OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD AND BUILD THE HR PRACTICES, HIGH PERFORMANCE CULTURE TEAM OF A GLOBAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE AS THE DIRECTOR HUMAN RESOURCES

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The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is currently seeking a Director – Human Resources. ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and subSaharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi- arid or dryland tropics has over 2 billion people and 644 million of these are the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT and its partners help empower these disadvantaged populations to overcome poverty, hunger and a degraded environment through better agricultural production systems.

ICRISAT is headquartered at Patancheru near Hyderabad, India, with two regional hubs and eight country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. ICRISAT conducts research on its mandate crops of chickpea, pigeonpea, groundnut, sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet in the arid and semi-arid tropics. The Institute focuses its work on the drylands and in protecting the environment. Tropical dryland areas are usually seen as resource-poor and perennially beset by shocks such as drought, thereby trapping dryland communities in poverty and hunger and making them dependent on external aid. ICRISAT envisions a prosperous, food-secure and resilient dryland tropics. Its mission is to reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation in the dryland tropics, through partnership-based international agricultural research-for-development.

Candidate profile:
Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of the following skills, knowledge, experience, and personal
characteristics:
 Advanced Degree in Human Resources Management or related field
 Work experience of at least 15 years in HR of which 6 years should be at a senior management level
and the most recent role should be at a strategic level with a global span.
 Proven capability to manage HR operations in a large multi-cultural, multi-location organization,
including all aspects of management: managing budgets and staff, building and managing partnerships,
and leading a diverse team.
 Experience in developing and enacting policy where multiple stakeholders, including internal and
external parties, are involved in achieving outcomes.
 Experience in addressing governance, institutional and staffing aspects of an organization.
 Experience in designing and leading successful change management programs.
 Proactive and achievement oriented.
 Demonstrated leadership abilities and strong interpersonal skills.
 Demonstrated expertise in written and oral communications in English.
Good to have
 Experience in managing HR functions in research and/or agricultural organizations and also across
multiple locations
 Knowledge of other international languages, especially French, will be an advantage.
 Prior experience of living and working internationally preferred
 Demonstrated championing of the critical areas of gender, youth, nutrition, knowledge sharing and
innovation.
Assignment Location:
The position will be based at ICRISAT’s headquarters in Patancheru, near Hyderabad, Telangana State, India. Hyderabad is the largest city and capital of the Telangana State. It is India’s fourth largest city; and is a fascinating combination of the ancient and the modern India.

How to apply:
If this position interests you, please follow the below instructions to apply.
Applicants should apply on or before 15 May 2022, with latest Curriculum Vitae, and the names and
contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about their professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged. However, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.