/CIAT – units, Senior Management Team, Associate Research Director, Board of Trustees, Donors, System Management Office).
  • Provide capacity building in the use of the RBM monitoring system to staff, including guidance notes and on-the-job mentoring for all users (scientists, Team Leaders, Budget Officers, Board and External Audience).
  • Ensure materials are disseminated through the appropriate channels (webinars, intranet, internet).
  • Identify opportunities for providing standards where there is a regionalized decentralized implementation and support through the regional Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning expert contact focal points.
  • Operationalize a comprehensive approach to Monitoring & Evaluation, creating effective linkages with teams such as Program Management, Impact Assessment and Foresight, and Data and Information Management.
  • Contribute to improving the quality of research proposals with respect to Monitoring & Evaluation components where related to results reporting, for example, by making successful examples accessible within the Alliance and contributing to a Proposal Analysis exercise in the form of a boilerplate description of Alliance results reporting.
  • Foster the internal processes of research planning and reporting, and facilitate learning and improvement of the processes along the research cycle.


Essential Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Economics, International Development, Public Administration or related field.
  • Previous work experience (preferably 5-10 years) with delivering results in :
    • Supporting the design and implementation of information technology-based M&E frameworks and systems.
    • Operating and bridging between processes and content requirements into harvestable data points and visualization for organizational business intelligence.
    • Assisting others in building their capacity on M&E.
  • Advanced command of the English language, both written and spoken.
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and analytical skills.
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary and multicultural organizational environments.
  • Well-developed skills in personal organization, time management, problem-solving, and checking for accuracy.
  • Good communication skills and appreciation of diverse cultural contexts.
  • Sound knowledge of standard office procedures.


Desirable Requirements

  • Good command of the Spanish language is a plus.
  • Knowledge of the CGIAR system is desired.


Terms of employment

This is a locally recruited position based in Rome, Italy at the Alliance Headquarters. All benefits are denominated and paid in Euro. The salary is level 8, on a scale of 14 levels, with level 14 being the highest. The salary range starts from Euro 50,030 per annum. The Alliance offers an attractive remuneration package that includes a competitive salary, leave provisions, medical and life insurance, and non-contributory retirement plan. The contract will be for a period of 2 years, subject to a probationary period of 6 months, and is renewable based on performance and availability of funds.

Please note that eligible applicants must have the legal status to live and work in Italy:

  • Be Italian nationals holding a valid passport or identity card.
  • Or be EU citizens holding a valid passport or identity card and confirmation of registration from the Registrar’s Office (Anagrafe)
  • Or non–EU citizens holding a valid Italian work permit (permesso di soggiorno per lavoro subordinato)



Please apply online through the website ( no later than 7 May 2024, attaching a curriculum vitae, motivation letter, both in English, and contact information (e.g. names, email address) of at least three references.


Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Closing date for applications: 7 May 2024

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