CGIAR System Organization: Deputy Director, Board and Council Relations

  • Position: Deputy Director, Board and Council Relations
  • Duty Station: Montpellier, France or a capital in another European country
  • Closing Date for Applications: 24 October 2018
Employment Opportunity

We are looking for a dynamic and experienced governance professional to join the CGIAR System Organization as Deputy Director for the Board and Council Relations unit. This is a new position responsible for supporting the operations and decision-making functions of two of the CGIAR System’s main governing bodies and offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to a world free of poverty, hunger, and environmental degradation.

  • NOTE This is a re-advertisement of a position previously published as “Senior Manager, Board & Council Relations” on 11 July 2018.  The title and job profile have since been reviewed to meet evolving organizational needs.  Applicants who had applied for the position as earlier advertised may, but need not, submit an updated application.  All prior candidacies will be considered as having applied to this re‑advertised role unless we are advised accordingly.
Who We Are

CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food-secure future. CGIAR science is dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services. Its research is carried out by 15 CGIAR Centers in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations, and the private sector. These 15 Centers have close to 10,000 staff based in over 50 countries.

Established in 2016, the CGIAR System Organization provides governance to the CGIAR System in collaboration with the System Council and has about 40 staff. The System Organization is committed to cultivating a work environment that reflects teamwork, gender equality, and respect for diversity. We endeavor to foster a multi-cultural environment that is free of any form of harassment and discrimination; and that embraces and values individuals regardless of age, ethnicity, race, gender, national or social origin, marital status or any other form of personal identity. Please find more information about CGIAR at

Summary of the Position

Accountable to the Director, Board and Council Relations, and working closely with the CGIAR System Management Board, our Funders through the CGIAR System Council as required, and the respective committees of the Board and the System Council, you will:

  • Deliver coherence in operations across the CGIAR System Management Board, its committees and working groups, and between the Board and committees of the CGIAR System Council, ensuring that the right issues are addressed at the right time for the CGIAR System as a whole, and that the Board and relevant committees are identified as operating transparently and according to best-practice governance principles
  • Attend all Board meetings, retreats and development sessions, to prepare meeting summaries, track progress and guide the Board in annual self-assessment processes
  • Through effective engagement with CGIAR Centers’ Audit Committee Chairs and the full breadth of CGIAR assurance providers, support CGIAR’s adoption of a whole of system Internal Control Framework, building on the CGIAR System Risk Management Framework and relevant guidelines and processes
  • Serve as a source of expert knowledge on good governance practices for the various strategic and governing bodies of the CGIAR System
  • Draft and steward Committee, Board and System Council approval processes for terms of reference of the various advisory bodies of the CGIAR System
  • Serve as a confidential source of secretariat support for membership selection processes of the governing and advisory bodies of the CGIAR System as required
  • Deputize for the Director, Board and Council Relations across her/his full range of responsibilities

A detailed job description is available here:

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Qualifications, Experience & Competencies

This position requires a politically astute, highly motivated individual with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish one’s credibility rapidly with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders. The ideal candidate must possess the following:

  • An advanced university degree (masters or equivalent) in governance and public policy, law, political science or related field. Formal accreditation in governance and compliance and Project Management qualification is strongly preferred.
  • At least 10 years’ post-qualification experience in public administration, governance, development and/or international relations, and demonstrated experience leading up and across teams in a cross-functional and multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Ability to manage relationships and work collaboratively with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment, with a successful record of working at a senior level with governing board and committee members in complex organizations.
  • Ability to deliver to tight deadlines in a resource-constrained environment as part of a high performing team, and comfortable with strategic planning as well as have an eye for operational and analytical detail.
  • Gravitas in communication at all levels and excellent written reporting skills in English. Working knowledge of the national language of a country that hosts a CGIAR System entity would be an advantage.
How to Apply

Please send your application letter and CV in English and as separate attachments to SMO‑ ensuring that neither document contains your marital status, age or photograph.

All received applications will be acknowledged, however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Applications received after the closing date for applications will not be considered.

Terms and Conditions of Employment

The selected candidate will be employed by the CGIAR System Organization. Appointments are typically for a fixed term of 3 years, with a possibility of renewal subject to the System Organization’s needs and funding.

The CGIAR System Organization is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive compensation with favorable taxation arrangements, and comprehensive employee benefits comprising extensive insurance coverage, a retirement plan and relocation support where applicable.