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Senior Advisor - Sustainable Markets and Trade

Wageningen UR
Location: The Netherlands
Last Date: August 28, 2011
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Senior Advisor - Sustainable Markets and Trade
Job Reference: SSG-CDI-0009

We are looking for
A senior advisor in the area of sustainable agri food systems - who is passionate about working with people to create a more sustainable and equitable future.

The chosen candidate will play a strategic role in helping to develop Wageningen UR’s international profile and portfolio of work in this field. He/she will engage with the global challenges of innovating business models, entrepreneurial approaches and enabling policy conditions that are inclusive and help to drive sustainable resource use.

Within Wageningen UR, the candidate will work jointly for the Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) and the Agricultural Research Institute (LEI) helping to link applied research, capacity development and advisory services. The final employment structure will depend on the chosen candidates experience and interests.

CDI facilitates innovation, brokers knowledge and to helps to develop the capacities of individuals and organizations working for sustainability. Working on global issues and in countries with developing and transitional economies, our focus is on innovation and change in the areas of secure and health food, sustainable markets, adaptive agriculture and ecosystems governance. Our group of 60 staff help to link Wageningen UR’s knowledge and expertise with processes of society-wide learning and innovation. We work to inspire new forms of collaboration between citizens, governments, businesses, NGOs and the scientific community.

LEI develops economic expertise for government bodies and industry in the field of food, agriculture and the natural environment. By means of independent research, LEI offers its customers a solid basis for socially and strategically justifiable policy choices. The Market and Chains field of study performs national and international innovative applied socio-economic research for strategic decision-making in and around the chain, based on contemporary scientific insights and innovative research. Research issues are new business models in supply chains, evaluation and impact assessments and risk assessments.

We ask
Someone who can link theory and practice and facilitate the learning and development of others. You should have a wide experience of agri-business and value chain development. You will have a particular interest and experience in the interface between small-scale producers, value chains and global trade, as well as in creating the conditions for local entrepreneurship. You should be an excellent communicator and a good facilitator with a strong interest in participatory processes of innovation and change. Being able to think strategically about the global challenges of creating sustainable and equitable agri-food markets is essential. You understand field realities and are able to link between these and business and policy processes. You must be able to work and communicate across boundaries between business, government, NGO and academic worlds. We are particularly interested in people with significant private sector experience. A track record of writing for academic and/or non-academic audiences is important. Candidates will have a strong background in economics, business management and development policy.

You will have at least 10 years working experience with extensive international engagement, a good international network and a proven ability to work in cross-cultural contexts. Excellent spoken and written English is essential. Fluency in other languages in particular French or Spanish is highly desirable.

We offer
An initial one year contract of 32 or 36 hours per week with a performance based possibility for extension. Scale 11 or scale 12 CAO Stichting DLO: minimum salary: € 2.885,- gross, maximum salary: € 5.093,- gross, depending on education and relevant work experience. In addition we offer a 8% (holiday) bonus.
We encourage close collaboration with other groups in Wageningen UR which includes shared appointments enabling staff to combine research work with the outreach and capacity development activities of the Centre for Development Innovation.

Information and Application:
We would like to receive your online application before Sunday 28 August, 2011. You will receive an automatic e-mail confirmation within 24 hours.

Please note that only online applications can be taken into consideration.

Additional information about the Centre for Development Innovation can be found on our website at

The organization
Wageningen UR (University and Research Centre) is an international leader in education and research. In the fields of healthy food and living environment we contribute to improving the quality of life. We are always looking for talented colleagues. Passionate people who want to put their expertise to work for tomorrow’s world.

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