2019 WLE Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Head of Secretariat Recruitment

Deadline: June 6, 2019.

Would you like to help deliver a brighter future for a greener agriculture? This position provides an excellent opportunity for a dynamic individual who wants to deliver a step change in understanding how to produce more and better food, while protecting our planet. This position requires enthusiasm and inspiration, comfortable with fast-paced delivery, and the ability to work through and across multiple networks and institutions.

This position is based within the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE)(https://wle.cgiar.org/), which is a global research-for-development program working across 11 CGIAR centers, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the RUAF Foundation to deliver agriculture solutions that sustain our natural resources and the lives of people who rely on them. WLE is establishing this scientific Commission because – as noted by several recently published international reports – there is a critical need to bring together evidence on transitions and approaches that can deliver sustainable agricultural intensification (SAI) at multiple scales, in ways that are ecologically, economically, ethically and socially sustainable.



  • PhD in a natural or social science (sustainable agriculture, geography, environmental sciences, anthropology, etc.) or 10 years of equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge on agricultural development challenges and opportunities around the environment and sustainability in low-income countries and emerging economies.
  • A strong understanding of, and demonstrated skills in, the range of different research synthesis and engagement methods, and latest approaches and thinking around science to policy.
  • Successful track record of representing an organization in various fora, working closely with senior level colleagues, and working in high-performing, fast-paced teams.
  • Comfortable with project management and the proven ability to oversee small teams that deliver at pace, with attention to detail and quality.
  • Excellent orientation of issues pertaining to policy and practice in the fields relevant to sustainable agriculture, sustainable agricultural intensification, etc.
  • Strong management capabilities, especially working across multiple units and locations.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and networking skills, with experience in engaging in regional networks, and gaining the confidence of different categories of stakeholders.
  • Strong research synthesis and writing skills.
  • Fluency in English – both written and verbal.



This is an internationally recruited position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience (http://www.iwmi.org/irsbss), an attractive retirement plan, comprehensive international insurance coverage and a transportation allowance. If successful candidates require international relocation, they will be eligible for additional allowances, which include housing, education, shipping assistance, and annual home leave travel for employee and eligible dependents. The duration of the contract would be for a two-year period.




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