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EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

The GFRAS Secretariat, led by the Executive Secretary, is responsible for the implementation of the GFRAS strategy and work plans under the guidance of the Steering Committee. The Swiss Association for the Development of Agriculture and Rural Areas (AGRIDEA) hosts the GFRAS Secretariat.

AGRIDEA on behalf of GFRAS is recruiting an Executive Secretary to lead and further expand its activities, starting early 2019.

This position will be based at the GFRAS Secretariat, in Switzerland. The Executive Secretary’s term is for a four-year mandate, renewable only once based on an assessment and decision of the GFRAS Steering Committee.

The incumbent will have a major role in implementing the decisions that will stem from the October 2018 Steering Committee meeting in this regard. He/she will also have to oversee and support the jump start and implementation of a forthcoming multi-donor grant to GFRAS and three of its major regional networks in close coordination with the programme coordinator. GFRAS is guided by a Steering Committee with members drawn from the regional networks and international development agencies.

In close collaboration with the GFRAS Secretariat team, the regional networks, and working groups, as well as the GFRAS Steering Committee, the Executive Secretary is responsible for the following broad tasks.

Key Responsibilities

Policy, Advocacy, and Global Engagement

Technical Advice

Managing GFRAS Secretariat and the team in close collaboration with the programme manager

Candidate Profile

The Executive Secretary will report to both the GFRAS Steering Committee and AGRIDEA. Candidates will be assessed against the following minimum requirements:

We expect a highly motivated person with an open and generous personality. The function needs a charismatic, authentic person that naturally engages, empowers and motivates others. Firm management competencies, skills in capacity development, network development and management as well as sound thematic expertise on RAS are required.

The employment contract will be elaborated by AGRIDEA on behalf of GFRAS Steering Committee. Swiss rules and regulations apply to the contracting, as well as internal AGRIDEA rules and standards. The remuneration will be commensurate to the competencies of the position holder.

Applicants should send an up-to-date CV and a one-page letter of motivation including copies of the highest diploma/degree, training certificates related to the position, names and email addresses of 3 professional referees to Ms. Auree de Carbon by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  no later than February 8, 2019, at 17:00 CET. Please indicate in the subject of the email the title “Application for the post of GFRAS_ Executive Secretary”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.