Organisation: CGIAR System Organization

Position: Senior Advisor, Risk Management

Location: Montpellier, France

Salary: commensurate with experience


Closing date: 11/08/2019 (day/month/year)

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Senior Advisor, Risk Management

CGIAR System Organization


Employment Opportunity

Position: Senior Advisor, Risk Management

Grade: Grade 6 (UN equivalent: P5)

Duty Station: Montpellier, France

Closing Date for Applications: 11 August 2019

We are looking for an experienced and suitably qualified risk management professional who will work as an integral member of the CGIAR System Organization’s Board and Council Relations Unit. This position offers an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic team working to contribute to a world free of poverty, hunger, and environmental degradation.

Who We Are

CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food-secure future. CGIAR science is dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services. Its research is carried out by 15 CGIAR Research Centers in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations, and the private sector. These 15 Research Centers have close to 10,000 staff based in over 50 countries. Established in 2012, the CGIAR System Organization (an international organization headquartered in Montpellier, France) provides governance to the CGIAR System in collaboration with the System Council and has about 40 staff. The System Organization is committed to cultivating a work environment that reflects teamwork, gender equality, and respect for diversity.


Job description

Summary of the Position
Working within CGIAR’s extended enterprise model, where multiple entities come together in a common endeavor to achieve impact, the Senior Advisor, Risk Management has primary responsibility for stewarding and supporting ongoing development of an effective risk management and internal control framework, policy and practices within the System Organization and coordinated System-wide initiatives relating to an aligned approach to risk management.

The incumbent will enjoy being in a rapidly changing environment with the opportunity to develop the role in a way that strengthens alignment in governance practices, transparency in decision making, and overall trust within and beyond the CGIAR System. Broad areas of responsibility include design and/or further development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of component elements of an effective CGIAR Risk Management Framework in relation to the System Organization, as well as on a System-wide basis.

For a detailed outline of the position, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Candidate requirements


  • Advanced university degree (masters or equivalent) in relevant field
  • Minimum of 10 years’ post-qualification progressively responsible experience in the field of public administration, development and/or international relations
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of best practice risk management frameworks, methodologies, and emerging practice
  • Experience in dealing with a broad range of strategic and operational risks gained in a comparable environment
  • Leadership skills, and the ability to manage risk-focused activities in an international extended enterprise
  • Proven ability to operate credibly and effectively at Board/senior executive level, contributing across a wide range of business issues
  • Successful track record of working with sensitive issues in complex organizations and delivery in an environment of significant change


  • Formal accreditation in risk management
  • Experience in compliance and/or ethics functions
  • Project management qualification

Additional comments


The CGIAR System Organization is an equal opportunity employer, offering a comprehensive package of employee benefits comprising a favorable taxation arrangement in France, health insurance coverage, a retirement plan, and relocation support where applicable.

Full terms and conditions will be made available to shortlisted candidates.

Additional information (pdf): See pdf

How to apply

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Preferred method of response: Web

Closing date: 2019-08-11

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