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international fund for agricultural development ifad  

Site: Italy, Lazio, Rome
Company size: 500 employees or more
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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.

 

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international fund for agricultural development ifad

Finance Specialist (Investment Management) - P3 *re-advertisement*

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 the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation.  The Financial Operations Department (FOD) is a dynamic financial, strategic and responsive business partner and service provider fully supporting IFAD in developing its financial strategy and managing its financial, investments and material resources. FOD ensures that these resources are efficiently, economically and effectively used to achieve IFAD's objectives in the long-term and deliver on its development commitments. The Financial Operations Department is composed of the following three divisions: (a) Financial Controller's Division (FCD), (b) Financial Management Services Division (FMD) and (c) Treasury Services Division (TRE).The Treasury Services Division (TRE) mandate is to safeguard IFAD's resources through liquidity planning, borrowing, management of investments and cash operations with the aim to preserve capital and maximize returns within the provisions of IFAD's Financial Regulations; formulate and implement investment and cash operations strategies and policies; ensure prompt availability of cash for IFAD operations through prudent liquidity and borrowing planning; oversee the integrity of the Fund's daily investment and cash operations in line with corporate risk management standards and manage the investments and cash of extra budgetary funds, hosted entities and trust funds; as well as manage IFAD's borrowing programme. Within the Division, the Investment Management (IM) team is responsible for managing IFAD's investment portfolio and the assets of other funds under IFAD management. The incumbent will be committed to the delivery of assigned objectives and activities and keep abreast of related industry developments and skills required to respond to the divisional work plan and results.The incumbent will work under the overall strategic, policy and management guidance of the Director and Treasurer, and direct supervision/guidance of the Senior Finance Specialist. Job Role The incumbent is a seasoned professional reflecting an in-depth, broad understanding of applicable regulations, standards and methods as well as IFAD's financial regulations, rules and transactional procedures in one or more financial occupations including accounting, budget, loans and grants, public financial management and/or treasury.  The main responsibilities of the incumbent is ensuring the prudent management of the IFAD investment portfolio; providing sound technical advice and support to Treasury staff across all functional teams; ensuring that timely responses are provided to internal and external parties; representing the Treasury Division on Investment Management matters at internal and external meetings requested by the Senior Finance Officer (Treasury) or Management. Key Functions and Results 1.FINANCE BUSINESS PARTNER: The incumbent is a credible, trusted partner to the Department/Division/Unit where assigned. S/He supports the Fund's finance strategy and plans as well as models a commitment to financial integrity by acting as a responsive and constructive service provider with a focus on results. The incumbent provides seasoned verbal and written advice and guidance to supervisors and staff on finance regulations, rules and procedures, facilitating a mutual understanding of roles and fiduciary accountabilities in direct support of integrity in the management of the Fund's financial resources.  2. TREASURY MANAGEMENT: The incumbent is a seasoned professional with the capacity to interpret and apply a broad range of international and IFAD financial policies, rules and regulations as well as standards and techniques, and with knowledge of pillars of financial market drivers and financial risks. 3. AGENT OF CHANGE: The incumbent understands and applies the principles of change management and proactively serves as a role model for transformation and capacity for acceptance of change. S/He uses a seasoned knowledge of results based management and budgeting, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other information technology to develop, analyze and promote acceptance of new methods of work and automated work flows. The incumbent manages change through consultations with finance colleagues and outreach to internal and external stakeholders to build understanding of and to ensure open and regular communications pertaining to current and planned changes in the Fund's financial standards, regulations and rules.  4.MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The incumbent is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the personal use of assigned IFAD resources, including equipment, supplies and, as applicable, staff or consultants supervised. 5. INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT: The incumbent  is a seasoned professional with the capacity to interpret and apply a broad range of international and IFAD financial policies, rules and regulations as well as standards and techniques. Activities performed by the incumbent may include (a) maintaining the financial procedures relating to the assigned operation; (b) preparing information for internal financial reporting and for IFAD's Annual Financial Statements, as applicable; and (c) preparing timely, substantive replies to internal and external audit observations concerning the assigned financial operation. The incumbent is accountable for:Developing trade ideas and investment strategies for the investment portfolioExecuting fixed income, currency, money market and derivative transaction for the internally managed fundsAnalysing fixed income and derivative instrumentsConducting market and issuer specific researchMonitoring and analysing external fund managersMonitoring performance and performance attribution of investment portfolios and trust funds as well as the corresponding benchmarksRecommending and evaluating benchmarks and other risk and return metricsContributing to investment management related policy papers and periodic reporting on investment performanceRepresenting the IM team leader at internal and external meetings as required Key Performance Indicators The incumbent is accountable for in¿depth analysis of a variety of financial reports that reflect transactions where many different consecutive stages of operations are involved; problems involve interrelationships and interactions within the financial structure and their role is to ensure that the Organization's financial business conforms to regulations. Based on a thorough knowledge of finance principles, concepts and systems, the incumbent independently performs the full range of work for a complete, homogenous financial operation or components of financial operations in support of a geographic or other organizational area. The supervisor may be consulted in the analysis of complex and/or precedent setting cases to ensure consistency in the interpretation and application of regulations and rules and to document such decisions. The work typically requires the identification of the need for changes to finance policies, as well as the authoritative interpretation and application of finance policies, rules and regulations to a broad range of complex casework. The key performance indicators for the incumbent include accurate performance of assigned finance operations, technical quality in terms of both substantive depth and adaptive relevance to client needs and customer service approach to problem resolution. Working RelationshipsThe incumbent may represent the unit to which assigned on related matters at internal and external meetings and conferences as requested by the supervisor. Internally, the incumbent is required to explain, clarify and implement financial plans and decisions taken or procedural changes planned to ensure accuracy, completeness and integrity of financial data and reporting. They collaborate with Senior Finance Specialists to provide their feedback on the policies and procedures improvement process. Contacts are with finance, budget, loans and grants, treasury, audit, risk management, legal and programme management staff in country offices and Headquarters. External work relationships for the incumbent normally require an exchange of information with a range of outside sources including banking counternparts, peers from other Multilateral Development Institutions, external advisors and financial service providers, lenders and investors.  Job Profile Requirements Organizational CompetenciesStrategic thinking and organizational development: Personal influenceDemonstrating Leadership: Personal leadership and attitude to changeLearning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Continuously seeks to learn, shares knowledge and innovatesFocusing on clients: Focuses on clientsProblem solving and decision making: Demonstrates sound problem solving and decision-making abilityManaging time, resources and information: Manages own time, information and resources effectivelyTeam Work: Contributes effectively to the teamCommunicating and negotiating: Communicates effectively: creates understanding between self and othersBuilding relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains effective working relationshipsManaging performance and developing staff: Manages staff and teams effectively  Education:Level - Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in a technically relevant area. Degree must be an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php.The advanced university degree may be substituted by a first university degree and at least four (4) additional years of relevant professional experience over and above the minimum number of years of experienceAreas - economics, finance or other job related field.  Certifications:Professional qualification for example Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) is an advantage. Work experience: At least 5 years of progressively relevant professional experience in a similar position and/ or a finance and debt background in International Financial Institutions, audit firm, or other relevant institution.2 years preferably in the United Nations or an international financial institution, or another multi-cultural organization or a national organization providing support on a global scope.In-depth knowledge of financial computer software systems (e.g. Bloomberg Terminal), particularly in portfolio analytics, performance attribution, cash flow projections analysis, and other asset and investment management solutions. Languages: Required English (4 – Excellent) Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic  Skills:  Capital market instruments, Knowledge of capital markets instruments (fixed income, currency, derivatives, money market), risk and performance metrics and quantitative tools of fixed income valuation (cash flow, present value, interest rate risk, duration, CVaR, tracking error, etc.)Liquidity management, Know-how in liquidity planning, liquidity investment, investment portfolio management and reportingProblem 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 strategiesAnalytical skills, Outstanding ability to analyse and synthesize qualitative and/or quantitative information from a variety of sources and filter out key insights and recommendationsInterpersonal skills, Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with others (e.g. dealer counterparties, external asset managers, financial service providers, visitors, callers, colleagues), including senior individuals (e.g. high-level meeting participants)Procedure adherence & interpretation , Ability to strictly adhere to established, formal guidelines, including in new situations and to interpret established, formal guidelines to address and recommend solutions or further actions requiredRisk & compliance, Know-how in asset liability management, risk reporting, capital adequacy, quality assurance and compliance (e.g. Anti-money laundering (AML), Know your customer (KYC) processes), etc.ICT & digital fluency, High level of digital literacy and ability to quickly get familiar with new digital tools (e.g. electronic trading platforms, risk management dashboards, financial modeling)Risk management (e.g. reputational), Know-how in identifying and assessing of potential legal, reputational, ethical risks and liabilities in relation to the Fund's activities; contributing strongly to the division in a second line of defense function; demonstrating ability to manage these risks by advising senior management on contingency and mitigation strategiesFinancial process management, Know-how in the management of financial processes such as reporting, treasury, investment processes and securities trading, cash management processes, etc 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.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? Read more:  Working with the United Nations Working with International Financial Institutions For Swiss nationals

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05/08/2022
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Finance 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 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 Financial Operations Department (FOD) is a dynamic financial, strategic, and responsive business partner and service provider fully supporting IFAD in developing its financial strategy and managing its financial, investments and material resources. FOD ensures that these resources are efficiently, economically, and effectively used to achieve IFAD's objectives in the long-term and deliver on its development commitments. The Front Office of the FOD (FFO) leads and oversees the work of three divisions: Financial Contoller's division (FCO), Financial Management services division (FMD) and Treasury Services division (TRE) and also liaises with other departmental front offices, and the Office of the President and Vice President and their divisions for corporate matters. The position specifics: The front office of the Financial Operations Department (FOD) comprises a specialized team which supports the AVP-FOD in (i) aligning IFAD's operational and financial planning needs in the near and medium term, (ii) ensuring coherence and effectiveness of IFAD's financial profile as a rated institution and (iii) playing a convergence role between the development, financial and strategic dimensions of IFAD's operations, preserving the Fund's reputation and sustainability. The team also coordinates with units responsible for resource mobilization, financial planning, allocation of financial resources, ongoing programme delivery in Operations and Risk Management. Job Role The incumbent is a member of the Financial Strategy and Development Finance Team established in the front office of the Associate Vice-President (AVP-FOD). She/He will take a proactive role in the day-to-day activities associated to the scope of the team. She/He is a seasoned professional reflecting an in-depth, broad understanding of applicable development best practices and methodologies, as well as IFAD's financial regulations, rules, and transactional procedures in one or more financial, macroeconomic, and debt management areas. Key Functions and Results 1.FINANCE BUSINESS PARTNER: The incumbent is a credible, trusted partner to the Department/Division/Unit where assigned. S/He supports the Fund's financial strategy and plans as well as models a commitment to financial integrity by acting as a responsive and constructive business partner with a focus on results. The incumbent provides seasoned verbal and written advice and guidance to supervisors and staff on financial regulations, rules, and procedures, facilitating a mutual understanding of roles and fiduciary accountabilities in direct support of integrity in the management of the Fund's financial resources. S/He also contributes to the development, improvement and dissemination of technical policies and procedures as required. 2. CORPORATE FINANCIAL POLICY AND STRATEGY: The incumbent is a seasoned professional with the capacity to interpret and apply a broad range of industry best practice, international and IFAD policies, rules, and regulations as well as standards and techniques. 3. AGENT OF CHANGE: The incumbent understands and applies the principles of change management and proactively serves as a role model for transformation and capacity for acceptance of change. S/He uses a seasoned knowledge of results-based management, sustainable development financing, budgeting, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other information technology to develop, analyze and promote acceptance of innovative approaches in terms of policies and business approaches. The incumbent manages change through consultations with finance colleagues and outreach to internal and external stakeholders to build understanding of and to ensure open and regular communications pertaining to current and planned changes in the Fund's financial standards, regulations, and rules.  4. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The incumbent is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the personal use of assigned IFAD resources, including equipment, supplies and, as applicable, staff or consultants supervised.In addition to the representative functions listed above, activities performed by the incumbent at this level may include: 5. FINANCE BUSINESS PARTNER:Performing research and ongoing monitoring of aspects related to macro-economic debt management at country level. This function will call for a continuous gathering of qualitative and quantitative data/inputs externally and internally to IFAD from other Departments and Divisions, and preparation of memos.Active Contribution and involvement in drafting policy papers and analysis on financial strategy and development finance matters.Ensure continuous intelligence on aspects related to Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) Initiative matters, or any other similar initiatives related to macro-debt, debt settlement, and/or debt rescheduling being discussed in international fora, including update of IFAD's corporate Debt page.Provide detailed analytical inputs on the trends, challenges, risks, and opportunities on matters related to IFAD's global loan portfolio, including ongoing monitoring, and forward-looking assessment of borrower uptake within the Programme of Loans and Grants (POLG), i.e., IFAD's Performance Based Allocation System (PBAS) and Borrowed Resource Access Mechanism (BRAM) and other vehicles. 6. CORPORATE FINANCIAL POLICY AND STRATEGY: Activities performed by the incumbent may include:Collecting inputs as needed from other divisions, contribute to the building of Balance Sheet management analytics, performing quantitative and qualitative assessments of the following:Provide analysis on IFAD's financial planning, including projections of IFAD's Balance Sheet and Income Statement, Undisbursed Balance, and CancellationsAnalysis of current and forward-looking IFRS9 staging and arrears management, and other debt management/project lifecycle matters that can affect IFAD's financial profile.Collaborate in the financial scenario production process, monitoring borrowing country income categories, preparing lending term breakdowns, and perform ongoing concessionality assessment of IFAD's financial offer.Prepare/update IFAD's lending terms and knowledge dissemination, and analysis on the determination of IFAD's loan pricing methodology.Consolidation of the impact to IFAD's development profile deriving from capital consumption, liquidity management, funding and resource mobilization, and Asset Liability Management matters, including balance sheet projections, loan and grant approvals, and ongoing programme delivery.Financial performance and reporting:Support data gathering and Monitor the FOD metrics of IFAD's Corporate Risk Dashboard (CRD)Preparatory work and analytical inputs in building a CFO Dashboard that can support decision making processesContribute to the monitoring of the reported financial risks and assess the likelihood and magnitude of the potential impact to IFAD's financial and operational profile. Key Performance IndicatorsIncumbents at this level work independently and with authority and are accountable for the results of her/his work and of the staff they may supervise. Based on extensive knowledge of financial principles, concepts and systems accrued through her/his education and experience, the incumbent independently performs a wide range of functions within her/his role to ensure implementation of sound financial strategies and policies. She/He will seek supervisory guidance for the analysis of complex and/or innovative strategies, structures and scenarios for pre-emptive input, direction, and advice, and to ensure consistency in the interpretation and application of regulations and policies at global level.  The work typically requires the identification of tasks, time-management and organization of resources needed to achieve each task, interaction with internal personnel and external counterparts, delegation of activities to supervised staff, implementation of activities, decisions, strategies (modelling, definition/amendment of policies, other documentation), analysis and reporting of results through appropriate means of communication (e.g. verbal update, memorandum, presentation, policy paper). The incumbent's responsibilities also include supporting the supervisor in key decision making. The key performance indicators for the incumbent include:Independent and responsible performance of her/his tasksDemonstration of the highest technical quality and accuracy for the results of her/his workContributing to the resolution of complex financial issuesPlanning of resources to achieve objectives in a timely mannerAdopting a creative approach to problem solvingShowing maturity and control in difficult, unforeseen, and unusual situationsShowing leadership when managing and coaching supervised staff Working Relationships Internally, the incumbent will report to the Lead of the Team and will interact with several stakeholders within FOD and other departments for the compeltion of her/his work. She/He will be required to interact with other departments for the planning and execution of fInancial strategies, financial procedures and policy changes, and for financial data gathering and reporting.  The incumbent could be required to participate in senior management meetings (e.g. financial risk committee, Audit Committee or Executive Management Committee), and deliver presentations on matters related to her/his function. The main points of contact are with FOD Front Office, treasury, accounting, financial management, risk mananegement, resource mobilization, and programme management staff mainly at IFAD headquarters as well as in country offices.  External work relationships for the incumbent normally require exchange of information with a wide range of outside counterparts in the financial community and development finance, including UN agencies, DFIs, MDBs, rating agencies, investment banks, financial service providers and other institutions, individual professionals and vendors/suppliers. The incumbent may represent the Financial Strategy and Development Finance Team and other organizational units at internal and external meetings, conferences and at other events as requested by her/his supervisor. Job Profile Requirements Organizational Competencies Strategic thinking and organizational development: Personal influenceDemonstrating Leadership:  Personal leadership and attitude to change Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Continuously seeks to learn, shares knowledge, and innovatesFocusing on clients:  Focuses on clientsProblem solving and decision making: Demonstrates sound problem solving and decision-making abilityManaging time, resources, and information:  Manages own time, information, and resources effectively Teamwork: Contributes effectively to the team Communicating and negotiating: Communicates effectively: creates understanding between self and others Building relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains effective working relationships  Education: Level - Advanced university degree (Masters'equivalent) from an accredited institution in a technically relevant area. The advanced university degree may be substituted by a first university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) and at least four (4) additional years of relevant professional experience in international financial institutions, multi-lateral development banks, investment banks, private sector financial sector, consultancies, and auditing.Areas - Finance, Business Adminsitration or any other related fiels or an equivalent professional certification.Degree must be an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php. Work experience: At least 5 (five) years' of progressively relevant professional experience in a similar position and/ or a finance and debt background in International Financial Institutions, audit firm, or other relevant institution.Three (3) years preferably in the United Nations or an international financial institution, or another multi-cultural organization or institution or a national organization providing support on a global scope. Languages: Required English (4 – Excellent) Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic  Skills:  Strong know-how in Development Finance matters pertaining to country debt management, lending terms, income category analysisKnowledge of financial policies in the areas of loan pricing, concessionality, debt management and resource allocation Strong knowledge of Development economics, e.g., macro/micro-economic analysis and conducting of economic research. Know-how in applied econometrics preferredStrong understanding of corporate finance and balance sheet management theories and techniques including modelingKnowledge of private sector investment methodologies and Blended Finance principlesChange Management, Role modelling, anticipation of key risks & conflicts and formulation of contingency plans/solutions, action-oriented;Risk management (e.g., reputational), Identification and assessment of potential liabilities and risks in IFAD's development finance activitiesBusiness acumen, outstanding ability to synthesize and simplify complex technical information for a variety of (non-technical) audiencesTime 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 teamsProblem 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 strategiesClient 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 solutionsWritten communication, Clear, succinct, and convincing written communication; highly professional, balanced, and diplomatic language (e.g., for drafting of position papers, briefings, etc.)Verbal communication, Clear, succinct, and convincing verbal communication; highly professional, balanced, and diplomatic languageCorporate approach, Ability to bring in corporate vision and priorities into one's area of work taking into account strategic priorities 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 committed to achieving gender diversity. Women are particulary encouraged to apply.    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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05/08/2022
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Finance Specialist - 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 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 Financial Operations Department (FOD) is a dynamic financial, strategic and responsive business partner and service provider fully supporting IFAD in developing its financial strategy and managing its financial, investments and material resources. FOD ensures that these resources are efficiently, economically and effectively used to achieve IFAD's objectives in the long-term and deliver on its development commitments. The Financial Operations Department is composed of the following three divisions: (a) Financial Controller's Division (FCD), (b) Financial Management Services Division (FMD) and (c) Treasury Services Division (TRE). The Treasury Services Division (TRE) mandate is to safeguard IFAD's resources through liquidity planning, borrowing, management of investments and cash operations with the aim to preserve capital and maximize returns within the provisions of IFAD's Financial Regulations; formulate and implement investment and cash operations strategies and policies; ensure prompt availability of cash for IFAD operations through prudent liquidity and borrowing planning; oversee the integrity of the Fund's daily investment and cash operations in line with corporate risk management standards and manage the investments and cash of extra budgetary funds, hosted entities and trust funds; as well as manage IFAD's borrowing programme. Within the Division, the Funding and New Products Unit ("Funding Unit") is the specialized unit to implement IFAD's borrowing strategy by ensuring full implementation of the Integrated Borrowing Framework. The unit is also responsible for IFAD's loan pricing and enhancements thereof, as well as working across institutional boundaries to develop new financial products to broaden the choice for IFAD's borrowers. The incumbent will work under the overall strategic, policy and management guidance of the Director and Treasurer, and direct supervision/guidance of a Senior Finance Officer. The incumbent will be committed to the delivery of assigned objectives and activities and keep abreast of related industry developments and skills required to respond to the divisional work plan and results. Job Role The incumbent is a seasoned professionals reflecting an in-depth, broad understanding of applicable regulations, standards and methods as well as IFAD's financial regulations, rules and transactional procedures in one or more financial occupations including accounting, budget, loans and grants, public financial management and/or treasury.The main responsibility of the incumbent is ensuring the efficient and cost-effective implementation of IFAD's Integrated Borrowing Framework. The focus of this role is on the implementation of IFAD's Euro Medium Term Note programme. This requires liaising with external parties including existing and prospective investors, dealer banks, the programme arranger, rating agencies, and internal parties for production and update of IFAD's impact report, update and maintenance of investor material. The incumbent will also represent the Treasury Division on funding-related matters at internal and external meetings to ensure the establishment of IFAD as an issuer name and TRE's visibility within the organization. Key Functions and Results 1. FINANCE BUSINESS PARTNER: The incumbent is a credible, trusted partner to the Department/Division/Unit where assigned. S/He supports the Fund's finance strategy and plans as well as models a commitment to financial integrity by acting as a responsive and constructive service provider with a focus on results. The incumbent provides seasoned verbal and written advice and guidance to supervisors and staff on finance regulations, rules and procedures, facilitating a mutual understanding of roles and fiduciary accountabilities in direct support of integrity in the management of the Fund's financial resources. 2. TREASURY MANAGEMENT: The incumbent is a seasoned professional with the capacity to interpret and apply a broad range of international and IFAD financial policies, rules and regulations as well as standards and techniques, and with knowledge of pillars of financial market drivers and financial risks. 3. AGENT OF CHANGE: The incumbent understands and applies the principles of change management and proactively serves as a role model for transformation and capacity for acceptance of change. S/He uses a seasoned knowledge of results based management and budgeting, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other information technology to develop, analyze and promote acceptance of new methods of work and automated work flows. The incumbent manages change through consultations with finance colleagues and outreach to internal and external stakeholders to build understanding of and to ensure open and regular communications pertaining to current and planned changes in the Fund's financial standards, regulations and rules. 4.MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The incumbent is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the personal use of assigned IFAD resources, including equipment, supplies and, as applicable, staff or consultants supervised. Under the leadership of a Senior Finance Officer, the incumbent works jointly with other areas of TRE, the Global Engagement, Partnership and Resource Mobilization (GPR) division, the Risk Management Office (RMO), the Legal Department (LEG) and the Operational Results Divition (OPR), to define IFAD's funding strategy and support the financial structuring and ongoing management of IFAD's borrowing operations from all sources eligible under the Integrated Borrowing Framework. The incumbent is accountable for:Collaborating with GPR to create a structured outreach programme to identify and source potential lenders/investors willing to collaborate with IFAD.With GPR and FCD, conducting due diligence on existing and prospective investors and lenders.Maintainging relatinships with IFAD's current sovereign lenders.Cultivating and maintaining partnership with IFAD's global network of financial intermediaries/counterparts.Collaborating with the investor outreach program - participating in investor meetings, presentations, road shows, conferences, etc.Creating and maintaining cutting edge investor material and information.In collaboration with OPR and COM, producing IFAD's impact report.Preparing relevant documentation to support discussions with IFAD management and stakeholders (internal finance/risk committee, Audit Committee, Executive Board and technical seminars).Representing the Funding team at internal and external meetings and conferences as required. Key Performance IndicatorsThe incumbent is accountable for in¿depth analysis of a variety of financial reports that reflect transactions where many different consecutive stages of operations are involved; problems involve interrelationships and interactions within the financial structure and her/his role is to ensure that the Organization's financial business conforms to regulations. Based on a thorough knowledge of finance principles, concepts and systems, the incumbent independently performs the full range of work for a complete, homogenous financial operation or components of financial operations in support of a geographic or other organizational area. The supervisor may be consulted in the analysis of complex and/or precedent setting cases to ensure consistency in the interpretation and application of regulations and rules and to document such decisions. The work typically requires the identification of the need for changes to finance policies, as well as the authoritative interpretation and application of finance policies, rules and regulations to a broad range of complex casework. The key performance indicators for the incumbent include accurate performance of assigned finance operations, technical quality in terms of both substantive depth and adaptive relevance to client needs and customer service approach to problem resolution. The incumbent will be expected to work independently, show initiative, problem solvig attitute, ability to syntetize complex matters in a clear manner, respect deadlines and proactively signal arising issues. Working RelationshipsThe incumbent may represent the unit to which assigned on related matters at internal and external meetings and conferences as requested by the supervisor. Internally the incumbent is required to explain, clarify and implement financial plans and decisions taken or procedural changes planned to ensure accuracy, completeness and integrity of financial data and reporting. They collaborate with Senior Finance Specialists to provide their feedback on the policies and procedures improvement process.  Contacts are with finance, budget, loans and grants, treasury, audit, risk management, legal and programme management staff in country offices and Headquarters. External work relationships for the incumbent normally require an exchange of information with a range of outside sources including banking counternparts, peers from other Multilateral Development Institutions, external advisors and financial service providers, lenders and investors. Job Profile Requirements Organizational Competencies - Level 1Strategic thinking and organizational development: Personal influenceDemonstrating Leadership: Personal leadership and attitude to changeLearning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Continuously seeks to learn, shares knowledge and innovatesFocusing on clients: Focuses on clientsProblem solving and decision making: Demonstrates sound problem solving and decision-making abilityManaging time, resources and information: Manages own time, information and resources effectivelyTeam Work: Contributes effectively to the teamCommunicating and negotiating: Communicates effectively: creates understanding between self and othersBuilding relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains effective working relationshipsManaging performance and developing staff: Manages staff and teams effectively. Education:Level - Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in a technically relevant area. Degree must be an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.phpThe advanced university degree may be substituted by a first university degree and at least four (4) additional years of relevant professional experience over and above the minimum number of years of experienceAreas - economics, finance or other job related field. Certifications:Professional qualifications, for example Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), are an advantage. Work experience:At least five years of progressively relevant professional experience in a similar position in capital markets area.Three years preferably in the international financial institution, or another multi-cultural organization or a national organization providing support on a global scope.In-depth knowledge of bond issuance programmes of peer Supranationals, with focus on Sustainable Finance and ESG trends. Experience in investor relations, communications, and impact reporting. Languages:Required English (4 – Excellent)Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic. Skills: Problem 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.Analytical skills, Outstanding ability to analyse and synthesize qualitative and/or quantitative information from a variety of sources and filter out key insights and recommendations.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).Communication skills: Ability to explain complex matters in a palatable and comprehendable way for all ranges of audience.Procedure adherence & interpretation, Ability to strictly adhere to established, formal guidelines, including in new situations and to interpret established, formal guidelines to address and recommend solutions or further actions required.Risk & compliance, Know-how in asset liability management, risk reporting, capital adequacy, quality assurance and compliance (e.g. Anti-money laundering (AML), Know your customer (KYC) processes), etc.Basic ICT & digital fluency, High level of digital literacy and ability to quickly get familiar with new digital tools.Risk management. Know-how in identifying and assessing of potential legal, reputational, ethical risks and liabilities in relation to the Fund's activities; contributing strongly to the division as second line of defence function; demonstrating ability to manage these risks by advising senior management on contingency and mitigation strategies.Finance and impact investments: Expertise in international development finance, derivatives, debt capital markets, impact investing, blended finance, general treasury issues (e.g. correspondent banking and custody accounts), and including regulatory developments – Basel Principles, EMIR, Dodd Frank and the AIFM).Capital market instruments, (fixed income, derivatives, loans), risk and performance metrics and quantitative tools of fixed income valuation (present value, duration, etc.) 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.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 committed to achieving gender diversity. Women are particulary encouraged to apply.  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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international fund for agricultural development ifad

Corporate Services Manager - P4

Kenya, Nairobi Area , Nairobi

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 medical 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) Administrative Services Division (ADM); (ii) Human Resources Division (HRD); and (iii) Information and Communication Technology Division (ICT) and three units: (a) Front Office CSD (FCS); (b) Field Support Unit (FSU); and (c) Medical Services Unit (MSU).FSU services colleagues and offices in the field, with the ambition of being a strategic, business-oriented and fully trusted professional partner with IFAD managers and staff assigned to IFAD regional, multi-country, country and liaisons offices. The Unit provides a dedicated partnership to IFAD workforce and offices in the field to ensure the efficient delivery of corporate initiatives related to its field activities as well as UN Reform initiatives directly linked to CSD mandate, namely Business Operations Strategy (BOS), Common Back Office (CBO) and Common Premises (CP). To achieve this, FSU is mandated to manage CSD-related field operations and provide coordination and advisory services aimed at strengthening the functionality of IFAD Regional, Multi-Country, Country and Liaison Offices. This includes functions of field-related general administration, administrative support staff pool, CSD-related administrative budget monitoring and analysis for the portion of corporate administrative budget for rent and common services centrally managed by the Unit, coordination of outsourced services withlocal UN entities or through UN Reform initiatives (BOS and CBO), service level agreements with host agencies, host country agreements, accreditation of offices and staff and privileges and immunities.The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Chief, Field Support Unit, in close collaboration with all divisions in CSD, and has a dual reporting line to the respective Regional Director under which s/he is mapped. In performing her/his duties, the incumbent will careful consider adequate separation of tasks-duties-responsibilities to reduce the risk of real/perceived conflict of interest. Position Specific:Regional Office ESA: The Corporate Services Officer is in charge of managing the corporate services in the region, including the Regional Office, two Multi-Country Offices (MCOs), six Country Director-led Country Offices, and four Country Programme Officer-led Country Offices Job Role The Corporate Services Manager (ESA) will cover all aspects of corporate services management and administration of IFAD offices in the region in line with the Delegation of Authority and in full alignment and consultation with CSD divisions. This includes, but is not limited to, coordination of financial and human resources management related activities, facilitating efficient procurement and logistical services, while ensuring that common services as well as hosted ICT services are provided and consumed in a manner consistent with IFAD rules, regulations and terms of use. They facilitate all corporate services-related actions, ensuring smooth functioning of the IFAD Regional Office as well as other Offices within the region, consistent services delivery and constant evaluation and readjustment thereof to take into account changes in the operating environment as and when needed.Corporate Services Managers at this level are professionals reflecting complete understanding of general administration and service management in the context of the Fund's mandate, work programme and enhanced decentralization. They may additionally support a wider range of administration-related functions in the Programme Management Department (PMD), the Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD) and other departments/divisions. Within their areas of responsibility, the Corporate Services Managers exercise a high degree of independence and due diligence in providing reliable corporate services, while taking region and country context into consideration, being close to clients to better identify and address their needs through providing customized, yet corporate solutions. The Corporate Services Managers are expected to perform duties independently and to deliver the expected results through strong coordination with internal and external stakeholders (e.g. CSD divisions/units, other Divisions/Offices, and UN and partner entities on the ground).  The Corporate Services Manager (ESA) coordinates general administrative support for staff both at the Regional Office and at country offices in the region, fostering collaboration within the local and regional teams, with other UN Agencies and Government officials while promoting a client-oriented approach. The Corporate Services Manager (ESA) works in close collaboration with business owners within CSD in HQs, operations staff in other UN Agencies in particular the ones in respective local hosting agency, IFAD decentralized staff and Government officials to successfully deliver operations services. The Corporate Services Manager (ESA) is empowered through appropriate Delegation of Authority (DoA) to lead the day-today activities within her/his responsibility. This empowerment extends to actions both internally within IFAD and externally with other stakeholders to perform day-to-day operations. Key Functions and Results The key functions and results of the Corporate Services Manager (ESA) services the needs of the key clients in the Regional Office, Multi-Country-Offices and Country Offices, including IFAD personnel from CSD, ERG, FOD, PMD and SKD working there. The key functions and results are as follows: COORDINATION OF OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES: The Corporate Services Manager (ESA) is in charge of coordination of corporate services in decentralized offices within the region, facilitates the strategic direction and leads corporate services aspects of the CSD-related field operations focusing on achievement of the following results, in line with the Delegation of Authority framework:Contributes to the decentralized structure through coordinating the establishment of new IFAD decentralized offices and/or enhancement of IFAD Country Offices within his/her assigned region, through close follow-ups with respective internal and external stakeholders on all corporate services-related aspects;Ensures full compliance of corporate operations with IFAD rules, regulations and policies, implementation of corporate operational strategies, monitoring of achievement of results;Establishes and updates internal Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and business processes mapping for regional and local office administrative budget and corporate services in consultation with FSU and the business owners in HQ and Regional Team, and in line with corporate Guidelines, Procedures and applicable corporate SOPs;Ensures constant monitoring and analysis of the operating environment, service provision and timely readjustment of CSD related operations, obtains advice on risk assessment regarding corporate services in consultation with business owners in other divisions;Contributes to knowledge building and sharing concerning management and operations of CSD related matters in the offices in the region, organization of the staff trainings, synthesis of lessons learnt/best practices, and sound contributions to IFAD Administrative Toolkit for the field.Facilitates better coordination at ICO level of all UN/IFI agreements ensuring correct procedural/policy conformity as well as workflow management with HQ. PARTNERSHIP BUILDING: The Corporate Services Manager ensures IFAD Regional and Country Offices within the regionare in receipt of high quality of common service lines through establishment of strong partnerships with other UN Agenciesproviding such services, focusing on achievement of the following results:As an active member of Operations Management Team (OMT) at regional and country level, contributes substantially to the establishment of common services, maintenance of coordinating machinery to ensure integrated activities on common services and implementation of the UN reform;Develops and maintains a Client relationship Management system for appropriate operational partnership arrangements, to ensure establishment of collaborate arrangements with potential internal and external partners;Establishes the strategic approach for implementation of common services in line with the latest developments in common services and the best practices at regional and country level and ensures IFAD's needs are properly addressed in all six (and beyond) common service lines.Performs strategic planning and tracking of common services related administrative budget (charged to FSU budget) and of IFAD's contributions to the common services also supporting the future administrative budget forecast and planning. CORPORATE SERVICES COORDINATION ACTIVITIES: The Corporate Services Manager (ESA) in close collaboration with relevant divisions, coordinates effective and accurate corporate services related financial resources and administrative budget management within FSU and focusses on achievement of the following results:In close collaboration with FSU Operations Analyst, provides inputs for administrative budget strategic planning, expenditure tracking and audit of financial resources within FSU remit in accordance with IFAD rules and regulations;In close collaboration with FCD and FSU Operations Analyst, ensures timely accounting and reconciliation of all transactions, monitoring of financial exception reports for unusual activities, transactions and investigation of anomalies or unusual transactions with regard to rent and common services and one-off costs related to the setup/enhancement of premises, under- FSU remit. Provision of information to supervisors and other IFAD staff at HQ of the results of the investigation when satisfactory answers are not obtained;Through working closely with the Regional Director and his/her team, advises decentralized offices on financial management processes, including timely accounting and reconciliation of all transactions, security for cash assets on site;Through working closely with the CSD business owners, coordinates and follows up on all other corporate services matters.In coordination with ICOs ensures all UN/IFI agreements ensuring correct procedural/policy conformity as well as workflow management with HQ. The Corporate Services Manager (ESA) acts as CSD's liaison in decentralized offices, as well as focal entry point in Regional offices without relevant CSD business owners in the office, and to ensure provision of efficient procurement and logistical services focusing on achievement of the following results:Within the assigned region, Regional and Country Offices in compliance with corporate rules and regulations and elaboration of the Regional and Country Offices procurement requirements including sourcing and evaluation within delegated authority, ensuring continuous contract management and performance measurement;Supports, in close collaboration with ADM, the Regional Director/Head of office with planning of procurement requirements for the region in close collaboration with the Procurement Section at HQ;Support management of IFAD assets, facilities and logistical services, including full compliance with policies in place as well as efficient utilization and disposal of the Regional / Country Offices' assets;Refer IFAD new staff to Regional Security Officer, ADM Security or UNDSS locally to ensure they are provided with on boarding security briefings by local hosting agency and UNDSS Security Advisor in the duty station.The Corporate Services Manager (ESA) ensures forward-looking information and communication support and acts as CSD's liaison in decentralized offices, as well as focal entry point in Regional offices without relevant CSD business owners in the office. In close collaboration with ICT and in full compliance with IFAD corporate technical standards and systems terms of use, the Corporate Services Manager:Strategically supports the deployment of corporate ICT assets, systems, services and resources; Acts as point of contact and regional coordinator in cases of ICT service upgrades; Ensures that related on-boarding and handover technical briefings are coordinated timely and optimally; proposes and logistically coordinates with ICT technical training courses for corporate applications;Researches and monitors local markets to ensure availability of suitable providers for telecom or similar IT services to ensure high quality local offerings; monitors the delivery of services during execution of such contracts, including service levels and costs, and reports issues; Ensures compliance with local cost recovery mechanisms, if applicable. Co-ordinates local office support during emergencies or cybersecurity crisis; Ensures and actively promotes local compliance with corporate rules, technical standards, terms of use and conditions; supports a reliable ICT environment including regular reviews of disaster recovery local procedures; Promotes corporate ICT campaigns locally, notably in cybersecurity and new technology adoption; Acts as regional liaison with ICT on major corporate system deployments and roll-outs, or during important projects or incidents.The Corporate Services Manager (ESA) acts as CSD's liaison and ensures strong support to staff in decentralized offices in certain areas of Administration, and as focal entry point Regional offices without relevant CSD business owners in the office, focusing on achievement of the following results:IFAD decentralized office compliance with corporate human resources policies and strategies;Provide Regional and Country Directors with substantive support in managing the accreditation processes at country level and in line with the Delegation of Authority. The Corporate Services Manager (ESA) acts as CSD's liaison for Health, Safety and Wellbeing of CSD/MSU in the region/country. Under the guidance of the IFAD Medical Advisor and in close collaboration with the regional and / or country Operations Management Team(s), coordinates common health, safety and wellbeing management services or facilities for personnel and eligible dependents. The Corporate Services Manager will further facilitate MSU's engagement with local UN Physicians or medical facilities, when such support is needed to effectively and promptly respond to health and safety crises.The Corporate Services Manager (ESA) supports and has an oversight function on the work of the administrative pool in the Regional Office to support all staff in the Regional Office, and where needed liaises with the counterparts all in other IFAD departments.  MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The Corporate Services Manager (ESA) is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources. This includes, among others, people management, guiding of new and/or more junior staff, supervisory role and evaluation of performance of general service staff under his/her purview.Corporate Services Managers coordinate and oversee the work of the administrative support staff pool in the Regional Office, and ensure alignment with other corporate administrative processes. The administrative support staff pool consists normally of 4-5 General Service staff in the pool for each RO, including one more senior administrative staff member who directly supervises the remaining General Service staff in the Regional Office.  Key Performance IndicatorsThe work requires coordination with main business owners, the interpretation and application of relevant policies, rules and regulations to a broad range of simple or complex casework. Corporate Services Managers at this level analyse proposals and requests received from clients and staff and after having internally consulted within FSU and/or other CSD divisions/units make recommendations or take technically sound actions. The key results have an impact on the overall economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of Regional and Country Offices operations as it relates to the use of corporate resources in the areas of financial services, human resources, procurement and logistical services, ICT and last but not least common services and the implementation of the UN agenda on common services. Working RelationshipsThe Corporate Services Manager reports to the Chief, FSU. Within the field support unit, the incumbent's key working relationships will be with the administrative budget manager and Operations Managers within the Field Support Unit. External work relationships for Corporate Services Managers at this level are normally required to obtain information and exchange views with a range of outside sources (i.e. main business owners within CSD or FOD) to ensure actions are properly taken. The Corporate Services Manager will also be required to maintain close working relationships with the Regional Director (PMD) and other personnel from CSD, ERG, FOD, PMD, SKD, and other departments located in the Regional Office. Both internally and externally, Corporate Services Managers establish and maintain effective, collaborative relationships and project the image of a credible/reliable partner. Internal contact can reach the Director`s level within IFAD and external contact can reach to another UN entity Representative (i.e. UN Resident Coordinator or other key stakeholders) to clarify specific situations in relation to their job role and key functions and results.  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:Advanced university degree in any of the following disciplines: Public Administration or Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Management or other related fieldsThe Advanced university degree may be substituted by a first university degree plus at least four additional years of relevant professional experience over and above the minimum required number of years of experience, as stipulated below. Experience:Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) – with minimum 8 years of relevant work experienceFirst university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) – with minimum 12 years of relevant work experiencePosition specific experience:Experience in preparation and management of contracts and assets, including familiarity with complex Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).Proven experience with the management of service providers beyond contract management of one, or more, of the following areas of specialization: Accommodation, Assets (physical equipment), Facilities, Fleet, Protocol, Privileges and Logistics. Languages:Excellent English for IFAD Regional Office in ESA region (Working knowledge of another IFAD Language would be an asset) Skills: Topical expertise - Administration: 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)Written 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 languageIFAD 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 actorsChange management: Role modelling, anticipation of key risks & conflicts and formulation of contingency plans/solutions, action-orientedCollaboration: Successfully work toward a common goal with others by communicating clearly, actively listening to others, taking responsibility for mistakes, and respecting different perspectives of stakeholders.Problem 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 strategiesVerbal communication: Clear, succinct and convincing verbal communication; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic language Other InformationIFAD 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.   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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international fund for agricultural development ifad

Senior Regional Technical Specialist - P4

India, Chandīgarh , New Delhi

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 specifics: 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.   *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). Job Role The Senior Technical Specialist is an expert and knowledge builder in her/his thematic specialization. S/he provides technical expertise and guidance on generating and using new ideas to enrich the knowledge base that supports the Fund's policy agenda. With corporate-, rather than country- or regional-specific focus, s/he provides substantive contributions to understanding future trends in rural development, strengthening IFAD's strategic planning perspective and pro-actively fostering innovative and effective solutions to rural poverty within country programmes, IFAD policy, Member State governments, the academic community, and public opinion in the international development community. Work at this level is characterized by technical leadership in field of specialization, in collaboration with professional and support staff of a unit, or by the provision of authoritative technical advice. S/he works collaboratively with SKD technical specialists (both in PMI and ECG) to ensure consistency, cohesion and synergy in the application of technical advice and the provision of programme development support, facilitating knowledge flows and building communities of practice. Position specifics: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, including People Management through technical leadership and capacity development, Resource Management by providing strategic and technical advice for programme development, and Knowledge and Content Management by ensuring that: (1) knowledge content within specialty/thematic areas is continuously updated and available through IFAD's Intranet; (2) best practices are continuously identified, documented and made available to clients and peers through the internet and Intranet; and (3) appropriate and up-to-date information and learning tools are available. Position specifics: 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.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 specializationsDegree must be from an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php . 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:English (4 - Excellent)Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic (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) 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 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. 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