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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

Regional Operations Officer - P3

Ivory Coast, Abidjan , Abidjan

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 provides IFAD with the human resources, administrative services, safety and security and information technology resources required to allow IFAD to meet its objectives of enabling rural people overcome poverty.  The Field Support Unit (FSU) is fully integrated within the Corporate Services Department (CSD), servicing colleagues in the field, with the ambition of being a strategic, business oriented and fully trusted professional partner with IFAD managers and staff serving in IFAD country and liaisons offices. The unit provides a dedicated partnership to IFAD clients to ensure the efficient delivery of corporate initiatives related to its field activities as well 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 field operations and provide coordination and advisory services aimed at strengthening the functionality of IFAD Country Offices and IFAD Liaison Offices. This includes functions of field related general administration, budget monitoring and analysis for the portion is centrally managed by the Unit, coordination of outsourced services with local UN entities or later through UN Reform initiatives (BOS and CBO), service level agreements with host agencies, host country agreements, and accreditation and privileges. The incumbent works under the guidance of Chief of the Unit, and direct supervision of the Senior Operations Specialist and has a dual reporting line to the respective Regional Director. Job Role The Operations Officer will cover all aspects of management of IFAD offices in the region and operations in line with the Delegation Authority and in full alignment and consultation with the respective authorities and main business owners. This includes but not imitated to coordination of financial and human resources management related activities, facilitating efficient procurement and logistical services, ensuring ICT and common services consistent with IFAD rules and regulations. The main role is to facilitate all the administrative 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 of the operations to take into account changes in the operating environment as and when needed.  Operations Officers at this level are professionals reflecting complete understanding of general administration and service provision in the context of the Fund's mandate, work programme and enhanced decentralization. They may additionally perform a wider range of additional administration related occupations supporting Proramme Management Department (PMD) and other technical department regarding their increased delegation of authority. Within their areas of responsibility, the Operations Officers exercise a high degree of independence and due diligence in providing reliable administration and operations related services, aiming at replicating  the logic and the spirit of CSD at HQ being close to clients to better identify and address their needs through providing customized yet corporate solutions. The Operations Officers are expected either to perform certain service lines independently or to deliver the expected results through strong coordination with internal and external stakeholders (e.g. CSD divisions and UN entities on the ground).  The Chief of Unit and/or immediate supervisor are 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 Operations Officer provides guidance in the relevant areas to the administration pool based in the Regional Office and respective country offices in the region and fosters collaboration within the team and with other UN Agencies and a client-oriented approach. The Operations Officer works in close collaboration with main business owners within CSD in HQs, operations staff in other UN Agencies in particular the ones in respective local hosting agency, IFAD RO and ICO staff and Government officials to successfully deliver operations services. Key Functions and Results COORDINATION SUPPORT OF OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES: The Operations Officer, The position is in charge of coordination of operations activities in ROs/MCOs/ICOs within the region, facilitate the strategic direction of administration aspects of the field operation focusing on achievement of the following results:Contribute to the decentralized structure through providing substantive support in the establishment of new IFAD Regional Office and/or enhancement or IFAD Country Offices within his/her assigned region, through close follow-ups with respective internal and external stakeholders on all administrative related aspects.Ensure full compliance of operations with IFAD rules, regulations and policies, implementation of corporate operational strategies, monitoring of achievement of results;Establish and update internal Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and business processes mapping for regional and local Finance, Human Resources Management, Procurement, Logistical and ICT services in consultation with FSU HQ and Regional Team;Constant monitoring and analysis of the operating environment, service provision and timely readjustment of the operations, advice on risk assessment;Contribute to knowledge building and sharing concerning management and operations of CSD related matters in the offices in the region, organization of the Admin staff trainings, synthesis of lessons learnt/best practices, and sound contributions to IFAD Administrative Toolkit for the field. PARTNERSHIP BUILDING:  The Operations Officer ensures IFAD Regional and Country Offices within the region are in receipt of high quality of common service lines through establishment of strong partnerships with other UN Agencies, providing such services, with focusing on achievement of the following results:Being an active member of Operations Management Team (OMT) at regional and country level, contribute to the establishment of common services, maintenance of coordinating machinery to ensure integrated activities on common services and implementation of the UN reform.Develop and maintain a Client relationship Management system for appropriate operational partnership arrangements, to ensure establishment of collaborate arrangements with potential internal and external partners;Elaboration of 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 ensure IFAD's needs are properly addressed in all six (and beyond) common service lines.Proper planning and tracking of common services related budget (charged to FSU budget) and of IFAD's contributions to the common services also supporting the future budget forecast and planning.  ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT ACTIVITIES: The Operations Officer  contributes to effective and accurate financial resources and budget management within FSU and support Regional and Country Directors in managing their budget triggered by their enhanced delegation of authority, focusing on achievement of the following results: In close collaboration with FSU Budget Manager ensures proper planning, expenditure tracking and audit of financial resources in accordance with IFAD rules and regulations:Through working closely with the Regional Director and his/her team, organize and oversight of Regional and Country Offices annual petty cash management processes, including timely accounting and reconciliation of all transactions, security for cash assets on site;In close collaboration with FCD and FSU Budget Manager, monitoring of financial exception reports for unusual activities, transactions and investigation of anomalies or unusual transactions with regard to rent and common services. Provision of information to supervisors and other IFAD staff at HQ of the results of the investigation when satisfactory answers are not obtained;ensures provision of efficient procurement and logistical services focusing on achievement of the following results:Within the assigned region, Regional and Country Offices compliance with corporate rules and regulations in the field and elaboration of the Regional and Country Offices procurement strategies including sourcing strategy, supplier selection and evaluation, quality management, customer relationship management and introduction, performance measurement;Elaboration of the Regional and Country Offices contract strategy including tendering processes and evaluation, managing the contract and contractor, legal implications. Oversight of procurement processes and logistical services in accordance with IFAD rules and regulations, Delegation of Authority and other processes.Proper 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.ensures forward-looking information and communication support and acting as ICT's entry point in Regional and Country Offices, focusing on achievement of the following results:In close collaboration with ICT, identification of challenges and opportunities and ways of advocating the utilization of existing systems or converting local business and SOP processes into web-based systems to address the issues of efficiency and full accountability;In close collaboration with ICT, ensures and maintains secure, reliable environment for ICT and adequate planning for disasters and recoveries;ensures strong support to regional and country teams in certain areas of Administration, Human Resources and Security and acting as entry point in Regional and Country Offices without HRD presence, focusing on achievement of the following results:IFAD RO and ICOs compliance with corporate human resources policies and strategies.Ensures IFAD new staff are provided with on boarding briefings by local hosting agency and UNDSS Security Advisor in the duty station. Provide Regional and Country Directors with substantive support in managing the accreditation processes at country level and in line with the Delegation of Authority.  MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The Operations Officer is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources. Key Performance Indicators The work requires close coordination with main business owners, the interpretation and application of relevant policies, rules and regulations to a broad range of simple or complex casework. Operations Officers at this level analyse proposals and requests received from clients and staff and after having internally consulted within FSU and or CSD make recommendations or take technical 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 but last but not least common services and the implementation of the UN agenda on common services. Working Relationships Internally, Operations Officers are required to explain, clarify and achieve consensus for decisions taken or procedural changes planned. These contacts are with Chief, supervisor, budget manager and other Operations Officers within the Field Support Unit. External work relationships for Operations Officers 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 in particular FCD) dealing with such to ensure actions are properly taken. Both internally and externally, Operations Officers 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. UNDP Representative or UN Resident Coordinator) to clarify specific situation in relation to their job role and key functions and results. Job Profile Requirements Organizational Competencies: Level 1:Building relationships and partnerships - Builds and maintains effective working relationshipsCommunicating and negotiating - Communicates effectively; creates understanding between self and othersDemonstrating leadership - Personal leadership and attitude to changeFocusing on clients - Focuses on clientsLearning, sharing knowledge and innovating - Continuously seeks to learn, shares knowledge & innovatesManaging performance and developing staff -Managing time, resources and information - Manages own time, information and resources effectivelyProblem-solving and decision-making - Demonstrates sound problem-solving and decision-making abilityStrategic thinking and organizational development - Personal influenceTeam working - Contributes effectively to the team Education:Advanced university degree in any of the following disciplines: Public Administration or Business Administration, Economics, Management or other related fields. Experience:At least five years of relevant work experience. Experience in preparation and management of contracts and assets, including familiarity with complex Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Proven experience in managing one, or more, of the following areas of specialization: Accommodation, Assets (physical equipment), Facilities, Fleet, Protocol, and Privileges, Travel. Languages:Excellent English and working knowledge of French  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 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, staff members are subject to the authority of the President who 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. This service is offered free of charge to Swiss nationals.   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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07/10/2021
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Lead Advisor Policy & Results - P5

Italy, Lazio , Rome

Organizational Setting The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people. IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and  advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation. The Programme Management Department (PMD), under the leadership of an Associate Vice-President (AVP), is responsible for the overall programme of loans and grants of the Fund and is composed of five (5) regional divisions and the Operational Policy and Results Division (OPR). OPR oversees operational policies and procedures, operational training through corporate learning programmes, compliance with environmental and social safeguards and project procurement policies, and operational performance monitoring and results reporting. It also manages IFAD's self-evaluation architecture, including the interface with the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE), and the performance-based allocation system (PBAS), and coordinates the drive for enhanced transparency and value for money.  It is also responsible for overseeing corporate databases, including the Operational Results Management System (ORMS) and the Corporate Dashboard. During the project cycle, OPR plays an important role during project design as a secretariat for quality reviews, and is responsible for determining project categorization, including environmental. OPR also plays a pivotal role in coordinating the implementation of commitments emanating from replenishment consultations. The position is located in the OPR division and works under ththe strategic management, policy guidance and supervision of the Director of the OPR Division. Job Role The Lead Adviser (LA) is a leading professional in her/his field with significant operational experience in IFAD or similar MDBs / IFIs. The LA technically supports senior management to ensure proper oversight and leadership of operations as well as PMD inputs into the corporate agenda. The Lead Advisor as the most senior recognized authority on results and resource issues and is accountable for IFAD's core values of integrity, transparency, value for money, competitiveness and equity. Position Specifics: The Lead Advisor Policy and Results will provide technical oversight for the design, implementation and compliance of corporate results reporting and portfolio management.  He/she will work closely with the five regional divisions to provide strategic leadership and overall policy direction to policy and results, and ensure coherence in the application of IFAD's operational policies and procedures related to results and portfolio management.  He/she will also work closely with other relevant staff within PMD and across other departments and divisions to ensure IFAD's results agenda and portfolio management reflects corporate decisions and best practice. Key Functions and Results POLICY AND STRATEGY ADVICE AND DEVELOPMENT: On the basis of the state-of-the-art knowledge and analysis of current thematic conditions, emerging economic and social challenges, and the state of rural poverty globally and in the region/sub-regions, the LA provides authoritative advice to improve the capacity and quality of IFAD on policy analysis, policy development, and strategic thinking with particular focus on projects and COSOPs. PROGRAMME ADVICE AND DEVELOPMENT: On the basis of their operational and thematic expertise and skills, the LA ensures appropriate and up-to-date authoritative strategic advice to the senior management in their role leading PMD – including country programmes, project design, quality assurance processes, implementation support and monitoring to optimize positive programme results.  KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING: The LA ensures access to the latest sources of knowledge and innovation, strengthen regional and national technical capacity and lead the preparation of knowledge products and advisory partnerships as well as coordinating knowledge dissemination and learning processes for enhanced capacity building. S/he will serve as resource person reaching out beyond IFAD regional divisions to partners in development and stakeholders at the corporate and global level. PARTNERSHIP BUILDING AND RESOURCE MOBILIZATION: The LA develops and maintains a network of peer contacts and partners outside IFAD to keep abreast of recent developments and trends and facilitate brokering of information, knowledge exchanges, IFAD positioning in the global arena, and joint advocacy to enhance the Fund's profile as a highly competent and viable partner in development and results.  MONITORING AND REPORTING: The LA supports the supervisor in the monitoring of the Departmental Performance Plan and the budgetary resources under their purview. S/He also performs other monitoring and reporting activities to enhance programme, corporate and funding decisions. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The LA is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources. This includes: (a) People Management through support to recruitment of technical specialists and technical leadership/capacity development, coaching and mentoring of new and/or more junior staff, supervisory role and evaluation of performance of professionals and general service staff under her/his purview; b) Resource Management by providing strategic and technical advice into programme development, and Knowledge and Content Management by ensuring thatknowledge content within specialty/thematic area is continuously updated and available through the intranet; thatbest practices are continuously identified, documented and made available to clients and peers through the inter-/intra-net and that (3) appropriate and up-to-date information and learning tools are available. Position specific:  STRATEGY AND EFFECTIVENESS MANAGEMENT: The Lead Advisor Policy and Results provides overall strategic and technical direction to ensure that IFAD-financed projects are conducted effectively and efficiently and are consistent with applicable corporate policies and guidelines. She/he is accountable for leading and managing medium to long-term strategies, reforms and innovations. She/he provides authoritative advice and guidance to management as well as to portfolio and other operational staff on strategic and complex operational issues. More specifically, the Lead Advisor is accountable for:Ensuring that IFAD has fit for purpose best practice results and impact framework which responds to the needs of country teams, governments and other external stakeholders. This includes:Keeping abreast with international best practices and engage in global networks,Setting the results and reporting standards for IFAD.Overseeing the Results Management Framework (RMFs) roll-out and implementationLeading IFAD's development, implementation, update, tracking and reporting of the RMF and related IFAD committments.Acting as the global technical custodian of these policies for IFAD.Identifying, collating, generating, and disseminating current knowledge, lessons, trends and development pertaining to results and resource allocation and utilization.Advising senior management on overall risks and mitigation strategies in the area of the portfolio and pipeline of lending and grants. QUALITY CONTROL AND ASSURANCE: The Lead Advisor Policy and Results strategically guides the organization in the establishment of a coherent and cutting-edge policy and results framework for operations through a unified taxonomy. In this capacity, he/she works across the different OPR teams to ensure appropriate quality of operational policies and procedures, with special attention to interdependencies and policy coherence.  He/she also oversees the function and delivery of operational oversight and support services across IFAD's portfolio, ensuring appropriate fiduciary and quality controls, and consistent application of IFAD's project standards. She/he leads the development and organization of systems and processes for consistently high-quality risk-based reviews of all aspects throughout IFAD's programming cycle (including country strategy development, project design and supervision, portfolio performance review and completion). She/he is the custodian of all operational procedures related to results, and ensures coherent interpretation and application of relevant operational procedures, guidelines and standards across IFAD's project portfolio. More specifically, the Lead Advisor is accountable for:Leading the development of standards, procedures, trainings, guidance, and toolkits supporting strong quality control and assurance regarding corporate results;Ensuring that project financing is in line with programmed resources and pipeline planning;Reviewing COSOPs and projects at concept (OSC), final review (DRM) and Quality Assurance Group stages with a view to ensuring results and monitoring standard adherence and providing clear guidance for the steps needed to be taken by the programme/project teams.Providing overall quality assurance across IFAD's global portfolio of projects. POLICY DIALOGUE He/she specifically promotes a constructive dialogue and advances partnerships on operational matters, and provides technical backstopping for monitoring & evaluation, including national capacity building, with Borrower/Recipient government officials, counterparts in other multilateral development banks and international organizations. She/he attends high-level policy meetings/fora on key operational policy areas to exchange best practices. The Lead Advisor is also responsible for overseeing appropriate training on operational and policy procedures for IFAD staff through the Operations Academy, and actively engages with relevant divisions to increase awareness and understanding of key operational policies and procedures. Key Performance Indicators Assignments require the provision of authoritative professional expertise and technical leadership at the global, regional and national levels. LAs define, propose, revise and/or develop programmes or policies for the Fund and represent the position of IFAD in national, regional as well as global fora and conferences and partnerships. Innovation is required in the adaptation and development of approaches and methods to evolving technical and programmatic contexts. Work at this level is considered as substantially complex and of critical concern to the Fund. In particular, analytical and advisory work requires in-depth identification and consideration of a full range of factors relevant to the examination and discussion of programme problems and policies in the solution of methodological problems or in the formulation of policy proposals and project recommendations.  Position specific: The key results have an impact on the overall effectiveness and efficiency in change management and success in establishment and implementation of operational policies and procedures to accompany the new organizational architecture and business model for IFAD12 and beyond. Establishment and implementation of the monitoring and control system for corporate results reporting, portfolio management and resource allocation / utilization. Working RelationshipsThe work relationships of Adivosrs involve the provision of authoritative technical advice and the negotiation and resolution of problems that arise in mission planning, technical project appraisal or the preparation of studies and reports. S/He typically serves as the Fund's Lead technical advisor in the field of specialization and exercises wide professional latitude in contacts in her/his field(s), providing technical leadership and methodological guidance to management, national governments, development partners and other staff in the technical area of specialization. Position specific: Within the parameters of a Lead Advisor at this level, she/he serves as the lead strategic advisor on policy development and compliance. A combination of authoritative expertise on operational policy, results and resource management, ensuring overall oversight and adherence to IFAD's commitments and policies. Job Profile Requirements Organizational Competencies (Level 2)Strategic thinking and organizational development: Personal influenceDemonstrating Leadership: Leads by example; initiates and supports changeLearning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Challenges, innovates and contributes to a learning cultureFocusing on clients: Contributes to a client-focused cultureProblem solving and decision making: Solves complex problems and makes decisions that have wider corporate impactManaging time, resources and information: Coordinates wider use of time, information and/or resourcesTeam Work: Fosters a cohesive team environmentCommunicating and negotiating: Acquires and uses a wide range of communication styles and skillsBuilding relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains strategic partnerships internally and externallyManaging performance and developing staff: Manages staff and teams effectively Education:Level - Advanced university degreeAreas – Political science / international relations, economics, law, public administration, finance, development; or a related field.Degree must be an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php. Work experience:At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience in operational policy implementation, compliance, law and/or development in a multilateral development bank or international financial institution with solid understanding of IFI's project cycles as well as safeguard, legal and governance frameworks.Three (3) years in a multi-cultural organization or national organization providing support on a global scope.Position-specific experience: At least 7 years of solid experience in managing teams and systems in high pressure environments as well as managing other resources (e.g., financial and material).  At least 5 years of relevant international experience in results reporting and portfolio management. A track record of designing and implementing high level corporate strategies Languages:Required English (4 – Excellent)Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic  Skills: Job role specificLeadership: Group thought leader, sought out by others and providing mentorship and effective guidance to others; Ability to build trust, inside and outside the organization by acting as a role model for IFAD's core values and competencies, and to provide a clear sense of direction, mentorship and effective guidance to the team, strategizing the IFAD's goals, giving the vision, empowering the team and ensuring a positive environment for all; 4Political acumen: Ability to conduct sound political analysis and understand complex environments, providing options and advice; IFAD partners , Knowledge of IFAD's partners' functioning and mandate , such as the public sector (e.g. governments and policy, institutions and system), non-state actors (NGOs, CSOs, Foundations, etc.) and private sector actors; 4Policy Dialogue: Know-how in the representation of IFAD as a trusted and strategic partner, advocating and promoting IFAD's mandate and vision;  effective consultations with IFAD counterparts — line ministries and governmental bodies at all administrative levels, donors, civil society; 4Advocacy: Know-how in advocacy, to maintain and promote constructive dialogue around IFAD's vision to external actors; 4Change management: Role modelling, anticipation of key risks & conflicts and formulation of contingency plans/solutions, action-oriented 4Evidence-based policy: Know-how in the formulation of concrete and actionable policy recommendations based on hard evidence (going beyond simple data interpretation); 4Synthesis: Outstanding ability to synthesize and simplify complex technical information for a variety of (non-technical) audiences; 4Stakeholder Management: Strong alignment capabilities and consultation skills, building on effective interactions and relationships with different stakeholders (e.g. for the co-creation of communication material with member states) and ability to build and maintain a strong network (e.g. with journalists, media outlets, etc.); 4Strategy implementation: Ability to lead and manage the development and implementation of medium to longer-term strategies for IFAD / for respective divisions; 4Resources management: Know-how in the management of human, financial and material management of IFAD resources 4Specialized communication skills: Ability to negotiate on behalf of IFAD and drive for creative and pragmatic solutions in complex negotiations with key partners, both public and private sector 4Written communication: Clear, succinct and convincing written communication in the language needed for specific role ; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic language   (e.g. for drafting of position papers, briefings, etc.); 4Interpersonal skills: Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with others (e.g. visitors, clients, callers, etc.), including senior individuals (e.g. high-level meeting participants); 4Adaptability: Adaptability and flexibility when facing new or unexpected situations, and to specific constraints and circumstances and managing complex processes; 4Programme/Project development, management: Know-how in Programme/Project development, implementation, management; 4Risk 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 (e.g. reputational). 3 Position specificKnoweldge of existing results reporting systems and portfolio management issues in IFAD or comparable IFIs / development agencies;Business acumen: private sector knowledge, Outstanding ability to synthesize and simplify complex technical information for a variety of (non-technical) audiences  4Economic evaluation: Know-how relevant to specific role in Evaluation roles (e.g. Monitoring and managing evaluation processes and methodologies, carrying out Programme/Project evaluation,  Impact evaluation, Corporate-level evaluation). 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, staff members are subject to the authority of the President who 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. This service is offered free of charge to Swiss nationals.   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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07/10/2021
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Lead Advisor - P5

Italy, Lazio , Rome
Nonprofit/Community/Social Services
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 Programme Management Department (PMD), under the leadership of an Associate Vice-President (AVP), is responsible for the overall programme of loans and grants of the Fund and is composed of five (5) regional divisions and the Operational Policy and Results Division (OPR).  OPR oversees operational policies and procedures, operational training through corporate learning programmes, compliance with environmental and social safeguards and project procurement policies, and operational performance monitoring and results reporting. It also manages IFAD's self-evaluation architecture, including the interface with the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE), and the performance-based allocation system (PBAS), and coordinates the drive for enhanced transparency and value for money.  It is also responsible for overseeing corporate databases, including the Operational Results Management System (ORMS) and the Corporate Dashboard. During the project cycle, OPR plays an important role during project design as a secretariat for quality reviews, and is responsible for determining project categorization, including environmental. OPR also plays a pivotal role in coordinating the implementation of commitments emanating from replenishment consultations. IFAD is also an implementing agency of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), Least Developed Country Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund. These funds complement IFAD's baseline activities to further integrate environment and climate change considerations in rural development operations and to channel climate finance to poor smallholders The position is located in the OPR division and the incumbent works under the strategic management, policy guidance and supervision of the Director of the Operational Policy and Results Division. Job Role The Lead Advisor (LA) is a leading professional in her/his field with significant operational experience in IFAD or similar MDBs / IFIs. The LA technically supports senior management to ensure proper oversight and leadership of operations as well as PMD inputs into the corporate agenda. The Lead Advisor as the most senior recognized authority on corporate Social, Environment and Climate Assessment Procedures (SECAP) policy and compliance, on operational matters, is accountable for IFAD's core values of integrity, transparency, value for money, competitiveness and equity. S/he provides technical oversight for the design, implementation and compliance of operational (Social, Environmental and Climate Change) SECAP policies and procedures.  S/he works closely with the five regional divisions to provide strategic leadership and overall policy direction to operations and ensure coherence in the application of IFAD's operational policies and procedures and works closely with other relevant staff within PMD and across other departments and divisions such as ECG to ensure independence and accountability of SECAP compliance at all phases of the project cycle. Key Functions and Results POLICY AND STRATEGY ADVICE AND DEVELOPMENT: On the basis of the state-of-the-art knowledge and analysis of current thematic conditions, emerging environmental and social challenges, and the state of rural poverty globally and in the region/sub-regions, the LA provides authoritative advice to improve the capacity and quality of IFAD on the design and implementation of social and environmental safeguards and related policies.  PROGRAMME ADVICE AND DEVELOPMENT: On the basis of their operational and thematic expertise and skills, the LA ensures appropriate and up-to-date authoritative strategic advice to the senior management in their role leading PMD – including country programmes, project design, quality assurance processes, implementation support and monitoring to optimize positive programme results and compliance.   KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING: The LA ensures access to the latest sources of knowledge and innovation, strengthen regional and national technical capacity and lead the preparation of knowledge products and advisory partnerships as well as coordinating knowledge dissemination and learning processes for enhanced capacity building. S/he will serve as resource person reaching out beyond IFAD regional divisions to partners in development and stakeholders at the corporate and global level.  PARTNERSHIP BUILDING AND RESOURCE MOBILIZATION: The LA develops and maintains a network of peer contacts and partners outside IFAD to keep abreast of recent developments and trends and facilitate brokering of information, knowledge exchanges, IFAD positioning in the global arena, and joint advocacy to enhance the Fund's profile as a highly competent and viable partner in development and safeguards.   MONITORING AND REPORTING: The LA supports the supervisor in the monitoring of the Departmental Performance Plan and the budgetary resources under their purview. S/He also performs other monitoring and reporting activities to enhance compliance and adherence to IFAD's safeguards and other policies. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The LA is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources. This includes: (a) People Management through support to recruitment of technical specialists and technical leadership/capacity development, coaching and mentoring of new and/or more junior staff, supervisory role and evaluation of performance of professionals and general service staff under her/his purview; b) Resource Management by providing strategic and technical advice into programme development, and Knowledge and Content Management by ensuring that Knowledge content within specialty/thematic area is continuously updated and available through the intranet; that Best practices are continuously identified, documented and made available to clients and peers through the inter-/intra-net and that (3) appropriate and up-to-date information and learning tools are available. Position specific: STRATEGY AND EFFECTIVENESS MANAGEMENT: The Lead Advisor (SECAP) provides overall strategic and technical direction to ensure that IFAD-financed projects are conducted effectively and efficiently and are consistent with applicable corporate policies and guidelines. She/he is accountable for leading and managing medium to long-term strategies, reforms and innovations. She/he provides authoritative advice and guidance to management as well as to procurement and other operational staff on strategic and complex operational procurement issues.  The Lead Advisor will take a leadership role in strengthening IFAD's systems for compliance with the Social, Environmental and Climate Change (SECAP) procedures, ensuring independence, accountability and transparency throughout the project cycle.More specifically, the Lead Advisor is accountable for: Ensuring that IFAD has fit for purpose best practice environmental and social safeguards that identify and manage the environmental and social impacts, risks, and opportunities of projects through the programme and project life cycle. This includes:Keeping abreast with international best practices and engage in global networks, Setting the safeguard standards for IFAD. Overseeing SECAP roll-out and implementationLeading IFAD's development, implementation, update, tracking and reporting of SECAP standards and compliance. Acting as the global technical custodian of these standards for IFAD. Identifying, collating, generating, and disseminating current knowledge, lessons, trends and development pertaining to SECAP.Advising senior management on overall risks and mitigation strategies in the area of SECAP including advising IFAD's senior management and staff on responses to safeguards related complaints. QUALITY CONTROL AND ASSURANCE: The Lead Advisor (SECAP) strategically guides the organization in the establishment of a coherent and cutting-edge policy and procedural framework for operations through a unified taxonomy. In this capacity, he/she works across the different OPR teams to ensure appropriate quality of operational policies and procedures, with special attention to interdependencies and policy coherence.  He/she also oversees the function and delivery of operational oversight and support services across IFAD's portfolio, ensuring appropriate fiduciary and quality controls, and consistent application of IFAD's project standards. She/he leads the development and organization of systems and processes for consistently high-quality risk-based reviews of all aspects throughout IFAD's programming cycle (including country strategy development, project design and supervision, portfolio performance review and completion). She/he is the custodian of all operational procedures related to safeguarding, and ensures coherent interpretation and application of relevant operational procedures, guidelines and standards across IFAD's project portfolio.  More specifically, the Lead Advisor is accountable for: Leading the development of standards, procedures, trainings, guidance, and toolkits supporting strong quality control and assurance regarding SECAP. As overall Lead specialist, advising project delivery teams and IFAD staff on strategy and range of interventions and provide support for on-going and future work in the SECAP areas.Reviewing COSOPs and projects at concept (OSC), final review (DRM) and Quality Assurance Group stages with a view to ensuring SECAP standard adherence and providing clear guidance for the steps needed to be taken by the programme/project teams. Providing overall quality assurance across IFAD's global portfolio of projects where safeguards are triggered and monitor key risks. Coordinating the problem solving function of IFAD's Complaints procedure and monitor complaints POLICY DIALOGUE: He/she specifically promotes a constructive dialogue and advances partnerships on operational matters, and provides technical backstopping for SECAP, including national capacity building, with Borrower/Recipient government officials, counterparts in other multilateral development banks and international organizations.  Key Performance Indicators Assignments require the provision of authoritative professional expertise and technical leadership at the global, regional and national levels. LEAD Advisors define, propose, revise and/or develop programmes or policies for the Fund and represent the position of IFAD in national, regional as well as global fora and conferences and partnerships. Innovation is required in the adaptation and development of approaches and methods to evolving technical and programmatic contexts. Work at this level is considered as substantially complex and of critical concern to the Fund. In particular, analytical and advisory work requires in-depth identification and consideration of a full range of factors relevant to the examination and discussion of programme problems and policies in the solution of methodological problems or in the formulation of policy proposals and project recommendations.   Position specific:  The key results have an impact on the overall effectiveness and efficiency in change management and success in establishment and implementation of operational policies and procedures to accompany the new organizational architecture and business model for IFAD12 and beyond. Establishment and implementation of the monitoring and control system for procurement and SECAP, facilitate problem solving and monitor IFAD's Complaints Procedure, timely and appropriate delivery of services ensures risk management and contingency plans, as well as client satisfaction and overall timely delivery of IFAD programmes and projects. Working Relationships The work relationships of Lead Advisors involve the provision of authoritative technical advice and the negotiation and resolution of problems that arise in mission planning, technical project appraisal or the preparation of studies and reports. S/He typically serves as the Fund's Lead technical advisor in the field of specialization and exercises wide professional latitude in contacts in her/his field(s), providing technical leadership and methodological guidance to management, national governments, development partners and other staff in the technical area of specialization. Position specific:  Within the parameters of a Lead Advisor at this level, she/he serves as the lead strategic advisor on policy development and compliance. A combination of authoritative expertise on operational policy, risk management and ensuring overall oversight and adherence to IFAD's environmental, social and climate policies, priorities and procedures. Job Profile Requirements Organizational Competencies (Level 2)Strategic thinking and organizational development: Personal influence Demonstrating Leadership: Leads by example; initiates and supports change Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Challenges, innovates and contributes to a learning culture Focusing on clients: Contributes to a client-focused culture Problem solving and decision making: Solves complex problems and makes decisions that have wider corporate impact Managing time, resources and information: Coordinates wider use of time, information and/or resources Team Work: Fosters a cohesive team environment Communicating and negotiating: Acquires and uses a wide range of communication styles and skills Building relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains strategic partnerships internally and externally Managing performance and developing staff: Manages staff and teams effectively Education: Level - Advanced university degree Areas - Law, public procurement, public administration, finance, environment, social development; or a related field.Degree must be an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php  Work experience: At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience in operational policy implementation, compliance, law and/or development in a multilateral development bank or international financial institution with solid understanding of IFI's project cycles as well as safeguard, legal and governance frameworks. Three (3) years in a multi-cultural organization or national organization providing support on a global scope.Position-specific experience: At least 7 years of solid experience in managing teams and systems in high pressure environments as well as managing other resources (e.g., financial and material).  At least 5 years of relevant international experience in environmental, social and climate safeguard systems. A track record of strategizing, managing and delivering complex public procurement programmes would be an asset Languages: Required English (4 – Excellent) Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic  Skills:  Job role specific Leadership: Group thought leader, sought out by others and providing mentorship and effective guidance to others; Ability to build trust, inside and outside the organization by acting as a role model for IFAD's core values and competencies, and to provide a clear sense of direction, mentorship and effective guidance to the team, strategizing the IFAD's goals, giving the vision, empowering the team and ensuring a positive environment for all; 4Political acumen: Ability to conduct sound political analysis and understand complex environments, providing options and advice; IFAD partners , Knowledge of IFAD's partners' functioning and mandate , such as the public sector (e.g. governments and policy, institutions and system), non-state actors (NGOs, CSOs, Foundations, etc.) and private sector actors; 3Policy Dialogue: Know-how in the representation of IFAD as a trusted and strategic partner, advocating and promoting IFAD's mandate and vision;  effective consultations with IFAD counterparts — line ministries and governmental bodies at all administrative levels, donors, civil society; 4Advocacy: Know-how in advocacy, to maintain and promote constructive dialogue around IFAD's vision to external actors; 4Change management: Role modelling, anticipation of key risks & conflicts and formulation of contingency plans/solutions, action-oriented 4Evidence-based policy, Know-how in the formulation of concrete and actionable policy recommendations based on hard evidence (going beyond simple data interpretation); 4Synthesis: Outstanding ability to synthesize and simplify complex technical information for a variety of (non-technical) audiences; 4Stakeholder Management: Strong alignment capabilities and consultation skills, building on effective interactions and relationships with different stakeholders (e.g. for the co-creation of communication material with member states) and ability to build and maintain a strong network (e.g. with journalists, media outlets, etc.); 4Strategy implementation:Ability to lead and manage the development and implementation of medium to longer-term strategies for IFAD / for respective divisions; 4Resources management: Know-how in the management of human, financial and material management of IFAD resources; 3Specialized communication skills: Ability to negotiate on behalf of IFAD and drive for creative and pragmatic solutions in complex negotiations with key partners, both public and private sector 4Written communication: Clear, succinct and convincing written communication in the language needed for specific role ; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic language   (e.g. for drafting of position papers, briefings, etc.); 4Interpersonal skills: Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with others (e.g. visitors, clients, callers, etc.), including senior individuals (e.g. high-level meeting participants); 4Adaptability: Adaptability and flexibility when facing new or unexpected situations, and to specific constraints and circumstances and managing complex processes; 4Programme/Project development, management: Know-how in Programme/Project development, implementation, management; 3Risk management (e.g. reputational): Identification and assessment of potential liabilities and risks in IFAD's activities, particularly vis-à-vis third parties; ability to handle risks via contingency and mitigation strategies (e.g. reputational). 3 Position specific Social & Environmental Safeguards: Know-how in Social & Environmental compliance as specified in the IFAD's Social, Environmental and Climate Assessment Procedures (SECAP). 4Business acumen, private sector knowledge, Outstanding ability to synthesize and simplify complex technical information for a variety of (non-technical) audiences.  4 Other InformationApplicants 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, staff members are subject to the authority of the President who 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. This service is offered free of charge to Swiss nationals.   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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