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Head, People and Culture (“P&C”)

Dec 07 2022

Grade: Grade 6 (Equivalent to CG-11 and UN P4). The position is graded following the CGIAR System Organization staff salary and grading structure, under which jobs may be graded between grades 1 to 9, with grade 9 being the highest.

Reports To: The CGIAR Global Director, People and Culture, with a dotted reporting line to the Executive Director of the CGIAR System Organization

Closing Date for Applications: Monday, 9 January 2023, at 09h00 CET


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About the CGIAR System Organization

Established in 2012, the CGIAR System Organization (“System Organization”) provides governance to the CGIAR System in collaboration with the System Council and has about 60+ staff. The System Organization is committed to cultivating a work environment that reflects teamwork, gender equality, and respect for diversity.

It is a truly exciting time to be joining the System Organization as CGIAR undertakes a transformation into a more integrated “One CGIAR” that will allow us to achieve a more significant impact with our research. One CGIAR is a dynamic reformulation of CGIAR’s partnerships, knowledge, assets, and global presence in key areas where innovation is needed to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. It focuses on collaborating more closely to enable us to deploy scientific innovations faster, on a larger scale, and at a reduced cost so that they can have a more significant impact where most needed. The transition to One CGIAR will have profound implications on how CGIAR and its constituent parts are structured and operate: with unified governance, an integrated structure, a new research modality, and more pooled funding, One CGIAR will be better positioned to achieve its mission.

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Job Summary

Reporting to the CGIAR Global Director, People and Culture (P&C), and with a dotted reporting line to the Executive Director of the CGIAR System Organization (SO), the Head, P&C leads the P&C unit of the System Organization, ensuring its strategy, policies and practices are aligned with those of the Global CGIAR P&C function in the One CGIAR integrated operational structure. Reporting lines may change during 2023 as functional teams are integrated into the One CGIAR operational structure.

The accountabilities of the Head, P&C, fall under the following broad categories:

Development and implementation of fit-for-purpose HR strategies, policies, and operational plans.

Effective and efficient People and Culture services to staff and management of the CGIAR System Organization.

Contribution to One CGIAR, P&C system-wide initiatives that enable the establishment of common policies, processes, systems, and practices.

Specific Responsibilities

Development and implementation of strategies, policies, systems, and operational plans

Guided by the broader One CGIAR P&C strategy, priorities, and plans, lead the implementation of agreed upon P&C shared policies, processes, and practices within the System Organization (“SO”).

Review and improve existing talent management processes to ensure they are practical and efficient, including P&C planning, talent acquisition, and capacity building of staff to ensure the SO has the P&C capabilities to deliver on its mandate.

Lead the design and oversee the implementation of appropriate systems, guidelines, and tools that support the administration and monitoring of P&C policies’ effectiveness and impact.

Develop P&C KPIs for the SO, monitor and regularly report progress towards their achievement to the SO Management Team.

Manage and continuously improve the existing SO P&C information management systems to ensure relevant data is captured, its integrity and confidentiality protected, and such data is amenable to analysis to inform decisions making.

Maintain a P&C risk register for the SO and ensure mitigating measures are implemented.

Set the standards and oversee the implementation of effective and efficient P&C services to support SO management and staff in their day-to-day operations. The delivery of such services will be aligned to the global services delivery model developed by the global P&C function and will include, but are not limited to, leadership advisory services; management of recruitment, selection, and onboarding processes; employment contracts; payroll and benefits administration; performance and rewards management; and training and development.

Work collaboratively with the Executive Director, the broader management team, and the Staff Committee to continuously monitor organizational culture and climate, making recommendations and/or implementing initiatives to foster a positive work environment that embraces inclusion and diversity and is aligned with the ‘One CGIAR’ desired culture.

Champion and proactively support initiatives to effectively steward change processes, providing appropriate advice, training, coaching, and support to staff and managers to ensure the Organization is agile and adaptive to change.

In close collaboration with the Legal Services team and CGIAR’s Ethics and Business Conduct function, this role advises management and staff on and oversees the management of grievances and disciplinary matters for SO staff in compliance with applicable policies and procedures.

As a member of the wider CGIAR P&C function in the One CGIAR operational structure, contribute to developing CGIAR shared inclusive policies, processes, and practices that are responsive to programs and SO’s needs and ensure consistency and drive efficiencies across CGIAR.

Collaboratively develop work plans for the P&C function, establish key accountabilities, and regularly monitor implementation.

Provide overall leadership to the P&C team; mentor and develop the P&C team; promote collaboration, knowledge sharing, motivating, and empowering the team to achieve excellence in attaining the established service delivery metrics.

Carry out other relevant functions as assigned by the Executive Director and Global Director, P&C, to support and further advance the delivery of the System Organization’s business deliverables and the broader CGIAR mandate.

An advanced degree (Masters or equivalent) in Human Resources Management, Organizational Development, Personnel Psychology, or related field.

Extensive experience in People and Culture management, including experience at the senior level and in delivering effective and efficient People and Culture services to management and staff, preferably in international and multicultural organizations.

Demonstrated experience in change management and in supporting senior management teams.

Post-graduate professional certification or active membership in a professional HR Association

In-depth knowledge of People and Culture management principles and concepts and ability to translate them into concrete initiatives and actions that further the effectiveness of the P&C function.

Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and ability to work collaboratively with people at all levels in a decentralized, respectful, multicultural, multi-disciplinary organization.

Demonstrated ability to serve as an agent of change to build a unified organizational culture.

Ability to positively influence key strategic processes and HR-related decisions.

Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office software packages (MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint at a minimum) and HR management information systems

Strong ability to solve problems through inclusive and collaborative processes

Proven ability to integrate, inspire and manage talent, with a strong commitment to promoting diversity, knowledge sharing, and staff development.

Uphold the highest ethical standards by inspiring trust and treating all people with respect and personal integrity

Demonstrated ability to achieve results in a complex and fast-paced environment.

Gravitas in communication at all levels and excellent written and oral reporting skills in English.

The CGIAR System Organization is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive compensation with favorable taxation arrangements in France and, subject to eligibility, comprehensive employee benefits comprising extensive insurance coverage, a retirement plan, an education grant, and relocation support at the start of the appointment and upon conclusion of appointment for staff members and eligible dependents. All benefits are denominated and paid in Euros.

System Organization appointments are typically for a fixed term of three years, with a possibility of renewal subject to effective performance, operational needs, and funding. •

Submitting Your Application

All applications must be submitted online by clicking the ‘Apply’ button below. If you require assistance or face challenges in submitting your application, please email SMO-HR@cgiar.org with the position title in the subject line. Please note we will not accept applications through this email. •

Please ensure that your resume and cover letter are in English and do not contain your marital status, age, or photograph. Documents provided in a language other than English will not be considered.

CGIAR is committed to fair, safe, and inclusive workplaces. We believe that diversity powers our innovation contributes to our excellence, and is critical for our mission. We offer a multi-cultural, multi-color, multi-generational, and multi-disciplinary, collegial working environment, with a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and flexible working arrangements. We consciously create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character and commitment to gender equity. We, therefore, encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, and gender identities. If you require accommodation due to a disability, please email your request to SMO-HR@cgiar.org and include “Diversity and Inclusion Accommodation” in the subject line. •

All received applications will be acknowledged; however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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