Tuesday, January 14, 2014


EMPLOYMENT: Director, CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems

The CGIAR Research Program seeks a new Director:

The Dryland Systems Research Program is a major new effort to speed up the identification, testing, and delivery of solutions to increase food and nutrition security, and improve livelihoods in the world’s most fragile agro-ecosystems.

Current reductionist, piecemeal, and single-dimension research approaches to improve agriculture in low-income countries are no longer effective. If you share this feeling and are a dynamic manager who has produced and led innovative research on agriculture and livelihoods in dryland systems, we encourage you to apply to this challenging senior position.

The Dryland Systems Program starts in 2012. Its integrated agro-ecosystems approach should develop research to produce solutions to benefit low income countries and their rural communities. It combines knowledge from applied research using the latest innovation system approaches, communication and knowledge sharing strategies, and tools.

The Program’s new thinking and findings will be harnessed to create measurable, sustainable, and large scale impact on rural livelihoods. The Program has a growing annual budget of over $40 Million. Details are available at: http://www.icarda.org/dryland_systems/teaser and http://drylandsystems.cgiar.org/

Your Role

As the Director of the Dryland Systems Program, you will be working closely with partners and stakeholders to develop the research portfolio to achieve clearly defined results of the Program. This involves coordinating the inputs and results of the work of implementation multi-disciplinary teams, and effective management of partnerships. Project management and building of an extensive network of collaborators and partners are critical success factors.

Your Responsibilities

As the Director of the Program, you report directly to the Director General of ICARDA, the Center leading the Program. You will:

  • Ensure effective and efficient implementation of the Program to achieve its objectives meeting qualitative and quantitative standards and ensure timely and high quality reporting on the Program.
  • Coordinate the inputs of implementation teams in the targeted regions.
  • Lead resource mobilization efforts.
  • Ensure scientific excellence and global influence of the Program.
  • Ensure effective partnerships with research and development partners.
  • Represent the Program globally to ensure high visibility and to create positive views of investors, stakeholders, and the public.

More information.

Deadline: January 31, 2014

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