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Chief Executive Officer

Consortium of CGIAR Centres
Location: Rome, Italy
Last Date: June 25, 2010
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In 2008, the CGIAR launched its Change Management Initiative to identify how best to adapt to and anticipate global changes and challenges, such as food price volatility, more extreme weather arising from climate change and the global financial crisis. This initiative culminated in the CGIAR’s decision in December 2008 to adopt a new business model that will enable the CGIAR do more and do better, as it fulfills its mandate to fight poverty and hunger while conserving the environment.

The core of the new model is a partnership between a Consortium that unites 15 CGIAR research Centers with 8,000 people and based in over 40 countries and a new Fund, built on a common vision of mobilizing agricultural research to reduce poverty and hunger, improve human health and nutrition, and enhance sustainable management of natural resources in the developing world.

The Consortium of CGIAR Centres is now seeking an exceptional person to be appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer. This role will report to the Chairman of the CGIAR Consortium Board.

As the ideal candidate you will have an interest in fulfilling the Consortium vision and be committed to the major reform process. You must have an outstanding track record of personal and professional integrity, strong interpersonal and managerial skills, proven negotiation expertise and superior communication competence. Previous experience in leading large strategic projects and global change programmes is essential. Ideally your experience will have been amassed in biotechnology or consumer industries, consultancy practices, natural resource management and/or Not for Profit sector. You will preferably have a science background or have worked in a science related sector underpinned by Intellectual Property focus. Multilingual capability would be advantageous.

You will have demonstrated capability to conceptualise, plan, engage and inspire the senior team throughout the CGIAR partnerships and the Board of the Consortium.

This role will initially be based in Rome, but may be subject to relocation with the evolution of the Consortium office.

The Consortium of the CGIAR Centres is committed to diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational Background. Applications from women are strongly encouraged.

The Consortium of the CGIAR Centres offers a competitive reward package/attractive conditions of employment commensurate with the position.

Closing Date: June 25th, 2010.

Expressions of interest together with a full CV and supporting statement, highlighting your experience and skills against the requirements of the role should be directed in confidence to Ms. Ursula Crossan, Director, SRI Executive Search, 40 Grand Canal Street Upper, Dublin 4, Ireland ;+353 1 6479206



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