People Strategy and Engagement Consultant, CGIAR

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People Strategy and Engagement Consultant, CGIAR

(Temporary assignment – 6 months)


The CGIAR People and Culture (P&C) Group delivers integrated strategic, specialist, and operational services to all CGIAR employees that are aligned with global standards. It does so through cutting-edge policies, approaches, guidance and tools that attract, onboard, develop, motivate and retain a talented, diverse, engaged, high-performing and innovative workforce in fair, safe and well workplaces.

On behalf of CGIAR, the Alliance is seeking a qualified People Strategy and Engagement Consultant. Remotely-based and working directly with the Senior Director of People Strategy, Planning & Policy, the People Strategy and Engagement Consultant will support the development of a People Strategy and Engagement Framework for the CGIAR.

Please find more information about CGIAR at, about One CGIAR here and about how we are advancing gender, diversity and inclusion (GDI) for an inclusive culture here.

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


More specifically, the Consultant will:

  • Conduct a document review for context and understanding:
    • Understand at a high-level CGIAR’s 2030 Research and Innovation Strategy in order to be able to understand the wider organizational context
    • Audit and understand current People & Culture vision and proposed operating model, frameworks, policies, actions plans and surveys
    • Understand CGIAR’s wider organizational operating model, Business Plan and Research Initiatives (and how they are currently managed from a P&C perspective)
  • Develop the approach, structure tools and templates for stakeholder consultation on the Strategy and Engagement Framework
  • Conduct a SWOT Analysis to explore internal and external strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and assess the implications for P&C’s critical functions
  • Conduct an analysis of the non-profit agricultural research for development sector, providing insights into CGIAR’s competitive landscape and positioning when it comes to recruiting and retaining top talent
  • Conduct and/or participate in stakeholder interviews, as part of the process to build the Strategy and Framework
  • Synthesize the results of the analysis and internal research to feed into the development of the Strategy and Framework
  • Work with the P&C Community of Practice to draft a coherent and actionable CGIAR People Strategy and Engagement Framework aligned with CGIAR strategic objectives, including Employee Value Proposition and high-level key performance indicators
  • Formulate the tactical plans to achieve the Strategy and Framework


  • Work plan for approval
  • Stakeholder consultation process and support materials
  • Internal and external analyses (SWOT and external analysis)
  • Draft People Strategy and Engagement Framework
  • Draft tactical implementation plans
  • Interventions with senior stakeholders to obtain sign off


  • Substantial experience in a senior HR role (10+ years), including in organizations undergoing significant change
  • Deep understanding of culture, diversity, engagement and the drivers impacting a positive employee experience
  • In-depth knowledge of global HR developments, including demonstrated competence in understanding the talent agenda, including developing a solid leadership bench
  • Strategic planning expertise
  • Vision and big-picture thinking
  • Collaborative skills and ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Business fluency and knowledge of international development organizations
  • Experience working within a matrixed (i.e., shared services delivery model) environment in a large, global, complex organization
  • Experience leading organization design and implementing change

Terms of employment

This is a remotely-based 6-month full time consultancy opportunity, renewable based on extended needs and requirements. All consultancy fees and conditions will be administered in line with the Alliance approved policy for consultants.


Please apply online through the website no later than 27 January 2023, attaching a letter of application with names and email addresses of at least three referees, and a curriculum vitae, both in English. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing date for applications: 27 January 2023

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