position of Director of IDS is being advertised, for a July 2014 start.
And I am making a list of the reasons that make it to me, via friends and colleagues, about why I am leaving.
These are the three I hear most often.
1. He was fired. Well, no surprising phone calls from my Board, although there is time...
2. He is going to be the new Executive Director of the World Food Programme. They have an excellent ED in Ertharin Cousin who has only been in post a year, and in any case, that job sounds way too difficult
3. He is going to apply for the Head of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. The University is wonderful, but the words "frying pan" and "fire" come to mind
I can tell I am going to have an interesting year.
The reason I am leaving now is that IDS' constitution limits Directors to a maximum of 10 years and 2014 will be, um, 10 years.
We sometimes call people in this position lame ducks or a busted flush. I prefer (for obvious reasons) the analogy to the android played by Rutger Hauer in Bladerunner: the research director-machine raging against the dimming of the light.
Will keep you updated on any new oddities this final year at IDS throws up...