Project Administrator at CCAFS

The position

The Project Administrator will administrate the CCAFS Wageningen office, supervised by the Head of Partnerships & Outreach. Core functions include secretarial support to the CCAFS Independent Steering Committee, Core Team, and management of office administration and finance. This includes in particular preparing annotated agendas and minutes, financial monitoring and reporting (internal and external), administrating office budget, Disbursements and payments, Contract implementation, and donor contact. Being the liaison to administrative and financial functions of Wageningen University, the CCAFS Lead Center CIAT and a wide range of partners is an important part of the job. This work also entails practical support for the preparation of international CCAFS events, and Management Team and Independent Steering Committee face-to-face meetings, including traveling for preparation and execution of meetings and at times independently negotiating with hotels, venues, caterers, etc. The Project Administrator also has the responsibility for maintaining and developing the CCAFS intranet and coordinating CCAFS annual reports. The Project Administrator coordinates the CCAFS student work, and handle confidential matters of the Program Director and Head of Partnerships & Outreach.


  • Basic degree
  • 3-5 years’ evidently experience in management support, financial and accounting services and in project accounting; contracts management; donor reporting; project management, management of internal communication flows and event support
  • Must be fluent in written and spoken English and Dutch

Some flexibility in terms of working hours is required, as we work with colleagues in various time zones. Some international travel must also be expected. Experience in working with administration within the global research community is highly desirable, as is knowledge about the administration and communications activities and functions of the CGIAR and the linkages to the Global Change Community. Applicants should demonstrate their experience, capabilities and willingness to work as part of a global, diverse multinational team and travel internationally. Proficiency in other languages than English and Dutch is desirable.

We offer a position at Wageningen University starting as soon as possible, and until 31 January 2022. The salary depends on knowledge and experience.

More information

For further information please contact Head of Partnerships & Outreach Anette Engelund Friis, email phone (+31) 641 334796/(+31) 317495896 or Global Engagement Policy Manager Dhanush Dinesh, email

Application: The application, in English, must be submitted in the application form by filling out the application form online here. Send your application including your CV, possible letters of recommendation and documentation for your education so that we have it no later than 11 August 2017. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. We only accept electronic applications.

Wageningen University & Research wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The interview process will be conducted in the week of 21 August 2017. You can expect a reply in the week of  28 August 2017.

Read more about Wageningen University & Research at and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) at

About us

CCAFS is a CGIAR research program led by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and Future Earth, hosted by Wageningen University & Research. CCAFS brings together the world’s best researchers in agricultural science, development research, climate science, and Earth System science, to identify and address the most important interactions, synergies and tradeoffs between climate change, agriculture and food security (see more information on