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23 February 2015 – The Board of Directors of AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center has begun the recruitment process for a new Director General to lead the institution to a new level of research excellence strengthened by partnerships with public, nongovernmental, and private sector organizations worldwide.

The current Director General, Dr. Dyno Keatinge, will retire in April 2016 after eight years in the position.

The search will be conducted by the Center’s Director General Search Committee, chaired by Dr. David Sammons, Board Vice-Chair. The committee aims to find a top-level candidate to represent the Center, the only global institution in the public domain conserving vegetable germplasm, conducting vegetable research, and addressing related nutrition and health issues.

“The Director General will position AVRDC as a partner with global and national research and development organizations, particularly in South and Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa,” Sammons said. “As an enthusiastic and tireless advocate for vegetables in international forums, the Director General will cultivate relations with the Center’s founding governments, current partners and existing donors while also seeking new partners and funders to engage with vegetable research and development.”

The successful candidate will possess the strategic vision, good judgment, and ability to inspire a multicultural team of highly qualified scientists and professional managers to promote vegetables as critical elements of safe, nutritious, and healthy diets in low- and middle-income countries, and as an income-generating opportunity for resource poor farmers.

Application procedure

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Applications should be submitted by 30 June 2015 and must include a detailed curriculum vita, a cover letter stating interest in and qualifications for the position, and the names/full contact information for four referees. Completed applications should be sent by email to the Chair of the World Vegetable Center Director General Search Committee at

Strict confidentiality will be observed in all cases at the outset of the search.