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European Initiative on Agricultural Research for Development (EIARD) support expert

Are you as passionate as we are in better understanding agri-food system transformation? Are you interested in increasing the impact of science in development …

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Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 36 uur
€ 3336 - € 3336 per maand


Are you as passionate as we are in better understanding agri-food system transformation? Are you interested in increasing the impact of science in development and in innovation processes and contribute to a better connection between the internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their local translation to climate 'smarter' agriculture? If that is the case, then please continue reading, because we are looking for an EIARD support expert for our DeSIRA-LIFT project.


DeSIRA-LIFT is looking for an expert who will provide support services to the EIARD Secretariat (Work Package 3). EIARD is the European Initiative on Agricultural Research for Development, a permanent policy coordination platform on Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) which aims to promote and implement coherent European policies at international, regional and sub-regional levels in order to increase the impact of ARD. The main area of activities are: (i) Coordination of European ARD policies in pursuit of the SDG; (ii) Coordination of European investments to the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR); (iii) Coordination of European investments in strengthening ARD organisations at global, continental and sub-continental levels, especially in Africa, Since 2021, the secretariat of EIARD is hosted and chaired by DG INTPA.

Specific tasks include…
This expert will provide technical support to DG INTPA and help DG INTPA in its support role to EIARD. He/she will produce an annual report of activities, reports of EIARD meetings and preparatory documents. Specific tasks will be fine-tuned in cooperation with DG INTPA but will include to:

  • Collect and analyse information regarding the evolution of the CGIAR reform (research agenda, governance, and funding) and the support of EU Member States (MS) to research and innovation for development;
  • Provide advice regarding these topics;
  • Help organise EIARD meetings (agenda, report, etc.) and help strengthen the EIARD network (between members and with external actors);
  • Deal with CGIAR and other potential topics of interest for EU Member States (agroecology, AKIS, food system transitions) in relationship with EIARD mandate and commitments.
When possible and appropriate, the EIARD support expert may be involved in other WP3 activities of DeSIRA-LIFT as well.
An MSc degree or higher in a discipline related to Agriculture, Agronomy, Communication, Monitoring and Evaluation or International development;
  • A minimum of 12 years in areas directly relevant to international development, innovation with a social science perspective, knowledge and innovation systems, or likewise;
  • Specific professional experience of proven knowledge and expertise in research and innovation with a systemic view and with an institutional approach;
  • At least 5 years' professional experience in areas directly relevant to agriculture in an international setting;
  • Experience with the CGIAR is an advantage
  • Ability to write technical reports, excellent writing but also oral presentation skills in English.
  • A working knowledge of French and/or Spanish and/or Portuguese and/or Arabic is considered an advantage.


Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • we offer a one year contract for 18 hours per week, with the possiblity for a two year extension
  • the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between €3.336,00 and €5.183,00 for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 11).

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

Additional information

For more information about the content of this consultancy you can contact Helena Posthumus, Project Director DeSIRA-LIFT - helena.posthumus@wur.nl +31 317 486 045

For more information about the procedure, please contact Sandra Willemsen, Corporate recruiter or Bianca Aversteeg, recruitment support via recruitment.ssg@wur.nl.

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including the 25th of October, 2021. We hope to schedule the first job interviews as soon as possible after closing date.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.