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Site: Italy, Lazio, Rome
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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

Director, Private Sector Operations - D1

Italy, Lazio , Rome

Organizational SettingThe International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people. IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at the local, national, and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation. The Programme Management Department (PMD), under the leadership of an Associate Vice-President, is responsible for the overall programme of loans and grants of the Fund and is composed of five (5) regional divisions and the Private Sector Operations Division. The five regional divisions are: Asia and the Pacific (APR), East and Southern Africa (ESA), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), West and Central Africa (WCA), and Near East, North Africa and Europe (NEN).The position is located in the Private Sector Operations Division (PSD) which is responsible for private sector investment, market diagnostic, and business development. *The Division works in close coordination with other divisions in PMD and other departments, offices, and divisions in IFAD. In alignment with the decentralised structure of the Fund, the division operates in a geographically distributed manner, including IFAD Headquarters and Regional Offices. The Director, PSD works under the direct supervision of the Associate Vice President (AVP), PMD. *The structure of IFAD is currently undergoing a recalibration process. The definite set-up of the Private Sector Operations Division is being finalized and is subject to organizational adjustments. Further details will be communicated to selected candidates during the recruitment process. Job RoleDirectors are responsible for managing a division. The main focus of Director positions is strategic leadership, innovation, and management. Most typically as a member of a departmental management team, they are responsible for managing and supervising the delivery of a division's programme of work within an allocated budget.The Director, PSD is responsible for ensuring a client focused problem-solving approach, and support close and efficient working relations with operations, in particular ensuring strong operational support to the regional divisions and other operational and technical divisions and project staff.The incumbent is responsible for leading, managing, and motivating a team of managers/senior specialists who are also supervisors, specialists, and assistants, under the overall guidance and supervision of the Associate Vice-President Programme Management Department (PMD).In particular, the Director, Private Sector Operations Division (PSD) manages and co-ordinates the delivery of IFAD's Private Sector portfolio and priorities and is responsible for the management of the division's human, financial, and material resources.  Key Functions and ResultsVISION & STRATEGY: Directors at IFAD are responsible for developing and promoting a strategic vision that translates the Organization's corporate and departmental mandates; strategies, goals, and objectives into a divisional programme of work. They ensure that the division's activities are integrated with the overall Fund mandates and strategies, and they participate in the design of IFAD's strategic approaches. Directors set and communicate clear strategic and operational objectives and are held accountable for the division being seen as a credible and trusted partner in managing for results and as an innovator in its field.POLICY DEVELOPMENT & ADVICE: Directors provide leadership in the development and interpretation of major policies, regulations, and rules, and systems that govern the work of a division and ensure they support divisional goals and objectives within the overall Fund mandates and strategies. Directors also serve as trusted business/programme advisors with a significant role in authoritative policy advice within the Fund at the senior management level as well as in policy dialogue in their representational activities. PROGRAME MANAGEMENT: Directors provide leadership in (a) all phases of the division's medium term planning and management, including operational requirements such as (i) establishing annual work plans, (ii) ensuring regular programme assessment and (iii) identifying opportunities for innovation and implementation of best practices generated within the Fund as well as in peer organizations, both private and public; (b) reviewing and innovating core processes of the division in order to achieve better efficiency and effectiveness, as well as financial sustainability, of operations; (c) enhancing synergy among divisional staff and holding staff accountable for results and (d) ensuring the preparation of all divisional publications, reports, and governing bodies documents. MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES: Directors are responsible for ensuring the transparent, equitable, and efficient management of IFAD's resources, including human, financial, and material resources. This includes managing staff through workforce planning, recruitment, performance management, and career development. Directors are also responsible for managing the division's budget, ensuring accountability and integrity. Additionally, they are responsible for managing material resources and promoting knowledge and content management to achieve innovative outcomes and cost-effective processes. Directors also leverage information technology to improve business results, reporting processes, and client services. REPRESENTATION: Directors serve as designated representatives of the Fund. They catalyse effective partnerships with a broad range of institutions including borrowers, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, UN agencies, funds and programmes, international financial institutions (IFls), non-governmental organizations and academic institutions for the purpose of programme co-operation,  knowledge sharing,  policy dialogue, and/or resource mobilization. Directors represent the Fund in official United Nations committees and networks, and in IFls, multilateral and bilateral meetings, symposia, fora, and Global conferences upon request of the President, and build organizational networks with peers in major private, public, and international institutions.Given that PSD is a new element in IFAD's corporate structure and in the Programme Management Department, the Director, PSD is responsible for leading the establishment of the Division, including an initial phase of transition and fine-tuning of roles and responsibilities and of definition of specific lines of collaboration and division of labour with relevant divisions. This includes in particular PMD Regional Divisions, which include IFAD country programmes led by Country Directors, of which private sector operations will need to become an integral part, alongside sovereign operations. It also includes divisions tasked with providing technical advisory functions to country programmes in areas specifically relevant to investment projects, notably the Sustainable Production, Markets and Institutions (PMI) and Environment, Climate and Social Inclusion (ECG) divisions, those tasked with fundraising for public and private investment operations, notably the Global Engagement, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization (GPR) division, and offices and departments with legal (LEG), fiduciary and financial management (FOD), and risk management (RMO) functions.In parallel with the establishment of the division, the Director, PSD is responsible for providing intellectual leadership and managerial oversight to the work of the Private Sector Operations Division, and to provide an authoritative contribution to the integration of Private Sector Investment into IFAD's operations and overall business model.  The key responsibilities for the Director, PSD include:Leading the development of IFAD's Private Sector Strategy and of all related implementation frameworks and guidelines, ensuring proper coordination with relevant departments and divisions. Leading the development, updating, and implementation of strategies, guidelines, and procedures related to the Private Sector Financing Programme.Leading the teams in charge of the identification, design, processing, structuring, blending, implementation, and evaluation of private sector investments and other interventions to promote private sector innovative financing solutions using new approaches and innovative platforms in IFAD's member countries.Ensuring strategic focus and managerial oversight over IFAD's portfolio of private sector investment transactions, including origination, structuring, and execution of transactions and portfolio management functions. Providing leadership on private sector operations on the use of IFAD's lending and credit enhancement products, guarantees, technical assistance, grants, blended finance, etc. through non-sovereign financing structures and stimulate market-based co-financing.Providing strategic insights and advice to the AVP, PMD and to Regional Directors, and through PSD staff, to Country Directors, to improve the integration of private sector investment into regional portfolios and into country programmes, and to support coordinated efforts between regional teams and IFAD HQ in designing financial products for private sector investment based on industry best practice and responsive to IFAD's unique client niche and business model.Jointly with the Programme Management Department and Office of Technical Delivery, developing country private sector development programmes spanning upstream, midstream, and downstream activities, liaising with development partners on co-financing opportunities, and seeking to promote partnerships with the private sector in areas of high potential impact for IFAD's mandate.Ensuring strategic direction in IFAD's Country Operations Strategy (COSOP) and programming and that, pipeline, and portfolio management activities are reviewed from a private sector perspective.Working closely with Country and technical teams on private sector assessments and diagnostics leading to the development of clear and actionable PSD strategies aligned with the country operations strategy (COSOP).Building and maintaining strong partnerships with private sector stakeholders and government officials to help develop and execute new and on-going projects.Leading the development of knowledge, communication, and capacity building tools to strengthen IFAD's private sector operations and to further the integration of private sector investment into IFAD's corporate culture and process. Representing the organization in relevant industry forums and events to ensure that IFAD's private sector investments are informed by best industry practice and contribute to advancing industry engagement in the area of IFAD's mandate. Liaising and coordinate with relevant sectoral and cross-cutting departments and offices to foster a corporate approach.Assisting in knowledge dissemination activities (workshops, seminars, conferences, social media, etc.) and in the preparation of knowledge products in collaboration with relevant IFAD departments and offices. Key Performance IndicatorsDirectors establish IFAD's priorities and provide leadership to division-level programme, and operational management activities, ensuring a results-based approach to meeting assigned goals and objectives.Leadership activities include the optimal utilization of human, financial, technology, and material resources for greater efficiency and effectiveness. As Director, PSD, specific KPIs will include successfully leading the establishment and consolidation of the functions of the Division in its initial years of operation, growing the portfolio of IFAD's private sector investments in alignment with the Fund's mandate, while supporting and developing investment platforms to catalyze additional resources from private sector entities, IFIs / MDBs and other partners alongside or blended with IFAD's own-account private sector investments, and all within the scope of IFAD's corporate risk appetite and financial structure. KPIs would further include providing strategic guidance on the deployment of private sector resources (including borrowed resources) during each replenishment period and delivering a measurable contribution to the integration of public and private investment portfolios into IFAD's country programmes. From a competency perspective, key performance indicators will be related to establishing and effectively maintaining productive collaboration, communication, and teamwork within the division and between PSD and other divisions tasked with leading IFAD country programmes, technical advice for private investment operations, fundraising and partnership management, and programming private sector investment resources. Working RelationshipsDirectors are responsible for building and maintaining strong working relationships both within and outside of IFAD. Internally, Directors provide strategic advice to senior management and collaborate with other divisions to ensure effective coordination of programme planning and activities. Externally, Directors develop strategic partnerships with a range of institutions, including borrowers, development agencies, UN agencies, and non-governmental organizations, for the purpose of programme cooperation, knowledge sharing, policy dialogue, and resource mobilization. Directors also represent IFAD in official committees, meetings, and conferences, and build organizational networks with peers in major private, public, and international financial institutions. PMD Directors have additional responsibility for ensuring a "one team" approach to operations across divisions.The Director, PSD works in close collaboration and coordination with PMD Regional Directors, to facilitate the smooth integration of private sector investments into their respective regional portfolios, and to ensure the smooth integration of private sector investments into country programmes led by Country Directors. The incumbent works closely with the Directors of IFAD's Sustainable Production, Markets and Institutions (PMI) and Environment, Climate, and Social Inclusion (ECG) divisions to ensure complementarity and alignment in relevant areas of technical advisory functions to country programmes led by Country Directors, including design and delivery of country strategies and investment projects co-financed by IFAD through core resources and/or through supplementary funds (including climate finance). The incumbent proactively facilitates and ensures a clear and productive division of labour between Regional Divisions, PMI, ECG, and PSD in the design and delivery of country strategies and investment projects and ensures smooth collaboration between PSD and other divisions that have roles in the mobilization of resources for IFAD's private sector investments and in the management and programming of these resources. The Director, PSD advises IFAD's senior management on operational matters related to IFAD's private sector investment and is an active contributor to corporate efforts to strengthen IFAD's capacity to work effectively in this domain.   Job Profile RequirementsOrganizational Competencies Strategic thinking and organizational development: Strategic leadershipDemonstrating Leadership: Leads by example; initiates and supports changeLearning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Challenges, innovates and contributes to a learning cultureFocusing on clients: Contributes to a client-focused cultureProblem solving and decision making: Solves complex problems and makes decisions that have wider corporate impactManaging time, resources and information: Coordinates wider use of time, information and/or resourcesTeam Work: Fosters a cohesive team environmentCommunicating and negotiating: Acquires and uses a wide range of communication styles and skillsBuilding relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains strategic partnerships internally and externallyManaging performance and developing staff: Manages staff and teams effectivelyEducation: Level - Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) from an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php in a job related field (*):  Areas – business, finance, rural development, agriculture, rural finance, development policy or other job related-fieldsCertifications:Financial economics, development economics, agribusiness, food and agriculture economics, and related fields are an asset Work experience: At least twelve (12) years of progressively responsible professional experience in technically related area of operations in an international development finance organization or international financial institution (IFI) investing in developing countriesA track record in managing or overseeing private sector investment operations, preferably in the food and agriculture sector, structuring or overseeing the execution of investment transactions (including blended finance transactions) in the sector, leading private sector partnerships, and/or providing recognized thought leadership on matters related to innovative finance and private sector investment in the sectorDemonstrated experience and ability at leading and managing multicultural teams is requiredFamiliarity with a variety of financial instruments (debt, equity, risk sharing, guarantees) that can be used by IFIs and DFIs for private sector investment transactions is highly desirableExperience working in more than one of the regions of IFAD operations is preferredLanguages: Required: English (4 – Excellent) Highly desirable: Spanish, French or ArabicSkills: 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 allAdvocacy: Ability to leverage IFAD knowledge and/or communication materials to maintain and promote constructive dialogue around IFAD's vision and strategic priorities to external actorsPolicy dialogue: Know-how in the representation of IFAD as a trusted and strategic partner; effective consultations with IFAD counterparts line ministries and governmental bodies at all administrative levels, donors, civil societyPolitical acumen: Ability to conduct sound political analysis and understand complex environments, providing options and adviceEvidence-based policy: Know-how in the formulation of concrete and actionable policy recommendations based on hard evidence (going beyond simple data interpretation)Programme/Project development: management, know-how in Programme/Project development, implementation, managementStrategy implementation: Ability to lead and manage the development and implementation of medium to longer-term strategies for IFAD/ respective divisionsCorporate 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)Risk 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)Change management: Role modelling, anticipation of key risks and conflicts and formulation of contingency plans/solutions, action orientedConfidentiality and Discretion: Establishes self and division as trusted advisor to internal stakeholders by maintaining high level of discretion and confidentiality in assignments; demonstrates sound judgement when dealing with sensitive and/or confidential matters; drives good governance and is a "Culture Carrier" demonstrating IFAD institutional conscience throughSpecialized 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 sectorPosition specific skillsTopical expertise: Programme Management for Agricultural and rural Development: Expertise specific to the position, e.g., in private sector development in the rural and agri food sectors, innovative finance (including blended finance), structuring of financial transactions and platforms for private sector investment in the sectorStrategic mindset and planning: Proactive, ongoing identification of strategic opportunities, potential synergies and partnerships Stakeholder 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.)Performance management: Know-how in managing performance so that staff supervised deliver on the agreed objectives and meet their development needs while meeting the needs of IFAD.  Is proficient in establishing clear performance goals (operational and behavioural) and learning plans as well as in evaluating the performance of staff against the set goals 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, 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 and official travel on behalf of the Fund to any part of the world at any time, in line with business needs, strategic priorities and reform initiatives in IFAD. The definite set-up of the Private Sector Operations Division is being finalized and is subject to organizational adjustments. Further details will be communicated to selected candidates during the recruitment process.In accordance with IFAD's provisions, all new staff members will normally be placed at the first step in the grade level for which they have been selected. For information on IFAD's remuneration package, please visit IFAD's compensation and benefits page on our website. Applicants are invited to use the ICSC compensation calculator to estimate the salary and benefit entitlements.  See here.Candidates may be required to take a written test and to deliver a presentation as well as participate in interviews.In the interest of making the 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.IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation in line with its IFAD Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy and IFAD policy to preventing and responding to sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abusePlease be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Official communication from IFAD will always come from e-mails ending in @ifad.org This is how cinfo can support you in the application process for this specific position:Application preparation: Before you apply for this position: Improve your application documents by registering for a Job Application Support. Our coaches are here to help tailor your application to the requirements of the job (service provided at your own cost).Interview preparation: When invited to the interview: Prepare for the interview by registering for a Job Application Support.Additional services for  Swiss nationals who get invited to the selection process (written test, interview, assessment centre, etc.):Let us know by writing to recruitment@cinfo.ch. 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13/06/2024
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Chief Economist, Office of Development Effectiveness - D2

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

Organizational SettingThe 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, raise rural incomes, and advocates at the local, national, and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation. In an effort to enhance its support to rural people to overcome poverty and food insecurity and to foster food system transformation, IFAD is establishing the Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE). This new office will be responsible for managing, measuring, and facilitating the effectiveness of IFAD operations through a focus on results, including mainstreaming areas. ODE will be responsible for (i) designing operational policies and procedures to enhance the quality of design and delivery of IFAD's supported operations to drive the kinds of productive, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient transformative results that can be scaled to make significant impacts in eliminating global rural hunger and poverty; (ii) assessing the quality of IFAD-financed sovereign and non-sovereign operations, grants, country strategies and operational strategies and policies in terms of overall quality at design and the compliance to countries' and IFAD's policies and commitments; (iii) assessing the impact of IFAD's operations, and monitoring and reporting on the performance of IFAD's portfolio, including mainstreaming issues; (iv) managing the allocation of IFAD's resources throughout each replenishment cycle; (v) being a knowledge broker by consolidating lessons learnt, identifying and enhancing knowledge, and innovative practices and facilitating their use within the organization; (vi) contributing to positioning IFAD in the global development agenda, particularly the one related to SDG2 and food system transformation; Provides expert guidance on IFAD's strategic direction and contributes to corporate and operational policy discussions.The Office works in close coordination with other departments, offices and divisions in IFAD and the Chief Economist, works under the direct supervision of the Vice President of IFAD. *The structure of IFAD is currently undergoing a recalibration process. The definite set-up of the Office of Development Effectiveness is being finalized and is subject to organizational adjustments. Further details will be communicated to selected candidates during the recruitment process. Job RoleThe Chief Economist is responsible for managing an IFAD office and serves on IFAD's senior management team. The main focus of the Chief Economist is on strategic leadership of IFAD's development effectiveness, innovation, and management. The incumbent is responsible for the management and delivery of the Office's programme of work within an allocated budget.The Chief Economist manages and directs the human, financial and material resources of ODE and holds responsibility over the effective and efficient delivery of its programme. The incumbent provides authoritative and technical advice to senior management on the Fund's Strategic Framework, strategic planning, policy, and office programme and operational management. Chief Economists, provide inputs and advices based on ODE products at the request of the President, vice President, and senior management. The Chief Economist is a member of the IFAD Executive Management Team with a corporate responsibility for the Fund. Key Functions and Results1. STRATEGIC PROGRAMME DIRECTION AND IFAD'S MISSION: The Chief Economist leads the work of IFAD's Office of Development Effectiveness by providing strategic leadership and guidance to staff on IFAD's mandate. The incumbent also guides the direction in the development and interpretation of major policies, regulations and rules, and systems that govern the work of the office and ensure they support office goals and objectives within the overall Fund mandates and strategies. The Chief Economist also serves as the chief Quality assurer for the IFAD programmes and projects, as well as a trusted business/programme advisor with a significant role in authoritative policy advice within the Fund at the senior management level as well as in policy dialogue in their representational activities. 2. ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE AND POLICY STRATEGY: The Chief Economist acts as a champion for change, promoting and endorsing solutions to intractable challenges, and has an entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing new, innovative ideas that will stretch the organization and push the boundaries within the industry. They encourage evidence-based knowledge generation and its dissemination in all activities and contribute to resource mobilization activities and to evidence-based policy making at the international, national, and local level to advocate for the extreme poor and food insecure in rural areas. The incumbent advocates the Organization's policy positions and expands the Organization's external visibility and positioning. In order to promote organizational change and keep abreast of technology advancement they set clear priorities for the Office and lead by example.3. CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT AND RESULTS BASED MANAGEMENT: The Chief Economist leads and contributes to the corporate development effectiveness agenda and plans, monitors, and leads IFAD's collaboration with its institutional partners and member countries on resource mobilization and corporate partnerships, in accordance with agreed priorities, approved programme/budgets, strategic objectives and corporate policies. They promote the development of rigorous evaluations, reviews, analyses, and lessons to inform IFAD's lending and non-lending portfolio (including country programme strategies, policy engagement initiatives, etc.), particularly on issues surrounding food security, agriculture, and rural development. The incumbent oversees the development and implementation of the annual programme and budget of the Office in the context of IFAD's Strategic Framework and IFAD's Replenishment Commitments and provides guidance in the assessment and reporting of corporate impacts of IFAD's funded projects. 4. REPRESENTATION AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS: The Chief Economist develops and maintains political and business relationships with key donor Member States and strong collaboration with strategic partner organisations, including borrowers, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, UN agencies, funds and programmes, international financial institutions (IFIs), non-governmental organizations and academic institutions, which among other partnership priorities, can help drive mobilisation of resources from the financial sector and private sector as desirable. Chief Economist serve as designated representative of the Fund in official United Nations committees and networks, and in IFls, multilateral and bilateral meetings, symposia, fora, and Global conferences upon request of the President, and build organizational networks with peers in major private, public and international institutions. 5. MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES: The Chief Economist is responsible for ensuring the transparent, equitable, and efficient management of IFAD's resources, including human, financial, and material resources. This includes managing staff through workforce planning, recruitment, performance management, and career development. They are also responsible for managing the division's budget, ensuring accountability and fiduciary integrity. Additionally, they are responsible for managing material resources and promoting knowledge and content management to achieve innovative outcomes and cost-effective processes. The Chief Economist also leverages information technology to improve business results, reporting processes, and client services.Given that the Office of Development Effectiveness is a new Office in IFAD's corporate structure, the Chief Economist is responsible for leading the establishment of the office, including fine-tuning of roles and responsibilities and the definition of specific lines of collaboration to ensure smooth vertical and horizontal collaboration with other IFAD departments and offices to foster smooth operational and knowledge sharing. In parallel with the establishment of the Office, the Chief Economist is responsible for providing intellectual leadership and an authoritative contribution to the integration of knowledge and innovation into IFAD's operations and overall business model.   The key responsibilities for the Chief Economist, include:Leading the design of operational policies and procedures and assessing the quality of design of IFAD's supported operations and policies for improved development results and sustainability of benefits. This includes leading on: Operational policies and procedures for country strategies and operationsCompliance of key operational building-blocks, such as procurement and Social, Environmental and Climate Assessment Procedures (SECAP) procedures, and corporate commitmentsManaging operational resources in line of corporate policies and priorities as well as tracking results and performance including mainstreaming priorities. This includes overseeing:Management of the Performance-Based Allocation System (PBAS) and Borrowed Resource Access Mechanism (BRAM)The system for monitoring and reporting on the delivery of the programme of loans and grantsManagement of the self-evaluation architecture, corporate reporting on operational performance and results and efforts for greater transparencyCoordination of the development of corporate ICT systems and databases for operationsManagement of external reporting with the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) and other external partnersAdvising and overseeing the results tracking system, facilitating the incorporation of knowledge and innovative practices into the operations, and the assessment of the impact of IFAD's supported operations. This includes overseeing:Monitoring and evaluation and conducting impact assessments to understand whether changes in the lives of project participants can be attributed to the project itself and report on the overall impact of IFAD's portfolioProvision of evidence-based support and strategic guidance on innovations that can enhance operations and institutional functionBrokering the knowledge, innovation, and lessons learnt and facilitating the incorporation of knowledge management from country strategies and first stages of design through implementation and assessmentLiaison points for strategic planning and technical content for food system transformation and other global foraThe Chief Economist leads the secretariat of the arms-length analytic and technical reviews of the design quality at entry of country strategies and operations and acts a secretary of the Operational Strategy and Policy Guidance Committee.  Key Performance IndicatorsChief Economists establish IFAD's priorities and provide leadership to division-level programme and operational management activities, ensuring a results-based approach to meeting assigned goals and objectives.Leadership activities include the optimal utilization of human, financial, technology, and material resources for greater efficiency and effectiveness.The Chief Economist, ODE is responsible for IFAD's operational effectiveness, providing strategic leadership and assisting the President and Vice President.The Chief Economist works with the executive management team to establish operational goals and strategies, overseeing their implementation to ensure IFAD's sustainability in delivering quality assessments in support of IFAD-funded programmes and projects.  Working RelationshipsChief Economists are responsible for building and maintaining strong working relationships both within and outside of IFAD. Internally, they provide strategic advice to the President and Vice-President and collaborate with other departments, offices, and divisions to ensure effective coordination of programme planning and activities. Externally, they develop strategic partnerships with a range of institutions, including borrowers, development agencies, UN agencies, and non-governmental organizations, for the purpose of programme cooperation, knowledge sharing, policy dialogue, and resource mobilization. Chief Economists also represent IFAD in official committees, meetings, and conferences, and build organizational networks with peers in major private, public, and international financial institutions. As a member of IFAD's 's senior management, the Chief Economist, supports the President and Vice President in providing vision and oversight, as well as reporting to governing bodies. Job Profile RequirementsOrganizational 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 environmentEducation:Level - Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in Economics or related field, preferably a PhD. The degree must be from an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php. Relevant certifications (ICCE) would be an asset. Experience:At least 15 years of substantive relevant experience at an international level in an institution, which could include multilateral development banks and/or international financial institutions, UN agencies or other development finance-related organizations. Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills to manage a complex organization with staff of diverse cultural backgrounds in multiple locations. Extensive and proven managerial experience with a focus on people management. Progressively responsible management experience in senior level positions. Languages:Required: English (4 - Excellent)Desirable: French, Spanish and/or Arabic (3 – Good)  Skills:Economic 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)IFAD governance & mandate: In depth knowledge of IFAD`s governance structure, mandate, strategic priorities, and technical workPolicy making: Ability to provide expert guidance on IFAD's strategic direction and contribute to corporate and operational policy discussionsIFAD 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 actorsStrategy implementation: Ability to lead and manage the development and implementation of medium to longer-term strategies for IFAD / for respective divisionsPolicy dialogue: Know-how in the representation of IFAD as a trusted and strategic partner, advocating and promoting IFAD's mandate and vision; effective consultations with IFAD counterparts - like ministries and governmental bodies at all administrative levels, donors, civil societyChange management: Role modelling, anticipation of key risks & conflicts and formulation of contingency plans/solutions, action-orientedConfidentiality & Discretion: Establishes self and division as trusted advisor to internal stakeholders by maintaining high level of discretion and confidentiality in assignments; demonstrates sound judgement when dealing with sensitive and/or confidential matters; drives good governance and is a "Culture Carrier" demonstrating IFAD institutional conscience through his/her work.Corporate 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)Integrity and ethics: Strong emphasis on acting with honesty, not tolerating unethical behaviour, demonstrating equity, impartiality and sensitivity in exercising authority and interacting with staff, and other stakeholders. Conduct must be guided by IFAD core values, the Code of conduct and a high sense of ethics.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.Political acumen: Ability to conduct sound political analysis and understand complex environments, providing options and adviceSpecialized 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 sectorEvidence-based policy: Know-how in the formulation of concrete and actionable policy recommendations based on hard evidence (going beyond simple data interpretation)Position specific skills:Analytical and strategic thinking skills: Outstanding ability to analyze and synthesize qualitative and/or quantitative information from a variety of sources and filter out key insights and recommendations Quantitative skills: Significant understanding of the collection and quantitative analysis of impact assessment and operational dataOperational experience: Significant experience in working with operations in the context of an International Financial InstitutionResults management: Strong understanding of managing for results in the context of an International Financial InstitutionSocial & Environmental Safeguards: Know-how in Social & Environmental compliance in the context of an International Financial Institution 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, 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 and official travel on behalf of the Fund to any part of the world at any time, in line with business needs, strategic priorities and reform initiatives in IFAD. The definite set-up of the Office of Development Effectiveness is being finalized and is subject to organizational adjustments. Further details will be communicated to selected candidates during the recruitment process.In accordance with IFAD's provisions, all new staff members will normally be placed at the first step in the grade level for which they have been selected. For information on IFAD's remuneration package, please visit IFAD's compensation and benefits page on our website. Applicants are invited to use the ICSC compensation calculator to estimate the salary and benefit entitlements.  See here.Candidates may be required to take a written test and to deliver a presentation as well as participate in interviews.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.IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation in line with its IFAD Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy and IFAD policy to preventing and responding to sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abusePlease be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Official communication from IFAD will always come from e-mails ending in @ifad.org This is how cinfo can support you in the application process for this specific position:Application preparation: Before you apply for this position: Improve your application documents by registering for a Job Application Support. Our coaches are here to help tailor your application to the requirements of the job (service provided at your own cost).Interview preparation: When invited to the interview: Prepare for the interview by registering for a Job Application Support.Additional services for  Swiss nationals who get invited to the selection process (written test, interview, assessment centre, etc.):Let us know by writing to recruitment@cinfo.ch. 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11/06/2024
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Finance Analyst (Credit Union) - P2

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

Organizational SettingThe 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 Credit Union of IFAD Employees (CU) is a non-profit cooperative which was established in September 1992 within the framework of IFAD with a view to provide reliable financial services to staff and former members of IFAD, by saving together and facilitating credit among members.The IFAD Credit Union is administered by the General Meeting of Members, the Board of Directors, the Investment Committee, the Audit Committee, the Credit Committee, the HR Committee and the Office of the Credit Union run by the Credit Union Manager.The incumbent works in the Credit Union (CRU) Division and works under the direct supervision of the Senior Finance Specialist (CU Manager). Job RoleFinance Analysts typically work with a higher level Finance Specialist in monitoring financial performance and preparing and evaluating financial reports; the incumbent may alternatively supervise a homogeneous portion of a financial operation which is predominantly process oriented.In particular, the Finance Analyst (CRU) is assigned to the Credit Union (CRU) division and shares the responsibility for the deliverable, accuracy and quality of all daily operations of the CRU. They also contribute to minimizing operational and financial risks that could result in reputational risk for the CU. Key Functions and Results1.    FINANCE BUSINESS PARTNER: The Finance Analyst is a credible, trusted partner to the client offices served and the Department/Division/Unit assigned. The position 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 Analyst provides 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 support of the integrity in the management of the Fund's financial resources. The Analyst's focus is on building their knowledge base of the Fund's governing structure, mandate, long-term business strategy, organizational dynamics and culture.2.    FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT: Finance Analysts are establishing expertise in the UN's financial principles, policies, regulations, rules and procedures. The position is assigned a portion of a financial operation, such as Payroll for headquarters staff and processing transactions where concurrent stages of processing are required. Representative activities include: (a) reviewing, approving, reconciling and processing a range of accounting transactions on a regular and recurring basis; (b) reviewing, analysing and projecting programme financial implications in light of additional mandates or other programme changes; (c) analyzing and evaluating financial reports produced on a regular basis, explaining variances and producing reports and correspondence as required; (d) ensuring the timely and correct entry into the General Ledger of all input in accordance with corporate accounting practices, approving and posting all payable, receivable and correction journals; (e) monitoring financial performance, allotments and expenditures to ensure that they remain within authorized parameters and resolving emergent financial issues; (f) managing non-complex loans and grants portfolio(s) including in the review of Project design documents in relation to financial management (e.g. flow of funds, procurement, financial reporting and audit) as well as in relation to the disbursement of funds; and (g) analyzing, recommending and trading individual securities for different fixed income sectors and markets for internal investment portfolios of IFAD and related entities, in accordance with well- established policies and investment guidelines and also analyzing and proposing well-thought through changes to these.3.    AGENT OF CHANGE: The Finance Analyst maintains an awareness of the principles of change management and proactively serves as a role model for transformation and capacity for acceptance of change. The position uses a knowledge of results-based management and budgeting, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other information technology to analyze and promote acceptance of new methods of work and automated work flows. At this level the Analyst manages change through consultations with finance colleagues and outreach to client offices to ensure open and regular communications pertaining to current and planned changes in the Fund's financial administration.4.    MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: Is accountable for integrity, transparency, in the personal use of assigned IFAD resources, including equipment, supplies and, as applicable, staff supervised. 5.    FINANCE SUPPORT AND BUSINESS PARTNER: The Finance Analyst (CRU) is a credible, trusted partner to CU Members. They support the CU 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 Analyst provides verbal and written advice and guidance to Members on services and products of the CU, facilitating a mutual understanding of roles in direct support of integrity in the management of the Credit Union's financial resources. Representative occupational activities include:Demonstrate excellent customer service at all times by providing complete and precise information to members of the CU as and when required.Verify the completeness and correctness of all membership applications, Loan applications, Withdrawal request application forms, etc. and take appropriate action as required.Advise members on appropriate loan products; process their loan applications and present to the CU Manager for his/her approval or recommendation for approval to the Credit Committee.Approve all types of vouchers in the absence of the Manager.Approve payments/transfers in Scrigno Internet Banking system, in the absence of the Manager, and sign all correspondences as one of the signatories of the CU.Demonstrate personal skills as required that may add values to promote the services of the CU.6.    OPERATIONAL SUPPORT: The Finance Analyst (CRU) is a 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. Representative occupational activities include:Certify all types of vouchers including payment, receipts, subsidiary and general vouchers and present to the Manager for approval.Review Purchase Requisitions and Purchase Orders raised by the Administrative Assistant in the PeopleSoft system. In the absence of Administrative Assistant, raise/issue all types of vouchers and assign budget commitments; raise/issue requisition and purchase orders.Ensure timely settlement of Purchase Orders against the CU Budget account with IFAD.Ensure replenishment of the Budget account and accurate balance transfer by the yearends.Perform daily Cash Reconciliations and follow up on Cash payment instructions with the Banks.Closely work with the Investment Management team of IFAD to identify best available investment opportunity and instrument and recommend to the Manager to invest the excess funds of the Union.Follow up on investments status, perform periodic analysis on investments and provide up-to-date status of investments to the Manager on monthly basis.Perform periodic analysis of Loan Portfolio and provide up-to-date status of loans to the Manager on monthly basis. Think out of the box and come up with possible suggestions for improvements in existing products and services, review of policies, introduction of new loan and savings products and services to members.Update members' profile as required and as appropriate.Assist in the Preparation of Bank Reconciliations, preparation of monthly collection list for Payroll Action and month-end Payroll Reconciliations, preparation of Annual Budget for the CU, Audit exercise by providing relevant documents and precise explanations as maybe requested, preparation of interim Financial Reports as and when required, and preparation of the yearend Standard Financial Reports required by all stakeholders.7.    SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT: When delegated by the Manager or the Board of Directors in the absence of the Manager:Assist in the Administration of the CU system.Approve all Receipt and Payment vouchers; when required, issue/prepare such vouchers for subsequent approval by the Board.Issue/prepare Journal Vouchers (both Subsidiary and General Vouchers) for subsequent approval by the Board.Update members' profile as required and as appropriate. Key Performance IndicatorsThe incumbent analyses unusual transactions and recommends actions to be taken and/or exceptions to be made in the application of financial regulations, rules and procedures. The incumbent executes effective accounting operations where methodology is established or accounting problems have precedents, is accountable for the correctness of authorizations or computations within a group of accounts and proposes improvements in reporting systems of subsidiary ledgers or other elements of a group of accounts. The incumbent has access to advice and on-the-job training from specialists in the individual finance occupations in the resolution of on-going non-routine work.The work is more technical in nature that would require formal Financial/Accounting or Banking skills and training performed on a regular and recurring basis. Key performance indicators include the complete and accurate performance of assigned duties with at most honesty, accountability and transparency. They bring any inconsistencies, irregularities or discrepancies to the attention of the supervisor or responsible specialist.The Finance Analyst (Credit Union) has access to advice and on-the-job training from the Credit Union Manager in the resolution of ongoing non-routine work. Working RelationshipsThe work relationships of the incumbent involves both written and verbal communications to obtain and provide information regarding decisions on specific cases or to explain why an action has been taken or to obtain information needed to take decisions or support further financial processes. Internal Fund contacts extend to supervisors and staff throughout the Fund to promote understanding of finance regulations, rules and/or procedures pertaining mainly to routine finance matters within her/his area of assignment. This requires skill in building constructive, effective relationships. External contacts are predominantly with banks, institutions or suppliers/vendors, Borrowers and Cooperating institutions, etc. and are for the purpose of exchanging information and making commitments within predetermined parameters.The Finance Analyst is accountable for the complete and accurate accounting records, appropriate administration of the CU system, and transparent exchange of financial information with colleagues in the immediate organizational unit within the CU, other units of IFAD and external parties, predominantly the banks. The work relationship involves both written and verbal communications to obtain and provide general information regarding products and services of the CU, decisions on specific cases or to explain why an action has been taken or to obtain information needed to take decisions or support further financial processes. Job Profile RequirementsOrganizational CompetenciesLevel 1:•    Building relationships and partnerships - Builds and maintains effective working relationships.•    Communicating and negotiating - Communicates effectively; creates understanding between self and others.•    Demonstrating leadership - Personal leadership and attitude to change.•    Focusing on clients - Focuses on clients.•    Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating - Continuously seeks to learn, shares knowledge & innovates.•    Managing performance and developing staff - Manages staff and teams effectively.•    Managing time, resources and information - Manages own time, information and resources effectively.•    Problem-solving and decision-making - Demonstrates sound problem-solving and decision-making ability.•    Strategic thinking and organizational development - Personal influence.•    Team working - Contributes effectively to the team.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(*) Note: For internal candidates, this requirement will be assessed in line with the provisions set forth in the IFAD's Human Resources Implementing Procedures.•    Areas:  finance, accounting, commerce or other job-related field.Experience:•    At least two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in accounting or financial operations preferably in banking and finance institutions, 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.•    Two (2) years' experience in international payments and/or post trading back-office operations.•    In-depth knowledge of payment and accounting software systems (e.g. Banking software, SWIFT), particularly in liquidity management, payment execution, investment settlement solutions and workflow performance.•    Ability to manage cash management and back-office team efficiently and effectively.•    Experience in System based Accounting Applications, MS Word, Excel and Power point.•    Other relevant IFAD software such as SharePoint and PeopleSoft would be an asset.Certifications:•    Professional qualifications from accredited entities would be an asset.Languages:•    English (4 - Excellent).•    Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic.Skills:•    Procedure adherence: Ability to strictly adhere to established, formal guidelines, including in new situations.•    Procedure interpretation: Ability to interpret established, formal guidelines to address and recommend solutions or further actions required.•    Capital market instruments: Knowledge of capital markets instruments (fixed income, derivatives, loans), risk and performance metrics and quantitative tools of fixed income valuation (cash flow, present value, interest rate risk, duration, etc.).•    Liquidity management: Know-how in liquidity planning, liquidity investment, investment portfolio management and reporting.•    Digital Finance, FinTech and related: Know-how in fintech applications, robotic process automation, blockchain and digital finance applications to design, setup, implement and report.•    Disbursements, Payroll and Payments: Know-how in financial checks required for disbursements of loans and grants, payments and payroll transactions to reduce risk of error, fraud and non-compliance with rules, maintenance of clean vendor master files, arrears and debt management of loans.•    Financial Operations: Sound knowledge of the principles and concept of financial management including international payments/transfers, complete accounting processes, financial and investment instruments, and the business concept and industry standard for Credit Unions.•    Financial data integrity and financial systems: know-how in systems interface control, core banking system management, data mining and analytic.•    Financial process management: Know-how in the management of financial processes such as reporting, treasury, investment processes and securities trading, cash management processes, etc.•     Financial reporting & accounting: Know-how in financial reporting, statutory and other reporting as well as advanced application of IFRS standards, derivatives, loan credit risk, financial regulations, policies, rules and procedures applicable to IFAD and IFIs.•     Payment process management, Know-how in the management of investment settlement processes such as reporting, treasury, investment processes and securities trading, cash management processes, etc.•    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.•    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.•    Risk management (e.g. financial, 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.•    Stakeholder 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.).•    Time 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 teams.•    Basic ICT & digital fluency: High level of digital literacy and ability to quickly get familiar with new digital tools (e.g. ability to carry out EPR data entry and extraction when budgeting; monitoring security systems, uploading content to inter/intra-net websites, etc.).•    Confidentiality & Discretion: Establishes self and division as trusted advisor to internal stakeholders by maintaining high level of discretion and confidentiality in assignments; demonstrates sound judgement when dealing with sensitive and/or confidential matters; drives good governance and is a "Culture Carrier" demonstrating IFAD institutional conscience through his/her work.•    Initiative and good judgment: High sense of proactive initiative-taking and good judgement (including on security matters).•    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).•    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.•    Verbal communication: Clear, succinct and convincing verbal communication; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic language.•    Written 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.). 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, 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 accordance with IFAD's provisions, all new staff members will normally be placed at the first step in the grade level for which they have been selected. For information on IFAD's remuneration package, please visit IFAD's compensation and benefits page on our website. Applicants are invited to use the ICSC compensation calculator to estimate the salary and benefit entitlements.  See here. Candidates may be required to take a written test and to deliver a presentation as well as participate in interviews.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.IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation in line with its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy and the Policy to prevent and respond to sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse.Please be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Official communication from IFAD will always come from e-mails ending in @ifad.org This is how cinfo can support you in the application process for this specific position:Application preparation: Before you apply for this position: Improve your application documents by registering for a Job Application Support. Our coaches are here to help tailor your application to the requirements of the job (service provided at your own cost).Interview preparation: When invited to the interview: Prepare for the interview by registering for a Job Application Support.Additional services for  Swiss nationals who get invited to the selection process (written test, interview, assessment centre, etc.):Let us know by writing to recruitment@cinfo.ch. We flag matching applications to HR partners and SDC/SECO for visibility.Benefit from free interview/assessment preparation by registering here : Interview and Assessment Centre Preparation for Jobs in Multilateral Organisations. 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06/06/2024
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Director, Global Engagement, Partnership and Resource Mobilization Division - D1

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

Organizational SettingThe International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicationg rural proverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people by providing low-interest loans and grants to developing countries to finance programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocating for policies that contribute to rural transformation. The External Relations Department (ERD), comprising the Communications Division  (COM) and the Global Enggagement, Partnership and Resource Mobilization Division (GPR), leads IFAD's engagement with Member States and other stakeholders, public and political advocacy, global policy engagement, partnership building, resource mobilization and strategic communications.The Global Engagement, Partnership and Resource Mobilization (GPR) Division has a specific focus on global engagement, partnerships (including with the private sector, foundations, bilateral and mulilateral organizations), and on driving the resource mobilization efforts with traditional and non-traditional donors and partners. Within this framework, the GPR Division addresses three main functions:       (i) Global engagement and mulitilateral relations;     (ii) Strategic partnerships; and     (iii) Replenishment and resource mobilization, including supplementary funds and blended finance.The mission of the Global Engagement, Partnership and Resource Mobilization Division (GPR) is to enhance IFAD's contribution to inclusive and sustainable rural transformation and Agenda 2030 through strengthening global engagement, partnerships and resources mobilization.The Global Engagement, Partnership and Resource Mobilization (GPR) has the following decentralized Liaison Offices:The Americas Liaison Office (ALO) with 2 offices based in Washington and New York, United States of America;The Saudi Arabia Liaison Office (SLO) with one office based in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;The Japan Office (JLO) with one office based in Yokohama, Japan, andA newly established presence in Brussels (EU/BRX)The Director GPR reports to the Associate Vice-president, ERD. Job RoleDirectors are responsible for managing a division. The main focus of Director positions is strategic leadership, innovation and management. Most typically as a member of a departmental management team, they are responsible for managing and supervising the delivery of a division's programme of work within an allocated budget.The Director, GPR, is responsible for setting IFAD's strategic directions around : i) IFAD's corporate outreach, global engagement and multilateral relations, ii) IFAD's partnerships, in particular with key contributing countries; and iii) support for replenishment, resource mobilization, and funds oversight and management.The incumbent is responsible for leading, managing and motivating a team of managers/senior specialists who are also supervisors, specialists and assistants, under the overall guidance and supervision of the Associate Vice-President External Relations Department (ERD).The Director, GPR is responsible for managing the GPR division and serves on IFAD's senior management team. Key Functions and Results1.VISION AND STRATEGY: Directors at IFAD are responsible for developing and promoting a strategic vision that translates the Organization's corporate and departmental mandates; strategies, goals and objectives into a divisional programme of work.  They ensure that the division's activities are integrated with the overall Fund mandates and strategies and they participate in the design of IFAD's strategic approaches. Directors set and communicate clear strategic and operational objectives and are held accountable for the division being seen as a credible and trusted partner in  managing for results and as an innovator in its field.2. POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND ADVICE: Directors provide leadership in the development and interpretation of major policies, regulations and rules, and systems that govern the work of a division and ensure they support divisional goals and objectives within the overall Fund mandates and strategies. Directors also serve as trusted business/programme advisors with a significant role in authoritative policy advice within the Fund at the senior management level as well as in policy dialogue in their representational activities.3.PROGRAME MANAGEMENT: Directors provide leadership in (a) all phases of the division's medium term planning and management, including operational requirements such as (i) establishing annual work plans, (ii) ensuring regular programme assessment and (iii) identifying opportunities for innovation and implementation of best practices generated within the Fund as well as in peer organizations, both private and public; (b) reviewing and innovating core processes of the division in order to achieve better efficiency and effectiveness, as well as financial sustainability, of operations; (c) enhancing synergy among divisional staff and holding staff accountable for results and (d) ensuring the preparation of all divisional publications, reports and governing bodies documents.4. MANAGEMENT  OF RESOURCES: Directors are responsible for ensuring the transparent, equitable, and efficient management of IFAD's resources, including human, financial, and material resources. This includes managing staff through workforce planning, recruitment, performance management, and career development. Directors are also responsible for managing the division's budget, ensuring accountability and integrity. Additionally, they are responsible for managing material resources and promoting knowledge and content management to achieve innovative outcomes and cost-effective processes. Directors also leverage information technology to improve business results, reporting processes, and client services.5. REPRESENTATION: Directors serve as designated representatives of the Fund. They catalyse effective partnerships with a broad range of institutions including borrowers, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, UN agencies, funds and programmes, international financial institutions (IFls), non-governmental organizations and academic  institutions  for the purpose of programme co-operation,  knowledge sharing,  policy dialogue and/or resource mobilization. Directors represent the Fund in official United Nations committees and networks, and in IFls, multilateral and bilateral meetings, symposia, fora and Global conferences upon request of the President, and build organizational networks with peers in major private, public and international institutions. The key responsibilities for the Director, GPR include:Global Engagement and Strategic VisibilityLead IFAD's global engagement agenda to enhance the Fund's global visibility and influence, fostering increased engagement with multilateral institutions, private sector entities, and international fora, including within the UN and the G7 and G20 processes.Expand and strengthen strategic partnerships to support IFAD's mission, leveraging synergies with other development actors to maximize impact. Strategic Positioning and AdvocacyIn collaboration with the Communications Division and other relevant departments, oversee the management and strategic positioning of IFAD's mission and priorities.Ensure the delivery of impactful messages (through briefings and presentations) in high level events and meetings with key stakeholders, reinforcing IFAD's role and agenda in global forums and discussions. Resource Mobilization and ReplenishmentLead IFAD's replenishment processes, focusing on maximizing resource availability for developing countries to finance their rural development agendas.Develop and implement innovative resource mobilization strategies, including engagement with traditional and non-traditional donors, private sector investors, philanthropic organizations and climate finance mechanisms, among others.In collaboration with the Environment and Climate Division, drive efforts to mobilize climate finance, integrating climate resilience and sustainability into IFAD's financing and operations.Foster partnerships with the private sector to unlock new funding sources and promote sustainable agricultural practices and rural development initiatives. Supplementary Funds and Financial InnovationExplore and secure supplementary funds from diverse sources, including Member States, philanthropic organizations, international funds, and private entities.Promote financial innovation within IFAD, encouraging the development of new financial instruments and funding mechanisms to support rural development goals. Political and Strategic PartnershipsStrengthen IFAD's political engagement, building alliances with key stakeholders, including governments, international financial and development organizations, other UN organizations, Rome-based Agencies, and civil society.Represent IFAD in strategic negotiations and high-level dialogues, advocating for policies and initiatives that support rural development and poverty reduction. Management and Institutional AgilityFacilitate problem-solving and troubleshoot institutional challenges to enhance agility and responsiveness.Promote a culture of innovation within IFAD, encouraging the adoption of new approaches and innovations to improve operational efficiency and impact. Key Performance IndicatorsDirectors establish IFAD's priorities and provide leadership to division level programme and operational management activities, ensuring a results-based approach to meeting assigned goals and objectives.Leadership activities include leadership in viable strategic planning, authoritative and relevant policy development and advice, sustainable programme decisions and integrity and accountability in the planning and management of the Fund's human, financial and material resources assigned to the division.As Director, GPR, specific KPIs will include successfully achieving divisional goals and objectives to include larger departmental goals and objectoves in strategic collaboration. The expected results directly and/or indirectly benefit the ultimate stakeholders, rural poor in developing countries.The incumbent has specific perfomance expectations on advancing IFAD's overall global policy engagement, resource mobilization and strategic partnerships. Working RelationshipsDirectors are responsible for building and maintaining strong working relationships both within and outside of IFAD. Internally, Directors provide strategic advice to senior management and collaborate with other divisions to ensure effective coordination of programme planning and activities. Externally, Directors develop strategic partnerships with a range of institutions, including borrowers, development agencies, UN agencies, and non-governmental organizations, for the purpose of programme cooperation, knowledge sharing, policy dialogue, and resource mobilization. Directors also represent IFAD in official committees, meetings, and conferences, and build organizational networks with peers in major private, public, and international financial institutions. PMD Directors have additional responsibility for ensuring a "one team" approach to operations across divisions.The Director, GPR works in close collaboration and coordination with the AVP, External Relations Department and the Director of the Communications Division, as well s the Office of the President, members of IFAD Senior Management, Directors and other senior officials to jointly deliver corporate results. Job Profile RequirementsOrganizational Competencies - Level 2Strategic thinking and organizational development: Strategic leadershipDemonstrating Leadership: Leads by example; initiates and supports changeLearning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Challenges, innovates and contributes to a learning cultureFocusing on clients: Contributes to a client-focused cultureProblem solving and decision making: Solves complex problems and makes decisions that have wider corporate impactManaging time, resources and information: Coordinates wider use of time, information and/or resourcesTeam Work: Fosters a cohesive team environmentCommunicating and negotiating: Acquires and uses a wide range of communication styles and skillsBuilding relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains strategic partnerships internally and externallyManaging performance and developing staff: Manages staff and teams effectively EducationLevel - Advanced university degreeAreas - economics, public policy, international relations or any other relevant field from an accredited institution      Degree must be from an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php . Work ExperienceAt least (12) years of progressively responsible professional experience in global engagement, partnership[s or resource mobilization within an international organization, financial institution, Multilateral Development Bank, and /or the Unites Nations system, with a proven track record of global reach and impactSeven (7) years experience in leading in a multi-lateral work environment with a global scope;Demonstrated experience and ability at leading and managing diverse, multicultural teams, preferably in an international financial institution through a combination of corporate and field-based experience. Proven experience in the development of replenishment processes with international organizations would represent a strong asset.Significant experience in resource mobilization, including the development and implementation of strategies to secure funding from a variety of sources such as bilateral donors, private sector, climate funds, and philanthropic organizations.Proven experience in engaging with the private sector and/or securing climate finance, demonstrating the ability to bring in diverse actors into funding strategies and projects.Strong background in strategic advocacy and policy influence, with experience representing organizations at high-level international forums and in negotiations, fostering strategic alliances with key stakeholders, including governments, UN agencies, financial institutions, private sector, and other actors.Languages:Required English (4 – Excellent)Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic (3 – Good)SkillsLeadership: 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 4Change management, Role modelling, anticipation of key risks and conflicts and formulation of contingency plans/solutions, action-oriented 4Planning, Know-how in the planning of human, financial and material management of IFAD resources 4Advocacy, Ability to leverage IFAD knowledge and/or communication materials to maintain and promote constructive dialogue around IFAD's vision and strategic priorities to external actors 4Policy dialogue, Know-how in the representation of IFAD as a trusted and strategic partner;  effective consultations with IFAD counterparts line ministries and governmental bodies at all administrative levels, donors, civil society 4Evidence-based policy, Know-how in the formulation of concrete and actionable policy recommendations based on hard evidence (going beyond simple data interpretation) 4Strategy implementation, Ability to lead and manage the development and implementation of medium to longer-term strategies for IFAD / for respective divisions 4Corporate approach, Ability to bring in corporate vision and priorities into one's area of work (e.g. budgeting going beyond simple budgetary considerations, taking into account strategic priorities) 4Confidentiality and Discretion, Establishes self and division as trusted advisor to internal stakeholders by maintaining high level of discretion and confidentiality in assignments; demonstrates sound judgement when dealing with sensitive and/or confidential matters; drives good governance and is a "Culture Carrier" demonstrating IFAD institutional conscience through 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 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) 4Resources Management, Know-how in the management of human, financial and material management of IFAD resources 3Programme/Project development, management, Know-how in Programme/Project development, implementation, management 3 Position Specific Skills::Resource mobilization, Know-how in resource mobilization strategies (including marketing and communication) for IFI, international public bodies and within the UN; 4UN and IFI documentation & processes, Knowledge of the relevant policies, rules, regulations and guidelines on document processing and distribution within the UN and other IFIs; 4Marketing, Know-how in marketing and communication resource mobilization strategies for IFIs and international public bodies; 4Partnership building, resource mobilisation, knowledge management and project management skills, with the ability to formulate new approaches or identify new opportunities to build relationships with both traditional and non-traditional partners, focusing on impact and results.Performance management:   Know-how in managing performance so that staff supervised deliver on the agreed objectives and meet their development needs while meeting the needs of IFAD.  Is proficient in establishing clear performance goals (operational and behavioural) and learning plans as well as in evaluating the performance of staff against the set goals; 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.); 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, 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 and official travel on behalf of the Fund to any part of the world at any time, in line with business needs, strategic priorities and reform initiatives in IFAD. The definite set-up of the Private Sector Operations Division is being finalized and is subject to organizational adjustments. Further details will be communicated to selected candidates during the recruitment process.In accordance with IFAD's provisions, all new staff members will normally be placed at the first step in the grade level for which they have been selected. For information on IFAD's remuneration package, please visit IFAD's compensation and benefits page on our website. Applicants are invited to use the ICSC compensation calculator to estimate the salary and benefit entitlements.  See here.Candidates may be required to take a written test and to deliver a presentation as well as participate in interviews.In the interest of making the 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.IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation in line with its IFAD Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy and IFAD policy to preventing and responding to sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abusePlease be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Official communication from IFAD will always come from e-mails ending in @ifad.org This is how cinfo can support you in the application process for this specific position:Application preparation: Before you apply for this position: Improve your application documents by registering for a Job Application Support. Our coaches are here to help tailor your application to the requirements of the job (service provided at your own cost).Interview preparation: When invited to the interview: Prepare for the interview by registering for a Job Application Support.Additional services for  Swiss nationals who get invited to the selection process (written test, interview, assessment centre, etc.):Let us know by writing to recruitment@cinfo.ch. 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06/06/2024
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Development Finance Officer (Innovative Finance) - P3

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

Organizational SettingThe 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 (FCD), 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. Position specific:The front office of the Financial Operations Department (FOD) comprises a specialized development finance 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.The Development Finance Officer works under the direct supervision of the Lead Officer, Development Finance. Job RoleThe incumbent is a member of the Development Finance Team established in the front office of the Associate Vice-President (AVP-FOD). The incumbent will take a proactive role in the day-to-day activities associated to the scope of the team. The incumbent 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, debt management areas. Key Functions and ResultsPosition-specific:FINANCE BUSINESS PARTNER: The incumbent is a credible, trusted partner to the Department/Division/Unit where assigned. The incumbent supports the Fund's development finance objectives 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 also contributes to the development, improvement and dissemination of technical policies and procedures as required. The incumbent will support the analysis and identification of practical implementation to IFAD of G20 Working Group recommendations for balance sheet optimization through innovative financing instruments.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. The core challenge and opportunity is for IFAD to partner with MDBs, IFIs, development institutions and financial market institutions to overcome the constraints on capital mobilization, and to redesign governance, financial products, and incentive structures to achieve this goal. While the incumbent will be required to devise and apply creative solutions, oversight and accountability will be retained by the Lead Officer. Activities performed by the incumbent may include:Conducting comprehensive research and advanced technical analysis to identify innovative finance opportunities in alignment with the most advanced impact investment models.Performing mapping and scoping of innovative finance and development finance landscape and translate such intel into IFAD's financial roadmap.Under the leadership of the supervisor, provide inputs to the development of strategies to leverage emerging financial instruments, partnerships and platforms to mobilize innovative financing for IFAD.Under the leadership of the supervisor, provide input to the development of tried and tested financial structures and financial emerging mechanisms while promoting innovative solutions to support the advancement of IFAD's assembler of finance objectives. This action should be coupled to a strong assessment of client demand which will call for an intense collaboration with teams in charge of programme delivery.Creatively and proactively support the effective utilization, implementation and management of IFAD's existing and future co-financing facilities and partnership arrangements.Ensuring compliance of the proposed financial mechanisms with relevant financial regulations, policies and reporting requirements.Providing training, capacity building and follow up to relevant internal areas related to the design, marketing and implementation of financial products, programs and mechanisms.  Assisting in managing and coordinating one or more co-financing facilities or partnership arrangements as may be assigned, serving as primary point of contact and representative of IFAD to the partner institutions in all matters related to the facilities in question.Support the Lead Officer and Unit in Building and maintaining strong relationships with clients, global and regional private businesses, banking and multilateral partners and government officials to further development of specific investment opportunities.In collaboration with Communication teams, designing, maintaining, and updating all unit-specific presentations, pitch books, communication and marketing material to internal or external parties (strategic engagements, events, webinars, webpage content, impact story and messaging products).Contributing actively to the development of Development Finance thought papers and other knowledge management materials, remaining ahead of market developments.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. The incumbent 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 financing approaches. The incumbent manages change through consultations with finance colleagues and outreach to internal and external stakeholders to build understanding and to ensure open and regular communications pertaining to current and planned changes in the Fund's financial standards, regulations, and rules. The incumbent is expected to contribute to the development of holistic reforms that would provide an opportunity to begin shifting the cultural mindset of IFAD in line with its overall strategy as assembler of finance to fulfil IFAD's mandate.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. Key Performance IndicatorsIncumbents at this level work independently and with authority and are accountable for the results of their work and of the staff they may supervise. Based on extensive knowledge of financial principles, concepts and systems accrued through their education and experience, the incumbent independently performs a wide range of functions within their role to ensure implementation of sound financial strategies and policies. The incumbent 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 their tasks;Demonstration of the highest technical quality and accuracy for the results of their work;Contributing to the resolution of complex financial issues;Planning of resources to achieve objectives in a timely manner;Adopting a creative approach to problem solving;Showing maturity and control in difficult, unforeseen, and unusual situations;Showing leadership when managing and coaching supervised staff. Working RelationshipsInternally, the incumbent will report to the Lead Officer and will interact with several stakeholders within FOD and other departments for the compeltion of their work. The incumbent will be required to interact with other departments for the planning, design and execution of fInancial instruments and structures, 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 management committee, Audit Committee or Executive Management Committee), and deliver presentations on matters related to their function. The main points of contact are with FOD Front Office, treasury, accounting, financial management, risk management, private sector unit, 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 Development Finance Team and other organizational units at internal and external meetings, conferences and at other events as requested by their supervisor. Job Profile RequirementsOrganizational 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 effectivelyTeamwork: Contributes effectively to the teamCommunicating and negotiating: Communicates effectively: creates understanding between self and othersBuilding relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains effective working relationshipsEducation:Level - Advanced university degree (Masters' equivalent) from an accredited institution in a technically relevant area.Areas - Finance, Business Administration or any other related fields 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, Multilateral Development Banks, investment banks/firms, or other relevant institution. The professional experience should reflect a proven track-record in areas of sourcing, structuring and closing investments, particularly in the areas of loan origination and credit analysis, structuring of financial instruments, and/or, investment funds, or guarantee funds.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.Proven experience in structuring, negotiating and implementing innovative financial instruments, products, programs and mechanisms related to leveraging resources for the public and private sectors,Demonstrated experience in developing and managing partnerships with financial institutions, investors, philanthropic organizations and eligible family offices.Strong understanding and experience in developing and implementing innovative financing instruments (e.g., credit guarantee, ESG bonds in the context of food security, carbon credit projects and catastrophe bonds, , blended finance transactions, debt swaps opportunities).Relevant country experience would be highly desirable. Languages:Required English (4 – Excellent)Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic (3 – Good)Skills:Job role specificKnowledge and experience of public and private sector investment methodologies and Blended Finance principles.Strong understanding of the challenges of crowding-in financing in multi-stakeholder environments with multiple co-financing partners and complex modalities.Strong experience in Development Finance matters pertaining to country debt management, lending terms, income category analysis.Knowledge 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 preferred.Strong understanding of corporate finance and balance sheet management theories and techniques including modellingChange 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 activities.Business acumen, outstanding ability to synthesize and simplify complex technical information for a variety of (non-technical) audiences.Time 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 teams.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.Client 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 solutions.Written 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 language.Corporate approach, Ability to bring in corporate vision and priorities into one's area of work taking into account strategic priorities.Development finance, Know-how in debt, lending terms, financial policies including pricing, concessionality and resource allocation. 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, the President can decide to assign them to any of the activities of the Fund. All International Professional staff members are required to be geographically mobile and positions in the professional category are subject to changes in location at any time in line with strategic priorities and reform initiatives in IFAD.IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation in line with its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy and the Policy to prevent and respond to sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse.https://webapps.ifad.org/members/eb/134/docs/EB-2021-134-R-9.pdf ; https://www.ifad.org/documents/38711624/42415556/SEA_e_web.pdf/85275c4d-8e3f-4df0-9ed8-cebaacfab128?t=1611326846000In accordance with IFAD's provisions, all new staff members will normally be placed at the first step in the grade level for which they have been selected. For information on IFAD's remuneration package, please visit IFAD's compensation and benefits page on our website. Applicants are invited to use the ICSC compensation calculator to estimate the salary and benefit entitlements.  See here. Please be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Official communication from IFAD will always come from e-mails ending in @ifad.org.In the interest of making most cost-effective use of funds and resources, we are only able to respond to applicants who are short-listed for interview. Candidates who do not receive any feedback within three months should consider their application unsuccessful. This is how cinfo can support you in the application process for this specific position:Application preparation: Before you apply for this position: Improve your application documents by registering for a Job Application Support. 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06/06/2024
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Regional Financial Management Officer - P3

Turkey, Istanbul , Istanbul

Organizational SettingThis position will be based in the IFAD Multi-Country Office in the Near East, North Africa and Europe Region (Istanbul, Turkey).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 Management Services Division (FMD) develops and oversees financial policies and project financial management practices in IFAD-funded operations, including financial reporting, audit, project liquidity management, fiduciary compliance, and support. The division is responsible for IFAD's financial management workforce including consultants.The incumbent works under the overall strategic, policy and management guidance of the Director FMD / Senior Financial Management Officer and direct supervision of the Senior Regional FM Officer. Job RoleThe incumbent is responsible for managing a full portfolio of loans and grants. This means responsibility for the FM aspects of portfolios, both compliance and implementation support, throughout the project cycle from design to completion, representing IFAD in legal negotiations for financial aspects and ensuring improved results of the financial management of IFAD's projects and programmes. It means providing technical guidance and advice, knowledge sharing and capacity building to ensure improved FM standards and practices. The incumbent is embedded in the regional financial management team, and works in close collaboration with the Country Directors (CD), as well as other programme management and technical staff to ensure consistency, cohesion, and synergy in the application of technical support and provision of programme development support. The incumbent will travel extensively within the region and other international travel to perform the work of the Organization as they manage financial management portfolios directly. Key Functions and Results1. FINANCE BUSINESS PARTNER: The incumbent is a credible, trusted partner to the regional client countries/offices served and the regional Department/Division/Unit where assigned. They support in the field the Fund's finance strategy and plan as well as model a commitment to financial integrity by acting as a responsive and constructive service provider with a focus on results that have direct field impact. The incumbent provides seasoned verbal and written advice and guidance to regional 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. They also contribute to the development, improvement and dissemination of technical policies and procedures as required. The incumbent's focus is on building their knowledge base of the Fund's governing structure, mandate, long-term business strategy, organizational dynamics, and culture.2. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT:  At this level 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 at this level include the full range of complex loans and grants portfolio(s) ensuring improved results of the financial management of IFAD projects and programmes. Representative occupational activities include:Overseeing a loans and grants portfolio(s) at regional and country level, ensuring reliable and sound results of the financial management of IFAD projects and programmes.Participating directly in the project activities including the conduct of financial management assessments and review of Project design documents in relation to financial management (e.g. flow of funds arrangements, inlcuding project procurement, financial reporting, and audit), assessing the appropriate use and reliance on country systems; Advise FM aspects of different instruments and products.Responsible for the assessment of FM risk ratings and related mitigating actions throughout the project cycle including mitigation measures to be incorporated in financial covenants.Represents financial matters for IFAD in financing agreement negotiations as part of the Country Management Team.Provides inputs to legal documents and proposed covenants required to reflect sound FM arrangements.Represents financial matters for IFAD in financing agreement negotiations, demonstrating know-how in the representation of IFAD as a trusted and strategic partner, advocating and promoting IFAD's mandate and vision, performing effective consultations with IFAD counterparts.Monitoring financial management compliance in-country as part of supervision or implementation support missions and financial progress monitoring of ongoing projects including review of project financial reporting, cash flow forecasting and audit reports and assess compliance with international standards. Reviews capacity and eligibility of auditors and outputs, as well as appropriateness of management responses to audit recommendations. Ensures compliance with IFAD's financial management and audit requirements. This included reviewing, validating, monitoring, and evaluating the FM arrangements on a continuous basis.Formulate authoritative recommendations to the borrower and proactive solutions to improve the quality of financial management. Provide proactive financial management support and training and carrying out regular capacity building activities to projects, borrowers and other stakeholders as required and establish action plans to enhance quality of practices and outputs.Participates in and contribute to internal and external meetings, training, and events on financial management for advocacy, dissemination, and knowledge management.Participating in contracting of financial management consultants to ensure full coverage of FM activities throughout the project cycle.Ensuring effective and accountable maintenance of data in the corporate FM systems.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. They use 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 Specialist 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, if applicable, general service/consultants supervised. Key Performance IndicatorsThe key results have an impact on the overall efficiency in financial resources management and success in introduction and implementation of operational strategies. Accurate, thoroughly researched and documented financial information, timely and appropriate delivery of services ensure client satisfaction and enhance IFAD credibility in use of financial resources. 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 key performance indicators for the incumbent at this level include accurate performance of assigned finance operations, technical quality in terms of both 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 FM Officers to provide their feedback on the policies and procedures improvement process. Contacts are with finance, budget, loans and grants, treasury, audit and programme management staff in country offices, inlcuding project procurement teams, and Headquarters. External work relationships for the incumbent normally require an exchange of information with a range of outside sources including staff from governments, specialized agencies acting as CO, host agencies, Borrowers and Cooperating institutions, external auditors. They are also delegated authority to make commitments on routine aspects of the assignment.In work relationships with counterparts the incumbnent establishes and maintains relationships and projects the image of IFAD as a credible/reliable partner striving for harmonization of financial development activities. Job Profile RequirementsOrganizational 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 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 teamEducation:Level - Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in a technical relevant area. 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.Areas - Business Administration, Finance, Banking and other relevant areas.Degree must be an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php.Experience:At least 5 years of progressively relevant sound international professional experience in private or public sector financial management (accounting, auditing, finance, economics, financial analysis, business administration and in project administration in a multi-cultural organization or national organization providing support on a global scope. Experience with an international financial institution, audit firm, NGO with global outreach or other relevant institution would be an asset. Languages:Required English (4 – Excellent) Desirable: French or Arabic (3 - Good)Position Specific : Arabic or French (4-Excellent)Certification:Professional qualification of finance, economics and sustainable financing or similar professional qualification including CPA, or equivalent from an internationally recognized Institute of Accountancy is preferred.Skills: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 language.Project financial management: Excellent know-how in project financial management, e.g. internal controls, rural investments, project audit and funds flows.Disbursements, Payroll and Payments: Know-how in financial checks required for disbursements of loans and grants, payments and payroll transactions to reduce risk of error, fraud and non-compliance with rules, maintenance of clean vendor master files, arrears and debt management of loans.Financial reporting & accounting: Know-how in financial reporting, statutory and other reporting as well as advanced application of IFRS standards, derivatives, loan credit risk, financial regulations, policies, rules and procedures applicable to IFAD and IFIs.Time 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 teams.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 as second line of defence function; demonstrating ability to manage these risks by advising senior management on contingency and mitigation strategies.Client 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 solutions.Initiative and good judgment: High sense of proactive initiative-taking and good judgement (including on security matters).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.Verbal communication: Clear, succinct and convincing verbal communication; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic language.Loans & grants: Know-how in designing loan and grant operations and managing loan and grant preparation process. 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.IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation in line with its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy and the Policy to prevent and respond to sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse.https://webapps.ifad.org/members/eb/134/docs/EB-2021-134-R-9.pdf ; https://www.ifad.org/documents/38711624/42415556/SEA_e_web.pdf/85275c4d-8e3f-4df0-9ed8-cebaacfab128?t=1611326846000Please be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Official communication from IFAD will always come from e-mails ending in @ifad.org.In the interest of making most cost-effective use of funds and resources, we are only able to respond to applicants who are short-listed for interview. Candidates who do not receive any feedback within three months should consider their application unsuccessful. This is how cinfo can support you in the application process for this specific position:Application preparation: Before you apply for this position: Improve your application documents by registering for a Job Application Support. 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06/06/2024
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Risk Analyst (Operational and Programme Delivery) - P2

Italy, Lazio , Rome

Organizational SettingThe 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 Office of the President and Vice-President of IFAD (OPV) oversees the Corporate Services Support Group (CSSG) and supervises the Protocol Unit. The CSSG comprises the: (a) Office of the General Counsel (LEG) ; and (b) Office of Audit and Oversight (AUO), and  (c) Ethics Office (ETH) reporting to the President; (d) Planning , Organizational Development and Budget Division (POB) ; (e) Quality Assurance Group (QAG): and (f) Office of Enterprise Risk Management (RMO), reporting to the Vice-President. The Office of Enterprise Risk Management (RMO) is a dynamic, strategic and responsive service provider, leading IFAD's second line of defense by fully supporting the management of all risks across the organization. The RMO implements, monitors, and maintains an efficient and effective Enterprise Risk Management programme, supporting IFAD's strategic vision and mandate. The RMO aims to enable better informed risk taking by using consistent risk management best practices across the organization to achieve the Fund's objectives in the long-term and deliver on its development commitments. The Office is responsible for oversight and monitoring of risk exposures and enabling clear reporting of IFAD's risk profile.The Operational and Programme Delivery Risk Analyst (P2) reports to the Lead Operational and Programme Delivery Risk Officer under the overall strategic guidance of the Assistant Vice President (AVP) & Chief Risk Officer and will work in the operational and programme delivery risk team or function. Job RoleThe incumbent will work within the Operational and Programme Delivery unit with focus on governance and risk integration activities. Key Functions and Results1. CONTRIBUTION TO AND SUPPORT ON ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT (ERM): The incumbent is a credible, trusted partner to the client offices served and the Department/Division/Unit where assigned. The incumbent mainly provides support to governance aspects and to the RMO Secretariat functions.Key results/functional activities include:Support the RMO Secretariat function for the implementation of the IFAD Risk Governance structure, which include the planning and the organization of relevant committees, the drafting of minutes, flash reports and the follow up of ''matters arising'';Contribute to the mandate/work of risk management function in efficiently implementing the operational risk and programme delivery framework; Contribute to the implementation of the ERM framework policy and other enterprise-wide cross-cutting and/or emerging risks, including IFAD risk appetite framework, IFAD risk management charter and all other strategic risk framework pillars;Support ERM Reporting data integration implementation for the enhancement of the integrated risk domains data repository;Support the automation of the collection of Key Risk Indicators (KRIs), for inclusion in the Corporate Risk Dashboard;Contribute to and enhance the collaboration and coordination with relevant functions and departments across the Fund on risk related matters;Consult and collaborate with a variety of internal stakeholders to promote risk culture;Support the Lead Officer to constantly enhance technical risk committees. 2. AGENT OF CHANGE: The incumbent will advocate and apply the principles of change management and proactively serve as a role model for transformation and capacity for acceptance of change. At this level, the incumbent manages change through consultations with the supervisor and other IFAD offices to build understanding of and to ensure open and regular communications pertaining to current and planned changes. 3. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The incumbent will maintain integrity, transparency, and fairness in performing the assigned tasks, and will provide oversight and guidance, if and when delegated by the Lead Officer, on any junior or internship staff. Will ensure integrity as well as correctly utilize and supervise the right use of equipment and supplies. Key Performance IndicatorsThe incumbent works in an independent and rigorous risk management function. The incumbent works within a framework of broad policies, principles, and goals, applying a high degree of autonomy in selection of work methods in consultation with the Lead Officer.The key results from this role have impact on the overall effectiveness and efficiency of risk management at IFAD, as well as the successful establishment and implementation of risk policies and standards to accompany the new organizational architecture and business model for IFAD 13 and beyond. The key performance indicators include efficient performance of assigned responsibilities, technical quality, and team working characteristics. Working RelationshipsWork relationships for the Operational and Programme Delivery Risk Analyst involves the provision of cooperation in operational and programme delivery risk advice, including to Lead Operational and Programme Delivery Risk Officer and, when required, to the AVP & CRO.The Risk Analyst may represent the Unit on related matters at internal and external meetings, as requested by the Lead Operational and Programme Delivery Risk Officer or the CRO.Internally, the role requires interdepartmental communication on subjects relating to operational risk and programme delivery risks and to the organization of risk committees. The Operational risk and Programme Delivery Risk Analyst will use their experience on risk management to ensure overall oversight and adherence to IFAD's policies and procedures. Work relationships will extend throughout the organization.Externally, the Operational and Programme Delivery Risk Analyst may be requested to liaise with other multilateral development banks and relevant institutions in the sharing of information and knowledge on policies, methodologies, and related techniques in risk management. Job Profile RequirementsOrganizational Competencies:Level 1:•       Building relationships and partnerships - Builds and maintains effective working relationships•       Communicating and negotiating - Communicates effectively; creates understanding between self and others•       Demonstrating leadership - Personal leadership and attitude to change•       Focusing on clients - Focuses on clients•       Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating - Continuously seeks to learn, shares knowledge & innovates•       Managing performance and developing staff •       Managing time, resources and information - Manages own time, information and resources effectively•       Problem-solving and decision-making - Demonstrates sound problem-solving and decision-making ability•       Strategic thinking and organizational development - Personal influence•       Team working - Contributes effectively to the team Education:Level - Advanced* university degree from an accredited institution in the field of specialization, or its equivalent. The advanced degree may be substituted by a first university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) in the above-mentioned subjects plus at least four additional years of relevant professional experience, over and above the minimum number of years of experience outlined below.  Areas: Business Administration, Finance, Risk Management, Banking and other relevant areas.(*) Note: For internal candidates, this requirement will be assessed in line with the provisions set forth in the IFAD's Human Resources Implementing Procedures.Degree must be an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.phpExperience:•       At least two (2) years of relevant professional experience in risk management.•       Knowledge of inter-agency relations within the UN System is an asset.Languages:•       English (4 - Excellent)•       Desirable: Arabic, French, or Spanish (3 – Good) Skills:Demonstrated knowledge and experience of risk management practices and analysis. A good understanding of the risk landscape for International Financial Institutions (IFIs);Championing of IFAD's values: results-orientation, professionalism, respect and integrity;Technical expertise in analysing business processes and proven ability to understand properly the intricacies of an institution's risk exposures;Strong analytical capabilities with a good eye for detail, demonstrated familiarity with risk indicators and risk taxonomies;Ability to exercise good degree of independent judgment and initiative in analysing complex issues with the ability to identify, assess and suggestoptions for risk mitigations;Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines and multiple priorities with limited supervision;Skill in conducting technical research and in the identification of innovative solutions to emerging issues;Ability to share technical guidance/knowledge as well as to inspire junior specialists and programme staff in the development of viable programme activities. 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, 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 accordance with IFAD's provisions, all new staff members will normally be placed at the first step in the grade level for which they have been selected. For information on IFAD's remuneration package, please visit IFAD's compensation and benefits page on our website. Applicants are invited to use the ICSC compensation calculator to estimate the salary and benefit entitlements.  See here. Candidates may be required to take a written test and to deliver a presentation as well as participate in interviews.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.IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation in line with its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy and the Policy to prevent and respond to sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse.Please be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Official communication from IFAD will always come from e-mails ending in @ifad.org This is how cinfo can support you in the application process for this specific position:Application preparation: Before you apply for this position: Improve your application documents by registering for a Job Application Support. Our coaches are here to help tailor your application to the requirements of the job (service provided at your own cost).Interview preparation: When invited to the interview: Prepare for the interview by registering for a Job Application Support.Additional services for  Swiss nationals who get invited to the selection process (written test, interview, assessment centre, etc.):Let us know by writing to recruitment@cinfo.ch. We flag matching applications to HR partners and SDC/SECO for visibility.Benefit from free interview/assessment preparation by registering here : Interview and Assessment Centre Preparation for Jobs in Multilateral Organisations. 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06/06/2024
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Managing Director, Office of Technical Delivery - D2

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

Organizational SettingThe 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 Office of Technical Delivery is responsible for providing expert technical guidance to IFAD teams engaged in the design and implementation of projects and programmes to deliver the high technical quality investments that facilitate rural transformation, and which comply with IFAD's mandate and operational policies. The Office ensures IFAD applies and disseminates state of the art knowledge in its investments and evidence on strategic themes and encourages the innovative application of global knowledge and evidence in IFAD investments. This helps countries tackle complex development challenges in fostering inclusive and sustainable rural transformation including mainstreaming areas. The Office of Technical Delivery comprises the Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division (ECG) and the Sustainable Production, Markets and Institutions Division (PMI).  The Office of Technical Delivery works in close coordination with other departments, offices and divisions in IFAD and the Managing Director, works under the direct supervision of the Vice-President of IFAD.*The structure of IFAD is currently undergoing a recalibration process. The definite set-up of the Office of Technical Delivery is being finalized and is subject to confirmation of institutional process requirements, which will be confirmed during the recruitment process Job RoleManaging Directors are responsible for managing an IFAD Office and serve on IFAD's senior management team. The main focus of Managing Director positions is on strategic leadership of IFAD development effectiveness, innovation and management. The incumbent is responsible for the management and delivery of the Office's programme of work within an allocated budget.The Managing Director, OTD, manages and directs the human, financial and material resources of the Office and holds responsibility over the effective and efficient delivery of its programme. The incumbent provides authoritative and technical advice to senior management on the, operational results, policies and management, and contributes to the Fund's strategic planning, policy, organizational change, policy implementation and corporate development by ensuring the technical quality of IFAD's programme of work and encouraging a focus on outputs, outcomes and results whilst encouraging innovation. The incumbent provides inputs and advice based on OTD products at the request of the President, vice President and senior management. As a member of the senior management team of IFAD, the incumbent is expected to contribute to corporate and operational policy discussions and decisions of the Executive Management Committee (EMC), chaired by the President of IFAD. The incumbent is a member of the IFAD Executive Management Team with a corporate responsibility for the Fund and an active member of IFAD's Operational Strategy and Policy Guidance Committee (OSC) the Programme Management Committee (PMC) and any other relevant committees pertaining to the area of work. Key Functions and Results •    STRATEGIC PROGRAMME DIRECTION AND IFAD'S MISSION: The Managing Director, leads the work of IFAD's Office of Technical Delivery by providing strategic leadership and guidance to staff on IFAD's mandate.  The incumbent also guides the direction in the development and interpretation of major policies, regulations and rules, and systems that govern the work of the office and ensure they support office goals and objectives within the overall Fund mandates and strategies.  The Managing Directors act as a trusted business/programme advisor with a significant role in authoritative policy advice within the Fund at the senior management level as well as in policy dialogue in their representational activities. •    ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE AND POLICY STRATEGY: The Managing Director, acts as a champion for change, promoting and endorsing solutions to intractable challenges and has an entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing new, innovative ideas that will stretch the organization to achieve its mandate. They encourage evidence-based knowledge generation and its dissemination in all activities and contribute to resource mobilization activities and to evidence-based policy making at the international, national, and local level to advocate for the extreme poor and food insecure in rural areas. The incumbent advocates for the Organization's policy positions and expands the Organization's external visibility and positioning. In order to promote organizational change and keep abreast of technology advancement they set clear priorities for the Office and lead by example.•    CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT AND RESULTS BASED MANAGEMENT: The Managing Director contributes to the corporate development effectiveness agenda and plans, monitors and supports IFAD's collaboration with its institutional partners and member countries on resource mobilization and corporate partnerships, in accordance with agreed priorities, approved programme/budgets, strategic objectives and corporate policies. They promote lessons learnt to inform IFAD's lending and non-lending portfolio (including country programme strategies, policy engagement initiatives, Private Sector etc.), particularly on issues surrounding food systems transformation, food security, agriculture, agribusiness and rural development. The incumbent oversees the development and implementation of the annual programme and budget of the Office in the context of IFAD's Strategic Framework and IFAD Replenishment Commitments and provides contributions to the assessment and reporting of corporate impacts of IFAD's funded projects.•    REPRESENTATION AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS: The Managing Director, in coordination with relevant Departments, develops and maintains political and business relationships with key donor Member States and strong collaboration with strategic partner organisations, including borrowers, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, UN agencies, funds and programmes, international financial institutions (IFIs), non-governmental organizations and academic institutions, which among other partnership priorities, can help drive mobilisation of resources from the multilateral climate and environment funds, financial sector and private sector as desirable. Managing Directors serve as designated representatives of the Fund in official United Nations committees and networks, and in IFls, multilateral and bilateral meetings, symposia, fora and Global conferences and other technical bodies upon request of the President, and build organizational networks with peers in major private, public and international institutions.•    MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES: The Managing Director is responsible for ensuring the transparent, equitable, and efficient management of IFAD's resources, including human, financial, and material resources. This includes managing staff through workforce planning, recruitment, performance management, and career development. They are also responsible for managing the division's budget, ensuring accountability and fiduciary integrity. Additionally, they are responsible for managing material resources and promoting knowledge and content management to achieve innovative outcomes and cost-effective processes. The Managing Director also leverages information technology to improve business results, reporting processes, and client services. Under the guidance of the President and Vice President, the incumbent is responsible for designing and implementing adjustments to the roles and responsibilities as well as the structure of the Office as required to enhance its effectiveness. In parallel, the Managing Director is responsible for providing intellectual leadership and an authoritative contribution to the integration of knowledge and innovation into IFAD's operations and overall business model.  The key responsibilities for the Managing Director, Office of Technical Delivery include:•    Strategic Leadership: Oversee IFAD's strategy and operations related to key areas such as Environment and Climate Change, Social Inclusion and Gender, Sustainable Production, Markets, and Rural Institutions.•    Technical Quality: Ensure the technical quality of IFAD's operations, initiatives, and projects, delivering sector strategy, initiatives, and integrated solutions that advance IFAD's strategic agenda across all regions and member states.•    Thematic and Sectoral Expertise: Provide technical expertise for IFAD's operations and special initiatives, working closely with the Programme Management Department to support the design and implementation of projects and programmes.•    Development Effectiveness: Collaborate with the Office of Development Effectiveness to monitor and assess the impact and effectiveness of IFAD's portfolio, ensuring continuous improvement in development outcomes.•    Cross-Cutting Issues: Integrate cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, diversity, climate change, environmental sustainability, and institutional capacity into IFAD's sectoral and operational strategies to promote inclusive and sustainable development.•    Policy and Strategy Formulation: Lead the formulation and implementation of development thematic policies and strategies, ensuring alignment with global development goals and IFAD's objectives.•    Stakeholder Engagement: Strengthen relationships with international partners, including governments, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector, to foster collaborative efforts towards sustainable rural development.•    Innovation and Knowledge Sharing: In collaboration with the Regional Divisions and the Office of Development Effectiveness, promote the exchange of knowledge and best practices and ensure the use and application of innovative and impactful best practices in the design and implementation of IFAD projects.•    Monitoring and Evaluation: Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of IFAD's performance on thematic issues, informing lending and non-lending portfolios on sustainable and inclusive rural transformation.•    Internal Relations: Ensure and strengthen coordination and collaboration with other IFAD offices, departments, and units to foster cohesive policy approaches and integration across different sectors and regions.•    Risk Management: Lead and ensure appropriate internal control mechanisms for mitigating risks in line with IFAD's organizational framework and policies.•    Management of the Office: Managing the technical divisions within the Office:o    The Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division (ECG), responsible for aligning IFAD's investments and policy engagement to its policies and guidelines on environment, biodiversity, climate, gender, nutrition, and youth; the application of IFAD's environmental and social safeguards; and the implementation of IFAD's targeting policies to ensure investments reach its intended beneficiaries.o    The Sustainable Production, Markets and Institutions Division (PMI), responsible for IFAD's technical leadership in a broad range of areas driving rural transformation, including agronomy, land issues, and rural finance and infrastructure. Key Performance IndicatorsManaging Directors establish IFAD's priorities and provide leadership to division-level programme and operational management activities, ensuring a results-based approach to meeting assigned goals and objectives.Leadership activities include the optimal utilization of human, financial, technology, and material resources for greater efficiency and effectiveness.The Managing Director, OTD is responsible for IFAD's operational effectiveness, providing strategic leadership and assisting the President and Vice President.  The incumbent is accountable for the quality of IFAD's programmes and projects.The Managing Director, OTD works with the executive management team to establish operational goals and strategies, overseeing their implementation to ensure IFAD's sustainability in delivering quality assessments in support of IFAD-funded programmes and projectsThe incumbents' impact extends beyond the successful achievement of the Office goals and objectives to include larger –organizational goals and objectives in strategic planning collaboration. The expected results directly and/or indirectly benefit the ultimate stakeholders, the rural poor in developing countries and have a direct impact on the organizational reputation. Working RelationshipsManaging Directors are responsible for building and maintaining strong working relationships both within and outside of IFAD. Internally, they provide strategic advice to the President and Vice-President and collaborate with other departments, offices and divisions to ensure effective coordination of programme planning and activities. Externally, they develop strategic partnerships with a range of institutions, including borrowers, development agencies, UN agencies, and non-governmental organizations, for the purpose of programme cooperation, knowledge sharing, policy dialogue, and resource mobilization. Managing Directors also represent IFAD in official committees, meetings, and conferences, and build organizational networks with peers in major private, public, and international financial institutions.As a member of IFAD's 's senior management, the Managing Director, OTD, supports the President and Vice President in providing vision and oversight, as well as reporting to governing bodies. Job Profile RequirementsOrganizational Competencies - Level 2Strategic thinking and organizational development: Strategic leadershipTeam building; technical guidenceDemonstrating Leadership: Leads by example; initiates and supports changeLearning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Challenges, innovates and contributes to a learning cultureFocusing on clients: Contributes to a client-focused cultureProblem solving and decision making: Solves complex problems and makes decisions that have wider corporate impactManaging time, resources and information: Coordinates wider use of time, information and/or resourcesTeam Work: Fosters a cohesive team environmentCommunicating and negotiating: Acquires and uses a wide range of communication styles and skillsBuilding relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains strategic partnerships internally and externallyManaging performance and developing staff: Manages staff and teams effectively Education:Level - Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in a related area.Areas – Agriculture and related Sciences, Agriculture economics, Economics, Development Economics, rural Development, Agriculture value chain management, life Sciences, food System management, international development, or in any other relevant area.Degree must be an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php .Work experience:At least fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible professional experience, including senior management experience within an international organization, financial institution, Multilateral Development Bank, and/or the United Nations system.Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills to manage a complex organization with staff of diverse cultural backgrounds in multiple locations.Extensive experience in designing, implementing, and overseeing development projects, with a particular focus on rural development investments, including providing technical leadership and strategic advice to ensure high-quality project outcomes aligned with organizational goals and mandates.Extensive and proven managerial experience with a focus on people management.Progressively responsible management experience in senior level positionsLanguages:Required English (4 – Excellent)Desirable: French, Spanish and/or Arabic (3 – Good) 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.IFAD governance & mandate: In depth knowledge of IFAD`s governance structure, mandate, strategic priorities and technical work.Policy making: Ability to provide expert guidance on IFAD's strategic direction and contribute to corporate and operational policy discussions.Topical expertise: Expertise in project design and implmentation and integration of technical inputs into the design of country programmes and corporate strategies with particular focus on rural development issues, including mainstreaming areas.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 actorsStrategy implementation: Ability to lead and manage the development and implementation of medium to longer-term strategies for IFAD/for respective divisions.Policy dialogue: Know-how in the representation of IFAD as a trusted and strategic partner, advocating and promoting IFAD's mandate and vision; effective consultations with IFAD counterparts - like ministries and governmental bodies at all administrative levels, donors, civil society.Change management: Role modelling, anticipation of key risks & conflicts and formulation of contingency plans/solutions, action-oriented.Confidentiality & Discretion: Establishes self and division as trusted advisor to internal stakeholders by maintaining high level of discretion and confidentiality in assignments; demonstrates sound judgement when dealing with sensitive and/or confidential matters; drives good governance and is a "Culture Carrier" demonstrating IFAD institutional conscience through his/her work.Corporate 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).Integrity and ethics: Strong emphasis on acting with honesty, not tolerating unethical behaviour, demonstrating equity, impartiality and sensitivity in exercising authority and interacting with staff, and other stakeholders. Conduct must be guided by IFAD core values, the Code of conduct and a high sense of ethics.Political acumen: Ability to conduct sound political analysis and understand complex environments, providing options and advice.Strategic mindset, Proactive, ongoing identification of strategic opportunities, potential synergies and partnerships.Stakeholder 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.).Specialized 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.Position specific: Analytical and strategic thinking skills: Outstanding ability to analyze and synthesize qualitative and/or quantitative information from a variety of sources and filter out key insights and recommendations.Quantitative skills: Significant understanding of the collection and quantitative analysis of impact assessment and operational dataOperational experience: Significant experience in working with operations in the context of an International Financial InstitutionResults management: Strong understanding of managing for results in the context of an International Financial InstitutionSocial & Environmental Safeguards: Know-how in Social & Environmental compliance in the context of an International Financial Institution 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, 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 accordance with IFAD's provisions, all new staff members will normally be placed at the first step in the grade level for which they have been selected. For information on IFAD's remuneration package, please visit IFAD's compensation and benefits page on our website. Applicants are invited to use the ICSC compensation calculator to estimate the salary and benefit entitlements.  See here. Candidates may be required to take a written test and to deliver a presentation as well as participate in interviews.The structure of IFAD is currently undergoing a recalibration process. The definite set-up of the Office of Technical Delivery is being finalized and is subject to confirmation of institutional process requirements, which will be confirmed during the recruitment processIn 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.IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation in line with its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy and the Policy to prevent and respond to sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse.Please be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Official communication from IFAD will always come from e-mails ending in @ifad.org This is how cinfo can support you in the application process for this specific position:Application preparation: Before you apply for this position: Improve your application documents by registering for a Job Application Support. Our coaches are here to help tailor your application to the requirements of the job (service provided at your own cost).Interview preparation: When invited to the interview: Prepare for the interview by registering for a Job Application Support.Additional services for  Swiss nationals who get invited to the selection process (written test, interview, assessment centre, etc.):Let us know by writing to recruitment@cinfo.ch. We flag matching applications to HR partners and SDC/SECO for visibility.Benefit from free interview/assessment preparation by registering here : Interview and Assessment Centre Preparation for Jobs in Multilateral Organisations. 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28/05/2024
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Lead Global Technical Specialist, Water and Rural Infrastructure - P5

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

Organizational SettingThe 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).PMI provides technical support to IFAD Country Programs to ensure the proper application of corporate quality standards required for achieving development results and impact in key thematic areas, including food production systems (i.e. fisheries, livestock, and agronomy), land, natural resources management, water and rural infrastructure, financial services, rural markets and enterprises and rural institutions. It contributes to the generation of evidence and knowledge on these themes, and facilitates their use in IFAD funded projects and activities.The Lead Global Technical Specialist (Water & Rural Infrastructure) works under the overall strategic, policy and management guidance, and supervision of the division Director. Job RoleThe Lead Global Technical Specialist (Water & Rural Infrastructure) technically supports country/regional programs as well as the corporate agenda by providing state-of-the-art technical advice throughout the project cycle (strategic and operational). Within the areas of responsibility, the Lead Global Technical Specialist (LGTS) exercises a high degree of independence in providing reliable support to programme delivery. The incumbent at this level performs the full complexity range of work independently, including the analysis and approval of complex and/or precedent setting cases with the aim to ensure cohesion and synergy in the application of technical advice and provision of programme development support. The Lead Global Technical Specialist is also an expert and knowledge builder in their thematic specialization. The incumbent provides technical expertise and strategic guidance on generating and using new ideas to enrich the knowledge base that supports the Fund's operationbal and policy agenda. The incumbent provides substantive contribution to understanding future trends in rural development relevant to their area of expertise, strengthening IFAD's strategic planning perspective and pro-actively fostering innovative and effective solutions to rural poverty within investment projects, country programmes, IFAD's policy, member governments, the academic community, private scetor, and public opinion in the international development community. Knowledge management at this level directly impacts on quality control and enhancement of IFAD's programmes and partnership development for inclusive and sustainable rural transformation.Position specific: The Lead Global Technical Specialist (Water & Rural Infrastructure) acts as the global anchor in this discipline, leading as the water and rural infrastructure team, acting as the lead corporate expert in the area of Water and Rural Infrastructure and managing key programs and initiatives related to Water and Rural Infrastructure' development, empowerment and strengthening as promoters of change in the value chains and food systems in which they operate as well as stronger partners to private sector actors. The incumbent works collaboratively with the thematic Technical Specialists covering Water and Rural Infrastructure other areas in PMI, Country Directors (CD)/Heads of Multi-country Offices (MCO) and other staff to ensure consistency, cohesion and synergy in the application of technical advice and provision of programme development support. The Lead Global Technical Specialist Water & Rural Infrastructure also represents IFAD at the global level within the area of expertise (Water and Rural Infrastructure), and ensures knowledge flows among the regionally-mapped technical staff within the area of expertise. Key Functions and Results1. POLICY AND STRATEGY ADVICE AND DEVELOPMENT: The incumbent provides technically authoritative advice informed by empirical evidence to improve the capacity of IFAD to position itself as an influential global player in agricultural and rural development with particular emphasis on social inclusion themes. The incumbent ensures that IFAD is regarded as a trusted and valued partner of national governments in policy dialogues and forums. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to:(a) Providing IFAD staff and partners with up-to-date and evidence-based advice on relevant policy, instituional and technical matters;(b) Providing evidence-informed recommendations to IFAD management on IFAD's rural development agenda using a wide range of data sources and analytical tools;(c) Providing substantive support to IFAD senior management participation in high-level fora with policy implications for rural transformation, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, and preparing documents and presentations;(d) Leading the preparation of technical products (e.g. complex papers, analysis, substantive sections of reports and studies) to advance IFAD's voice in the global debate on rural transformation, in close collaboration within PMD and other SKD divisions.2. KNOWLEDGE ADVISORY LEADERSHIP: The incumbent enhances the development of viable and sustainable policies, and supports regional and global thematic input through authoritative technical knowledge sharing for their area of specialization. The incumbent will ensure access to the latest sources of knowledge and innovation, strengthen technical capacity, and establish new knowledge and advisory partnerships. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to:(a) Leading processes related to intelligence gathering and analysis of debates relevant to inclusive and sustainable rural transformation in the global debate, and facilitating knowledge sharing and experiences in this area within SKD, IFAD, and other stakeholders in the global arena;(b) Coordinating relevant knowledge development and dissemination with institutions outside IFAD, within the region concerned, and national institutions, disseminating knowledge and lessons learned with external partners and stakeholders through publication of Occasional Papers, journal articles, seminars and workshops, through electronic media, and the development of new knowledge products and operational tools that are informed by learning from the field;(c) Participating in IFAD-wide thematic discussions and developing appropriate technical and operational approaches of relevance to country/divisional strategies and programmes;3. PARTNERSHIP BUILDING AND OUTREACH ACTIVITIES: The Lead Technical Specialist, develops and maintains a network of strategic partnerships to help advance IFAD's mandate and messages around inclusive and sustainable rural transformation in the global debate. The incumbent develops peer contacts inside and outside IFAD to develop new products and services, keep up-to-date on activities at country and regional levels, support joint advocacy, and share knowledge to enhance the Fund's profile as a highly competent and reliable partner in development. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to: (a) Building partnerships with centers of excellence, complementary technical organizations, and specialized departments of other development agencies as strategic partner;(b) Strengthening IFAD's representation and communication in policy processes (including representing IFAD at international, regional, and inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences);(c) Generating new resources for IFAD through partnerships and outreach activities;(d) Identifying major opportunities, as well as serving as focal point, for strategic collaboration with centers of excellence, complementary technical organizations, private sector, MSMEs, and specialized departments of other development agencies as strategic partners;(e) Leading wider IFAD and Rome-based discussions on the development of sustainable and inclusive approaches to rural transformation as requested.4. MONITORING, EVALUATION AND REPORTING: The incumbent supports the Director in monitoring and corporate reporting activities to enhance knowledge creation, country level programme and funding decisions.5. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The incumbent is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to:(a) Contributing to the supervision of key divisional programme activities, including key missions and other initiatives, leading and directing a team of staff, overseeing research and impact assessment activities, planning and allocating work assignments, coaching, mentoring and evaluating staff, and participating in recruitment, selection and training of new staff and in the development of training programmes;(b) Contributing to the personnel and financial management of the work unit, including the development and implementation of work plans and budgets. Position specifics:The key responsibilities of the Lead GLobal Techncial specialist (Water & Rural Infrastructure) include:6. TECHNICAL ADVICE TO COUNTRY PROGRAMMES: The Lead Global Technical Specialist (Water & Rural Infrastructure) serves as a broker in their area of technical expertise to facilitate the integration of global best-practices in country programmes across the globe on water and rural infrastructure' development and strengthening of their role in promoting inclusive and sustainable food system transformation, greater and better collaboration with the private sector, medium, small and micro enterprises and rural market creation and development, among others. The incumbent has an over-sight function to ensure consistent application of corporate quality standards within the area of technical expertise and serves as technical peer reviewer in corporate quality enhancement processes to ensure adherence to relevant quality standards and policies. Based on a planning exercise undertaken jointly between PMD and SKD, and working in close collaboration with the CDs/Head MCOs, the Lead Global Technical Specialist (Water & Rural Infrastructure) provides targeted technical advice on Water & Rural Infrastructure to selected country programmes across the globe, including supporting the preparation of Results-based Country Strategic Opportunities Programmes (COSOPs), Country Strategy Notes (CSNs), project designs and project supervision/implementation support, through participation in project teams and missions as required. For strategic reasons and based on business needs, the incumbent may serve as Technical Lead for selective project designs, ensuring overall technical quality of the project design across all thematic areas, including drafting of 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 or leading select missions and ensuring comments provided through corporate quality enhancement and assurance processes are adequately addressed. The incumbent also provides support in their area of technical expertise to ongoing projects across the globe (in particular projects for which s/he was Technical Lead during design or projects at risk), and has an over-sight function to ensure regionally-mapped technical staff consistently apply corporate quality standards within their technical area of expertise during project supervision and implementation support. The Lead Global Technical Specialist (Water & Rural Infrastructure) introduces to country counterparts innovative and integrated solutions for water harvesting, watershed management and efficient water use including modern irrigation for increased agricultural production. The incumbent provides solutions for post-harvest and connectivity to markets in order to increase the value of crops, including storage and drying facilities, farm track roads, access roads and market places. The incumbent will incorporate renewable energy where appropriate with other climate-smart elements to qualify national programs and projects for climate adaptation and mitigation financing where possible. The incumbent ensures that IFAD SECAP procedures are followed for all water and rural infrastructure at various functions and scales. The incumbent identifies opportunities and entries for private sector engagement, in particular for the supply of equipment and setting up service, and also provides after-sales service, including operation and maintenance, as a result additional resources and modern technologies will be introduced as well as a number of jobs created especially for youth. 7. POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND PARTNERSHIPS: The Lead Global Technical Specialist (Water & Rural Infrastructure) develops and maintains a global network of peer contacts and partners outside IFAD to keep abreast of recent developments and trends and facilitate brokering of partnerships to enhance the Fund's profile as a highly competent and viable partner in development. Specifically, on the basis of their thematic expertise and skills and working closely with the CDs, the Lead Global Technical Specialist at headquarters, the Lead Regional Economist and other relevant Technical Specialists, the incumbent leads the development of relevant technical policies and strategies in the thematic area of Water & Rural Infrastructure building on the knowledge generated from IFAD's country programs. The incumbent represents IFAD in global fora related to policy formulation on smallholder water management, irrigation and development of rural infrastructure. The incumbent develops and maintains strategic partnerships with relevant organizations, centres of excellence, private sector partners, research institutions, thematic platforms at the global level, in particular with smallholder water management, irrigation and development of rural infrastructure in the framework of UN-Water and other relevant global forums.  8. KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND INNOVATION IN THE RURAL SYSTEMS CONTEXT: The Lead Global Technical Specialist (Water & Rural Infrastructure) serves as the corporate focal point for knowledge management activities related to the thematic area of technical expertise (including production (water resources management, watershed management, water harvesting, irrigation, drainage) and connectivity (rural roads, storage facilities and market places), social (drinking and home water supply, sanitation), and water and community organizations (water user's associations, road maintenance committees, etc.)). Working closely with SKD and PMD colleagues, the incumbent coordinates the preparation and implementation of an action plan for knowledge management activities within their area of technical expertise, including securing the required resources (i.e. budget, consultants). The incumbent leads the systematization and dissemination of knowledge, good practices and innovations generated through IFAD's country programs across the globe, through specific knowledge products, tool-kits, guidelines, blogs, training material, technical notes, publications and learning events. S/he maintains a global network of peer contacts and partners outside IFAD to facilitate brokering of information and knowledge exchanges. The incumbent also builds and/or maintains communities of practice as well as roster of qualified consultants with their area of expertise. The incumbent represents IFAD in global events on technical matters related to the thematic area of technical expertise and relevant to IFAD. The incumbent identifies and promotes opportunities for knowledge sharing and exchanges between regionally-mapped technical staff within the area of technical expertise. The incumbent also builds and/or maintains communities of practice as well as roster of qualified/certified consultants within the area of expertise, working closely with the regionally-mapped technical staff. 9. CORPORATE ACTIVITIES: The Lead Global Technical Specialist (Water and Rural Infrastructure) provides targeted authoritative overall advise in his/her area of technical expertise for the development of corporate initiatives/instruments, policies and procedures, including leading corporate task forces and preparing technical position papers as required. The incumbent also provides substantive inputs to corporate events, training activities and technical management briefs as required. Specifically, the incumbent supervises the Global Technical Specialists, the Water and Rural Infrastructure and the Rural Infrastructure and Renewable Energy, leads the Water and Rural Infrastructure desk, coordinates the IFAD activities with the UN-Water as IFAD Senior Program Officer and represents IFAD in the Water and Climate Collation Steering Committee.  Key Performance IndicatorsAssignments require the provision of authoritative professional expertise and technical leadership at the global, regional and national levels on Water & Rural Infrastructure issues. Lead Global Technical Specialists 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. 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. It also requires capacity to engage with, listen to, respect and mediate with organisations of rural poor people, in particular with smallholder and family farmers organizations across the world.  Working RelationshipsThe work relationships of Lead Technical Specialist involves the provision of authoritative technical advice  for policy, programme and strategy development, resource mobilization,and the negotiation and resolution of problems that arise in mission planning, technical project appraisal or the preparation of studies and reports. The incumbent typically serves as the Fund's senior technical Specialist 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, CDs, national governments, development partners and other country programme staff in the technical area of smallholder Water & Rural Infrastructureand.Position specific: The incumbent represents IFAD at the global level within their area of expertise, in particular in the UN-Water and Steering Committee of the Water and Climate Collation. Job Profile RequirementsOrganizational Competencies:Level 2:Strategic thinking and organizational development: Strategic leadershipDemonstrating Leadership: Leads by example; initiates and supports changeLearning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Challenges, innovates and contributes to a learning cultureFocusing on clients: Contributes to a client-focused cultureProblem solving and decision making: Solves complex problems and makes decisions that have wider corporate impactManaging time, resources and information: Coordinates wider use of time, information and/or resourcesTeam Work: Fosters a cohesive team environmentCommunicating and negotiating: Acquires and uses a wide range of communication styles and skillsBuilding relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains strategic partnerships internally and externallyManaging performance and developing staff: Manages staff and teams effectively Education:Level - Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) from an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php in a technically relevant area (*) Areas - Engineering, Civil Engineering, Water and Irrigation, Rural Development, Natural Resource Management, etc.(*) Note:  For internal candidates, this requirement will be assessed in line with the provisions set forth in the IFAD's Human Resources Implementing Procedures. Experience:At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in the field of Water & Rural Infrastructure development, strengthening and empowerment, particularly in the formulation of technical guidance and input to development programmes and investment projects promoting a strengthened role for Water & Rural Infrastructure in promoting inclusive and sustainable rural development, value chains development, market creation and development, greater partnerships with the private sector, as well as management of regional and/or global capacity building grants and programs for civil society organizations, in particular for producers organizations.  At least five (5) years of relevant experience in a multi-cultural inter- governmental organization. Position-specific experience: Experience in international policy frameworks related to global agricultural, food security and rural development issues is an asset as well as experience in the field of water management and rural infrastructure, particularly in the formulation of technical guidance and input to agriculture and rural development programmes. Familiarity with application of IFIs safeguards to manage the social and environmental effects of rural infrastructure projects is a strong asset.Languages:Required English (4 – Excellent)  Another IFAD language  French, Spanish, or Arabic is desirable (4 – Excellent)Position-specific requirement: Good skills both in speaking and drafting technical documents. Ability to apply research and impact evaluation for programs under review and at completion. Skills:Job role specific Leadership, Group thought leader, sought out by others and providing mentorship and effective guidance to others; bility 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; Evidence-based policy, Know-how in the formulation of concrete and actionable policy recommendations based on hard evidence (going beyond simple data interpretation) Synthesis, Outstanding ability to synthesize and simplify complex technical information for a variety of (non-technical) audiences Stakeholder Management, Strong alignment capabilities and consultation skills, building on effective interactions and relationships with different stakeholders (e.g. for the co-creation of communication material with member states) and ability to build and maintain a strong network (e.g. with journalists, media outlets, etc.) Strategy implementation, Ability to lead and manage the development and implementation of medium to longer-term strategies for IFAD / for respective divisions Resources management, Know-how in the management of human, financial and material management of IFAD resources Verbal communication, Clear, succinct and convincing verbal communication; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic language Written 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.) 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) Adaptability, Adaptability and flexibility when facing new or unexpected situations, and to specific constraints and circumstances and managing complex processes  Programme/Project development, management, Know-how in Programme/Project development, implementation, management  Risk 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) Position specificTopical expertise – water and rural infrastructure, Expertise and know how in assessing and developing effective, inclusive and sustainable Water & Rural Infrastructure (production (water resources management, watershed management, water harvesting, irrigation, drainage) and connectivity (rural roads, storage facilities and market places), social (drinking and home water supply, sanitation), and water and community organizations (water user's associations, road maintenance committees and  private sector), as well as institutional set up for effective delivery of  rural development investment programmes.; Cross-cutting themes - Environment & climate change, Expertise specific to the environment and climate change cross-cutting theme (e.g. climate and environmental policy, biodiversity, agroecology); Cross-cutting themes - Gender and social inclusion, Expertise specific to gender and social inclusion cross-cutting theme (e.g. youth, targeting strategies); Cross-cutting themes - Nutrition, Expertise specific to nutrition cross-cutting theme (e.g. food systems); Social & Environmental Safeguards, Know-how in Social & Environmental compliance as specified in the IFAD's Social, Environmental and Climate Assessment Procedures (SECAP); Confidentiality & Discretion, Establishes self and division as trusted Specialist to internal stakeholders by maintaining high level of discretion and confidentiality in assignments; demonstrates sound judgement when dealing with sensitive and/or confidential matters ; drives good governance and is a "Culture Carrier" demonstrating IFAD institutional conscience through their work.; Advocacy, Ability to leverage IFAD knowledge and/or communication materials to maintain and promote constructive dialogue around IFAD's vision and strategic priorities to external actors;Specialized communication skills (writing and speaking), Technical know-how relevant to the specific communication role considered (e.g. communication planning, building and maintaining media relations, video production, publishing, web and other digital media, graphic design, visual identity, brand management, internal communication and events management); Other InformationApplicants should note that IFAD staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the President of IFAD. 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28/05/2024
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Chief of Staff, Office of the President and the Vice-President (OPV) - D2

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

Organizational SettingThe 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 Office of the President and Vice-President (OPV) provides strategic oversight and direction to the entire Organization, including all decentralised offices, and is responsible for IFAD's strategic leadership, and all departments and offices reporting to it. Most importantly, OPV is the highest-level of political and strategic engagement with IFAD Member States, Rome-based agencies, and other UN agencies and IFIs, leveraging the Fund's resources, knowledge, relationships, and reputation to ensure IFAD achieves its mandate through IFAD-funded programmes and non-lending activities providing sustainable impact to its target groups. The Office also serves as the primary liaison with the Senior Executive Management Team and supports the general governance of the organization. The Office of the President and Vice-President leads the implementation of the strategic plan for the organization, as well as develops or champions new initiatives to improve organizational efficiency, visibility, and organization-wide leadership development.The position is located in the Front Office of OPV and the Chief of Staff reports directly to the President of IFAD. Job RoleThe Chief of Staff serves on IFAD's senior management team. The main focus of such positions is strategic leadership, innovation and management. Most typically as a member of a departmental management team, the Chief of Staff is responsible for managing and supervising the delivery of a division's programme of work within an allocated budget. This role requires a leader who can build trust, cultivate a positive and inclusive organizational culture, and always operate with transparency and accountability. The ideal candidate will embody the highest ethical and professional standards.  The role requires someone who upholds integrity, demonstrates unwavering commitment to ethical principles, and shows deep respect and empathy for diverse perspectives.As a member of the Executive Management Team, the Chief of Staff has a corporate responsibility for the Fund.  The position plays a pivotal role in providing strategic and intellectual leadership and management support at the highest level of the organization by managing and coordinating relations between the Office of the President and Vice-President, IFAD's senior management and the Fuvind's middle-level managers in the implementation of the Fund's mandate and programme of work. The position translates the broad organizational objectives into creative effective delivery in collaboration with senior management colleagues ensuring the overall cohesion of the Fund in action. In addition, the incumbent has management responsibility for the team providing strategic support to the President and coordinates the Office of the President and Vice President to ensure its efficient operations and communication with internal and external stakeholders. The Chief of Staff ensures the President is fully informed of all developments within the organization and with Member States that have an impact on the strategy and key objectives of the Fund. Key Functions and Results1. STRATEGIC ADVISORY ROLE: The Chief of Staff provides strategic direction in the development and interpretation of major policies, regulations and rules, and systems that govern the work of a division and ensure they support divisional goals and objectives within the overall Fund mandates and strategies. The Chief of Staff also serves as a trusted business/programme advisor with a significant role in authoritative policy advice within the Fund at the senior management level as well as in policy dialogue in their representational activities.In particular, the Chief of Staff plays a critical and leading role in the day-to-day handling of business in the Office of the President and Vice-President and the implementation of major initiatives and delivery of IFAD's business.  This includes but is not limited to:Providing strategic support and implementation to the President and the Vice President in the day-to-day management of the Fund and on a wide range of sensitive and confidential matters affecting the organization and its relations with external partners and stakeholders;Ensuring the effective direction and integrated management of all the Fund's activities in line with the strategic vision and guidance of the President;Supporting the coordination of Departments and Offices, ensuring the implementation of a well-articulated policy for the reporting and management of executive management meetings;Advising Executive Management on innovation and/or change management programmes, direction, etc., based on the Fund's institutional performance and efficacy, assisting, and communicating with executives throughout the decision-making and implementation stages;Overseeing the internal management of the Fund on behalf of the President, including the development of, advice on and promotion of policies on management issues;Ensuring the proper conduct of processes critical to the delivery of mandate implementation, particularly strategic planning, policy coordination and senior level decision-making; ensuring a clear understanding between substantive priorities and support capacities; acting as an integrator by connecting work streams that would otherwise remain siloed;In coordination with the Vice-President, the Chief of Staff ensures an integrated approach to the results-based budget process, including alignment with strategic and operational plans and adequate provisions to meet resource requirements, and oversees the process as it relates to substantive mission components;Coordinating the development and implementation of cross-cutting and management policies among the various departments of the Fund, in coordination with the Vice-President, as appropriate and improving the Fund's ongoing processes and organising procedures to ensure optimal efficiency and productivity;Undertaking the coordination of the Office of the President and Vice-President, which includes the planning, organizing and integration of the work of OPV and developing and implementing work plans to achieve the mission and goals of OPV;Managing the development and implementation of the OPV's annual work programme and budget;Leading and managing the OPV team and closely collaborating with other relevant teams, providing oversight of and coordination on matters related to the efficient running of OPV's Front Office;Representing the President of IFAD, when requested; andPerforming any other duties as may be assigned by the President.2. REPRESENTATION AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS: The Chief of Staff serves as a designated representative of the Fund and catalyses effective partnerships with a broad range of institutions including borrowers, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, UN agencies, funds and programmes, international financial institutions (IFls), non-governmental organizations and academic institutions for the purpose of programme co-operation, knowledge sharing, policy dialogue and/or resource mobilization.In particular, the Chief of Staff:In collaboration with relevant departments, offices and divisions, provides strategic and intellectual support to IFAD's engagement with member states and external stakeholders and helps assessing and mitigating risks facing the organization; Maintains relations with key stakeholders in Rome and in member states and provides strategic guidance in the preparation of materials for meetings of governing bodies and member states; and Represents the Office of the President and Vice-President on corporate high-level meetings. 3. MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES: The Chief of Staff is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD's resources, including human, financial, and material resources. This includes managing staff through workforce planning, recruitment, performance management, and career development. Additionally, the Chief of Staff is responsible for managing material resources and promoting knowledge and content management to achieve innovative outcomes and cost-effective processes. The Chief of Staff also leverages information technology to improve business results, reporting processes, and client services. In particular, the Chief of Staff, oversees the activities of all entities located in the Office of the President and Vice-President. Key Performance IndicatorsThe Chief of Staff''s impact extends beyond the successful achievement of divisional goals and objectives to include larger departmental goals and objectives in strategic planning collaboration. The expected results directly and/or indirectly benefit the ultimate stakeholders, the rural poor in developing countries.The key performance indicators for the Chief of Staff include leadership in viable strategic planning, authoritative and relevant policy development and advice, sustainable programme decisions and integrity and accountability in the planning and management of the Fund's human, financial and material resources assigned to the division.Leadership activities include the optimum utilization of human, financial, technology and material resources for the achievement of greater efficiency and effectiveness. The Chief of Staff is a member of the Executive Management Team with a corporate responsibility for the Fund.  The Chief of Staff is tasked with ensuring maximum impact for the efficiency and efficacy of the Fund's operations and service in all initiatives and activities through the provision of effective intellectual and professional leadership for overall strategy, quality, delivery, and results. Working RelationshipsThe Chief of Staff is responsible for building and maintaining strong working relationships both within and outside of IFAD. Internally, the incumbent provides strategic advice to the President and Vice-President and collaborates with other departments, offices and divisions to ensure effective coordination of programme planning and activities. Externally, the incumbent develops strategic partnerships with a range of institutions, including borrowers, development agencies, UN agencies, and non-governmental organizations, for the purpose of programme cooperation, knowledge sharing, policy dialogue, and resource mobilization. The Chief of Staff also represents IFAD in official committees, meetings, and conferences, and builds organizational networks with peers in major private, public, and international financial institutions.More specifically, the Chief of Staff is responsible for coordinating relations between OPV, IFAD's senior management and the Fund's middle-level managers in the implementation of the Fund's mandate and programme of work. The Chief of Staff provides strategic and intellectual leadership to the President and Vice-President in the day-to-day management of the Fund and on a wide range of sensitive and confidential matters affecting the organization and its relations with external partners and stakeholders. Job Profile RequirementsOrganizational Competencies - Level 2Strategic thinking and organizational development: Strategic leadershipDemonstrating Leadership: Leads by example; initiates and supports changeLearning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Challenges, innovates and contributes to a learning cultureFocusing on clients: Contributes to a client-focused cultureProblem solving and decision making: Solves complex problems and makes decisions that have wider corporate impactManaging time, resources and information: Coordinates wider use of time, information and/or resourcesTeam Work: Fosters a cohesive team environmentCommunicating and negotiating: Acquires and uses a wide range of communication styles and skillsBuilding relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains strategic partnerships internally and externallyManaging performance and developing staff: Manages staff and teams effectivelyEducation:Level - Advanced university degree.Areas - international relations, business administration, economics or any other relevant field from an accredited institution. (*)Degree must be an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php(*) For internal candidates, this requirement will be assessed in line with the provisions set forth in the IFAD's Human Resources Implementing Procedures.  Work experience:At least fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible, relevant professional experience in a development finance or international financial institution or multilateral organisation with proven experience in project management and/or change management processes, integrating work streams and/or working with an executive team or advising executives in decision-making.Demonstrated experience and ability to lead and manage multicultural teams, preferably in an international financial institution, through a combination of corporate and field-based experience.Experience in improving the corporate organizational structure of an international institution and a deep understanding of organizational culture management in a multi-cultural organization would represent a strong asset.Demonstrated capapcity for managing development and implementation of strategic initiatives, as well as for ensuring that people, finances and ways of working are geared to delivering high-quality workLanguages:Required English (4 – Excellent)Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic (3 – Good)Skills: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; Political acumen, Ability to conduct sound political analysis and understand complex environments, providing options and advice; Change management, Role modelling, anticipation of key risks and conflicts and formulation of contingency plans/solutions, action-oriented; Planning, Know-how in the planning of human, financial and material management of IFAD resources; Advocacy, Ability to leverage IFAD knowledge and/or communication materials to maintain and promote constructive dialogue around IFAD's vision and strategic priorities to external actors; Policy dialogue, Know-how in the representation of IFAD as a trusted and strategic partner; effective consultations with IFAD counterparts line ministries and governmental bodies at all administrative levels, donors, civil society; Evidence-based policy, Know-how in the formulation of concrete and actionable policy recommendations based on hard evidence (going beyond simple data interpretation); Strategy implementation, Ability to lead and manage the development and implementation of medium to longer-term strategies for IFAD / for respective divisions;Corporate 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);Confidentiality and Discretion, establishes self and division as trusted advisor to internal stakeholders by maintaining high level of discretion and confidentiality in assignments; demonstrates sound judgement when dealing with sensitive and/or confidential matters; drives good governance and is a "Culture Carrier" demonstrating IFAD institutional conscience through;Specialized 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;Risk 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)Resources Management, Know-how in the management of human, financial and material management of IFAD resources; Programme/Project development, management, Know-how in Programme/Project development, implementation, management; Position specific:Performance management:   Know-how in managing performance so that staff supervised deliver on the agreed objectives and meet their development needs while meeting the needs of IFAD.  Is proficient in establishing clear performance goals (operational and behavioural) and learning plans as well as in evaluating the performance of staff against the set goals; Stakeholder 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.);  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, 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 accordance with IFAD's provisions, all new staff members will normally be placed at the first step in the grade level for which they have been selected. For information on IFAD's remuneration package, please visit IFAD's compensation and benefits page on our website. Applicants are invited to use the ICSC compensation calculator to estimate the salary and benefit entitlements.  See here. Candidates may be required to take a written test and to deliver a presentation as well as participate in interviews.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.IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation in line with its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy and the Policy to prevent and respond to sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse.Please be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. 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23/05/2024
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Finance Specialist (Environmental Finance) - P3

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

Organizational SettingThe 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 Financial Controller's Division (FCD) plays a key role in supporting stakeholder confidence and protect IFAD's clean external audit opinion on IFAD finances, ensuring sound financial practices and internal control at IFAD, and providing innovative finance solutions to solve problems and improve the decision-making processes. FCD is also responsible for the integrity, transparency, and control of the management of IFAD's resources. The position works under the overall strategic, policy and management guidance of the Director and Controller, FCD and the direct supervision of the Chief Financial Reporting and Corporate Finance.   Job RoleThe incumbent is a seasoned professional reflecting a 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 incumbent plays a key role in the fulfilment of FCD`s financial resources management and reporting functions.The primary responsibility of this role is centered around the meticulous preparation, planning, and execution of the IFRS S1 and S2 standards, which constitutes 90% of the job's focus. This includes overseeing the integration of these standards into our financial systems, ensuring compliance, and facilitating organization-wide adaptation through training and support.Position specifics: The incumbent must possess profound expertise in IFRS S1 and S2 standards, demonstrating a capability to navigate and implement these frameworks within the unique context of IFAD. This role demands a proactive approach to stay abreast of evolving IFRS guidelines and their applicability to our operations, ensuring both compliance and operational excellence.The incumbent is a seasoned professional with an in-depth understanding of relevant financial management and accounting principles standards (IFRS), and methods applicable to operations financed by financial institutions/ international aid organizations.  . The scope of the role of the Finance Officer (Environmental Finance) The incumbent should have an in-depth knowledge of ESG (environmental social Governance) Reporting IFRS Sustainability Standards The incumbent will play a pivotal role to establish and maintain an internal control framework to ensure adequate ESG reporting in compliance to International Sustainability Standards requirements. . The incumbent plays a key role in the delivery of supplementary funds activities, statutory financial statements (IFAD, GEF GCF, etc) per IFRS standards, Donor Reports and financial services for Supplementary Funds and hosted entities, EC Verifications support. The scope of the work also includes coordination with internal and external stakeholders for financial accounting and reporting activities, being a key stakeholder towards external and internal auditors and the various multilateral climate finance donors.  n of the GCF Trust. Key Functions and Results1.FINANCE BUSINESS PARTNER: The incumbent is a credible, trusted partner to the Department/Division/Unit where assigned. The incumbent 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, environmental social governance reporting, 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. FINANCE 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. Activities performed by Finance Specialists at this level 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, and to IFAD governing bodies as applicable; and (c) preparing timely, substantive replies to internal and external audit observations concerning the assigned financial operation.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. The incumbent uses a seasoned knowledge of results based management, 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.Position specifics:The Finance Specialist (Environmental Finance) 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 including operationalisation of transactions in accordance to IFRS as well as the capacity to deliver environmental social reporting governance (ESG) reporting. Activities performed by Finance Officer (Environmental Finance) include:Support the establishment and subsequently maintaining of an effective internal control framework to ensure adequate ESG reporting in accordance to IFRS International Sustainability Standards (ISS) requirements.Preparing financial reports including IFRS/ISS- compliant financial statements.Delivery of timely and accurate financial information of the supplementary funds and hosted entities to internal and external stakeholders.Maintaining and updating, when necessary, the financial procedures relating to the assigned operations.Drafting responses for management on queries raised and views expressed by IFAD's Governing Bodies and other relevant shareholders/partners. Preparing timely, substantive replies to internal and external audit observations concerning the assigned financial operations.contributing to the agreement negotiation with supplementary funds donors/ recipients ensuring that legal documents reflect sound financial management arrangements and applicable policies and procedures.Playing a key role in financial reporting, expenditure verifications, and other donor-related financial assessments. Key Performance IndicatorsFinance Specialists are accountable for authoritative advice and guidance in regard to the Fund's financial policies, regulations and practices and authoritative interpretation to resolve difficult and unusual cases. They make recommendations to senior management on questions of financial policy, including those that may be the subject of inter-organizational consultations. Finance Specialist are also accountable for leading and ensuring the accuracy of a complete, complex financial operation identified by the variety and number of funding sources, diversity of currencies, and the requirement for producing various reports to legislative bodies, member governments, and others interested in the activities of the Fund. The incumbent achieves finance programme goals and objectives through innovative program design or redesign. The work requires the development of new and/or modifications of existing policies, practices and techniques as well as the review of Finance Officer and Analyst work performed at lower levels, taking corrective and adaptive actions. The incumbent provides technical advice to stakeholders in countries, leads technical discussions and capacity building in countries assigned. The KPIs include efficient performance of assigned finance operations and other responsibilities, technical quality in terms of both substantive depth and adaptive relevance to client needs and customer service approach to problem resolution and team leading characteristics, as well as maintaining data integrity on assigned portfolios.Position specific: Indicators related to a smooth, effective, accurate and timely approval of disbursements of loans and grants, payroll payments, timely within KPIs, and client friendly communications.  Working RelationshipsInternally Finance Specialists are authoritative technical advisers to the Fund's managers, other budget holders and staff in their area of assignment and advocate for accountability and integrity in the allocation and management of the Fund's financial resources. The incumbent manages professionals as relevant and leads to improve relevant policies and procedures. Contacts extend throughout the organization and may include Country Office management as needed, internal auditors and evaluation Officers. Externally work relationships require collaboration, coordination and partnership building with local counterparts and external stakeholders to ensure the effective implementation of financial rules and procedures, with particular reference to the use of donor funding through contacts with Borrowers and Contributing institutions. The incumbent will also represent IFAD in global technical fora and be in direct contact with external auditors and counterparts in other IFI and UN organizations. Job Profile RequirementsOrganizational Competencies:Level 1:Strategic thinking and organizational development: Personal influence.Demonstrating Leadership: Personal leadership and attitude to change.Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Continuously seeks to learn, shares knowledge and innovates.Focusing on clients: Focuses on clients.Problem solving and decision making: Demonstrates sound problem solving and decision-making ability.Managing time, resources and information: Manages own time, information and resources effectively.Team Work: 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.Managing performance and developing staff: Manages staff and teams effectively. Education:Level - Advanced university degree. The advanced university degree may be substituted by a first university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) in the above-mentioned subjects plus at least four additional years of relevant professional experience, over and above the minimum number of years of experience outlined below. Areas - Accounting, Business Administration or FinanceDegree must be an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php . Experience:At least five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experienceThree (3) years preferably in the international financial institution, or another multi-cultural organization or a national organization providing support on a global scope. Position-specific experience: Experience in financial reporting to multilateral donors and knowledge of PeopleSoft –Oracle BI systems is considered an asset.Professional training and expertise on ESG reporting would be considered as an asset. Certifications:Professional qualification in CPA, Chartered Accountant, CIPFA designation or equivalent is mandatory. Languages:Required English (4 – Excellent) Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic (3 – Good)  Skills:Job role specificProblem 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 comprehendible way for all ranges of audience.Ability to empathize with client managers, supervisors and staff while maintaining the integrity of financial resources, implementing internal controls and ensuring consistent and accountable application of promulgated financial regulations and rules.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 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. Position specificIn-depth knowledge of the principles and concepts of financial operations including sound understanding of project financial management and IFRS.Climate Finance and Reporting: In-depth knowledge of the principles and concepts of environmental social governance reporting  IFRS/ISS. Financial reporting & accounting,  Know-how in financial reporting, statutory and other reporting auditing rules and procedures applicable to Organization and IFIs;Capital market instruments: Knowledge of capital markets instruments (fixed income, derivatives, loans), risk and performance metrics and quantitative tools of fixed income valuation (cash flow, present value, interest rate risk, duration, etc.)Ability to review and benchmark current practices against industry (UN/DFIs) best practices and enhance processes are appropriate. Excellent knowledge of PeopleSoft ERP and other information technology systems and tools. Exposure to accounting software. 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, the President can decide to assign them to any of the activities of the Fund. All International Professional staff members are required to be geographically mobile and positions in the professional category are subject to changes in location at any time in line with strategic priorities and reform initiatives in IFAD.IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation in line with its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy and the Policy to prevent and respond to sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse.https://webapps.ifad.org/members/eb/134/docs/EB-2021-134-R-9.pdf ; https://www.ifad.org/documents/38711624/42415556/SEA_e_web.pdf/85275c4d-8e3f-4df0-9ed8-cebaacfab128?t=1611326846000In accordance with IFAD's provisions, all new staff members will normally be placed at the first step in the grade level for which they have been selected. For information on IFAD's remuneration package, please visit IFAD's compensation and benefits page on our website. Applicants are invited to use the ICSC compensation calculator to estimate the salary and benefit entitlements.  See here. Please be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Official communication from IFAD will always come from e-mails ending in @ifad.org.In the interest of making most cost-effective use of funds and resources, we are only able to respond to applicants who are short-listed for interview. Candidates who do not receive any feedback within three months should consider their application unsuccessful. This is how cinfo can support you in the application process for this specific position:Application preparation: Before you apply for this position: Improve your application documents by registering for a Job Application Support. 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23/05/2024
international fund for agricultural development ifad

Finance Officer (Development Finance) - P3

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

Organizational SettingThe 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 Controller's division (FCD), 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.Position-specific:The front office of the Financial Operations Department (FOD) comprises a specialized development finance team which supports 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, allocation of financial resources and ongoing programme delivery in Operations and Risk Management.The incumbent works under the overall strategic, policy and management guidance of the Lead Development Finance Officer. Job RoleThe incumbent is a member of the Development Finance Team established in the front office of the Associate Vice-President (AVP-FOD). The incumbent will take a proactive role in the day-to-day activities associated to the scope of the team. The incumbent 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 ResultsPosition-specific:1. FINANCE BUSINESS PARTNER: The incumbent is a credible, trusted partner to the Department/Division/Unit where assigned. The incumbent supports the Fund's development finance objectives 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 also contributes to the development, improvement and dissemination of technical policies and procedures as required. The incumbent's focus is on building the knowledge base of the Fund's governing structure, mandate, long-term business strategy, organizational dynamics, and culture.Monitoring and research of aspects related to macro-economic debt management at country level. This function will callfor 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 matters.Ensure continuous intelligence on aspects related to Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) matters, or any other similar initiatives related to macro-debt, debt settlement, and/or debt rescheduling being discussed in international fora; including update of corporate Debt page and country economic snapshots for all IFAD's borrowers.Provide detailed analytical inputs on the ongoing analysis of 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 vehicles2. 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. The core challenge and opportunity is for IFAD to partner with MDBs, IFIs, development institutions and financial market institutions to overcome the constraints on capital mobilization, and to redesign governance, financial products, and incentive structures to achieve this goal. Activities performed by the incumbent may include:Collecting inputs as needed from other divisions, contribute to the building of Balance Sheet management and optimization analytics, performing quantitative and qualitative assessments on the following:Collaborate in the financial scenario production process, monitoring borrowing country income categories, preparing lending term breakdowns, and assess financial implications of allocations (capital consumption and liquidity management), 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.Financial performance and reporting:Support data gathering and Monitor the FOD metrics of IFAD's Corporate Risk Dashboard (CRD),Preparatory works and analytical inputs in building CFO Dashboard that can support decision making processes.Contribute 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. 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. The incumbent uses a seasoned knowledge of results-based management, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other information technology to develop, analyze and promote acceptance of innovative financing approaches. The incumbent manages change through consultations with finance colleagues and outreach to internal and external stakeholders to build understanding 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, if applicable, general service/consultants supervised. 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 their role to ensure implementation of sound financial strategies and policies. The incumbent 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 RelationshipsPosition-specific:Internally, the incumbent will report to the Lead Officer and will interact with several stakeholders within FOD and other departments for the completion of her/his work. The incumbent will be required to interact with other departments for the planning, design, and execution of financial instruments and structures, 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 management committee, Audit Committee or Executive Management Committee), and deliver presentations on matters related to their function. The main points of contact are with FOD Front Office, treasury, accounting, financial management, risk management, private sector unit, 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 Development Finance Unit and other organizational units at internal and external meetings, conferences and at other events as requested by their supervisor.  Job Profile RequirementsOrganizational Competencies:Level 1:•       Building relationships and partnerships - Builds and maintains effective working relationships•       Communicating and negotiating - Communicates effectively; creates understanding between self and others•       Demonstrating leadership - Personal leadership and attitude to change•       Focusing on clients - Focuses on clients•       Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating - Continuously seeks to learn, shares knowledge & innovates•       Managing time, resources and information - Manages own time, information and resources effectively•       Problem-solving and decision-making - Demonstrates sound problem-solving and decision-making ability•       Strategic thinking and organizational development - Personal influence•       Team working - Contributes effectively to the team Education:•       Level - Advanced university degree (Masters' equivalent) from an accredited institution in a technically relevant area.•          Areas - Finance, Business Administration or any other related fields or an equivalent professional certification.•          Degree must be an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php .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, Multilateral Development Banks, audit firm, or other relevant institution.•          The professional experience should reflect a proven track-record in areas of sourcing, structuring and closing investments, particularly in the areas of loan origination and credit analysis, structuring of financial instruments, and/or, investment funds, or guarantee funds.•          Proven experience in structuring, negotiating and implementing innovative financial instruments, products, programs and mechanisms related to leveraging resources for the public and private sectors,•          Three 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.•          Relevant country experience would be highly desirable.•          Demonstrated experience in developing and managing partnerships with financial institutions, investors, philanthropic organizations and eligible family offices.Languages:•       English (4 - Excellent)•       Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic  Skills:* Business acumen, private sector knowledge, Outstanding ability to synthesize and simplify complex technical information for a variety of (non-technical)    audience (Development) economics, Know-how relevant to specific role as economist, e.g. development economics, macro/micro-economic analysis, conducting of economic research and applied econometrics, etc.* Risk 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  * Development finance, Know-how in debt, lending terms, financial policies including pricing, concessionality and resource allocation* Change Management, Role modelling, anticipation of key risks & conflicts and formulation of contingency plans/solutions, action-oriented;* Time 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 teams;* 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* Client 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 solutions* Written 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.)* Verbal communication, Clear, succinct and convincing verbal communication; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic language* Corporate 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)  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, the President can decide to assign them to any of the activities of the Fund. All International Professional staff members are required to be geographically mobile and positions in the professional category are subject to changes in location at any time in line with strategic priorities and reform initiatives in IFAD.IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation in line with its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy and the Policy to prevent and respond to sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse.https://webapps.ifad.org/members/eb/134/docs/EB-2021-134-R-9.pdf ; https://www.ifad.org/documents/38711624/42415556/SEA_e_web.pdf/85275c4d-8e3f-4df0-9ed8-cebaacfab128?t=1611326846000Please be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Official communication from IFAD will always come from e-mails ending in @ifad.org.In the interest of making most cost-effective use of funds and resources, we are only able to respond to applicants who are short-listed for interview. Candidates who do not receive any feedback within three months should consider their application unsuccessful. This is how cinfo can support you in the application process for this specific position:Application preparation: Before you apply for this position: Improve your application documents by registering for a Job Application Support. 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