Recruiting Board Chair for IFPRI

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries.   Established in 1975, IFPRI is a research center of CGIAR, a worldwide partnership engaged in agricultural research for development.  IFPRI’s vision is a world free of hunger and malnutrition.  IFPRI has more than 600 employees working in over 50 countries.

The IFPRI Board of Trustees seeks a candidate for Board Chair with expertise in one or more of the following areas:  development economics and agricultural economics, sociology, anthropology, political science,  general agriculture, natural resource management, health, nutrition, financial management, and other fields related to IFPRI’s mission and vision.  Women and candidates from developing and/or emerging economies are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications for Chair of the Board of Trustees — In view of the special responsibilities of the Chair, as outlined in the terms of reference for the position, the person nominated should generally possess:

1. Eminence (or recognized standing) in a field relevant to the program of the Institute;

2. Personal qualities of leadership, including skill at chairing meetings and building consensus;

3. Experience in working with persons from varied cultural backgrounds;

4. Ability to represent the Institute effectively in international meetings; and

5. Familiarity with the CGIAR Consortium and with the donor community.

All IFPRI Board members are appointed for a three-year term (calendar year) which can be renewed for one additional term based on performance.  Board members are paid an honorarium and expenses for participating, but not a salary.  The Board Chair receives an additional stipend. The Board Chair must have the time and the scheduling flexibility to be able to devote the equivalent of four to six weeks each year to service of the Institute and the CGIAR Consortium. The new Chair will be nominated by the Board by May/June 2017 and begin his/her term as Chair on January 1, 2018. The first meeting will take place the week of May 14, 2018.

To apply and nominate someone, please send the candidate’s CV and a cover letter to Stacy Roberts, Board Secretary, at

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