Thursday, September 01, 2005

Humanitarian Organization Seeks Songwriter

If you've ever read the Economist magazine, you've noticed the Executive Level Help Wanted Ads for positions at Non Profit Aid and Development Organizations around the world. As much as I would love to be Managing Director for a Human Rights organization in Africa, I never seem to have the required credentials. Just for once, I would like to see an ad that looks like this:


The Mission of the Consultative Group on Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is to achieve sustainable food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through scientific research and research-related activities in the fields of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, policy, and environment. The Future Harvest Alliance Office (FHAO) is a unit of the CGIAR System Office that plays an important role in helping the Future Harvest Centers, the operational arm of the CGIAR, to maximize their contribution to the goals and objectives of the CGIAR. For more information on the CGIAR please see

The Alliance is seeking a SONGWRITER to lead the Future Harvest Alliance Office (FHAO).

The Songwriter will: Provide poetic and melodic support to the Alliance Executive; manage the human and emotional resources of FHAO members and manage the festivity budget for extracurricular activities funded by the Alliance; represent the FHAO in CGIAR System Office Party activities; contribute to the Alliance by developing jingles, hummable tunes and occasional dance beats; support the Alliance Executive Chair and Executive Committee in defining the yearly work program of Alliance of Future Harvest Centers of the CGIAR ; and of course, write songs.

The ideal applicant will have: made little use of an advanced university degree for at least ten years prior to application.

Applicants are invited to send their curriculum vitae; a letter expressing why they are interested in and qualified for the position; and a demo tape in CD format containing at least three (3) songs.

For further information about the position, please contact Dr Cheryl Williams, Executive Officer, at


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