The Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR) is a multi-stakeholder movement made up of over 600 self-identifying Partner organizations, who share the common vision of making agri-food research and innovation more effective, responsive and equitable, towards achieving Sustainable Development outcomes. Partners in GFAR come from all around the world and across all relevant sectors from public, private and civil society organizations and networks, as well as international organizations. GFAR inspires and catalyzes new forms of multi-stakeholder 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 around the world. GFAR works through a bottom-up and development-centred agenda, together addressing strategic challenges that no one organization can resolve alone.
The GFAR Secretariat is hosted by FAO in Rome and is headed by the GFAR Executive Secretary, supported by a small dynamic team of professional and administrative staff. The Executive Secretary is responsible for the efficient functioning of the GFAR Secretariat and for coordinating the implementation of administrative, institutional and operational activities, as approved by the GFAR Steering Committee. The Secretariat supports GFAR Partners in engaging actively in the Global Forum and its governance and in the formulation and delivery of GFAR’s Strategy and Programme of Work, as they catalyse collective actions, mentor their start up, and track, document and share learning from these experiences.
The GFAR Executive Secretary reports to the GFAR Chairperson and Steering Committee on the implementation of the programme of work and budget of the GFAR Secretariat and to the Assistant Director-General, FAO Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department (AG), on matters regarding the host institution, on any accountability applicable under FAO administrative rules, and in respect of the management of the Secretariat’s work within the framework of FAO rules and procedures.
The Executive Secretary, in keeping with the GFAR Charter (http://www.gfar.net/node/214302),will:
- Prepare a Medium Term Plan and annual programme of work and budget, review and propose updates of GFAR strategic documents, Commission studies and facilitate discussion on strategic issues, helping Partners to develop national, regional and global research and innovation agendas and plans.
- Act as Secretary (ex officio) to all GFAR Committees and deliver the practical organization of the GFAR Partners Assembly, Steering Committee and EXCO meetings and others. Co-organize the GCARD process and event with the CGIAR and mobilize/represent partner input into the strategic planning of international agricultural research for development.
- Manage staff recruitment processes and employment, in accordance with FAO rules and procedures, for a high performance and effective team, adapting to evolving needs.
- Coordinate the Secretariat’s role in helping to mobilize GFAR Partners to engage in collectiveadvocacy and actions, with particular attention to the voices and needs of farmers, to transform and strengthen agri-food innovation systems and processes, support the mentoring of their start-up and record and share learning from their progress. Support communication, interaction and knowledge-sharing among GFAR Partners through the GFAR website and social media and promote change in national agri-food research and innovation systems and in sub-regional and inter-regional/global processes.
- Mobilize and direct the use of GFAR technical and financial resources to catalyse multi-stakeholder collective actions among Partners. Manage the effective administration of contract commissioning, tracking and learning from activities commissioned with GFAR Partners.
- Generate and maintain active contact with relevant funding agencies, mobilize financial resources with GFAR Partners to catalyse and assist development of collective actions. Manage the finances of the Secretariat, ensuring audit compliance and prepare financial reports for approval of the Steering Committee and funders. Build further value from the relationship between GFAR and its Facilitating agencies; FAO & IFAD.