AN OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD AS AN ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
The International Development Research Centre or IDRC (https://www.idrc.ca/) is a public corporation created by the Parliament of Canada in 1970, to help developing countries use science and technology to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems they face. Support is directed towards developing an indigenous research capacity to sustain policies and technologies that developing countries need to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies.
Associate Director – Food SecurityAs Associate Director of Food Security in the Agriculture and Environment Program Area, your main responsibility is to support the program’s innovation for more efficient and sustainable agricultural production to enhance food security, income and nutrition, which benefit small-scale farmers (particularly women). The role also focuses on new vaccines for improved livestock health. The program addresses opportunities and barriers to delivering solutions for large scale impact. The candidate will be responsible for programming the Agriculture and Food Security and Livestock Health, which is comprised of over 20 staff in its headquarters in Ottawa, Canada and its regional offices. He or she will also have overall responsibility for more than $70 million programming on average, including major multi- funder initiatives with several donors. Candidate Profile We are looking for a recognized expert and thought-leader in topics such as agricultural productivity, nutrition and food security, for the world’s poor farmers in a context of global change and someone with deep understanding of the field and the networks. The appointed Associate Director is expected to possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills in addition to having strong competencies in strategic agility, management, expertise engagement and leadership. This position requires 10 years of relevant experience in agriculture, nutrition or food security research and preferably from a developing country context which includes:
- PhD or Master's (with significant experience) degree with a record in applied research and in publication relevant to international development, agriculture and food security in developing regions
- Experience in assessing capacity development needs and strengthening capacities through mentoring, supervision, and brokering expert support
- Experience in building, maintaining, developing and implementing strategic programs and strategies in international development, research or other relevant context
- Experience in leading and managing multidisciplinary, international teams with diverse backgrounds and expertise
- Ability to communicate strategically and effectively with a wide range of audiences including executives, academia, policy actors and practitioners; effectively communicating results and impacts of research to these audiences
- Strong networks of key actors in developing regions and outside Canada who are relevant to agriculture and food security research and research uptake
- Understands knowledge translation, research uptake and policy influence approaches and trends appropriate to international agriculture and food security research for development
- English and French language skills at an intermediate level are required for this position.
An outstanding opportunity to display and improve your headhunting skills in attracting candidates and matching them to temporary or permanent positions with client companies and to work with client companies, building relationships in order to gain a better understanding of their recruitment needs and requirements as a Recruitment Consultant.Background Headquartered in Paris, France, CARRHURE was established in March 2012. With consulting recruitment as its core business, CARRHURE specializes in identifying, gauging, and attracting leaders in the non-profit and non-government organization (NGO) sectors. Since its inception, CARRHURE Consulting, acting both as a consultant and partner, has filled a number of recruitment missions and has supported the development activity of several companies. Responsibilities Recruitment consultants are responsible for attracting candidates and matching them to permanent positions with client companies. They work with client companies, building relationships in order to gain a better understanding of their recruitment needs and requirements. Recruitment consultants attract candidates by drafting advertising copy for use in a range of media, as well as by networking, headhunting and through referrals. They screen candidates, interview them, do background checks and finally match them to their clients. Consultants also provide advice to both clients and candidates on salary levels, training requirements and career opportunities. Key Responsibilities Recruitment consultants provide a vital link between clients and candidates. The role is demanding and diverse and involves:
- using sales, business development, marketing techniques and networking to attract business from client companies;
- visiting clients to build and develop relationships;
- developing a good understanding of client companies, their industry, what they do, plus their work culture and environment;
- advertising vacancies by drafting and placing adverts in a range of media, for example newspapers, websites, magazines;
- using social media to advertise positions, attract candidates and build relationships with candidates and employers;
- headhunting - identifying and approaching suitable candidates who may already be in work;
- using candidate databases to match the right person to the client's vacancy;
- receiving and reviewing applications, managing interviews and tests and creating a shortlist of candidates for the client;
- requesting references and checking the suitability of applicants before submitting their details to the client;
- briefing the candidate about the responsibilities, salary and benefits of the job in question;
- preparing CVs and correspondence to forward to clients regarding of suitable applicants;
- organising interviews for candidates as requested by the client;
- informing candidates about the results of their interviews;
- negotiating pay and salary rates and finalising arrangements between client and candidates;
- offering advice to both clients and candidates on pay rates, training and career progression;
- working towards and exceeding targets that may relate to the number of candidates placed, a value to be billed to clients or business leads generated;
- developing your own market is essential.
- reviewing recruitment policies to ensure effectiveness of selection techniques and recruitment programmes.
- Career breaks are possible in certain circumstances, but are uncommon due to the dynamic nature of the sector.
- A smart personal appearance is important as the role involves meetings with clients and conducting interviews with candidates.
- The role can be challenging, but also exciting as the profession is fast-paced, target driven and demanding.
- Travel within the working day may be required to meet with clients.
- Overseas travel, as you will be working for a niche market. Overseas work is possible
- excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
- entrepreneurial mindset
- sales and negotiation skills;
- a goal-orientated approach to work;
- the ability to handle multiple priorities;
- problem-solving ability;
- the ability to meet deadlines and targets;
- ambition and the determination to succeed;
- confidence and self-motivation;
- time management and organisational skills;
- team-working skills;
- interviewing skills;
- business planning;
- negotiation and sales techniques;
- psychometric assessment;
OPPORTUNITY TO WORK FOR AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOCUSED ON ERADICATING WORLD HUNGER IN POVERTY-STRICKEN COUNTRIES
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations or FAO have selected CARRHURE to help recruit an Assistant Director-General to head The Economic and Social Development Department (ES) and to serve as the Organization’s Chief Economist and Social Scientist, providing advice to the Organization and its governing bodies. The purpose of the role is to provide intellectual leadership and strategic guidance to ensure full delivery of all results within its mandate at the headquarters and at its decentralized levels. We seek a result-focused, strategic leader and advocate who will inspire, engage, empower and mobilize the FAO team to achieve breakthrough results.The Economic and Social Development Department (ES) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) aspires to be a global centre of excellence in providing policy relevant information and analysis in support of the achievement of FAO’s Strategic Objectives of ending hunger and rural poverty, while making agriculture and food systems inclusive and sustainable, and rural livelihoods resilient. The Department analyses trends and policy issues related to food and agriculture, and keeps member countries and the global community up-to-date about the latest economic and social developments related to food and agriculture and their policy implications. It leads the Organization’s work on food and agriculture trade and markets, food systems, agricultural and rural development policies, food security, nutrition, social protection, gender and women’s empowerment, equity, rural employment, rural organizations, statistics, governance and policy support. The Department’s analytical work informs the Organization’s policy support to Member Countries to achieve its Strategic Objectives, provides relevant global public goods and fulfills other mandated corporate responsibilities. The Department supports FAO’s role as the foremost authoritative source of standards and methods as well as of timely and reliable data and statistics on hunger, nutrition, food and agriculture. It is responsible for monitoring global progress and prospects for eliminating hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, producing a number of FAO flagship publications, serving as secretariat for the Committee on Commodity Problems and the G20 Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS), and advising on governance challenges faced by the Organization. As part of FAO’s senior management team, the ADG helps to ensure the coherence and quality of FAO policies, messages and works across organizational units and ensures consistency with its corporate goals and programmes. He/she sets an example for a positive, innovative and productive work culture within the Department and the Organization. The ADG serves on corporate teams to advance the Organization’s objectives, and facilitates strategic partnerships with external organizations. Position responsibilities include
- Assists and advises the Director-General on all matters of policy or other subjects related to the Department’s mandate;
- Serves as the Organization’s Chief Economist and Social Scientist, providing advice to the Organization and its governing bodies, and ensuring that the Organization’s major undertakings are sound from an economic and social perspective;
- Ensures timely and adequate collection, analysis and dissemination of information, and the development of policies, strategies and guidelines in the Department’s areas of competence and responsibility;
- Exercises overall management responsibility for all Department activities, programmes and sources of funds;
- Provides quality assurance, ensures delivery of results and formulates the Department’s programme of work and budget proposals for the Director-General’s consideration;
- Coordinates planning and implementation of the Department’s budget and human resources in line with the Organization’s Strategic Framework, results framework and programme of work,
- Participates in and supports implementation of the corporate resource mobilization strategy;
- Coordinates Departmental inputs to FAO’s Governing Bodies’ sessions, and monitors the responses by the Department to decisions and recommendations in its areas of competence and responsibility;
- Serves as spokesperson for the Organization, as appropriate, at policy, technical and interagency meetings in the Department’s and Organization’s fields of activity.
- At least 15 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the economic and social analysis of development issues, including field experience on issues relevant to the post
- Experience in academic institutions and in international settings, preferably, in IFIs, including the regions, particularly in Latin America, Asia, Africa or Near East
- Exposure to UN Organizations.
- Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish, and at least limited knowledge of one of the other official languages of the Organization.
- Demonstrates intellectual and strategic leadership in relevant subject areas, and has a proven publication record in peer-reviewed outlets.
- Demonstrates mastery of results-based management approaches and of managing programmes and budgets to achieve and track progress towards high impact results that respond to client needs.
- Excellent communication and representational skills.
- Result-focused and has the ability to take accountability for the delivery of agreed results in service of FAO’s strategic framework.
- Can lead, engage and empower others with coordination, direction, facilitation and recognition while assisting and helping them realize and develop their own potential.
- A communicator who encourages and contributes to clear and open communication.
- Has the ability to promote ideas and develop partnerships to advance the organization’s work and continually seeks to improve his and others’ knowledge, skills and work processes.
- A strategic thinker who makes informed and coherent decisions aligned with broader goals and strategies.
AN OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE IMMUNISATION OUTCOMES IN THE WORLD’S POOREST – SENIOR SPECIALIST, HEALTH SYSTEMS AND IMMUNISATION STRENGTHENING (SUPPLY CHAIN)Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance has appointed CARRHURE to help recruit a Senior Specialist, Health Systems and Immunisation Strengthening (Supply Chain), who will represent the Gavi Secretariat in dealing with governments and in-country partners. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance or Gavi is an international organisation that was created in 2000 to improve access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Gavi brings together public and private sectors with the shared goal of allowing equal access to vaccines for children, wherever they live. Recent investments in immunisation programmes worldwide have the potential to substantially decrease illness and death associated with preventable diseases. However, as immunisation services expand to include new vaccines and strive to reach larger populations in more remote areas, systematic constraints of health systems increase. Examples are ineffective and inefficient immunisation supply chains, management information systems, development of the health workforce and management teams, and others. Such constraints limit the ability of countries and the international community to strengthen primary health care and achieve shared objectives in increasing the coverage and equity of immunisation as called for in Gavi’s 2016-2020 Strategy. Supply chains present a particular challenge. As vaccine volumes are expected to quadruple between 2010 and 2020, the need for meaningful, systematic improvements in immunisation supply chain infrastructure and systems, within the context and complementary to wider health system supply chains, is critical. The Gavi Board approved a Supply Chain Strategy in June 2014. Implementing the strategy and its associated innovations will be critical in increasing the coverage and equity of immunisation. Senior Specialist, HSIS (Supply Chain) The purpose of the position is to support the management of GAVI’s health system strengthening grants in order to improve immunisation outcomes and as reflected in sustainable improvements in coverage and equity, include leading the Gavi Secretariat’s role in the implementation of Gavi’s Alliance Supply Chain Strategy. Under the direction of the HSIS Director, the Senior Specialist will manage the Secretariat’s HSIS team for at least 2 regions of the world as part of the implementation of Strategic Goal 2 of GAVI’s 2011-2015 Strategic Plan and thereafter under GAVI’s strategy for 2016-2020. The successful candidate will support grant managers in improving the development, operation throughout life-cycles, and oversight of grants to countries, including providing assistance to address bottlenecks to grant utilization and achievement of results, in coordination with GAVI’s M&E Unit, Program Audit, and others. He or she will lead Gavi Secretariat engagement in initiatives related to supply chain and one or more additional areas to ensure vaccine and financial resources are effectively and efficiently allocated. The incumbent will also ensure the execution of Alliance activities, in coordination with a diverse range of public and private sector partners in Gavi-eligible countries to improve the supply chains. The Senior Specialist will also make certain that GAVI’s materials, including country application guidelines, are technically thorough and that internal processes support the efficient handling of GAVI’s strategies. He or she will identify and execute innovative approaches, in coordination with Alliance partners and developing countries, to supply chain challenges and other system areas, leveraging private sector collaborations where appropriate. Candidate Profile The ideal candidate will have most, if not all of the following experience, skill, knowledge, and characteristics: Education, Experience and other qualifications:
- At least a Master's Degree in a Health related field, Economics, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Business Administration, or a similar field with significant supply chain experience.
- A minimum of 15 years of professional experience in managing international health programs and teams, with focus on health systems strengthening, as well as providing technical assistance to countries in health sector reforms, health policy analysis and the implementation of health projects
- Experience with Performance Based Funding or other similar health financing programmes. Familiarity with the World Bank’s Results-Based Financing programme is an asset
- Proven experience in coordinating development partners’ forums or multi-agency technical working groups
- A minimum of 5 years of work experience in an international health and development organisation and direct field experience in developing countries
- Previous work experience in one of GAVI’s Alliance core partner organisations is an advantage
- Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Having French communication skill is highly desirable
- Proven ability to develop strategic approaches and follow through on execution by working with diverse collaborators
- Expertise in teaming up with government officials (ideally Ministers of Health in the developing world) and public and private sector service providers
- Knowledge and experience in systematic aspects of health systems and immunisation programmes in developing countries
- Strong analytical, writing and project management skill are critical
- Demonstrated outstanding written and oral communication skill in positions requiring communication in a broad and diverse environment on a wide range of complex issues
AN OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE IMMUNISATION OUTCOMES IN THE WORLD’S POOREST AS A SENIOR SPECIALIST, HEALTH SYSTEMS AND IMMUNISATION STRENGTHENINGGavi, the Vaccine Alliance has appointed CARRHURE to help recruit a Senior Country Manager who will represent the Gavi Secretariat in dealing with governments and in-country partners. The purpose of the role is to support the management of Gavi’s health system strengthening grants in order to improve immunisation outcomes, as reflected in the sustainable improvements in coverage and equity. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance or Gavi is an international organisation that was created in 2000 to improve access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Gavi rings together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to vaccines for children, wherever they live. Senior Specialist, HSIS The Senior Specialist for Health Systems and Immunisation Strengthening (HSIS) will manage the Secretariat’s HSS team and the implementation of the HSS agenda under Strategic Goal 2 of Gavi’s 2011-2015 Strategic Plan and thereafter under the Gavi strategy for 2016-2020 under the direction of the Director of Health Systems and Immunisation Strengthening (HSIS). The successful candidate will support grant managers to improve development, implementation throughout their life-cycles, and oversight of grants to countries, including assisting to address bottlenecks to HSS grant implementation, in coordination with Gavi’s Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, Programme Finance. He or she will also coordinate the development of papers on HSS and its direct financial support to countries (analytical, conceptual, opportunities for innovations, Governance papers and reports, briefs, memos, etc.) – in doing so the incumbent will maintain close consultations with other parts of the Secretariat and its partners, and will seek broad guidance from the Director of HSIS. The incumbent will also coordinate with various technical working groups (within the Gavi Secretariat or across multiple agencies) related to Gavi’s direct financial support to countries for HSS. He or she will work closely with partners to improve Gavi’s performance-based funding (PBF) approach for HSS, based on lessons learnt from the early years of implementation. Working closely with relevant internal and external constituencies in providing tailored support to fragile and underperforming countries is also expected. Lastly, the Senior Specialist, HSIS, will represent the Gavi Secretariat in various development partners’ forums, such as the International Health Partnership Plus (IHP+). Candidate Profile The ideal candidate will have most, if not all of the following experience, skills, knowledge, and personal characteristics Education and Experience
- Advanced university degree (Master’s or PhD) in Economics (preferred), Public Health, Social Sciences, or equivalent.
- Minimum of 15 years of professional experience in managing international health programmes and teams, including a focus on health system strengthening, as well as providing technical assistance to countries in health sector reforms, health policy analysis and the implementation of health projects
- Experience with performance based funding or other similar health financing programmes
- Familiarity with the World Bank’s Results-Based Financing programme is an asset
- A direct field experience in developing countries
- Proven experience in coordinating development partners’ forums or multi-agency technical working groups
- Minimum of 5 years of work experience in an international health and development organization
- Previous work experience in one of the Gavi Alliance core partner organisations is an asset.
- Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. French Communication Skills are highly desirable.
- Proven analytical and technical writing skills
- Ability to combine theoretically sound strategies with realities on the ground
- Ability to strike the right balance between analysis and actions
- Ability to multi-task, correctly set priorities, and adapt to a fast-paced work environment;
- Team-player and client-oriented
- Highly motivated individual capable of taking initiatives
- Ability to adapt to organisational changes
- Good knowledge of institutional or organisation policies, systems and procedures;
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
- Tact and discretion
AN OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY A PIVOTAL LEADERSHIP ROLE TO INCREASE IMMUNISATION COVERAGE IN THE WORLD’S POOREST AS SENIOR COUNTRY MANAGERGavi, the Vaccine Alliance appointed CARRHURE to help recruit a Senior Country Manager who will represent the Gavi Secretariat in dealing with governments and in-country partners. The purpose of the role is to ensure effective management of grants, risk and relationships, support a successful country implementation and monitor its performance. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance or Gavi is an international organisation that was created in 2000 to improve access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Gavi brings together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to vaccines for children, wherever they live. Senior Country Manager Senior Country Managers work at the forefront of GAVI’s collaboration with governments and partners; enabling them to reach 440 million children since its creation and saving 6 million lives in the process. The hands-on work of Gavi’s Senior Country Managers is fast-paced, demanding and rewarding. Together with governments and partners, they enable the introduction of new and effective vaccines in many places that previously did not have access to them. They work towards the global eradication of polio and the deployment of cutting-edge cervical cancer-preventing vaccines. They may also contribute, once these become available, to the roll-out of an Ebola vaccine and the introduction of long-awaited vaccines against malaria and dengue fever. Senior Country Managers focus on several countries within their assigned geographical region, and divide their time between Gavi’s Geneva headquarters and field visits. They ensure countries deploy Gavi’s vaccine and cash support effectively and transparently. They manage risks and help solve problems that hold back programme implementation and monitor the performance of Gavi-funded programmes. To this effect, Senior Country Managers build and manage relationships with a wide range of representatives from governments, United Nations and donor agencies, and NGOs. Chief among these are Gavi’s alliance partners, which include the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank. Senior Country Managers are also supported in their work by colleagues from various teams within the Gavi Secretariat. Candidate Profile We are looking for global health professionals with a strong experience working in or with developing countries on technical issues, significant grant-, project- and/or programme management and preferable experience in bilateral and multilateral aid environments. The ideal candidate will have most, if not all of the following experience, skills, knowledge, and personal characteristics: Education and Experience
- Advanced university degree in public health, health economics, development, business administration (with experience in international development) or related field, or other relevant qualification.
- Minimum 8 years of professional experience working in public health or international development; experience in immunisation programmes or health systems is an asset.
- Health or international development technical skills; current knowledge of immunisation or health development issues is an asset
- Advanced project management skills demonstrated with complex (e.g., multi-sectorial, multistakeholder) projects
- Financial management skills, including knowledge of project financing and financial processes. Has the ability to prepare, justify, manage budgets and monitor expenditures
- Analysis, problem-solving, prioritisation, planning and risk-management skills
- Interpersonal, teamwork and capacity-building skills
- Oral communication, writing and presentation skills
- Ability to work successfully in an international, multi-cultural, multi-partner environment with significant travel
- Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Written and spoken fluency in French is essential for some positions. A good knowledge of Portuguese is an asset.
- Sound judgment
- Strategic facilitation, negotiation and political acumen
- Representation, advocacy, diplomacy, tact and discretion
- Drive, proactiveness, action and results orientation
- Continuous improvement
AN OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN A LEADING AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTER IN AFRICA AND HEAD THE TOP MANAGEMENT TEAM IN FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION AS DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE SERVICES (DCS)AfricaRice Centre appointed CARRHURE to help recruit a Director of Corporate Services (DCS). As a member of the AfricaRice senior management team (Executive Management Committee), the mission of the DCS is to work closely with the EMC and other stakeholders, including the relevant CGIAR system component and provide the appropriate overall direction and support to the Corporate Services Unit of the Centre, in order to achieve the Institution’s objectives, mission and vision. The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is a leading pan-African rice research organization committed to improving livelihoods in Africa through strong science and effective partnerships. AfricaRice is one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers that are members of the CGIAR Consortium. It is also an intergovernmental association of African member countries. Its membership comprises of 25 countries, covering West, Central, East and North African regions. Its mission is to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa, through research, development and partnership activities aimed at increasing the productivity and profitability of the rice sector by ensuring the sustainability of the farming environment. Director of Corporate Services Based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, the DCS will lead and manage a client-oriented Corporate Services (CS) Division and provide appropriate support to the Center in a high results-oriented organizational setup. The DCS will advise the Director General on policies relating to finance, budget, security, human resource management and general administration of the Center, its staff and facilities. The incumbent will also provide periodic reporting to the staff, the Director General, the Board of Trustees (quarterly) and to the CGIAR on the funding and budget of the Center. In addition, the incumbent will assist the Director General in the overall management of the Center and act on his behalf when required to and will perform any other related duties that may be requested by the Director General to ensure the efficient management of the Center and achieve its objectives, mission and vision. The DCS’s tasks will include, but will not be limited to, the following
- Assume leadership, strategic direction and full management responsibility of all the Corporate Services functions of the Center including the recommendation and administration of the Institution’s policies and procedures
- Lead the development and promotion of a service-oriented culture in the Center, while ensuring that the robust internal control systems are sufficiently in place to safeguard the assets of the Center
- Design and deliver services based on client needs through internal and external consultative processes to ensure that services are relevant, needed and are of high value
- Ensure the financial stability and viability of the Center through proper financial planning and management
- Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, representing the Center at various relevant CGIAR System meetings
- Ensure that the Center’s infrastructure and physical facilities are maintained at international standards where AfricaRice has the legal responsibility for their upkeep and capital investment
- Make necessary presentations to the Board of Trustees, especially on funding and budget
- Ensure the development and operationalization of the annual budgets of the organization
- Interface with Senior Management on strategic and operational issues of the Centre
- The ideal incumbent will have the following qualifications, experience and key competencies: Advanced University degree in a field related to finance/accounting (Certified Public Accountant or Chartered Accountant) and/or business administration and advanced professional qualification in finance or related fields
- At least 10 years of proven expertise in the areas of general management, including financial management, human resources, operations and image building at international and multicultural levels, preferably in an international organization. Senior management experience with sub-regional or global agricultural research organization and knowledge of the CGIAR will be an asset
- Ability to promote the vision, mission and strategic goals of AfricaRice, and demonstrate integrity by adhering to the Center’s core values and ethical standards
- Ability to provide advisory and technical support for the implementation, monitoring, and improvement of the financial aspect of AfricaRice research for development strategy 2011–2020, leading to the effective implementation of all AfricaRice programs
- Ability to think strategically, synthesize and disseminate messages from complex issues
- Ability to encourage and facilitate innovation and teamwork in a multicultural environment, including sensitivity to gender and diversity of the Center
- Ability to manage, supervise and evaluate a diverse team of managers from different cultures and has the credibility to earn respect within the center and its external partners
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with fluency in English and a very good working knowledge of French
AN OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY TO MANAGE AN INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL R&D TEAM IN AFRICA AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL/DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT (DDG/DGR4D)AfricaRice Centre appointed CARRHURE to help recruit a Deputy Director General/Director of Research for Development (DDG/DGR4D). Being a member of the AfricaRice senior management team (Executive Management Committee), the mission of the DDG & DR4D is to work closely with the EMC and other stakeholders, including the relevant CGIAR system component and provide the appropriate overall direction and support to the DDG and DR4D Units, Program Leaders and Project coordinators of AfricaRice to achieve the Institutions objectives, mission and vision. The Africa Rice Centre (AfricaRice) is a leading pan-African rice research organization committed to improving the livelihoods in Africa through strong science and effective partnerships. AfricaRice is one of the 15 international agricultural research Centres that are members of the CGIAR Consortium. It is also an intergovernmental association of African member countries. Its membership comprises of 25 countries, covering West, Central, East and North African regions. Deputy Director General/Director of Research for Development Based at AfricaRice’s 700 ha experimental station at M’bé, near Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire, the incumbent will have the combined functions of the DDG and the DR4D. As the DDG of the Centre, the successful candidate will deputize for the DG and may be asked to act as interim DG of the Centre if required. The DDG/DR4D will travel frequently to AfricaRice’s Headquarters office in Abidjan and to its regional and country stations. The DDG/DR4D’s tasks will include, but will not be limited to, the following:
- Assist the Director General in overall strategic thinking, priority setting, planning and coordination of the Centre’s activities in general.
- Stimulate the use of effective and efficient monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment methodologies, and promote a learning culture in the Centre and among its partners
- Stimulate the establishment of an effective knowledge management strategy and implementation plan to promote in particular the rapid and equitable diffusion of successful experiences and innovations, especially those generated by AfricaRice
- Chair the Centre’s Risk Management Committee and provide oversight to the management of the Centre’s intellectual assets
- Assist the Director General in fundraising efforts for the Centre from traditional and non-traditional sources and provide oversight to the annual budgeting process of the Institution and ensure the equitable allocation of its resources to the Regions, Program and Units
- Lead strategic thinking, priority setting, planning and coordination, monitoring and reviews of AfricaRice’s research for development activities across multiple disciplines and Programs with a large range of partners from the public and private sector in a high results-oriented setup
- Ensure continuous review and adjustment of research priorities in close consultation with AfricaRice’s multiple partners while aligning it with the Centre’s vision and mission
- Provide leadership to the staff of the Research for Development Division and ensure that resources are mobilized and used in the most effective and efficient manner
- Commission periodic reviews of research programs in consultation with the Director General and the Chair of the Program Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Centre
- Consolidate and further strengthen, in particular, research partnerships with national agricultural research institutions, advanced research institutes, regional and continental research fora, the private sector and non-governmental organizations in and out of Africa
- Lead the management and implementation of research activities of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), involving other CGIAR centres and Advanced Research partners in Africa
- Develop and ensure the sustenance of an effective research for development continuum through Africa Rice’s programs and networks involving multiple consortia and public and private sector partnerships modesEns
- ure balanced allocation of resources to the Centre’s Programs and lead fund-raising efforts from traditional and non-traditional sources interested in research for development
- Interface with Senior Management on strategic and operational issues and perform any other related duties that may be requested by the Director General to ensure efficient and effective management thereby achieving the objectives, mission and vision of AfricaRice
- Ability to promote the vision, mission and strategic goals of AfricaRice and is able to demonstrate integrity by adhering to the Centre’s core values and ethical standards
- Ability to think strategically and is able to synthesize and disseminate messages from complex issues
- Ability to encourage and facilitate innovation and teamwork in a multicultural environment, including sensitivity to gender and diversity of the Centre
- Strong motivation and leadership skills to bring out the best from both individuals and teams