CGIAR System Organization: Senior Advisor, Executive Director’s Office

  • Position: Senior Advisor, Executive Director’s Office

  • Grade: Grade 6 (UN equivalent: P5)
  • Duty Station: Montpellier, France
  • Closing date for applications: 3 February 2019 or until position is suitably filled.

Employment Opportunity

We are looking for a highly skilled professional to fill the position of Senior Advisor to directly support the CGIAR System Organization’s Executive Director. If you are passionate about contributing to a world free of poverty, hunger, and environmental degradation; you possess the ability to work under pressure, delivering on competing priorities in a fast-paced environment; and you have the capacity to engage with multiple stakeholders with discretion and diplomacy, this may be just the role for you.

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 2012, the CGIAR System Organization (an international organization headquartered in Montpellier, France) 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. Please find more information about CGIAR at

Summary of the position

This is a newly developed position providing support to the Executive Director by coordinating various efforts within the CGIAR System Organization, across CGIAR Research Centers, and with external partners. The role line manages the Executive Assistant and involves an exciting mix of external engagement and project management to deliver on the following broad areas of responsibility:

  • This is a strategic role responsible for effective coordination and project management, most notably coordinating the development of the CGIAR 2030 Plan and managing development processes for CGIAR’s System-wide 3-year business plans and the System Management Office’s annual and multi-annual work plans.
  • Provision of operational support with respect to:
    • Development and improvement of the Organization’s policies, guidelines, procedures, and tools;
    • Preparation of a high standard of correspondence and briefing papers in preparation for and execution of external or high-level meetings and conference
    • Working collaboratively with the System Organization’s management team to ensure effective leadership across various operational and people management areas
    • Undertaking special projects as needed
  • Fostering or contributing to highly collaborative teamwork, communication, knowledge sharing, and capacity building to further advance delivery of CGIAR’s business plan(s).
  • Demonstrating effective leadership as a mentor, role model, and manager of directly supervised staff

Skills and Competencies

The Senior Advisor will be a highly effective, flexible and adaptive operator, capable of working on often challenging projects in a fast-paced environment both independently and as part of a larger team and must possess:

  • An advanced university degree in a relevant field such as Business or Public Administration, International Relations, Development Studies or other related fields;
  • The position requires a minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in operations, 5 of which must have involved extensive project management and/or supporting an executive or senior role, preferably with experience in international development and multilateral organizations;
  • A high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, particularly with respect to delivering briefing papers, presentations, reports, and analyses

For detailed job and person specifications, please refer to the candidate pack available here:

Candidate Pack available here

How to Apply

Please send your application to; by no later than Sunday 3 February 2019, ensuring that documents submitted do not contain your marital status, age or photograph. All applications must include:

  • The position title in the email subject line
  • A CV (in English) which provides details of your qualifications, employment history, skills and experience
  • A covering letter (in English) in which you succinctly address how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role

Note: 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 CGIAR System Organization is an equal opportunity employer, offering a comprehensive package of employee benefits comprising a favorable taxation arrangement in France , health insurance coverage, a retirement plan, and relocation support where applicable.  Appointments by the System Organization are generally made on a fixed-term basis of 3 years, which is renewable subject to the terms and conditions of the appointment. Full terms and conditions will be made available to shortlisted candidates.