The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry or ICRAF) is an independent research institution that generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, our researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors.

To learn more about our organization, please visit our website:

Scope of the position

The Board of Trustees of the World Agroforestry Centre intends to appoint one Trustee to represent the South Asia region.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Board of Trustees is the ultimate decision-making body of the Centre. Trustees are therefore responsible for approving the Centre’s strategy, plans, and the annual programme of work and budget. The Trustees also monitor the Centre’s progress towards achieving its objec­tives; ensure financial integrity and accountability; provide oversight of investments and disposal of major assets; approve policies; and monitor the legal implications of the World Agroforestry Centre’s activities and the performance of the board as a whole and that of its individual members.

Principal responsibilities of a Trustee are to ensure:

The World Agroforestry Centre has a sound strategy and effective programmes that are consistent with its Charter and with the goals and purposes for which it was established.

The World Agroforestry Centre is managed effectively in harmony with agreed objectives, programmes and budgets, and in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements.

The resources provided by donors are effectively and judiciously utilized.

The World Agroforestry Centre staff are of high calibre.

The World Agroforestry Centre has sound governance.

The requirements and background of prospective nominees must fit one of the two categories below:


Governance of agriculture and rural livelihood systems

Management of agricultural research and natural resources, preferably from a background of policy making and /or social sciences

Nominees should be from South Asia.


Audits, finance and risk management

Background or work experience in international organizations or private sector

Nominees should be from South Asia.

Terms of offer

All Trustees will serve an initial three-year term of office with a maximum of two consecutive full terms.

ICRAF offers a collegial, diverse and gender-sensitive working environment, and we strongly encourage applications from qualified women.


You are invited to nominate suitable candidate(s) by sharing their name(s), affiliation(s) and contact details. Female nominees are encouraged. The Nominations Committee Secretary will then contact the nominated candidate(s) and request them to share their application for consideration which should include their Curriculum Vitae.

Nominations should be sent to by 30th June 2015.