Director of the CGIAR System Advisory Services Shared Secretariat

PositionDirector of the CGIAR System Advisory Services Shared Secretariat
GradeSystem Organization Grade 8 (UN equivalent – D1)
Duty StationRome, Italy
Closing Date for ApplicationsFriday, 11 January 2019

We are looking for a highly skilled professional to fill the position of Director of the CGIAR System Advisory Services Shared Secretariat (Shared Secretariat). This position is critical in providing successful operational leadership and support for a new CGIAR Independent Science for Development Council (ISDC), CGIAR’s Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) and implementation of the CGIAR System’s multi-year evaluation plan. It offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to a world free of poverty, hunger, and environmental degradation.

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. 

Summary of the Position

This is a strategic role responsible for stewarding the provision of high-quality objective advice to the CGIAR System through robust science advisory, impact assessment, and evaluation/review services. Operating as a distinct and separate unit of the System Organization, the Director of the Shared Secretariat reports direct to the external independent Chair of the ISDC for operational and budget guidance regarding the three interdependent workstreams of the Shared Secretariat.

The Director will be accountable for leadership and management across the following areas:

  • Leading the work of the Shared Secretariat, ensuring it is efficiently and effectively delivering on its Terms of Reference and work plan
  • Managing Shared Secretariat finances, staff, planning and budgeting
  • Building and maintaining highly collaborative internal and external relationships, including with the CGIAR’s network of Centers, research and development partners and CGIAR’s governing bodies
  • Representing the Shared Secretariat at meetings and other fora with a focus on enhancing awareness of the independent advisory services function and CGIAR’s mission and role, and
  • Monitoring, assessing and continuously improving effective service provision by the Secretariat to its stakeholders and partners.

Skills and Competences

The position requires a highly skilled leader, collaborator and results-oriented professional with a track record of delivering service, change and innovation in a complex partnership-based environment. The ideal candidate must, therefore, possess an advanced university degree in biophysical or social sciences and have very high leadership competencies with respect to mission & values orientation, strategy orientation with initiative and conceptual thinking, stakeholder service orientation, collaboration and influence, decision making and talent management.

For detailed job and person specifications, please refer to the candidate pack and job description.

How to Apply

Please send your application to  by no later than Friday 11 January 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 successful candidate will be an employee of Bioversity International[1] for and on behalf of the CGIAR System Organization, with the employment terms being according to the Personnel Policy Manual of the CGIAR System Organization. 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. Comprehensive medical insurance, retirement contribution, and performance-based incentives form part of the employment package. Full terms and conditions will be made available to shortlisted candidates.