Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships Expert


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We are looking for a Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSP) expert, who can contribute to capacity building of other professionals across the world in support of sustainable and inclusive food systems.

The selected candidate will focus on facilitating stakeholder collaboration, which is one of our main value propositions in the new CDI strategy. CDI specializes in designing, delivering and reviewing multi-stakeholder facilitation services and the MSP expert will play a central role to consolidate and expand these MSP services. We are looking for a development practitioner with a specific interest in individual and organisational capacity development, who has a proven in-depth understanding how to design and facilitate MSP change trajectories that involve representatives from civil society, government, private sector and other stakeholders. The MSP expert should be able to link theory and practice and facilitate multi-stakeholder learning in change processes across the various working domains of CDI.

You will play a strategic role in developing the international profile and portfolio of work of Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation. You will do so through contributing to the implementation of the Centre's increasing portfolio of work in multi-stakeholder partnerships, through strategic networking and representation, and through acquisition of new activities. Assignments can range from project implementation and project management, to action-oriented research, strategic and policy advice, capacity strengthening (including facilitating short term training) or a combination of the above. At CDI, project implementation and capacity strengthening are closely intertwined and mutually reinforce each other. We expect the selected candidate to work at both. Projects take place in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and, to a lesser extent, Latin America.

We ask an MSc or PhD degree in Social Sciences or another field of sciences relevant for food systems in low and middle income countries;
A minimum of 8 years of working experience, preferably international, in facilitation of multi-stakeholder collaboration;
Proven ability to implement capacity development processes and to facilitate learning and development of others;
Proven ability to engage in policy dialogues and to provide policy advice;
Proven experience in the design and implementation of projects in the domain of sustainable and inclusive food systems;
A good international network and a proven ability to acquire a project portfolio;
Affinity with an entrepreneurial and dynamic working environment;
A result oriented team player, who is also client oriented and stress resistant;
Excellent communication and facilitation skills with a strong ability to work and communicate across boundaries/cultures;
Willingness to travel extensively (short missions);
Excellent English; other language skills, preferably French or Spanish, will be an asset.

We offer an initial one year contract of 36 hours per week with a performance based possibility for extension. Scale 11 CAO Foundation Wageningen Research: minimum salary: EU 3017, maximum salary: EU4687 gross per month (based on fulltime employment), depending on education and experience. In addition we offer a holiday allowance of 8% of the annual salary and an end of year benefit of 3%.

Information and Application
For further information contact Jan Brouwers, tel +31(0)317 483157 or e-mail:
Please don't send your application via e-mail.
Please apply online by uploading your CV and letter of motivation before July 1st. 2017 at

The organisation
Wageningen University & Research

Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus - each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society - such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don't do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on 'the quality of life', turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

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You will join Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (CDI). We strengthen capacities for sustainable development in support of inclusive and sustainable food systems. We do so through our unique approaches in fostering lifelong learning, guiding sector transformation, managing for impact, facilitating stakeholder collaboration and strengthening strategic leadership. A close connection between project implementation and capacity development characterises our work. In their work with clients from governments, businesses, civil society, NGOs and the academic world, our group of 50 staff connects Wageningen University & Research's knowledge and expertise with the challenges to support inclusive and sustainable food systems in low and middle income countries.