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international fund for agricultural development ifad

Senior Regional Technical Specialist (Agronomy) - P4

India, Chandīgarh , New Delhi

Organizational Setting *This position will be based in the IFAD Regional Office for the Asia and the Pacific Region (location to be confirmed, tentatively in Beijing, China or New Delhi, India). The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people. IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation.  The Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD) provides expert guidance on IFAD's strategic direction, thematic priorities and technical quality of IFAD's operations. It plays a critical role in providing technical expertise to operational teams to enhance development effectiveness, by generating  and  disseminating IFAD's development knowledge and evidence on strategic themes, and encouraging innovative application of cutting-edge global knowledge and evidence in IFAD investments to support countries tackle their most complex development challenges in fostering inclusive and sustainable rural transformation. SKD is composed of the (i) Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division (ECG); the (ii) Sustainable Production, Markets and Institutions Division (PMI); and the (iii) Research and Impact Assessment Division (RIA). PMI provides technical support to IFAD Country Programs to ensure the proper application of corporate quality standards required for achieving development results and impact in key thematic areas, including food production systems (i.e. fisheries, livestock, and agronomy), land, natural resources management, water and rural infrastructure, renewable energy, financial services, rural markets and enterprises, ICT4D and rural institutions. It contributes to the generation of evidence and knowledge on these themes, and facilitates their use in IFAD projects and activities. PMI also leads IFAD's non sovereign private sector investment activities. The Senior Technical Specialist (Agronomy) works under the overall strategic, policy and management guidance of the direct supervision of the Director PMI and/or under the direct supervision of the Lead Global Technical Advisor (Agronomy). Job Role The Senior Technical Specialist serves as IFAD's technical expert in his/her area of expertise. S/he supports country/regional programs by providing state-of-the-art global technical advice throughout the project cycle (strategic and operational), as well as contributes to the corporate agenda, in his/her technical area of expertise.  Within his/her areas of responsibility, the Senior Technical Specialist exercises a high degree of independence in providing reliable programme delivery. The incumbent at this level performs the full complexity range of work independently, including the analysis and approval of complex and/or precedent setting cases with the aim to ensure cohesion and synergy in the application of technical advice and provision of programme development support. S/he works collaboratively with the thematic Technical Specialists, Country Directors (CD)/Heads of Multi-country Offices (MCO) and other staff to ensure consistency, cohesion and synergy in the application of technical advice and provision of programme development support. Position specific:  The Senior Technical Specialist-Agronomy serves as IFAD's technical expert in the area of Agronomy. S/he supports country/regional programs notably in the Asia and Pacific Region (APR) by providing state-of-the-art technical advice throughout the project cycle,  and contributes to the corporate agenda, knowledge building and dissemination as well as strategy and policy setting. Within the field of agronomy, the Senior Technical Specialist exercises a high degree of independence in providing technical support to the design and implementation of country programme and/or investment projects.  Key Functions and Results SENIOR TECHNICAL ADVICE: The Senior Technical Specialist provides technically authoritative advice to improve the capacity of IFAD to position itself as an influential global player and to improve related national government policies and programmes and ensure IFAD is regarded as a trusted and valued partner. Accountabilities may include but are not limited to: (a) Providing IFAD staff and partners with up-to-date professional advice on policy, institutional and technical issues. (b) Contributing to ensure that IFAD senior management is regularly and adequately briefed to engage effectively in high level fora with policy implications for rural transformation. (c) Providing senior level technical expertise to the preparation of knowledge products aiming to advance IFAD's voice in the global debate on rural transformation.  KNOWLEDGE AND ADVISORY SERVICES: The Senior Technical Specialist enhances the development of viable and sustainable policies and supports regional and global thematic input through authoritative technical knowledge sharing for his/her area of specialization. S/he will ensure access to the latest sources of knowledge and innovation, strengthen technical capacity and establish new knowledge and advisory partnerships. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to: (i) Supporting intelligence gathering and analysis of debates relevant to inclusive and sustainable rural transformation in the global debate and facilitating knowledge sharing and experiences in this area within SKD, IFAD and other stakeholders in the global arena; (ii) Supporting the coordination of the relevant knowledge development and dissemination with institutions outside of IFAD, within the region concerned and national Institutions, disseminating knowledge and lessons learned with external partners and stakeholders through publication of Occasional Papers, journal articles, seminars and workshops, through electronic media and the development of new knowledge products and operational tools that are informed by learning from the field; (iii) Participating in IFAD-wide thematic discussions and developing appropriate technical and operation approaches of relevance to the country/divisional strategies and programmes; (iv) Planning and leading learning events to strengthen IFAD's knowledge and capacity to engage in global debates with policy implications for rural transformation.  PARTNERSHIP BUILDING AND OUTREACH ACTIVITIES: The Senior Technical Specialist develops and maintains a network of strategic partnerships that can help advance IFAD's mandate and messages around rural transformation in the global debate. S/he develops peer contacts inside and outside IFAD to keep up-to-date on activities at the country and regional levels, to support joint advocacy and for knowledge sharing to enhance the Fund's profile as a highly competent and viable partner in development. Accountabilities may include: (a) Building partnerships with centers of excellence, complementary technical organizations and specialized departments of other development institutions (including United Nations agencies, International Financial Institutions, bilateral cooperation agencies, non-governmental organizations, and others) as strategic partners; (b) Strengthening IFAD's representation and communication in policy processes (including representing IFAD at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences); (c) Developing and cultivating alliances in key global policy forums to strengthen IFAD's influence. over time, with a strategic focus on specific themes.  MONITORING, EVALUATION AND REPORTING: The Senior Technical Specialist supports the Director/Lead Technical Specialists in knowledge management and other monitoring and reporting activities to enhance country level programme and funding decisions. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The Senior Technical Specialist is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources. This includes, among others, people management through support to recruitment of technical specialists and technical leadership/capacity development, coaching and mentoring of new and/or more junior staff, supervisory role and evaluation of performance of professionals and general service staff under his/her purview. Position specifc: SENIOR TECHNICAL ADVICE TO COUNTRY PROGRAMMES: The Senior Technical Specialist (Agronomy) provides technically authoritative advice to improve the capacity of IFAD to position itself as an influential global player in the area of Agronomy and sustainable production. Accountabilities may include:Providing Agronomy expertise in the identification, elaboration and assessment, in accordance with existing organization guidelines, technical opportunities, proposals and feasibility studies for development investment projects and programmes and supporting and overseeing their execution; Participating in country programme, management teams and providing technical, analytical inputs to IFAD's country strategic opportunity programmes (COSOPs) and Country Strategic Notes (CSNs), project designs as well as to other policy documents related to rural development and poverty reduction; the regional focus of the position is the APR region, Participating in project missions as necessary and pilot methods of analysis for IFAD projects; and  Review proposals for small and large grants as required.   7. AGRONOMY: The Senior Technical Specialist – Agronomy leads IFAD's work and performs the above listed activities in the area of agronomy, with specific emphasis on improving the  technical knowledge and capacities of small producers and other IFAD target groups (e.g. rural women, youth, indigenous peoples) for sustainable  and equitable access to productive resources; supporting the development and uptake of pro-poor technologies and innovations for sustainable production; developing knowledge and technical capacities of IFAD's partners; providing technical guidance throughout IFAD's project cycle; Strengthening the technical capacities to deliver quality results and impacts from IFAD's agronomy and sustainable production programmes; Supporting country-level agronomy policies, institutions and enabling frameworks and in the mainstreaming of climate, nutrition, gender and youth; Strengthening IFAD's participation and visibility in global policy processes and networks relating to sustainable, profitable and climate resilient agronomy.  Through participation as Project Technical Lead (PTL) and member of Project Delivery Teams, s/he provides state of art highly specialized technical advice in the area of agronomy to deliver strong project design and development results during implementation, and assists in resolving technical challenges. She/he acts also as IFAD's leading authority in regional and global debates and events, policy fora and policy dialogue, knowledge generation, and partnership building and networking-all related to agronomy. S/he provides technical leadership and advice in agronomy as part of rural development approaches for the preparation of country project, programmes, country strategies and country strategic notes. S/he provides concrete guidance and actions to improve agronomy project delivery and achievement of impacts. The Senior Technical Specialist-Agronomy supervises other professional staff in this thematic area, general service staff assigned to him/her, as well as consultants hired to deliver specific activities and/or outputs. S/he is responsible for providing them with technical leadership/capacity development, coaching and mentoring, as well a review and evaluation of their performance on a regular basis. S/he is also involved in the recruitment process of the team.  Key Performance Indicators Assignments require the provision of authoritative technical expertise in the field of agronomy with a particular focus on APR region. The impact of work by the incumbent directly affects the overall country programme and contributes to regional and corporate policy and strategy. Senior Technical Specialists design and contribute to the delivery and implementtaion of investment projects and country programs. The impact on the overall IFAD country and regional programmes is significant in projecting the Fund's role/capacity as a reliable, viable partner in development. Work is intricate in that it requires consideration of a wide range of technical factors and related data, national policies relevant for the economic policy concerns of the international organization. Senior Technical Specialists also monitor and guide the work of external consultants and participate as experts in field missions and in the servicing of intergovernmental and expert group meetings of a technical nature. Work at this level normally is not reviewed for technical accuracy. Senior Technical Specialists thus exercise independence and initiative in assessing needs and advising governments. Decisions are made on the research or analytical strategies to be followed in resolving problems of concern in the technical area. Established methods and procedures are adapted as necessary in order to achieve desired results.Position specific: The The Senior Technical Specialist (Agronomy) is responsible for the technical quality of IFAD's key outputs and deliverables for agronomy, and guides the organization's policy, partnerships, and knowledge management on these topics. S/he leads IFAD's strategies/policies, tools, guidelines and databases/evidence on agronomy and sustainable production. Particular key performance indicators are linked to : Improved knowledge and technical capacities of IFAD's targets groups to increase access and benefits from productive resources; increase in development and uptake of pro-poor technologies and innovations in agronomy; Improved performance of IFAD's agronomy supported programmes; High IFAD's visibility in global policy processes and networks relating to agronomy; High quality management of agronomy programmes, grants and supplementary resources; Supporting the mainstreaming of climate, nutrition, gender and youth into IFAD's agronomy programmes; collaborating with other experts in PMI to identify and support the development of appropriate instruments and technologies related to rural transformation, including, ICT4D applications, partnerships with private scetor and non-sovereign private sector operations; etc.; and use IFAD's technical guidelines and related technical tools to support design and implementation of projects   Working Relationships The work relationships of Senior Technical Specialists involves the provision of technical advice and the negotiation and resolution of problems that arise in technical project design and appraisal, supervision/implementation support and in the preparation of studies and reports. S/He serves as an expert in the area of agronomy and works with full technical independence in the provision of technical expertise and methodological guidance at the country level, as well as regionally as required. Contacts are with counterparts and senior officials within other United Nations organizations, IFIs governments, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations,private sector research institutes and academia. In servicing intergovernmental bodies, expert and working groups and other meetings, the Senior Technical Specialist provides technical expertise and recommendations for investment, policy formulation and official conclusions in a consultative and Specialist capacity; s/he also may provide information regarding the organization's policies, and act as the representative of the organization. Maintain contacts to identify and evaluate emerging developments. Position specific: The Senior Technical Specialist (Agronomy) works directly with IFAD's country teams (Coutry Directors, Country Programme Officerss, regional economists, portfolio advisors, etc. ), other technical experts from PMI, ECG, and RIA, as well as other specialists, to lead and deliver IFAD's programme of loans and grants, non sovereign private sector operations, reimbursable technical assistance, as well as policies/strategies, studies, guiding notes, toolkits, stocktakes, etc., related to agronomy. S/he also develops working relationships and networks with other IFIs, bilateral agencies, UN organizations, private sector, NGOs, research/academia, and other development partners working in the field of agronomy. S/he leads and maintains these working relationships as IFAD's main representative and leading authority in the area of agronomy, and is expected to work at the highest level of representation with government and non-government officials. S/he would also guide his/her team in building these working relationships with internal and external partners.    Job Profile Requirements Organizational Competencies - Level 2Strategic thinking and organizational development: Strategic leadershipDemonstrating Leadership: Leads by example; initiates and supports changeLearning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Challenges, innovates and contributes to a learning cultureFocusing on clients: Contributes to a client-focused cultureProblem solving and decision making: Solves complex problems and makes decisions that have wider corporate impactManaging time, resources and information: Coordinates wider use of time, information and/or resourcesTeam Work: Fosters a cohesive team environmentCommunicating and negotiating: Acquires and uses a wide range of communication styles and skillsBuilding relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains strategic partnerships internally and externallyManaging performance and developing staff: Manages staff and teams effectively Education:Level - Advanced university degree from an accredited institution. A PhD degree would be an asset, listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php in a job related field (*)Area – soil science, agronomy, crop production, horticulture or related fields.  A PhD degree would be an asset.(*) Note:  For internal candidates, this requirement will be assessed in line with the provisions set forth in the IFAD's Human Resources Implementing Procedures.  Work experience: At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in designing and implementing  development initiatives and investment projects in the field of agronomy and sustainable production that are relevant to IFAD's mandate.  Three (3) years in a multi-cultural organization or national organization providing support on a global scale.Position-specific experience:  Proven track record of field-based experience in designing and implementing agronomy projects in the context of rural development initiatives.Proven technical expertise and field experience in the area of sustainable production and post harvest management in developing countries, preferably in APR region with focus on the following themes: sustainable local production resilient to climate change, including participatory research and extension, adapted seed development programs, improvement of extension advisory systems including ICT options, specific production resilient systems (including climate smart agriculture, nature based solutions, integrated farming systems etc.), integrated pest and fertility management;Sustainable soil and water management ( including micro-irrigation, soil and water conservations, drought mitigation, watershed approach use of adapted climate advisory), climate advisory;Nutrition sensitive agriculture and articulate to food safety agenda and implementation of food production standards / certification / traceability; Post harvest investments: experience and knowledge on options to improve post harvest Experience with practices and reduced food loss, storage and processing, connection to food safety agenda and mitigation of food safety risks, Demonstrated ability to work with multiple teams and projects, to engage in high level discussions and to provide verbal and written technical input and recommendations in a succinct and clear manner is required. Experience in quality agronomic monitoring, innovative extension systems, including use of ICT and public-private partnerships is an asset;  Languages: Required: English (4 – Excellent)Desirable: Arabic, French and/or Spanish (3-Good) Skills:  Job role specific Evidence-based policy, Know-how in the formulation of concrete and actionable policy recommendations based on hard evidence (going beyond simple data interpretation) 4Synthesis, Outstanding ability to synthesize and simplify complex technical information for a variety of (non-technical) audiences 3Written communication, Clear, succinct and convincing written communication in the language needed for specific role; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic language   (e.g. for drafting of position papers, briefings, etc.) 4Interpersonal skills, Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with others (e.g. visitors, clients, callers, etc.), including senior individuals (e.g. high-level meeting participants) 4Adaptability, Adaptability and flexibility when facing new or unexpected situations, and to specific constraints and circumstances and managing complex processes  4Corporate approach, Ability to bring in corporate vision and priorities into one's area of work (e.g. budgeting going beyond simple budgetary considerations, taking into account strategic priorities)  4Verbal communication, Clear, succinct and convincing verbal communication; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic language 4 Position specificAgronomy, Expertise in sustainable production, agronomic practices, management of natural resources; 3Project/Programme management (incl. coordination, design, development), Know-how in Project design and evaluation 4Problem solving, Strong systemic and structured thinking, ability to identify and dissect problems into components and formulate a comprehensive set of creative viable and sustainable solutions and strategies; 3Stakeholder Management, Strong alignment capabilities and consultation skills, building on effective interactions and relationships with different stakeholders (e.g. for the co-creation of communication material with member states) and ability to build and maintain a strong network (e.g. with journalists, media outlets, etc.) 4Leadership, Group thought leader, sought out by others and providing mentorship and effective guidance to others; Ability to build trust, inside and outside the organization by acting as a role model for IFAD's core values and competencies, and to provide a clear sense of direction, mentorship and effective guidance to the team, strategizing the IFAD's goals, giving the vision, empowering the team and ensuring a positive environment for all; 4Resources management, Know-how in the management of human, financial and material management of IFAD resources 4Advocacy, Ability to leverage IFAD knowledge and/or communication materials to maintain and promote constructive dialogue around IFAD's vision and strategic priorities to external actors; 3Specialized communication skills, Ability to negotiate on behalf of IFAD and drive for creative and pragmatic solutions in complex negotiations with key partners, both public and private sector; 3Change management, Role modelling, anticipation of key risks & conflicts and formulation of contingency plans/solutions, action-orientedIFAD partners, Knowledge of IFAD's partners' functioning and mandate , such as the public sector (e.g. governments and policy, institutions and system), non-state actors (NGOs, CSOs, Foundations, etc.) and private sector actors; 3Risk management (e.g. reputational), Identification and assessment of potential liabilities and risks in IFAD's activities, particularly vis-à-vis third parties; ability to handle risks via contingency and mitigation strategies; 3Position-specific requirement: Ability to travel up to 50 percent of the time and to be mobile as part of IFADs mobility framework Other Information *This position will be based in the IFAD Regional Office for the Asia and the Pacific Region (location to be confirmed, tentatively in Beijing, China or New Delhi, India).Applicants should note that IFAD staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the President of IFAD. In accordance with IFAD's Human Resources Policy, the President can decide to assign them to any of the activities of the Fund. All International Professional staff members are required to be geographically mobile and positions in the professional category are subject to changes in location at any time in line with strategic priorities and reform initiatives in IFAD.  In the interest of making most cost-effective use of funds and resources, we are only able to respond to applicants who are short-listed for interview. Candidates who do not receive any feedback within three months should consider their application unsuccessful.¿Candidates may be required to take a written test and to deliver a presentation as well as participate in interviews.  IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation. Please be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. 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21/01/2023
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Senior Regional Technical Specialist (Markets & Value Chains) - P4

Italy, Lazio , Rome

Organizational Setting The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people. IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at local, national and international levels for policies that contribute to rural transformation. The Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD) provides expert guidance on IFAD's strategic direction, thematic priorities and technical quality of IFAD operations. It plays a critical role in providing technical expertise to operational teams to enhance development effectiveness by generating and disseminating IFAD's development knowledge and evidence on strategic themes, and encouraging innovative application of cutting-edge global knowledge and evidence in IFAD investments to help countries tackle their most complex development challenges in fostering inclusive and sustainable rural transformation. SKD is composed of the: (i) Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division (ECG); (ii) Sustainable Production, Markets and Institutions Division (PMI); and (iii) Research and Impact Assessment Division (RIA). Position specific:PMI provides technical support to IFAD Country Programs to ensure the proper application of corporate quality standards required for achieving development results and impact in key thematic areas, including sustainable food production systems (i.e. fisheries, livestock, and agronomy), land governance and tenure, natural resources management, water and rural infrastructure, financial services, rural markets and value chains, rural institutions, and ICT for Development (ICT4D). It contributes to the generation of evidence and knowledge on these themes, and facilitates their use in IFAD's projects and policy engagement. The Senior Regional Technical Specialist (SRTS) – Markets and Value Chains works under the overall strategic, policy and management guidance, and supervision of the Lead Global Technical Specialist for Rural Finance, Markets and Value Chains, with dual reporting to the Regional Technical Leads and/or Regional Director. As an integral member of delivery teams, s/he works collaboratively with other thematic Technical Specialists, Country Directors (CDs) and Program Officers (CPOs) and other staff to ensure consistency, cohesion and synergy in the application of technical support and provision of programme development support with a particular focus on the West and Central Africa (WCA) region/ Asia and Pacific (APR) region. Job Role The Senior Technical Specialist serves as IFAD's technical expert in his/her area of expertise. S/he supports country/regional programs by providing state-of-the-art global technical advice throughout the project cycle (strategic and operational), as well as contributes to the corporate agenda, in his/her technical area of expertise. Within his/her areas of responsibility, the Senior Technical Specialist exercises a high degree of independence in providing reliable programme delivery. The incumbent at this level performs the full complexity range of work independently, including the analysis and approval of complex and/or precedent setting cases with the aim to ensure cohesion and synergy in the application of technical advice and provision of programme development support. S/he works collaboratively with the thematic Technical Specialists, Country Directors (CD)/Heads of Multi-country Offices (MCO) and other staff to ensure consistency, cohesion and synergy in the application of technical advice and provision of programme development support.Position specific: The SRTS - Markets and Value Chains serves as IFAD's technical expert in the area of value chain development and strengthened access to markets. The SRTS – Markets and Value Chains is a professional with strong experience in supporting small farmers' access to markets and inclusive agricultural and food value chain development programmes in developing countries. S/he technically supports the corporate agenda and country/regional programs and other IFAD activities by providing state-of-the-art technical support throughout the project cycle (strategic and operational).  Key Functions and Results SENIOR TECHNICAL ADVICE: The Senior Technical Specialist provides technically authoritative advice to improve the IFAD's capacity to position itself as an influential global player in these domains, and to improve related national government policies and programmes, ensuring IFAD is regarded as a trusted and valued partner. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to: (a) providing IFAD staff and partners with up-to-date professional advice on policy, institutional and technical issues; (b) contributing to ensuring that IFAD senior management is regularly and adequately briefed to engage effectively in high-level fora with policy implications for rural transformation; and (c) providing senior-level technical expertise to the preparation of knowledge products aimed at advancing IFAD's voice in the global debate on rural transformation, in close collaboration within SKD and other IFAD departments.KNOWLEDGE AND ADVISORY SERVICES: The Senior Technical Specialist enhances the development of viable and sustainable policies, and supports regional and global thematic input, through authoritative technical knowledge sharing for her/his area of specialization. S/he will ensure access to the latest sources of knowledge and innovation, strengthening of technical capacity, and establishment of new knowledge and advisory partnerships. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to: (i) supporting intelligence gathering and analysis of debates relevant to inclusive and sustainable rural transformation in the global debate and facilitating knowledge sharing and experiences in this area within SKD, IFAD and among other stakeholders in the global arena; (ii) supporting the coordination of relevant knowledge development and dissemination of knowledge and lessons learned with external partners and stakeholders (including regional and national institutions) through seminars, workshops and the publication of Occasional Papers, journal articles, and electronic media, as well as the development of new knowledge products and operational tools informed by learning from the field; (iii) participating in IFAD-wide thematic discussions and developing appropriate technical and operation approaches of relevance to country/divisional strategies and programmes; and (iv) planning and leading learning events to strengthen IFAD's knowledge and capacity to engage in global debates with policy implications for rural transformation.PARTNERSHIP BUILDING AND OUTREACH ACTIVITIES: The Senior Technical Specialist develops and maintains a network of strategic partnerships that can help advance IFAD's mandate and messages around rural transformation in the global debate. S/he develops peer contacts inside and outside IFAD to keep up-to-date on activities at country and regional levels, support joint advocacy, and share knowledge to enhance the Fund's profile as a highly competent and viable partner in development. Accountabilities may include: (a) building strategic partnerships with centers of excellence, complementary technical organizations, and specialized departments of other development institutions (including United Nations agencies, International Financial Institutions, bilateral cooperation agencies, non-governmental organizations, etc.); (b) strengthening IFAD's representation and communication in policy processes, including representing IFAD at international, regional, and inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences; and (c) developing and cultivating alliances in key global policy fora to strengthen IFAD's influence over time, with a strategic focus on specific themes.MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The Senior Technical Specialist is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources. This includes, among others, people management through support to recruitment of technical specialists and technical leadership/capacity development, coaching and mentoring of new and/or more junior staff, supervisory role and evaluation of performance of professionals and general service staff under his/her purview. Position Specific: TECHNICAL LEADERSHIP AND ADVICE TO COUNTRY PROGRAMMES: Based on a planning exercise, and working in close collaboration with the CDs and CPOs, technical experts from PMI and ECG, the SRTS – Markets and Value chains provides technical advice to selected country programmes primarily in the WCA region in the area of markets and value chains, with specific emphasis on improving the access of small farmers and other IFAD target groups (e.g. rural women, youth, indigenous peoples) to markets, supporting the development or upgrading of pro-poor and inclusive agricultural/food value chains, building stronger partnerships with private sector actors notably through the Public Private Producer Partnership (4P) model and leveraging on digital technology to promote pro-poor value chain development and improved access to markets.     Through participation in project teams and missions, s/he provides technical leadership and advice in markets and value chain development as part of rural development approaches for the preparation of project design reports and supporting documents/annexes as well as in project implementation support preparing project supervision reports with concrete guidance and actions to improve project delivery and achievement of impacts. S/he serves as a member of Project Design Teams (PDTs) as the Project Technical Lead (PTL) for selected projects that require inputs on markets and value chain development. As PTL, s/he co-leads the project design and implementation support with the CD and s/he is responsible for the technical quality of the assigned project design across all thematic areas. This includes: drafting terms of reference for technical team members (incl. consultants); selecting and providing over-sight of qualified technical consultants; facilitating technical inputs from other IFAD staff and/or others (i.e. centers of excellence, research institutions); ensuring the technical quality of the project design report; participating in and/or leading selected design missions; ensuring that comments provided through corporate quality assurance processes are adequately addressed; participating in or leading supervision and implementation support missions; organizing and/or contributing to training and/or capacity building activities of project partners as needed; and providing technical inputs to project completion reports. S/he also provides technical support in markets and value chains development for selected ongoing projects, for which she may not be a member of the PDT requiring implementation support with particular challenges linked to markets and value chain development (e.g. projects-at-risk).  S/he will provide technical support and propose new and/or effective approaches, practices and technologies that allow small-scale producers and rural communities to improve their access to markets and benefit from more inclusive and sustainable value chains. Gender equality, social inclusion and opportunities for youth will be considered as crosscutting priorities as well as the use of ICT4D solutions. Particular emphasis will be on: strengthening institutional, business and financial capacities of small farmers and their organizations to access markets, negotiate better prices and conditions with other market players, and improve their returns from market/value chain participation; making value chains more pro-poor and inclusive by analyzing and mapping value chains and addressing targeting and governance issues; supporting climate-resilient and nutrition-sensitive value chains when relevant; brokering partnerships with private sector actors (including public-private producer partnerships (4Ps) and attracting private investments in the value chain that result in win-win solutions for all parties); collaborating with other experts in PMI to identify and support the development of appropriate instruments and technologies related to markets and value chains such as value chain finance instruments, ICT4D applications, non-sovereign private sector operations; etc.; and use and apply IFAD's pro-poor value chain development guidelines and other IFAD related technical tools and guides to support design and implementation of value chain projects.  POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND PARTNERSHIPS: The SRTS – Markets and Value Chains develops and maintains  a  network  of  peer  contacts  and  partners  outside  IFAD  to  keep  abreast  of  recent developments and  trends  and  facilitate  brokering  of  partnerships.  S/he  will  follow-up  on  existing and new partnership discussions with other UN agencies, research institutions, NGOs, private sector funds, etc. interested in working with IFAD in pro-poor markets and value chains development and in building 4Ps. Working closely with CDs, CPOs, relevant Specialists, and the regional economist, s/he contributes to the development of relevant technical policies and strategies linked to pro-poor markets and value chains development. S/he also represents IFAD in technical policy fora that are of relevance in the area of technical expertise, and develops and maintains strategic technical partnerships with organizations, centers of excellence, research institutions and thematic platforms that are relevant for IFAD.  KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT: The SRTS – Markets and Value Chains.  This includes systematizing and disseminating knowledge, good practices and innovations generated through loans and grants across the globe, through specific knowledge products, toolkits, guidelines and learning events. S/he maintains a global network of peer contacts and partners outside IFAD to facilitate brokering of information and knowledge exchanges. S/he also builds and/or maintains communities of practice as well as roster of qualified/certified consultants with markets and value chains expertise. S/he represents IFAD in global events on technical matters relevant to IFAD.   The SRTS – Markets and Value Chains in collaboration with CDs, CPOs and other technical staff may propose ideas for grant projects addressing gaps and needs mainly in the WCA portfolio for improved markets and value chain development. This include proposals for testing and or upscaling innovative approaches and technologies that are relevant to markets and value chains development. S/he contributes or takes the lead on developing the competitive process for selecting a grantee and develop the grant document for approval, supervise and support the implementation of the grant including reviewing and approving annual work plans and budgets, project progress reports and fund withdrawal applications. S/he contribute to the preparation of knowledge products based on the grants and organizes learning events for their disseminations.  Key Performance IndicatorsAssignments require the provision of authoritative technical expertise in the field of specialization. The impact of work by the incumbent directly affects the overall country programme and contributes to regional and corporate policy and strategy. Senior Technical Specialists design and contribute to the delivery of a country programme. The impact on the overall IFAD country and regional programmes is significant in projecting the Fund's role/capacity as a reliable, viable partner in development. Work is intricate in that it requires consideration of a wide range of technical factors and related data, and national policies relevant for the economic policy concerns of the international organization. Senior Technical Specialists also monitor and guide the work of external consultants and participate as experts in field missions and intergovernmental and expert group meetings of a technical nature. Work at this level normally is not reviewed for technical accuracy. Senior Technical Specialists thus exercise independence and initiative in assessing needs and advising governments when on field mission. Decisions are made on the research or analytical strategies to be followed in resolving problems of concern in the technical area. Established methods and procedures are adapted as necessary in order to achieve desired results. Position specific:SRTSs- Markets and Value Chains thus exercise independence and initiative in assessing needs and advising governments when on field mission. Decisions are made on the research or analytical strategies to be followed in resolving problems of concern in the technical area. Established methods and procedures are adapted as necessary in order to achieve desired results. Working RelationshipsThe work relationships of the Senior Technical Specialist involve providing technical advice, and negotiating and resolving problems that arise in technical project design and appraisal, supervision/implementation support and in preparing studies and reports. S/he serves as an expert in rural infrastructure and renewable energy and works with full technical independence in providing technical expertise and methodological guidance at the country level, as well as regionally, as required. Contacts are with counterparts and senior officials within other United Nations organizations having related programmes, and with officials of governments, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, research institutes and academia. At intergovernmental bodies, expert groups and other meetings, the Senior Technical Specialist (Research) provides technical expertise and recommendations for policy formulation and official conclusions in a consultative and specialist capacity; s/he may also provide information regarding the organization's policies, and act as the representative of the organization, maintaining contacts to identify and evaluate emerging developments. Position specific: The work relationships of SRTSs- Markets and Value Chains involve the provision of authoritative technical advice and the negotiation and resolution of problems that arise in technical project design and appraisal, supervision/implementation support and in the preparation of studies and reports. S/he serves as an expert in the field of markets and value chains and works with full technical independence in the provision of technical expertise and methodological guidance at the country level, as well as regionally as required.   Job Profile Requirements Organizational Competencies: Level 2:Building relationships and partnerships - Builds and maintains strategic partnerships internally and externallyCommunicating and negotiating - Acquires & uses a wide range of communication styles & skillsDemonstrating leadership - Leads by example; initiates and supports changeFocusing on clients - Contributes to a clientfocused cultureLearning, sharing knowledge and innovating - Challenges, innovates&contributes to learning cultureManaging performance and developing staff - Manages wider teams with greater impact on others and on the organizationManaging time, resources and information - Coordinates wider use of time, information and/or resourcesProblem-solving and decision-making - Solves complex problems and makes decisions that have wider corporate impactStrategic thinking and organizational development - Staff in management and/or strategic leadership rolesTeam working - Fosters a cohesive team environment Education:Level - Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in a technically relevant area listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php in a job related field (*)Areas - Agriculture/rural development; economics (agricultural/natural resource/environmental economics, behavioural economics, development economics, trade, etc.); finance, business management, marketing or commerce, agricultural engineering, and other agriculture specializations(*) Note:  For internal candidates, this requirement will be assessed in line with the provisions set forth in the IFAD's Human Resources Implementing Procedures.  Experience:At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional experience in and demonstrated understanding of, development investment projects and interventions in the field of markets and value chains development, of which at least 3 of the 8 years of experience should be at the international level.Proven exprience in the design and coordination of pro-poor value chain development projects leveraging on innovative solutions to emerging issues, including the use of digital/ICT solutions, working with the private sector and developing value chain financing instruments/initiatives and other forms of collaborations with the private sector.  Two (2) years in a multi-cultural organization or national organization providing support on a global scope.Field experience in fragility-affected countries would be an asset. Languages:Required: English (4 - Excellent), French (4 - Excellent)Desirable: Arabic and/or Spanish (3 – Good)  Skills: Adaptability: Adaptability and flexibility when facing new or unexpected situations, and to specific constraints and circumstances and managing complex processesCorporate approach: Ability to bring in corporate vision and priorities into one's area of work (e.g. budgeting going beyond simple budgetary considerations, taking into account strategic priorities)Interpersonal skills: Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with others (e.g. visitors, clients, callers, etc.), including senior individuals (e.g. high-level meeting participants)Synthesis: Outstanding ability to synthesize and simplify complex technical information for a variety of (non-technical) audiencesVerbal communication: Clear, succinct and convincing verbal communication; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic languageWritten communication: Clear, succinct and convincing written communication in the language needed for specific role; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic language (e.g. for drafting of position papers, briefings, etc.)Evidence-based policy: Know-how in the formulation of concrete and actionable policy recommendations based on hard evidence (going beyond simple data interpretation) Position specific:Markets & Value Chains: Relevant topical expertise in market thematic area of work (e.g. financial services, rural markets and enterprises, rural institutions and the full agriculture value chain (including actors in food processing)Private Sector Investment: Expertise in assessing private sector investment proposals, review of transactions and complex facilities and interventions using regular and blended finance, conducting due diligence, and recommending financial/investment decisions accordingly; Proven expertise in deploying financial instrumentsBusiness acumen, private sector knowledge: Outstanding ability to synthesize and simplify complex technical information for a variety of (non-technical) audiencesRisk management (e.g. reputational): Identification and assessment of potential liabilities and risks in IFAD's activities, particularly vis-à-vis third parties; ability to handle risks via contingency and mitigation strategies Other Information IFAD staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the President of IFAD. In accordance with IFAD's Human Resources Policy, the President can decide to assign them to any of the activities of the Fund. All International Professional staff members are required to be geographically mobile and positions in the professional category are subject to changes in location at any time in line with strategic priorities and reform initiatives in IFAD. IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation.Please be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Official communication from IFAD will always come from e-mails ending in @ifad.org. In the interest of making most cost-effective use of funds and resources, we are only able to respond to applicants who are short-listed for interview. Candidates who do not receive any feedback within three months should consider their application unsuccessful.    This is how cinfo can support you in the application process for this specific position:Before you apply for this position: Improve your application documents by registering for a Job Application Support.When invited to the interview: Prepare for the interview by registering for a Job Application Support.For Swiss nationals who are invited to an interview or assessment center:Please let us know so that we can inform our HR partners from the respective organisation and the Swiss Government: recruitment@cinfo.chBenefit from free interview preparation by registering for a Job Application Support.  Interested in a career with multilateral institutions? Read more:  Working with the United Nations Working with International Financial Institutions For Swiss nationals

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21/01/2023
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Lead Regional Technical Lead (Environment and Climate) - P5

Italy, Lazio , Rome
Nonprofit/Community/Social Services/International Cooperation
Other

Organizational Setting The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people. IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at local, national and international levels for policies that contribute to rural transformation. The Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD) provides expert guidance on IFAD's strategic direction, thematic priorities and technical quality of IFAD operations. It plays a critical role in providing technical expertise to operational teams to enhance development effectiveness, by generating and disseminating IFAD's development knowledge and evidence on strategic themes, and encouraging innovative application of cutting-edge global knowledge and evidence in IFAD investments to help countries tackle their most complex development challenges in fostering inclusive and sustainable rural transformation. SKD is composed of the: (i) Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division (ECG); (ii) Sustainable Production, Markets and Institutions Division (PMI); and (iii) Research and Impact Assessment Division (RIA). ECG is composed of two clusters: (i) Environment and Climate Change Cluster; (ii) and the Social Inclusion Cluster. ECG takes the lead in integrating cross-cutting themes of environment and climate, nutrition, gender, youth, and indigenous peoples into IFAD's portfolio, with the aim of strengthening the quality and impact of IFAD's operations. ECG also contributes to the generation of evidence and knowledge on these themes, and facilitates their use in IFAD-funded projects and activities. In addition, ECG provides guidance and support to ensure the inclusion of marginalized groups, particularly women, indigenous peoples and rural youth, into IFAD operations. Addressing environmental, biodiversity and climate change issues are inseparable from IFAD's mission to overcome poverty.Position specific: The Regional Technical Lead works under the overall strategic, policy and management guidance, and supervision of the ECG Division Director, with dual reporting to the Regional Division Director to which s/he is mapped. Job Role The Lead Technical Specialist, technically supports country/regional programmes as well as the corporate agenda by providing state-of-the-art technical advice throughout the project cycle (strategic and operational) on issues related to Rural Institutions. Within her/his areas of responsibility, the Lead Technical Specialist, exercises a high degree of independence in providing reliable programme delivery. The incumbent at this level performs the full complexity range of work independently, including analysis and approval of complex and/or precedent-setting cases, with the aim of ensuring cohesion and synergy in the application of technical advice and provision of programme development support. Position specifics: The Regional Technical Lead is a leading professional in her/his field. S/He provides authoritative technical leadership for the development of country/regional programs, as well as the corporate agenda, by providing state-of-the-art technical advice and guidance throughout the programming and project cycle (strategic and operational) notably on mainstreaming environment, climate, biodiversity and social inclusion objectives, including improved project design and implementation, mobilization of complementary environment and climate financing, and corporate and regional policy, strategy, and programme development. The Regional Technical Lead manages a large team of technical specialists and consultants advancing work at regional, country and project levels in the fields of environment, climate, biodiversity and social inclusion (including gender equality and women's empowerment, youth, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and nutrition). S/he works closely with the respective front office teams of ECG and the Regional Division, Country Directors (CD), Heads of Multi-Country Office (MCO), NOCs, ECG technical specialists, PMI technical specialists, and other staff to ensure consistency, cohesion and synergy in the application of technical guidance, including relative to the Social, Environmental and Climate Assessment Procedures (SECAP), and programme development support.  Key Functions and Results POLICY AND STRATEGY ADVICE AND DEVELOPMENT: The Lead Technical Specialist, provides technically authoritative advice informed by empirical evidence to improve the capacity of IFAD to position itself as an influential global player in agricultural and rural development. S/he ensures that IFAD is regarded as a trusted and valued partner of national governments and farmers' organizations in policy dialogues and fora. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to:Providing IFAD staff and partners with up-to-date, evidence-based advice on relevant investment and policy interventions related to rural institution development strengthening and empowerment to promote inclusive and sustainable food system transformation, value chain development, collaboration with the private sector, and rural market creation and development, among others;Providing evidence-informed recommendations to IFAD management on IFAD's rural development agenda using a wide range of data sources and analytical tools;Providing substantive support to IFAD senior management participation in high-level fora with policy implications for Rural Institutions and rural transformation, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, and preparing documents and presentations;Leading the preparation of technical products (e.g. complex papers, analysis, substantive sections of reports and studies) to advance IFAD's voice in the global debate on rural transformation, rural institution empowerment, and strengthening of their role in promoting inclusive and sustainable food system transformation, greater and better collaboration with the private sector, and rural market creation and development, among others, in close collaboration within PMD and other SKD divisions. KNOWLEDGE ADVISORY LEADERSHIP: The Lead Technical Specialist, leads and contributes to the development of viable and sustainable policies, and supports regional and global thematic input through authoritative technical knowledge sharing for her/his area of specialization (Rural Institutions). S/he ensures access to the latest sources of knowledge and innovation, strengthens technical capacity, and establishes new knowledge and advisory partnerships on how rural institutions should be leveraged, empowered and strengthened to promote change in the rural economies and food systems in which they operate, as well as strengthens partnerships with the private sector. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to:Leading processes related to intelligence gathering and analysis of debates relevant to Rural Institutions, inclusive and sustainable rural transformation in the global debate, and facilitating knowledge sharing and experiences in this area within SKD, IFAD, and other stakeholders in the global arena;Coordinating relevant knowledge development and dissemination with institutions outside IFAD, within the region concerned, and national institutions, disseminating knowledge and lessons learned with external partners and stakeholders through publication of Occasional Papers, journal articles, seminars and workshops, through electronic media, and the development of new knowledge products and operational tools that are informed by learning from the field;Participating in IFAD-wide thematic discussions and developing appropriate technical and operational approaches of relevance to country/divisional strategies and programmes;Planning and leading learning events to strengthen IFAD's knowledge and capacity to engage in global debates with policy implications for rural transformation. PARTNERSHIP BUILDING AND OUTREACH ACTIVITIES: The Lead Technical Specialist, develops and maintains a network of strategic partnerships to help advance IFAD's mandate and messages around inclusive and sustainable rural transformation in the global debate. S/he develops peer contacts inside and outside IFAD to develop new products and services, keep up-to-date on activities at country and regional levels, support joint advocacy, and share knowledge to enhance the Fund's profile as a highly competent and reliable partner in development. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to: Building partnerships with farmers' and producers' organizations, centers of excellence, complementary technical organizations, and specialized departments of other development agencies as strategic partner;Promoting greater partnerships between farmers' and producers' organizations, and private sector and other value chain actors, including with micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in rural systems;Strengthening IFAD's representation and communication in policy processes (including representing IFAD at international, regional, and inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences);Generating new resources for IFAD through partnerships and outreach activities;Identifying major opportunities, as well as serving as focal point, for strategic collaboration with centers of excellence, complementary technical organizations, private sector, MSMEs, and specialized departments of other development agencies as strategic partners;Leading wider IFAD and Rome-based discussions on the development of sustainable and inclusive approaches to rural transformation as requested. MONITORING, EVALUATION AND REPORTING: The Lead Technical Specialist, supports the Director, PMI in monitoring and corporate reporting activities to enhance knowledge creation, country-level programmes, and funding decisions. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to:Supporting the Director and Cluster technical leads in setting up systems to monitor the use of research output and knowledge products; andAdvising on all aspects of the planning and reporting associated with research and impact assessments as well as donor reporting in the case of supplementary funding. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The Lead Technical Specialist, is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources. S/he acts as global anchor in charge of the overall oversight of rural institutions expertise in IFAD. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to:Contributing to the supervision of key divisional programme activities, including key missions and other initiatives, leading and directing a team of staff, overseeing research and impact assessment activities, planning and allocating work assignments, coaching, mentoring and evaluating staff, and participating in recruitment, selection and training of new staff and in the development of training programmes;Contributing to the personnel and financial management of the work unit, including the development and implementation of work plans and budgets. Position specifics:  MAINSTREAMING CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENT, BIODIVERSITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION IN COUNTRY PROGRAMMES: The Regional Technical Lead works closely with the Regional and Country Teams to mainstream environment, climate, biodiversity and social inclusion into country programmes. S/he undertakes analysis of related challenges, promotes the integration of global best-practices and ensures consistent application of IFAD's SECAP procedures in Results-based Country Strategic Opportunities Programs (COSOPs), Country Strategy Notes (CSNs), project designs and supervision/implementation support, including participation in project teams and missions. Working closely with the CD/MCOs, s/he engages with government counterparts to identify investment projects and programmes for blending environment and climate co-financing that allow countries, IFAD and development partners to meet their respective global commitments related climate and environment. S/he leads the design of environment, climate, biodiversity and social inclusion components co-financed by supplementary funds (i.e. Adaptation Fund, Global Environment Fund, Green Climate Fund). For strategic reasons and/or if, based on a planning exercise undertaken jointly between PMD and SKD, particular need arises, s/he may serve as Project Technical Lead for selected project designs to ensure the overall technical quality of the project design across all related technical areas, including drafting terms of reference for technical team members, ensuring the selection and over-sight of qualified technical consultants, facilitating technical inputs from other IFAD staff and/or others (e.g. centers of excellence, research institutions), ensuring the technical quality of the project design report, leading select missions and ensuring that comments provided through corporate quality enhancement and assurance processes are adequately addressed. S/he participates in and/or leads supervision/implementation support/mid-term review missions, particularly for projects for which s/he served as Project Technical Lead during design or for projects with specific problems related to environment and climate, specifically ensuring the systematic implementation of recommendations from Environment and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) and/or Environment Social Management Frameworks (ESMFs). S/he will also provide technical inputs to completion reporting, while organizing and/or contributing to training and/or capacity building related to environment and climate.  POLICY ENGAGEMENT, PARTNERSHIPS, AND RESOURCE MOBILIZATION. The Regional Technical Lead develops and maintains a network of peer contacts and partners outside IFAD to keep abreast of recent developments and trends in environment, climate, biodiversity and social inclusion and facilitates brokering of partnerships to enhance the Fund's profile as a highly competent and viable development partner in the region to which they are mapped. Specifically, working closely with the CDs/HeadsMCOs and the Lead Regional Economist, s/he supports the development of relevant technical policies and strategies related to environment, climate, biodiversity and social inclusion linked to the country programs in the region. S/he represents IFAD in technical policy fora of relevance to the region and develops and maintains strategic technical partnerships with relevant organizations, development partners (e.g. Rome-based Agencies), centers of excellence, research institutions, private sector, and thematic platforms. S/he engages in upstream negotiations for the mobilization of environment and climate financing from UNFCCC, CBD, UNCCD financial mechanisms (GEF, LDCF, SCCF, GCF, AF) and other sources, and works with ECG and OPR colleagues to report on the use of those finances.   KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT: The Regional Technical Lead contributes to the generation and dissemination of specialized knowledge, good practices and innovations generated through loans and grants in the region. S/he engages with the Regional Technical Leads from the other regions to exchange knowledge and experience, synthesize best practice, and develop common strategies and policy guidance that contribute to corporate processes. To promote cross fertilization between regions under south-south and triangular cooperation, and based on business needs, s/he may provide technical support to other regions in areas of specific expertise to facilitate learning and knowledge sharing. S/he also contributes to identify qualified technical consultants to be included in a corporate roster and liaises closely with the Lead Portfolio Advisor, Lead Regional Economist, CDs/Heads of the Hubs and/or South-South Triangular Cooperation and Knowledge Centers and other staff to substantially contribute to relevant knowledge management initiatives and products.  CORPORATE ACTIVITIES: Working in close collaboration with ECG front office team, Regional Division, in-house departments and divisions, and technical specialists, the Regional Technical Lead contributes to corporate initiatives as required. In particular, s/he supports a common corporate strategic approach on resource mobilization from environmental and climate financing sources, and leads on select thematic issues of corporate priority related to environment and climate. S/he also provides substantive inputs to corporate events, global meetings on environment, climate, biodiversity and social inclusion and technical management briefs as required. 10. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The Regional Technical Lead is responsible for planning and managing the priorities and activities of a large team of technical specialists and consultants advancing work at regional, country and project levels in the fields of environment, climate, biodiversity and social inclusion. This includes, among others, a lead coordination role and participation in the division's management team with other Cluster and Regional Leads, and working closely with the ECG Division Director and the Regional Director, to plan and oversee the execution of budgets, including of agency fees mobilized from financing sources, ensuring their effective use to support country programme delivery. It also involves people management through the identification of capacity needs, support to recruitment and deployment of technical specialists for sub-regional hubs, ICOs, and PMUs where necessary, and provide technical leadership/capacity development, coaching and mentoring of new senior and/or more junior staff and consultants, supervision and evaluation of performance of professionals and general service staff under his/her purview. S/he coordinates the participation of and provides regular over-sight of the staff and consultants under her/his management, and ensures capacity building as needed. Key Performance Indicators Assignments require the provision of authoritative professional expertise and technical leadership at global, regional and national levels on rural institutions issues. Lead Global Technical Specialists define, propose, revise and/or develop programmes or policies for the Fund, as well as represent the position of IFAD in national, regional and global fora and conferences. Innovation is required in the adaptation and development of approaches and methods to evolving technical and programmatic contexts. Work at this level is considered substantially complex and of critical concern to the Fund. In particular, analytical and advisory work requires in-depth identification and consideration of a full range of factors relevant to the examination and discussion of programme problems and policies in the solution of methodological problems or in the formulation of policy proposals and project recommendations. Position specific: Position specific: Assignments require the provision of authoritative professional expertise and technical leadership in Environment, Climate, Biodiversity and Social Inclusion issues at the global, regional and national levels.  Working Relationships The work relationships of Lead Technical Specialists involves the provision of authoritative technical advice  for policy, programme and strategy development, resource mobilization,and the negotiation and resolution of problems that arise in mission planning, technical project appraisal or the preparation of studies and reports. S/He typically serves as the Fund's senior technical advisor in the field of specialization and exercises wide professional latitude in contacts in her/his field(s), providing technical leadership and methodological guidance to management, Regional Directors/CDs/Heads MCO, national governments, development partners and other country programme staff in the technical area of specialization. Job Profile Requirements Organizational Competencies: Level 2:Building relationships and partnerships - Builds and maintains strategic partnerships internally and externallyCommunicating and negotiating - Acquires & uses a wide range of communication styles & skillsDemonstrating leadership - Leads by example; initiates and supports changeFocusing on clients - Contributes to a client-focused cultureLearning, sharing knowledge and innovating - Challenges, innovates & contributes to learning cultureManaging performance and developing staff - Manages wider teams with greater impact on others and on the organizationManaging time, resources and information - Coordinates wider use of time, information and/or resourcesProblem-solving and decision-making - Solves complex problems and makes decisions that have wider corporate impactStrategic thinking and organizational development - Staff in management and/or strategic leadership rolesTeam working - Fosters a cohesive team environment Education:Level - Advanced university degree from an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php in a technically relevant area*Areas - Agriculture, Rural Development, Natural Resource Management, Environment, Climate Change, Economics etc.(*) Note:  For internal candidates, this requirement will be assessed in line with the provisions set forth in IFAD's Human Resources Implementing Procedures. Experience:At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of specialization, particularly in the formulation of technical guidance and input to development programmesThree (3) years in a multi-cultural organization or national organization providing support on a global scope.Position-specific experience: In-depth technical expertise, demonstrated by substantive work experience, and solid understanding of environment, natural resource management, climate change and social inclusion issues. Proven experience in leading complex project design and implementation.  Experience in policy engagement and negotiation at the national and global level on environment, natural resource management and rural development is an asset. Experience in environmental impact assessments, social safeguards and/or climate vulnerability assessments is an advantage. Access to a network of technical and professional resources and expertise which can be brought to bear to improve portfolio programming is desirable. Project management and resource mobilization experience relevant to the Adaptation Fund, Global Environment Facility, Green Climate Fund or similar Trust Fund is an asset. Languages:Required English (4 – Excellent) Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic (3 – Good)  Skills: Knowledge strategy & management: Extensive expertise in knowledge management & dissemination strategiesEvidence-based policy: Know-how in the formulation of concrete and actionable policy recommendations based on hard evidence (going beyond simple data interpretation)Advocacy: Know-how in advocacy, to maintain and promote constructive dialogue around IFAD¿s vision to external actorsIFAD governance & mandate: In depth knowledge of IFAD`s governance structure, mandate, strategic priorities and technical workRisk management (e.g. reputational): Identification and assessment of potential liabilities and risks in IFAD's activities, particularly vis-à-vis third parties; ability to handle risks via contingency and mitigation strategiesStakeholder management: Strong alignment capabilities and consultation skills, building on effective interactions and relationships with different stakeholders (e.g. for the co-creation of communication material with member states) and ability to build and maintain a strong network (e.g. with journalists, media outlets, etc.)Strategy implementation: Ability to lead and manage the development and implementation of medium to longer-term strategies for IFAD / for respective divisionsResources management: Know-how in the management of human, financial and material management of IFAD resourcesAdaptability: Adaptability and flexibility when facing new or unexpected situations, and to specific constraints and circumstances and managing complex processesInterpersonal skills: Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with others (e.g. visitors, clients, callers, etc.), including senior individuals (e.g. high-level meeting participants)Leadership: Group thought leader, sought out by others and providing mentorship and effective guidance to others; Ability to build trust, inside and outside the organization by acting as a role model for IFAD's core values and competencies, and to provide a clear sense of direction, mentorship and effective guidance to the team, strategizing the IFAD's goals, giving the vision, empowering the team and ensuring a positive environment for all.Synthesis: Outstanding ability to synthesize and simplify complex technical information for a variety of (non-technical) audiencesVerbal communication: Clear, succinct and convincing verbal communication; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic languageWritten communication: Clear, succinct and convincing written communication in the language needed for specific role; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic language (e.g. for drafting of position papers, briefings, etc.)Programme/Project development, management: Know-how in Programme/Project development, implementation, managementSocial & Environmental Safeguards: Know-how in Social & Environmental complianc as specified in the IFAD's Social, Environmental and Climate Assessment Procedures (SECAP)Cross-cutting themes - Environment & climate change: Expertise specific to the environment and climate change cross-cutting theme (e.g. climate and environmental policy, biodiversity, agroecology) Other Information IFAD staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the President of IFAD. In accordance with IFAD's Human Resources Policy, the President can decide to assign them to any of the activities of the Fund. All International Professional staff members are required to be geographically mobile and positions in the professional category are subject to changes in location at any time in line with strategic priorities and reform initiatives in IFAD.IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation. Please be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Official communication from IFAD will always come from e-mails ending in @ifad.org.In the interest of making most cost-effective use of funds and resources, we are only able to respond to applicants who are short-listed for interview. Candidates who do not receive any feedback within three months should consider their application unsuccessful.    This is how cinfo can support you in the application process for this specific position:Before you apply for this position: Improve your application documents by registering for a Job Application Support.When invited to the interview: Prepare for the interview by registering for a Job Application Support.For Swiss nationals who are invited to an interview or assessment center:Please let us know so that we can inform our HR partners from the respective organisation and the Swiss Government: recruitment@cinfo.chBenefit from free interview preparation by registering for a Job Application Support.  Interested in a career with multilateral institutions? Read more:  Working with the United Nations Working with International Financial Institutions For Swiss nationals

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21/01/2023
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Investigation Officer - P3

Italy, Lazio , Rome
Nonprofit/Community/Social Services/International Cooperation
Other

Organizational Setting The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people. IFAD mobilizes resources through Member States' and other sovereign and private sector contributions and borrowing and manages and uses such resources to finance programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes.  IFAD also advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation. Corporate Services Support Group (CSSG) comprises of:  (i) Office of the President and the Vice-Presidents (OPV) (ii) Office of the General Counsel (LEG), (iii) Office of Audit and Oversight (AUO); (iv) Office of Strategic Budgeting (OSB), (v)  Quality Assurance Group (QAG), (vi) Change, Delivery and Innovation Unit (CDI); (vii) Office of Enterprise Risk Management (RMO) and (viii) Ethics Office (ETH), a stand-alone unit. The Office of Audit and Oversight (AUO) enhances and protects organizational value by providing independent and objective assurance and advisory services designed to add value and improve the operations of IFAD. It helps IFAD accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes. AUO also reviews and investigates possible or alleged irregular practices, including staff misconduct, fraud and corruption in IFAD activities, and actively promotes ethics, accountability, quality and continuous improvement in IFAD operations.  AUO is organized in two sections (the internal audit and investigation sections) and a front office.  The Director AUO is responsible for the overall management of AUO and reports to the IFAD President and functionally also to the Audit Committee.The Investigation Officer reports to the Investigation Manager, AUO. Job Role The Investigation Officer performs investigations into IFAD project and/or staff misconduct related allegations, as per AUO's standards applicable to investigations. During the assignment the incumbent will conduct herself/himself in a professional manner, will keep confidentiality and will exercise due care in carrying out her/his work. Key Functions and Results  INVESTIGATION: The Investigation Officer conducts and/or assists thorough and comprehensive investigations into IFAD project related allegations of fraud, corruption, collusion and coercion, and/or into allegations of IFAD staff misconduct including harassment, abuse of authority and retaliation, using formal investigation and interview techniques. Professional analysis of gathered evidence, drawing legally sound and logical conclusion from investigative activities and timely delivery of investigative results are expected. S/He (a) efficiently plans and undertakes office and field-based investigations into allegations of violations of policies, procedures, standards, guidelines, and applicable rules and regulations; (b) conducts interviews of witnesses and Subjects of investigation and gather and analyse facts and evidence; (c) Manages the work-flow of individual investigations within the set timeframes. PROMOTING ANTICORUPTION POLICY: The Investigation Officer contributes to IFAD's efforts in the implementation and maintenance of the IFAD anticorruption policy, through close coordination with other IFAD colleagues and external entities. S/he  (a) takes part in internal reviews and assessments of received complaints and allegations and make recommendations (b) prepares reports and ad hoc briefs pertaining to investigations and, based on analysis and findings, make recommendations for corrective actions, improved controls and efficiency of IFAD operations; (c) assess the potential for fraud and corruption in operational activities and contribute to the formulation of recommendations to senior management; (d) contribute to the development or develop policies and procedures and share best practices/lessons learnt from investigative work. PARTNERSHIP BUILDING AND COMMUNICATION: The Investigation Officer provides guidance and advices to IFAD employees on matters pertaining to the investigation of wrongdoing. S/he regularly appraises management on the progress of investigations and assess and advise management on probable impact of investigation outcomes. Coordinates with local officials, governments, and external organizations to facilitate investigative work. Effectively works and coordinates with other control and monitoring functions as appropriate. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: Accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of assigned IFAD resources, including IT equipment and supplies. Supervising interns and contractors when assigned. Key Performance Indicators The work of the Investigation Officer consists of conducting IFAD project related investigations and IFAD staff misconduct as per AUO's applicable investigative standards, which require analysis of a broad range of subjects and capability to timely deliver comprehensive, succinct, and legally sound reports, and advising the Investigation Manager on institutional risks and appropriate risk mitigating measures identified in the course of these investigations. Working RelationshipsThe incumbent will serve with accountability for integrity, transparency and equity. During the assignment the incumbent will conduct in a professional manner, will keep confidentiality and will exercise due care in carrying out/his work. The confidentiality obligation over AUO sensitive information extends to and after the completion of the assignment Job Profile Requirements Organizational Competencies: Level 1:Building relationships and partnerships - Builds and maintains effective working relationshipsCommunicating and negotiating - Communicates effectively; creates understanding between self and othersDemonstrating leadership - Personal leadership and attitude to changeFocusing on clients - Focuses on clientsLearning, sharing knowledge and innovating - Continuously seeks to learn, shares knowledge & innovatesManaging performance and developing staff -Managing time, resources and information - Manages own time, information and resources effectivelyProblem-solving and decision-making - Demonstrates sound problem-solving and decision-making abilityStrategic thinking and organizational development - Personal influenceTeam working - Contributes effectively to the team Education:Level - Advanced university degree from an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php in a job related field (*) in a job related field  (*) Note:Areas - relevant field of law such as international, administrative, commercial, economics or other related legal fieldDegree must be an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php or accredited by a national ministry of education or an equivalent national entity.For internal candidates, this requirement will be assessed in line with the provisions set forth in the IFAD's Human Resources Implementing Procedures.  Experience:At least five (5) years of relevant professional experience in professional investigatory work in an international setting preferably gained with an International Financial Institution or a United Nations organizationTwo (2) years in a multi-cultural organization or national organization providing support on a global scope. Languages:Required English (4 – Excellent) Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic (3 – Good)  Skills: IFAD governance & mandate: In depth knowledge of IFAD`s governance structure, mandate, strategic priorities and technical workAdvanced data analytics: Statistical & econometrics research, forensic and advanced data analytics / data miningRisk management (e.g. reputational): Identification and assessment of potential liabilities and risks in IFAD's activities, particularly vis-à-vis third parties; ability to handle risks via contingency and mitigation strategiesTime management: Adherence to deadlines under time constraints and pressure (e.g. to deliver governing body documents on time); ability to coordinate and manage complex workflows and in-house and external teamsBasic ICT & digital fluency: Expertise relevant to the specific role (e.g. in-depth, computer information systems, including micro-computer operating systems software, hardware and applications software and other office technology equipment), end-user computing configuration managementInvestigation: Know-how in investigative strategies to conduct internal and/or fraud investigations.Legal drafting: Know-how in drafting legal instruments including financing agreements, policy frameworks (including principles and guidelines), internal rules and regulations and other materials governing the activities of IFAD; drafting of briefs and other documents for submission to international standard-setting entities, internal appeals bodies and external judicial bodies.Topical expertise - Investigation: Investigation expertise specific to the role, e.g. full professional and updated familiarity with investigation standards and practices, including concepts as commonly applied in the UN and IFI environments; good understanding of legal concepts and precedents as applicable to the conduct of investigations.Change management: Role modelling, anticipation of key risks & conflicts and formulation of contingency plans/solutions, action-orientedClient orientation: Strong critical thinking combined with communication skills to liaise between the business and technologies to understand business problems and needs, document requirements and identify solutionsConfidentiality & Discretion: Establishes self and division as trusted advisor to internal stakeholders by maintaining high level of discretion and confidentiality in assignments; demonstrates sound judgement when dealing with sensitive and/or confidential matters; drives good governance and is a "Culture Carrier" demonstrating IFAD institutional conscience through his/her work.Integrity and ethics: Strong emphasis on acting with honesty, not tolerating unethical behaviour, demonstrating equity, impartiality and sensitivity in exercising authority and interacting with staff, and other  stakeholders. Conduct must be guided by IFAD core values, the Code of conduct and a high sense of ethics.Programme/Project development, management: Know-how in Programme/Project development, implementation, management Other Information Applicants should note that IFAD staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the President of IFAD. In accordance with IFAD's Human Resources Policy, the President can decide to assign them to any of the activities of the Fund. All International Professional staff members are required to be geographically mobile and positions in the professional category are subject to changes in location at any time in line with strategic priorities and reform initiatives in IFAD.IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation. Please be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Official communication from IFAD will always come from e-mails ending in @ifad.org In the interest of making most cost-effective use of funds and resources, we are only able to respond to applicants who are short-listed for interview. Candidates who do not receive any feedback within three months should consider their application unsuccessful.Candidates may be required to take a written test and to deliver a presentation as well as participate in interviews   This is how cinfo can support you in the application process for this specific position:Before you apply for this position: Improve your application documents by registering for a Job Application Support.When invited to the interview: Prepare for the interview by registering for a Job Application Support.For Swiss nationals who are invited to an interview or assessment center:Please let us know so that we can inform our HR partners from the respective organisation and the Swiss Government: recruitment@cinfo.chBenefit from free interview preparation by registering for a Job Application Support.  Interested in a career with multilateral institutions? 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21/01/2023
international fund for agricultural development ifad

CD/Head of Multi Country Office - P5

Turkey, Istanbul , Istanbul

Organizational Setting The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people. IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation. The Programme Management Department (PMD), under the leadership of an Associate Vice-President, is responsible for the overall programme of loans and grants of the Fund and is composed of five (5) regional divisions and the Operational Policy and Results Division.  A Multi-country Office (MCO) is an ICO that serves several countries, including those Offices led by Country Programme Officers (CPO-led), and has at least two Country Directors. It is established for programmatic and/or efficiency reasons (e.g. travel connections). The Country Director/Head of the IFAD Multi-country Office (CD/Head of MCO) works under the strategic management and policy guidance and direct supervision of the Divisional Director. S/he supervises some junior staff and non-staff, and as appropriate,  coordinates the work of all staff and non-staff based in the MCO, including functions related to thematic areas. Job Role The Country Director/Head of the IFAD Multi-country Office is responsible for management of an assigned portfolio of IFAD engagements in countries under his/her reponsibility including partnership development, policy dialogue, and country programmes. S/he serves as Head of the Multi-country Office and has a significant role in sub-regional policy engagement and partnerships. The incumbent is accountable for the overall coordination  of the portfolio in countries covered from this MCO by other Country Directors and leading and managing staff under his/her supervision within the office and countries covered. S/he will role model IFAD's core values of integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of the assigned portfolio.  The Country Director/Head of the IFAD Multi-country Office's key results also include advocating for and enhancement of national government programmes that improve the access of poor rural people to natural resources; agricultural technologies; financial services; markets; employment opportunities and enterprise development. The CD/Head of MCO additionally plays a leading role in relevant national policy dialogues and UN and donor forums including promoting capacity building of key government counterparts and of the rural poor in terms of the skills required for their participation in national and local policy and programming processes. Position specific: Implementation of the IFAD12 Business model: (i) crowd in transformational development finance; (ii) support the development of transformational country programs; (iii) ensure proximity and adaptability to member states; and (iv) deliver as One IFAD – strong, inclusive and engaged teams. This will also include developing new strategies for engagement with potential new member states.Diversification of the use of IFAD lending and non-lending instruments across the MCO and specific country portfolio's including regional lending operations, non-sovereign operations and enhancing collaboration with private sector operators in line with the Private Sector Strategy, reimbursable technical assistance, results based lending, bonds and grants.Delivery of quality business services to all 7 country programmes and portfolio (or as may be amended from time to time) and ensure adherence to corporate procedures and standards including results reporting through ORMS and prescribed systems, compliance with SECAP safeguards, fiduciary standards, Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE), Independent Office of Investigation (AUO) and Ethics Office compliant requirements.  Key Functions and Results COUNTRY STRATEGY MANAGEMENT: The Country Director/Head of the IFAD Multi-country Office leads/manages country strategy development for countries within his/her assigned portfolio of work, and provides strategic advice to other Country Directors in the MCO, as appropriate. S/he is accountable for leading and managing the development and implementation of medium to longer-term strategies (COSOP) across the assigned portfolio of IFAD collaboration with governments and other national stakeholders, including private sector, for agricultural development and rural poverty reduction following the principle of ownership, alignment and harmonization. This entails analysis of the dynamics of agricultural development and rural poverty reduction; development of relevant country-specific strategies; and the definition of IFAD's value added in this context.  COUNTRY PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT: The Country Director/Head of the IFAD Multi-country Office manages IFAD programme and related IFAD-funded projects within the portfolio assigned by the Division Director. In particular, s/he leads the development and expansion of country programme, the design and supervision of investment projects as well as loan and grant negotiations, all in accordance with IFAD's applicable policies. In special circumstances in which high seniority representation and experience is required, the CD/Head of MCO supports other Country Directors in their engagements with governments. The CD/Head of MCO is accountable for analysing relevant information, leading the periodic monitoring and evaluation of results achieved and reporting on and dissemination of findings. S/he contributes effectively to the IFAD organizational change agenda, with reference to issues related to IFAD's direct supervision and implementation support modalities.  INSTITUTIONAL REPRESENTATION AND PARTNERSHIP MANAGEMENT: The Country Director/Head of the IFAD Multi-country Office serves as a designated IFAD representative in all countries within the assigned portfolio. S/he also serves as the highest representative for sub-regional engagement in dedicated multilateral meetings and events, as appropriate. Under the supervision of the Division Director, s/he catalyses effective partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders in agricultural development and rural poverty reduction, including government and nongovernmental institutions, bilateral and multilateral financing institutions, civil society organisations, research centres and the private sector. Additionally, s/he enhances IFAD's relationship and collaboration with in-country partners focusing on synergies and coordinated strategies with multilateral/bilateral donors and civil-society organizations involved in agricultural development and rural poverty reduction. S/he represents IFAD on the UN Country Teams in all countries within her/his assigned portfolio, playing a central role at the country-level in actualizing the coordination of operational activities for development, and contributes to all international and national meetings/thematic groups meetings. The CD/Head of MCO provides coordination and administrative support to Country Directors managing portfolios assigned to one of the areas covered by the respective Multi-country Office.  CONTRIBUTION TO POLICY LEADERSHIP: The Country Director/Head of an IFAD Multi-country Office contributes to corporate level strategy on core IFAD policy positions within the assigned portfolio, led by Division Directors. S/he leads sub-regional policy engagement across all portfolios associated with the countries under the MCO, and maintains and promotes constructive dialogue on the development of pro-poor agricultural development and rural poverty reduction policies and in enabling the rural poor to advocate for institutional transformation. S/he regularly participates in relevant policy meetings and events of interest to IFAD's target groups and which involve the government, donors, and civil society, including NGOs, to render the policy dialogue agenda both credible and sustainable. He/she contributes to IFAD's policy intelligence with regular updates and information exchange on relevant policy discussions and ensure proper knowledge management in place. Policy dialogue focuses on seeking to link the realities on the ground and the voices of the poor with national policies and programmes. OFFICE MANAGEMENT: The Country Director/Head of MCO has delegated authority to manage the MCO office, including the direct utilization of resources allocated to the MCO. As such, s/he is accountable for the administrative management of human resources, contracting goods and services, certifying payments within established threshold and financial management. Position specificAdvocacy and visibility for IFAD programmes in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia sub-region.Mobilize and crowd in sustainable development finance from public and private co-financers, green finance, philanthropic, international and domestic sources through forging strategic partnerships.Lead Sub-regionalstrategic policy formulationfor Turkey, Balkans and Central Asia in coordination with the respective Country Directors, particularly on rural transformation pathways around green water and energy, climate vulnerability, nature positive and biodiversity policies as well as gender , nutrition and youth priorities.Establishment of a work culture that fosters and demonstrates IFAD core values Respect, Integrity, Fairness, Professionalism and Focus on Results as a basis for high performing teamsSupervision of MCO staff and ensuring the delivery of business services to 7 IFAD portfolios.Oversight and supervision of Eastern Europe and Central Asia portfolio assigned to the Istanbul MCO, specifically Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, Georgia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and UzbekistanPromote the use of varied finance instruments, particularly Climate Finance from GEF and Adaptation Fund to mobilise essential supplementary financing.  Key Performance Indicators The Country Directors/Heads of the IFAD Multi-country Office deliver technical and managerial leadership to the substantive development and execution of the assigned portfolio, including (i) providing guidance in programme delivery and being accountable for the performance of portfolio in the MCO;  (ii) providing day-to-day managerial direction to Country Directors assigned to one of the areas covered by the respective Multi-country Office and other senior staff (up to P-4 level), Programme Officers (up to P-3 level), Multi-country Office Country Programme Officers and Assistants; (iii) effective representation with government counterparts and other programme collaborators; (iv) effective engagement with and providing high quality inputs to partners at various levels, including governments, national stakeholders, CSO, donors, UN/IFIs, and private sector; and (v) ability to anticipate and manage potential risks to the success of programmes. Externally the impact of the Country Director/Head of a Multi-country Office extends beyond country engagements to affect the image of IFAD across the countries covered by the Multi-country Office as an effective partner for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals in rural areas.Assigned areas may include sub-regional clusters of countries or politically sensitive, high profile or highly complex countries as identified in the country classification matrix. Working Relationships The Country Director/Head of the IFAD Multi-country Office serves as the IFAD spokesperson in the country concerned and, in carrying out this role and when required, draws on the advice and expertise of IFAD's Communications Division (COM). S/he holds regular consultations with IFAD counterparts line ministries and governmental bodies at all administrative levels, donors, civil society to enhance the effectiveness and impact of IFAD operations. The Country Director/Head of an IFAD Multi-country Office also seeks to improve coordination among IFAD, the government and key development partners with a view primarily to ensuring synergy and a common approach to emerging agricultural development and rural poverty reduction strategies, policies and investment programmes. S/he serves as IFAD's liaison with project authorities and helps in addressing administrative and programme-related substantive issues, such as targeting and identifying needs for technical backstopping. The Country Director/Head of an IFAD Multi-country Office proactively works with project management to ensure compliance with IFAD policies and overall orientation towards the achievement of results and impact. As the senior expert on country programme formulation and delivery, the Country Director/Head of an IFAD Multi-country Office's effectiveness as an advocate and trusted counterpart substantially affects IFAD's image as a reliable and creative partner. Extending beyond the parameters of the portfolio assigned to the Country Director/Head of the IFAD Multi-country Office, and as representative of the Division, the Country Director/Head of an IFAD Multi-country Office leverages the impact of IFAD supported agricultural development and rural poverty reduction programmes. S/he has the authority to establish programme agreements for assigned activities within the established strategic direction of the countries assigned. S/he contributes to resolving politically sensitive and/or highly complex issues with governments and partner institutions. Position specificWorking relationships with peers across IFAD is encouraged, such as the Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD), Financial Management Division (FMD), and Global Partnership and Resource Mobiilization (GPR), Treasury Services (TRE), Communications (COM) as well as Corporate Services Department (CSD) for provision of security, IT and HRD support.   Job Profile Requirements Organizational Competencies: Level 2:Building relationships and partnerships - Builds and maintains strategic partnerships internally and externallyCommunicating and negotiating - Acquires & uses a wide range of communication styles & skillsDemonstrating leadership - Leads by example; initiates and supports changeFocusing on clients - Contributes to a client-focused cultureLearning, sharing knowledge and innovating - Challenges, innovates & contributes to learning cultureManaging performance and developing staff - Manages wider teams with greater impact on others and on the organizationManaging time, resources and information - Coordinates wider use of time, information and/or resourcesProblem-solving and decision-making - Solves complex problems and makes decisions that have wider corporate impactStrategic thinking and organizational development - Staff in management and/or strategic leadership rolesTeam working - Fosters a cohesive team environment Education:Education includes Advanced university degree from an accredited institution listed on https://whed.net/home.php in rural development, agriculture, economics, rural finance, development policy or development finance, social inclusion related themes, climate and environment, natural resources management, private sector developmentor related field is required (*):(*) Note:  For internal candidates, this requirement will be assessed in line with the provisions set forth in IFAD's Human Resources Implementing Procedures.  Experience:At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience in rural development, agriculture, economics, rural finance, development policy or other job-related fields.Four (4) years in a multi-cultural organization or national organization providing support on a global scope.Position-specific experience: Working in international organizations, rural development/financial institutions or government services, preferably in area of implementation and supervision of rural development programmes. Experience may include project design, development, implementation and evaluation. At least 2 years (of the total 10) experience in resource (human, financial and material) management in an international organization is an asset. Evidence of substantive experience of having led and managed staff. Position SpecificBackground in environment, agriculture, development finance and economics will have an added advantage.Experience with an array of development finance instruments will be an advantage, such as sovereign results  based lending (RBLs);  non-sovereign lending instruments (impact investment, credit guarantees, and equity) and non-lending instruments like reimbursable technical assistance (RTA's).Exposure to Lending and non-lending instruments – sovereign lending operations and grants as well as analytical work is a pre-requisite for the position, regional lending operations, reimbursable technical assistance, non-sovereign operations are an advantage Experience of the context, development finance needs and rural transformation pathways for Eurasia will be an advantage Languages:Required English (4 – Excellent) Desirable: French or ArabicPosition-specific requirement: Working knowledge of Russian or Turkic Languages is an added advantage. Skills: Performance management: Know-how in managing performance, learning management, establishing learning plans and ensuring staff supervised meet their development needs while meeting the needs of IFADRisk management (e.g. reputational): Identification and assessment of potential liabilities and risks in IFAD's activities, particularly vis-à-vis third parties; ability to handle risks via contingency and mitigation strategiesStakeholder management: Strong alignment capabilities and consultation skills, building on effective interactions and relationships with different stakeholders (e.g. for the co-creation of communication material with member states) and ability to build and maintain a strong network (e.g. with journalists, media outlets, etc.)Strategy implementation: Ability to lead and manage the development and implementation of medium to longer-term strategies for IFAD / for respective divisionsPlanning: Know-how in the planning of human, financial and material management of IFAD resourcesLeadership: Group thought leader, sought out by others and providing mentorship and effective guidance to others; Ability to build trust, inside and outside the organization by acting as a role model for IFAD's core values and competencies, and to provide a clear sense of direction, mentorship and effective guidance to the team, strategizing the IFAD's goals, giving the vision, empowering the team and ensuring a positive environment for all.Political acumen: Ability to conduct sound political analysis and understand complex environments, providing options and adviceStrategic mindset: Proactive, ongoing identification of strategic opportunities, potential synergies and partnershipsPolicy dialogue: Know-how in the representation of IFAD as a trusted and strategic partner, advocating and promoting IFAD's mandate and vision; effective consultations with IFAD counterparts - like ministries and governmental bodies at all administrative levels, donors, civil societyTopical expertise - Programme Mgmt for Agricultural Development: Expertise relevant to the specific role (e.g. For ethics office assistant, procedures outlined in the Code of Conduct, Discipline and Anti-harassment provisions of applicable rules and guidelines) Other Information IFAD staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the President of IFAD. In accordance with IFAD's Human Resources Policy, the President can decide to assign them to any of the activities of the Fund. All International Professional staff members are required to be geographically mobile and positions in the professional category are subject to changes in location at any time in line with strategic priorities and reform initiatives in IFAD. Other Information IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation. Please be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Official communication from IFAD will always come from e-mails ending in @ifad.org.    This is how cinfo can support you in the application process for this specific position:Before you apply for this position: Improve your application documents by registering for a Job Application Support.When invited to the interview: Prepare for the interview by registering for a Job Application Support.For Swiss nationals who are invited to an interview or assessment center:Please let us know so that we can inform our HR partners from the respective organisation and the Swiss Government: recruitment@cinfo.chBenefit from free interview preparation by registering for a Job Application Support.  Interested in a career with multilateral institutions? Read more:  Working with the United Nations Working with International Financial Institutions For Swiss nationals

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21/01/2023
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Medical Advisor - P4

Italy, Lazio , Rome

Organizational Setting The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people. IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation.  The Corporate Services Department (CSD), led by the Associate Vice-President, CSD, provides IFAD with the human resources, administrative services, safety and security, information technology resources and health support services required to allow IFAD to meet its objectives of enabling rural people overcome poverty. The work of the CSD is undertaken by three divisions (i) Human Resources Division (HRD) (ii) Administrative Services Division (ADM) and (iii) Information and Communication Technology Division (ICT) and three units: (a) Front Office CSD (b) Field Support Unit (FSU) and (c) Medical Services Unit (MSU). The Medical Services Unit plans and implements occupational health management services to support the mandate of CSD and IFAD. The mission is to promote the health and wellbeing of personnel and eligible dependents through disease and injury prevention, as well as response to health care and emergency needs.  The Medical Advisor works in liaison with, and under the administrative supervision of the Associate Vice-President, CSD. Job Role The Medical Advisor will design and implement a health strategy to minimize and address occupational health concerns and ensure the health and safety of IFAD workforce. S/He performs clinical and medico-administrative duties related to the staff members and eligible dependents of IFAD at the headquarters, as well as in field duty stations.In light of lessons learned from the global COVID-19 pandemic and previous major health threats, and in anticipation of potential future health threats of similar nature, which may overwhelm health services and harm vulnerable economies on an ongoing basis, The IFAD President would constitute a health and safety response taskforce as and when required; to plan and mitigate the risks and impacts of such major health events. The mandate of such a health and safety taskforce would be to do everything possible to contain the outbreak, protect IFAD personnel on the ground expected to stay and deliver on IFAD's programmes, and to ensure business continuity. The medical advisor is required to provide up-to-date technical health advice and guidance for the taskforce in support of the delivery of their duty of care mandate. The medical advisor, through her/his/their membership in the UN Medical Directors (UNMD) body and UN Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Forum, as well as in close collaboration with other technical public health and medical bodies, is expected to guide the taskforce in harnessing the UN system-wide response initiatives, such as the joint global medevac plan, vaccinations and immunization programs, etc. Key Functions and Results CLINICAL MEDICAL ADVICE:  The Medical Advisor a) supervises and coordinates the acute care services provided by IFAD  (b) leads and supervises the provision of emergency and routine medical care, medical advice, and psychological counselling to staff during office hours; c) coordinates and manages medical evacuations and medical travels. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH ACTIVITIES: The Medical Advisor;  a) carries-out occupational health visits to determine fitness for duty related to the process of appointment, periodic medical examination and separation examinations; b) reviews and manages recurring and prolonged sick leave cases, including performing home visits where necessary; c) provides medical advice in the determination that an illness or injury is service incurred as well as evaluates and rates permanent impairment linked to injury and/or illness; d) approves medical travel for staff and their dependents deployed to field duty stations, provides oversight of emergency medical evacuations via air/ground ambulance when required;e) reviews and prepares recommendations to the FAO/WFP Staff Pension Committee of requests for disability benefits for staff members and their dependents; f) reviews and approves requests for special child allowance and special education grants of staff with children having special needs;g) processes medical administrative matters related to such cases; h) addresses work environment and occupational health hazards and risks as well as personal health matters, both in HQ and at the ICOs, and also liaises with local medical facilities, and provide health education to patients. HEALTH PROMOTION The Medical Advisor;a) promotes continuous learning and capacity development on health related issues and ensures that appropriate training programs are planned, implemented and evaluated for impact, to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of staff and their eligible dependents. (e.g. health education, prevention of lifestyle related diseases, infectious diseases prevention, first aid response capacity building, etc.);b) conducts field missions to assess local medical resources, as required, and advises staff through medical assessments and health education. COLLABORATION AND PARTNERSHIP: The Medical Advisor  a) collaborates in the drafting of new or revision of existing policies, procedures and guidelines on Occupational Health and Safety matters;b) participates in drafting and implementing business continuity and emergency preparedness plans for both HQ and field duty stations;(c) liaises with all UN and inter agency actors, such as the UN Medical Directors (UNMD) Body and the UN Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Forum and other relevant stakeholders MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The incumbent is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources. This includes: (i) People Management through recruitment, performance and career management of staff as well as learning management establishing learning plans and ensuring staff supervised meet their development needs while meeting the needs of IFAD. (ii) Resource Management by providing strategic and data inputs into the divisional budget preparation exercises and execution, development of long-term and annual work plans, and overseeing accountability of material resources assigned to the Division. (iii) Knowledge and Content Management by ensuring (1) general administration knowledge content is continuously updated and available, (2) best practices are continuously identified, documented and distributed and (3) appropriate and up-to-date information and learning tools are available to the Fund's managers, supervisors and staff. (iv) Information Technology Management through leveraging ERP functionality for improved business results, simplification of transaction and reporting processes and improved client services. Key Performance Indicators The impact of the Medical Advisor's role is achieved when the occupational health concerns are minimized and health and safety of IFAD workforce is ensured. Working Relationships The Medical Advisor provides a managerial oversight of the IFAD Medical Service. The IFAD Medical Service through CSD supports the Organization in the provision of a healthy and safe working environment (both at the HQ and ICOs) that protects and promotes personnel health and well-being. This is achieved through the provision of standard practice and policy-guided Medical, Occupational and Travel Health, as well as Medical Emergency Response and Evacuation support services for IFAD workforce, and for their recognized dependents. The Medical Advisor represents the Fund in official United Nations committees and networks, and in IFls, multilateral and bilateral meetings, symposia, fora and Global conferences upon request of the President, and builds organizational networks with peers.  Job Profile Requirements Organizational Competencies: Level 2:Building relationships and partnerships - Builds and maintains strategic partnerships internally and externallyCommunicating and negotiating - Acquires & uses a wide range of communication styles & skillsDemonstrating leadership - Leads by example; initiates and supports changeFocusing on clients - Contributes to a client-focused cultureLearning, sharing knowledge and innovating - Challenges, innovates & contributes to learning cultureManaging performance and developing staff - Manages wider teams with greater impact on others and on the organizationManaging time, resources and information - Coordinates wider use of time, information and/or resourcesProblem-solving and decision-making - Solves complex problems and makes decisions that have wider corporate impactStrategic thinking and organizational development - Staff in management and/or strategic leadership rolesTeam working - Fosters a cohesive team environment Education:Level – Doctoral Degree in Medicine from an accredited institution, including residency training in a medical specialtyAreas - Internal Medicine or Occupational Health; Degree must be an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php . Experience:At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional clinical experience, including occupational health, public health and tropical medicine.Three (3) years in a multi-cultural organization or national organization providing support on a global scope.Position-specific experience: Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable, Extensive and relevant experience in clinical medicine and occupational health including tropical medicine; Previous experience managing humanitarian crisis, including infectious diseases outbreak is highly desirable. Certifications:A valid medical license/registration to practice in home country of member state. Languages:Required English (4 – Excellent) Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic (3 – Good) Position-specific requirement: Knowledge of Italian would be an asset Skills: Procedure adherence: Ability to strictly adhere to established, formal guidelines, including in new situationsRecord management: Know-how in record keeping (e.g. proper handling of records and systems to preserve institutional memory, including correspondence logs, office filing and reference systems, etc.)Verbal communication: Ability to use verbal communication as a main tool in profession; clear, succinct and convincing verbal communication; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic languageWritten communication: Ability to use written communication as a main tool in profession, including for speech writing; clear, succinct and convincing written communication; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic languagePolicy dialogue: Know-how in the representation of IFAD as a trusted and strategic partner; effective consultations with IFAD counterparts - like ministries and governmental bodies at all administrative levels, donors, civil societyPerformance management: Know-how in managing performance, learning management, establishing learning plans and ensuring staff supervised meet their development needs while meeting the needs of IFADTime management: Adherence to deadlines under time constraints and pressure (e.g. to deliver governing body documents on time); ability to coordinate and manage complex workflows and in-house and external teamsPlanning: Know-how in the planning of human, financial and material management of IFAD resourcesClient orientation: Strong critical thinking combined with communication skills to liaise between the business and technologies to understand business problems and needs, document requirements and identify solutionsConfidentiality & Discretion: Establishes self and division as trusted advisor to internal stakeholders by maintaining high level of discretion and confidentiality in assignments; demonstrates sound judgement when dealing with sensitive and/or confidential matters; drives good governance and is a "Culture Carrier" demonstrating IFAD institutional conscience through his/her work. Other Information IFAD staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the President of IFAD. In accordance with IFAD's Human Resources Policy, the President can decide to assign them to any of the activities of the Fund. All International Professional staff members are required to be geographically mobile and positions in the professional category are subject to changes in location at any time in line with strategic priorities and reform initiatives in IFAD. IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation. Please be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Official communication from IFAD will always come from e-mails ending in @ifad.org    This is how cinfo can support you in the application process for this specific position:Before you apply for this position: Improve your application documents by registering for a Job Application Support.When invited to the interview: Prepare for the interview by registering for a Job Application Support.For Swiss nationals who are invited to an interview or assessment center:Please let us know so that we can inform our HR partners from the respective organisation and the Swiss Government: recruitment@cinfo.chBenefit from free interview preparation by registering for a Job Application Support.  Interested in a career with multilateral institutions? Read more:  Working with the United Nations Working with International Financial Institutions For Swiss nationals

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