Executive Secretary, Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR) Secretariat
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The Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR) (www.gfar.net) is a multistakeholder network made up of roughly 600 self-identifying partner organizations, which share the common vision of making agri-food research and innovation more effective, responsive and equitable, towards achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal outcomes. Partners in GFAR come from all geographical areas and relevant sectors from public, private and civil society organizations and networks, as well as international organizations. GFAR promotes new forms of multistakeholder dialogue, strategic partnerships and collective actions across these extensive networks, helping to enable the transformation and strengthening of agri-food research and innovation for development systems and processes worldwide. GFAR works through a bottom-up and development-centred approach, together.
The GFAR Secretariat is hosted by FAO in Rome and is headed by the GFAR Executive Secretary,. The Executive Secretary is responsible for the efficient functioning of the GFAR Secretariat and for coordinating the implementation of administrative, institutional and operational activities across the networks, as approved by the GFAR Steering Committee. The secretariat supports GFAR partners in engaging actively in the Global Forum and its governance. It also implements GFAR’s Programme of Work to catalyse collective actions, mentor their start up, track and document best practices, and share knowledge and learning from these experiences.
The GFAR Executive Secretary works within the Office of Innovation (OIN) - placed under the oversight of FAO’s Chief Scientist- and reports to the Director, OIN on FAO matters regarding the host institution, accountability and administrative rules and to the GFAR Chairperson and Steering Committee on the implementation of the programme of work and budget of the GFAR Secretariat.
Summary of Duties and Functions