Director, Global Compensation and Rewards

CGIAR At any location across one of CGIAR’s Centers in the Global South, - None Specified -


CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.
One CGIAR is a dynamic reformulation of CGIAR’s partnerships, knowledge, assets, and global presence, aiming for greater integration and impact in the face of the interdependent challenges facing today’s world. As One CGIAR, scientific innovations for food, land and water systems can be deployed faster, at a larger scale, and at reduced cost, having greater impact where they are needed the most. This will provide our beneficiaries around the world with more sustainable ways to grow, catch, transport, process, trade, and consume safe and nutritious food. You can learn more at https://www.cgiar.org/.


Role Purpose

The People and Culture Group delivers integrated strategic, specialist, and operational services that are aligned with global standards. It does so through cutting edge-policies, approaches, guidance and tools that attract, onboard, develop, motivate, and retain a talented, diverse, engaged, high-performing and innovative workforce in fair, safe and well workplaces.
The Director, Global Compensation and Rewards is responsible for designing and overseeing the seamless implementation across global, regional and country labor markets of progressive, coherent, compliant, equitable, fair and transparent compensation strategies, structures, policies and rewards programs that are aligned with CGIAR’s mission, values, structure and culture, ensuring that CGIAR remains competitive in attracting and retaining talent.
The Director, Global Compensation and Rewards develops mechanisms to evaluate the effectiveness of compensation and rewards programs, integrate and monitor best practices, economic and labor market trends, and ensure that CGIAR’s compensation and rewards programs remain aligned to organizational needs and budget plans.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the design and seamless implementation of progressive, coherent, compliant, equitable, fair and transparent compensation strategies, structures, policies and rewards programs across labor markets that are aligned with CGIAR’s mission, values, structure and culture and informed by benchmark analysis and research, to ensure that CGIAR remains competitive in talent acquisition and retention.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a CGIAR classification system that ensures coherence in the way work is described across the organization, within a clear hierarchy of responsibilities and accountabilities linked to pay scales.
  • Develop and oversee the delivery of integrated incentive schemes that reinforce the desired CGIAR organizational culture, values, and goals and enables the recognition of achievements and excellence.
  • Lead, in partnership with the Finance Unit, the development of people costing models and the assessment of people costs, to provide transformative insights on compensation and rewards approaches and programs aligned to financial plans and budgets, while ensuring responsiveness to the needs of the organization and impacting management decision making and planning.
  • Build and mentor the Global Compensation and Rewards team to develop and expand capabilities, promote collaboration, knowledge sharing, and the attainment of the established service delivery quality metrics, motivate, and empowering the team to achieve excellence.
  • Partner with other P&C teams to collaboratively develop and deliver integrated, equitable, flexible and compliant Global Total Rewards policies and practices that support CGIAR strategy.
  • Showcase CGIAR P&C Global Rewards and Job Classification approaches and their positive impact on business objectives, promoting its work with external stakeholders, building organizational reputation and brand.
  • Engage with leaders and staff in all geographies to raise awareness and ensure understanding of CGIAR philosophy, policies and practices on compensation, rewards, and classification, and to understand evolving needs and opportunities for compensation and rewards approaches.
  • Create frameworks and design processed for the delivery of annual compensation and reward reviews which will guide implementation across CGIAR.
  • Develop, maintain and communicate compensation standards and parameters for the effective management of market-based salaries and benefits that attract and sustain talent.
  • Establish clear feedback mechanisms to inform reviews of compensation and rewards policies and practices to ensure alignment with desired organizational culture and business goals and to inform further development of compensation and rewards strategies and policies.

Education, Qualifications & Experience

  • Degree in human resources, business administration/management, organizational development, industrial relations or other relevant fields.
  • Significant experience at senior level in designing, implementing, maintaining, and communicating market-driven compensation and rewards programs, in complex, geographically dispersed and multicultural organizations.
A compensation and benefits certification such as CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) or equivalent.
Key Competencies
  • A demonstrated track record of designing and delivering compensation and rewards programs, policies and practices aligned with organizational culture end goals, in complex, multicultural organizations with staff deployed in multiple regions around the globe.
  • In-depth understanding of how organizational design, job classification, compensation and rewards principles and approaches can be leveraged to support the desired organizational structure and goals.
  • Exceptional analytical skills and advanced knowledge of evolving compensation best practices.
  • Proven ability to inspire and develop a small team of specialists and to manage talent, with the strong commitment to promoting diversity, knowledge sharing, and staff development.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to influence and persuade.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and ability to work collaboratively with people at all levels in a decentralized, respectful, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as an agent of change to build a unified CGIAR culture and dynamic, integrated and agile organization.
  • Uphold the highest ethical standards by inspiring trust and treat all people with respect and personal integrity.
  • Fluency in English is essential to communicate in writing and speaking.

Terms of Appointment             

The successful candidate will be offered a 3-year contract which may be renewable subject to its terms, remunerated at the CG-12A level on the CGIAR salary scale. Confirmation of the contract is subject to a probationary period of one year.
CGIAR is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. They recognize and value the multiple, intersecting dimensions of social and professional diversity in their global workforce and seek to sustain and further enhance it.

Role Location

The work location will be at one of CGIAR's global locations, preferably in the Global South.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please send the most recent English version of your CV to [email protected]. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by CGIAR to undertake this assignment.