Senior Officer, Independent Science for Development Council (ISDC), CGIAR System Advisory Services Shared Secretariat

Position: Senior Officer, Independent Science for Development Council (ISDC), CGIAR System Advisory Services Shared Secretariat
Grade: Level 3 (UN equivalent – P4)
Duty Station: Rome, Italy
Closing Date for Applications: Sunday, 21 April 2019

Employment Opportunity

We are looking for a skilled professional to fill the position of Senior Officer, Independent Science for Development Council (“ISDC”) of the CGIAR System Advisory Services Shared Secretariat (“Shared Secretariat”). This position is critical in supporting the overall management and  successful implementation of the ISDC’s work plans and deliverables. It offers an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic multi-disciplinary team that plays a role in CGIAR’s work 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 Research 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 Research 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 the Shared Secretariat in the Candidate Pack.

Summary of the Position

The Senior Officer is responsible for supporting the Senior Manager, ISDC and is accountable for delivery across the following broad areas of responsibility:

  • Providing of technical and scientific analysis and advice to CGIAR funders on behalf of the ISDC and developing and implementing effective team processes to ensure the objectivity and independence of generated outputs;
  • Co-ordinating the planning and delivery of program and proposal reviews requested by the System Council;
  • Providing operational support by planning and organizing meetings of the ISDC, its specialized panels and ad hoc workshops and managing staff, consultants and budget of the ISDC work stream within the Secretariat;
  • Building capacity and promoting the effective use of foresight and horizon scanning across the CGIAR system;
  • Creating communication products and engagement events from foresight and horizon scanning findings and recommendations;
  • Building and maintaining a broad range of partnerships with national and regional research bodies as well as internally in the Shared Secretariat by actively participating in planning and organization meetings of other work streams and providing capacity or input as needed.

Skills and Competences

The position requires a results-oriented professional with a track record of delivering foresight and horizon scanning studies and program & proposal reviews in a complex partnership-based environment. The ideal candidate must, therefore, be an effective collaborator and communicator with good leadership qualities, initiative and stakeholder service orientation.  S/he must possess an advanced university degree in a relevant field and at least 8 years of relevant experience, particularly in the sector of agricultural research and development.

Download the detailed job and person specifications.

How to Apply

Please send your application to by no later than Sunday, 21 April 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 for and on behalf of the CGIAR System Organization, with the employment terms being according to the Personnel Policy Manual of Bioversity International. Please find more information about Bioversity International at

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.