Job Type

Full Time



Start Date:



1201 Eye St., NW
District of Columbia
United States


Job Summary

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a dynamic and innovative Head, Information Technology to provide leadership to a capable and service-oriented IT team that provides services to the Institute’s approximately 600 employees based globally. The successful candidate will responsible for the management, strategy and execution of IFPRI’s IT services infrastructure; managing IFPRI’s technology operations and ensuring compliance with standard and industry regulations. This is a 1-year, fixed-term, renewable appointment that will report to the Director of Finance and Administration and is based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, D.C.

Essential Duties:

  • Provide management and leadership to the IT team ensuring efficient and effective functioning of all aspects of IT operations
  • Oversee all technology operations, IT policies and systems to support the objectives and principles relating to the use of technology within IFPRI
  • Build relationships with other CGIAR Centers IT heads and use shared ICT services and innovations where applicable
  • Provide guidance and oversight of IT infrastructure to the field offices to ensure consistency with organizational standards and security protocols
  • Develop and implement IFPRI’s IT policies and procedures, including those for architecture, security, disaster recovery, organizational standards and procurement
  • Develop a training and management framework to protect IT, data availability, privacy and integrity, including developing and executing security plans
  • Review network security controls, identify potential threats and weakness and measure performance utilization
  • Offer innovative technology solutions
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other service units (Facilities, Communications, HR, etc.) in performing integrated functions
  • Create and manage annual IT budget including capital equipment plan
  • Negotiate contracts with service providers to obtain the best value and cost savings for the services obtained
  • Participate in F&A and Operations group meetings, sharing IT-related updates.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a Computer/IT technical field plus eighteen years of relevant professional experience or master’s degree plus fifteen years 
  • Eight years of managing IT operations preferably for an international nonprofit
  • Broad technical knowledge and understanding of emerging IT trends
  • Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations as they relate to IT, including data protection and privacy 
  • Demonstrated trouble shooting and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated experience in analysis, implementation and evaluation of IT systems
  • Experience providing “hands-on” IT support
  • Excellent written and verbal English language skills
  • Experience managing external partners and vendors
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with colleagues and end-users
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate ideas in user-friendly language in a diverse multicultural working environment
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Office 365, Active Directory, and Skype for Business
  • Experience supporting internal events (workshops; seminars; and various productions)
  • Experience in an international/non-profit organization.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



Please complete the online application and provide a complete resume, detailed letter of interest, and 3 references. For more information about IFPRI, please visit our websites at www.ifpri.orgEOE