Seeking new members for the Independent Science for Development Council (ISDC)

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CGIAR is seeking eminent and passionate candidates to join its Independent Science for Development Council (ISDC) – a standing panel of impartial, world-class scientific experts providing rigorous, independent strategic advice to the CGIAR System Council and other stakeholders.

With an opportunity to join this valuable work as a member in 2020, successful candidates will be appointed to serve for three years to help the ISDC contribute to the strategic and portfolio planning and positioning of CGIAR.

The appointments will be made to bring in additional key competencies and diversity required for the Council’s effective composition, with specific disciplines and skills being particularly sought in 2020 around: water and soil management; non-economic social sciences; key development process experience and stakeholder engagement; and value chains and the private sector.

Applications and nominations must be submitted by not later than 6pm, local Montpellier, France time on Monday 1 June 2020 via email to Late applications/nominations will not be considered.

Applications/nominations must adhere to the requirements set out indicatively in this Guidance document.

All enquiries on applications and nominations should be made in writing to


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The Independent Science for Development Council (ISDC) is an external, impartial standing panel of experts in science and development subject matters (including food systems innovation matters that extend beyond the agricultural sector) with the responsibility of providing rigorous, independent strategic advice to the System Council and the broader CGIAR System as a whole. The ISDC provides its advice within the broader context of CGIAR’s Strategy and Results Framework (SRF), the multi-year CGIAR Business Plans and in the current transition to One CGIAR1 as endorsed by the System Council.

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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 research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations and the private sector.

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