Seeking One New Member for the Independent Science for Development Council (ISDC)

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CGIAR is seeking an eminent and passionate candidate 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.

ISDC contributes to the strategic and portfolio planning and positioning of CGIAR. ISDC provides an important advisory function that is integral to the governance of One CGIAR. It is vital therefore that ISDC includes skills, disciplines and backgrounds relevant to the One CGIAR agenda. 

What we are seeking 

CGIAR is seeking to fill one ISDC member vacancy to join seven other current serving members who represent a diverse group of recognized experts in their respective fields, one of which persons serves as ISDC Chair. The preferred commencement date for the selected appointee is October 1, 2022. 

To assist CGIAR to maintain an overall ISDC member composition that well positions ISDC to deliver on its mandate in the context of CGIAR’s 2030 Research and Innovation Strategy, CGIAR is seeking strong potential appointees, whose origin, experiences, and normal work environments are from the regions where CGIAR’s work is focused (see detailed criteria in the guidance document), in one of the following areas of expertise: 

  • Agricultural economics; 
  • Social sciences, including but not limited to rural sociology, gender, extension, and the science-policy interface.
Application and nomination details 

How: Suitable candidates may apply or be nominated for the one vacancy listed. Applications/nominations must provide the four required documents set out in the guidance document via email to 

When: Applications and nominations must be submitted by not later than 18:00, local Montpellier, France, time on Thursday, June 30, 2022. 

Note: Applications/nominations submitted beyond the initial deadline and any extension that maybe announced at will not be considered. 

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


Guidance Document


CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food-secure future. CGIAR science is dedicated to transforming food, land, and water systems in a climate crisis. Its research is carried out by 13 CGIAR Centers/Alliances in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations and the private sector.

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