Deputy Director

CGIAR, Italy

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st September, 2019

Job Description

Employment Opportunity

The Deputy Director is a vital member of the CGIAR System Organization’s Programs Unit, which is responsible for supporting and advancing effective delivery of impactful agricultural research for development across the portfolio of CGIAR-wide research programs and platforms.

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 CGIAR on our website: and in the Candidate Pack available here.

Summary of the Position

Under the oversight of the Director, Programs, the Deputy Director is responsible for the delivery of CGIAR’s current portfolio of research programs and platforms, and the evolution of the portfolio during CGIAR’s 2019-2021 business cycle. The Deputy Director also plays a major role in guiding the design of key components of research architecture and strategy for the 2022-2030 phase, organized towards delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (‘SDGs’). The Deputy Director is a new role in a rapidly changing organization. The incumbent will deploy a mix of skills: strategic intelligence to lead on System-wide review and design processes; interpersonal and facilitation skills to collaborate with diverse groups of stakeholders in design, decision-making and delivery; and sufficiently broad scientific knowledge to represent the range of CGIAR research with credibility. Enthusiasm and energy to work at pace as a member of small highly performing team is essential.

For a detailed outline of the position, please refer to the Job Description available here.



  • Advanced degree (Master’s) in relevant field (agriculture, rural development, social sciences, biological sciences)
  • Publication record in both scientific journals and organizational reports
  • 10 years of experience in a research-for-development, or similar, management role


  • PhD in relevant field (agriculture, rural development, social sciences, biological sciences)
  • Direct working experience in one or more low income countries


The CGIAR System Organization is an equal opportunity employer, offering a comprehensive package of employee benefits comprising of health insurance coverage, a retirement plan, and relocation support where applicable.


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