First External Management Review of ILRAD, 1986
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Report of the 1986 External Management Review (EMR) of ILRAD conducted concurrently with an EPR, and chaired by Frank Raymond. The document includes a transmittal letter from the CGIAR Executive Secretary to the CGIAR Chairman, the response of ILRAD's Board of Directors, and a transmittal from the panel.The panel's primary concern was ILRAD's progress in addressing the serious managerial problems described in the 1980 Quinquennial Review. Panel members found a 'remarkable recovery,' in which confidence had been restored, relations between the Director and Board of Directors dramatically improved, and administration improved. ILRAD was now in a position to carry out its mandate purposefully and effectively. The panel recommended greater delegation of management responsibility to project leaders and appointment of two program coordinators for trypanosomiasis and theileriosis to assist the center's Director of Research. They suggested creation of a Research Review Committee to examine planning and implementation, and interact with the Board's Program Committee in setting research policy. The report urged the Program Committee to pay less attention to the details of laboratory work and more to research strategy and policy. The Financial Committee should play a stronger role in the budget process, in the evaluation of and follow-up on external reviews, and in formulating investment policy. The panel urged formalization of the financial management role of the Director of Administration, and giving more responsibility to middle management. It also recommended expanding and improving facilities including those provided to other centers, lengthening the tenure of senior positions, and training for both international and locally recruited staff. More consultation by management with staff was encouraged.The EMR was discussed at TAC 39 and at the CGIAR Mid Term Meeting in May, 1986.