Jobs at GFRAS


The GFRAS-YPARD secretariat is seeking a dynamic, flexible, independent and innovative Director to lead the youth network. The mission of Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) is to serve as a global platform through which young professionals can express their ideas and realize their full potential towards a dynamic agricultural research for development.

This position will be based at the GFRAS-YPARD Secretariat in Frick, Switzerland. The Director will be accountable to both YPARD Steering Committee (SC) and GFRAS Executive Secretary (ES) as outlined in agreements between GFRAS and YPARD. The Director reports to the YPARD SC. 

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to

- Strategic development and operations, including providing strategic direction to further development and orientation of the YPARD network and the development of a GFRAS youth portfolio; coordinating the YPARD operational levels, engaging in strategic networking, representing YPARD and GFRAS youth at international processes, and coordinate YPARD’s global engagement.

- Network Hosting Arrangements, including overseeing YPARD’s regional coordination units, maintaining and developing existing regional hosting contracts and relationships with host institutions, as well as synergies at the GFRAS-YPARD Secretariat.

- Fundraising as well as program development and management.

Candidate Profile

  • Advanced university degree in agriculture-related sciences, preferably at PhD level;
  • The applicant is expected to be a member of YPARD;
  • Candidates above 35 years at the time of application are not eligible to apply[i];
  • Minimum 5 years of postgraduate-level experience in managing youth networks, multi-stakeholder relations and youth engagement;
  • Demonstrated technical understanding of and practical experiences in the intersections of agricultural development and or sustainable food systems and youth engagement;
  • Experience with developing models and innovative ways for youth engagement including mobilizing volunteers and designing youth programs;
  • Work experience from the UN system and from more than one region of the world;
  • Ability to advocate, inspire, and convince other people;
  • Experience in partnership development and financial resource mobilization;
  • Proficiency in modern communication and management software;
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English. Knowledge of French, German or other relevant languages would be desirable;
  • Flexibility and capacity to travel worldwide (up to 30% of working time);

The employment contract will be elaborated by GFRAS Association. Swiss labor rules and regulations apply to the contracting. 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, in a single .pdf file by email to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. (put in copy: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. and Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. no later than October 2nd 2020, at 17:00 CET. Please indicate in the subject of the email the title “Application for the post of YPARD_Director”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, interviews will be virtual.


[i] The contract is for 5 years and as specified in the YPARD Charter, the YPARD Director cannot be more than 40 years old at any time during the assignment.