Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) Director

Texcoco, Mexico
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CIMMYT is a cutting edge, non-profit, international organization dedicated to solving tomorrow’s problems today. It is entrusted with fostering improved quantity, quality, and dependability of production systems and basic cereals such as maize, wheat, triticale, sorghum, millets, and associated crops through applied agricultural science, particularly in the Global South, through building strong partnerships. This combination enhances the livelihood trajectories and resilience of millions of resource-poor farmers, while working towards a more productive, inclusive, and resilient agrifood system within planetary boundaries. With impact in over 80 countries and 1,500 staff, we collaborate with hundreds of partners and are part of the global network of CGIAR research centers, delivering science for a food-secure future. For more information, visit

Join CIMMYT as our Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) Director and champion transformative change.

Are you a transformative leader ready to pioneer advancements in gender equity and social inclusion in global agricultural research? Do you have a notable background in change management, with the capacity to inspire, mobilize, and drive capacity building across an international organization?

As our new GESI Director, you will have the unique opportunity to craft and execute visionary strategies, connecting research to real-world applications and elevating CIMMYT’s commitment to inclusive and sustainable development. Join us in our mission to integrate gender perspectives and inclusivity into the heart of agricultural innovation, shaping a more equitable future for all while reporting directly to the Director General.

Based at our headquarters in Texcoco, Mexico, you will:


Contribute to Strategic Management and Integration:


  • Collaborate with our leadership team to guide the organization’s strategic direction, focusing on integrating GESI throughout our research and innovation.
  • Analyze global trends and their implications for GESI, advising the Director General and ensuring that CIMMYT remains a leader in this field by mainstreaming and innovating GESI throughout all our work.
  • Manage and innovate GESI science and innovation protocols, methods, infrastructure, and initiatives, ensuring alignment with international best practices and standards.
  • Promote CIMMYT’s vision and GESI objectives, driving forward our mission with passion and commitment.


Expand Operational and Strategic Capacity:


  • Stay abreast of global developments in GESI research and innovation, translating insights into action and policy upgrades.
  • Establish and track objectives and key performance indicators for GESI initiatives, enhancing our impact and reach.
  • Drive the GESI components of the CIMMYT 2030 Strategy, advocating for continuous improvement and high performance.
  • Develop and execute strategic plans that bolster GESI in our research and innovation portfolio, ensuring effective, client-focused outcomes.


Lead and Inspire:


  • Ensure that GESI principles are embedded across CIMMYT, translating strategic vision into excellence in execution.
  • Oversee the development of GESI policies and research and innovation protocols, methods, and concepts, setting the bar for quality and impact, while inspiring change in our partners.
  • Engage with a worldwide network, fostering unity in a diverse cultural landscape.
  • Develop and lead a GESI research and innovation portfolio focused and improving GESI standards and implementation throughout research and innovation in the Global South.


  • An advanced university/academic degree in a relevant field, with a strong focus on gender equity and social inclusion.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in GESI-focused roles, demonstrating leadership and the ability to mobilize resources and people.
  • Proven skills in fundraising, stakeholder engagement, and capacity building in GESI.
  • A strong understanding of organizational change processes.
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with project management and administration.
  • Experience working in an international environment.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Strong communication skills, with fluency in English required and additional language proficiency desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse teams and partners across cultures and geographies.
  • You exhibit the following competencies: Strategic Impact, Operational Efficiency, People Management, Networking and Communication, and Individual Impact.


What We Offer:


  • The role offers a unique chance to drive significant institutional transformation, embedding inclusivity and gender perspectives throughout research and innovation activities.
  • You lead a significant portfolio of action and construct your own team in a gradual process.
  • Tied to CIMMYT’s forward-looking 2023 Strategy, the role enjoys robust backing from the executive leadership.
  • You will inspire our partners to bring GESI to all they do.
  • A collaborative and diverse work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity.
  • The position is for an initial fixed term of three (3) years, after which further employment is subject to performance assessment and continued availability of funds.
  • CIMMYT’s internationally competitive salary and benefits include housing allowance, available car, comprehensive health and life insurance benefits, children’s education allowance, paid vacation, annual home travel airfare, participation in and contribution to a retirement plan, and generous assistance with relocation costs.


Ready to Join Us?

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online. The application deadline is April 18th, 2024. Applications should include a motivational letter, a CV, and relevant documentation of qualifications and experiences. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. For further information on the selection process, please contact Mr. Sebastian Volkers, principal consultant at Volkers Remarkable Talent, Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Additional Information

CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.