Director General

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Washington D.C., USA
Full time Staff

The Board of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a research center of CGIAR, seeks to appoint a new Director General to succeed Dr. Shenggen Fan at the conclusion of his successful tenure in the role (December 2019). 

IFPRI ( believes that by working together, the world can sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition. IFPRI conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy options to support these goals. For more than 40 years, IFPRI has collaborated with stakeholders and partners to contribute needed evidence for country- and region-led policies that help ensure that all people have access to safe, sufficient, nutritious, and sustainably grown food.

The Director General provides overall intellectual and strategic leadership to IFPRI. As chief executive officer, the Director General oversees IFPRI’s research, communications, fundraising, and administration. The successful candidate will possess a strong research track record in the field of food policy research. This technical authority will be bolstered by successful experience in managing complex and distributed organizations. The chosen candidate will be a gifted communicator and mobilizer of resources and be comfortable engaging with a broad range of partner organizations.  

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 The closing date for applications is February 15, 2019.                                      

Russell Reynolds Associates is assisting IFPRI with this appointment. For further information about the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, please visit:        

IFPRI is an equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of the staff contributes to its excellence.  Applications from women and developing country professionals are equally encouraged.

Closing date: 
15th February 2019