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Title : Program Director - Water, Land and Ecosystems
Description : The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) promotes an innovative approach to sustainable intensification in which a healthy functioning ecosystem is seen as a prerequisite to agricultural development, resilience of food systems and human well-being. This program is a collaboration of 11 CGIAR centers, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and numerous national, regional and international partners. WLE is led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and is part of the CGIAR Consortium’s constellation of research programs which strive for a food-secure future. WLE is looking for a seasoned global leader in the agriculture and natural resource management sector, who has a clear vision of how agricultural production can contribute to healthy ecosystems, and vibrant and inclusive economic growth in the developing world. The candidate should have strong scientific credentials, and also understand the process of uptake and guiding research towards outcomes and wider-scale development impact. The candidate will help steer WLE in its concluding year and lead the program into a successful second phase, which is expected to be a six-year USD 450 million program. The person should possess (i) demonstrated experience engaging in high-level policy processes, and influencing debates around the future of water, land and agricultural management; (ii) a dynamic personality to catalyze broad-based partnerships and collaboration with research agencies, national governments, the private sector, development agencies and others to ensure WLE is achieving its outcomes; (iii) a proven track record in fund-raising, and the ability to galvanize diverse funding sources from bilateral agencies to public-private partnerships and alternative foundation funding; and (iv) solid managerial skills and experience in coordinating large, multi-sector programs in Africa and/or Asia. The position holder will be based at IWMI headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The person will report to the Director General (DG) of IWMI on functional, operational and administrative matters, and to the Chair of the WLE Steering Committee on strategic matters related to the program.
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Job Description : The person and the job: The selected candidate will lead and manage the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), and will be responsible for the strategic implementation of the research, integration of science across the program, partnership development, and program outputs and outcomes. The person will head the WLE Program Management Unit (PMU), and will be supported by a program manager and staff. Financial and administrative services will be provided by IWMI’s corporate services staff.
Minimum Qualification & Experience : You will possess: • a PhD or equivalent experience in a subject area relevant to the position (environmental and earth sciences, agricultural science, civil engineering, social science, economics); • significant experience in scientific leadership in natural resource and environmental management, and research and development (R&D); • an understanding of the political economy and global drivers of change that impact food security, livelihoods and environmental sustainability in the developing world; • demonstrated experience of successfully leading, and applying research and development to implement policy, achieve outcomes and impacts, and otherwise develop practical solutions in developing countries; • demonstrated experience of fostering effective partnerships between research agencies, national governments, private sector and development partners, including civil society organizations (CSOs); • demonstrated experience of the importance of ecosystem functions, and ecosystem services and resilience in the context of sustainable agricultural and environmental systems; • demonstrable capacity to direct and otherwise successfully manage complex integrated programs; • proven scientific capabilities as demonstrated by publications and on-the-ground impact, resulting from work in an area relevant to the position; • a proven understanding, and the ability to initiate and support work on gender and equity; • a clear track record demonstrating written and oral communication skills, including public speaking and working with the media; • demonstrated people management skills in team building and managing teams that are geographically dispersed; • demonstrated understanding of the potential of using new information technologies to assist in providing information to policymakers, farmers and project partners; and • demonstrated experience of mobilizing financial and staff resources.
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