International Potato Center (Centro Internacional De La Papa), Director General & CGIAR Senior Director

Ref: 5970


Lima, Peru

Role Managed by:

Clara Nelson Strachan

Principal Researcher & Head of Research, Social Impact & Environment Practice

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6204


Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary and benefits package.

Closing Date: 24/10/2022

Formal Interview Date: w/c 9th January 2023 in Lima, Peru.

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The International Potato Center (CIP) is a high-performing, globally recognized research-for-development organization which delivers innovative science-based solutions to enhance access to affordable nutritious food, foster inclusive sustainable business and employment growth, and drive the climate resilience of root and tuber agri-food systems.

CIP is a center of the CGIAR. CGIAR is a global research partnership delivering evidence and solutions for a food-secure future. Through its collaborative, action-oriented approach, CGIAR helps transform food systems and nutritional security to reduce poverty in developing countries. CGIAR’s research is carried out by CGIAR centers ( distributed across the globe in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations, farmers and the private sector.

This highly strategic and impactful position will play a dual-mandated role which will be responsible for leading CIP in addition to being a member of CGIAR’s Senior Leadership Team. It is an exciting opportunity for someone who has a passion to develop and partner with other committed and innovative leaders contributing to the world’s most pressing food, land, and water challenges.

We are seeking an inspirational and visionary leader, highly experienced and successful manager with a global mindset to take CIP through to the next stage of its strategic development, enhance its impact and respond to this changing environment. As CIP Director General, you will bring a track record in responding to emerging opportunities to build resilience to global challenges and a proven ability to integrate, inspire and develop effectively managed, well-funded, multidisciplinary teams. The role will serve as an agent of change, to build a unified CGIAR culture and a dynamic, integrated, and agile organization.

Concurrently, as a CGIAR Senior Director, you will strengthen partnerships, develop, and oversee strategy in line with a unit of the CGIAR, oversee the research portfolio, position the unit in the global arena, creating an effective framework for producers, businesses, organizations, and governments to manage land and water and contribute to sustainability goals.

This is a top leadership role in an exciting, dynamic, and international environment that requires strategic vision, scientific excellence, humility, innovative and cutting-edge thinking. The role requires high-level collaboration, dialogue, networking, change management, emotional intelligence as well as political acumen.

We hope you are interested in this role, and we are excited to receive your application. To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification quoting reference 5970. The deadline for applications is Monday 24th October at 9am BST.

The position is located in Lima, Peru and comes with a competitive salary and benefits package.

CIP and CGIAR are committed to fair, safe, and inclusive workplaces. We believe that diversity powers our innovation, contributes to our excellence, and is critical for our mission.  Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority. We encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, ages, disability statuses, sexual orientations, and gender identities.  We particularly welcome applications from women.

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