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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Organizational Setting The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people. IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at local, national and international levels for policies that contribute to rural transformation. The Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD) provides expert guidance on IFAD's strategic direction, thematic priorities and technical quality of IFAD operations. It plays a critical role in providing technical expertise to operational teams to enhance development effectiveness by generating and disseminating IFAD's development knowledge and evidence on strategic themes, and encouraging innovative application of cutting-edge global knowledge and evidence in IFAD investments to help countries tackle their most complex development challenges in fostering inclusive and sustainable rural transformation. SKD is composed of the: (i) Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division (ECG); (ii) Sustainable Production, Markets and Institutions Division (PMI); and (iii) Research and Impact Assessment Division (RIA).ECG is composed of two clusters: (i) Environment and Climate Change Cluster; (ii) and the Social Inclusion Cluster. ECG takes the lead in integrating cross-cutting themes of environment and climate, nutrition, gender, youth, and indigenous peoples into IFAD's portfolio, with the aim of strengthening the quality and impact of IFAD's operations. ECG also contributes to the generation of evidence and knowledge on these themes, and facilitates their use in IFAD-funded projects and activities. In addition, ECG provides guidance and support to ensure the inclusion of marginalized groups, particularly women, indigenous peoples and rural youth, into IFAD operations. Addressing environmental, biodiversity and climate change issues are inseparable from IFAD's mission to overcome poverty. The ECG Division aims to strengthen the quality and enhance the impact of IFAD's portfolio of country programme investments (comprising loans, grants and associated activities) in terms of technical, institutional and policy aspects. The Division supports enhancement of the quality of lFAD's investments and partnerships by developing and applying technical expertise and knowledge to project and programme design, supervision and implementation support in the context of pro-poor, community-led rural development.IFAD has a long and well-established history of targeting poorer populations in rural areas and supporting gender equality and women's empowerment. These commitments are underpinned by the IFAD policies on targeting (2006) and gender equality and women's empowerment (2012). Gender equality is a key principle of engagement in the 2016-2025 Strategic Framework with a clear commitment to mainstreaming gender, climate, nutrition and youth in IFAD programmes.The IFAD gender team in ECG comprises HQ based professional and general service staff and an increasing number of sub-regional gender coordinators currently covering sub-Saharan Africa. There is also a network of gender focal points covering other regional divisions as well as non-operations divisions. The Senior Technical Specialist (STS) works under the supervision of the Lead Technical Specialist (Gender) and overall strategic, policy and management guidance of the division Director-ECG. Job Role The Senior Technical Specialist serves as IFAD's technical expert in his/her area of expertise. S/he supports country/regional programs by providing state-of-the-art global technical advice throughout the project cycle (strategic and operational), as well as contributes to the corporate agenda, in his/her technical area of expertise. Within his/her areas of responsibility, the Senior Technical Specialist exercises a high degree of independence in providing reliable programme delivery. The incumbent at this level performs the full complexity range of work independently, including the analysis and approval of complex and/or precedent setting cases with the aim to ensure cohesion and synergy in the application of technical advice and provision of programme development support. S/he works collaboratively with the thematic Technical Specialists, Country Directors (CD)/Heads of Multi-country Offices (MCO) and other staff to ensure consistency. The Senior Technical Specialist is an expert and knowledge builder in her/his thematic specialization. S/he provides technical expertise and guidance on generating and using new ideas to enrich the knowledge base that supports the Fund's policy agenda. With corporate, rather than country or regional specific focus, s/he provides substantive contribution to understanding future trends in rural development strengthening IFAD's strategic planning perspective and pro-actively fostering innovative and effective solutions to rural poverty within country programmes, IFAD policy, member governments, the academic community, and public opinion in the international development community. Work at this level is characterized by technical leadership in field of specialization in collaboration with professional and support staff of a unit or by the provision of authoritative technical advice. S/he works collaboratively with SKD technical specialists (both in PMI and ECG) to ensure consistency, cohesion and synergy in the application of technical advice and provision of programme development support facilitating knowledge flows and building of communities of practices. Position specifics:The STS will closely cooperate with the Gender, Targeting and Social Inclusion team, other staff working on the corporate mainstreaming agenda and relevant divisions and departments. S/He will work collaboratively with the thematic Technical Specialists, Country Directors and other staff to ensure consistency, cohesion and synergy in the application of technical advice and provision of programme development support. Key Functions and Results 1. SENIOR TECHNICAL ADVICE: The Senior Technical Specialist provides technically authoritative advice to improve the IFAD's capacity to position itself as an influential global player in these domains, and to improve related national government policies and programmes, ensuring IFAD is regarded as a trusted and valued partner. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to: (a) providing IFAD staff and partners with up-to-date professional advice on policy, institutional and technical issues; (b) contributing to ensuring that IFAD senior management is regularly and adequately briefed to engage effectively in high-level fora with policy implications for rural transformation; and (c) providing senior-level technical expertise to the preparation of knowledge products aimed at advancing IFAD's voice in the global debate on rural transformation, in close collaboration within SKD and other IFAD departments. 2. KNOWLEDGE AND ADVISORY SERVICES: The Senior Technical Specialist enhances the development of viable and sustainable policies, and supports regional and global thematic input, through authoritative technical knowledge sharing for her/his area of specialization. S/he will ensure access to the latest sources of knowledge and innovation, strengthening of technical capacity, and establishment of new knowledge and advisory partnerships. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to: (i) supporting intelligence gathering and analysis of debates relevant to inclusive and sustainable rural transformation in the global debate and facilitating knowledge sharing and experiences in this area within SKD, IFAD and among other stakeholders in the global arena; (ii) supporting the coordination of relevant knowledge development and dissemination of knowledge and lessons learned with external partners and stakeholders (including regional and national institutions) through seminars, workshops and the publication of Occasional Papers, journal articles, and electronic media, as well as the development of new knowledge products and operational tools informed by learning from the field; (iii) participating in IFAD-wide thematic discussions and developing appropriate technical and operation approaches of relevance to country/divisional strategies and programmes; and (iv) planning and leading learning events to strengthen IFAD's knowledge and capacity to engage in global debates with policy implications for rural transformation. 3. PARTNERSHIP BUILDING AND OUTREACH ACTIVITIES: The Senior Technical Specialist develops and maintains a network of strategic partnerships that can help advance IFAD's mandate and messages around rural transformation in the global debate. S/he develops peer contacts inside and outside IFAD to keep up-to-date on activities at country and regional levels, support joint advocacy, and share knowledge to enhance the Fund's profile as a highly competent and viable partner in development. Accountabilities may include: (a) building strategic partnerships with centers of excellence, complementary technical organizations, and specialized departments of other development institutions (including United Nations agencies, International Financial Institutions, bilateral cooperation agencies, non-governmental organizations, etc.); (b) strengthening IFAD's representation and communication in policy processes, including representing IFAD at international, regional, and inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences; and (c) developing and cultivating alliances in key global policy fora to strengthen IFAD's influence over time, with a strategic focus on specific themes. 4. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The Senior Technical Specialist is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources. This includes, among others, people management through support to recruitment of technical specialists and technical leadership/capacity development, coaching and mentoring of new and/or more junior staff, supervisory role and evaluation of performance of professionals and general service staff under his/her purview. 5. MONITORING, EVALUATION AND REPORTING: The Senior Technical Specialist supports the Director/Lead Technical Specialists in knowledge management and other monitoring and reporting activities to enhance country level programme and funding decisions Positino Specifics:6. SENIOR ADVICE ON GENDER, SOCIAL INCLUSION: The Senior Technical Specialist (Gender, Targeting and Social Inclusion) provides technically authoritative advice to improve the capacity of IFAD to address rural poverty, to enhance national government policies and programmes and to ensure IFAD is regarded as a trusted and valued partner. In particular, accountabilities may include:Providing senior technical advice on Gender, Targeting and Social Inclusion and support to ensure lFAD's country-level portfolio is viable and sustainable as well as assisting in project and country strategy design teams to ensure technical innovations are fully integrated into early identification and design of projects and country strategies;Enhancing the Fund's regional portfolio through collaborative technical studies and sharing of country-level strategic innovations in the field of specialization; andProviding IFAD staff and partners with up-to-date professional advice on policy, institutional and technical issues. 7. COUNTRY PROGRAMME ADVICE: The Senior Technical Specialist (Gender, Targeting and Social Inclusion) serves as country-level focal point in Gender, Targeting and Social Inclusion ensuring appropriate and up-to-date authoritative technical advice to country programme and project design, development, implementation and monitoring to optimize positive programme results and contribute to regional programme enhancements. In particular, accountabilities may include:Identifying and assisting in the programming of new sources of funding in the thematic area to complement and diversify the Regional portfolio;Providing technical support to staff, field missions and national programmes at all stages of the project cycle, including design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation inputs and undertaking design, implementation support and supervision missions; and substantive contribution to building synergies with the corporate mainstreaming agenda of climate, nutrition and youth;In coordination with the Country Directors (CDs) and other thematic specialists, strengthening lFAD's country-level programmes and projects through the Quality Enhancement process of Results-Based Country Strategic Opportunities Programmes (RB- COSOPs)/programmes/projects. Key Performance Indicators Assignments require the provision of authoritative technical expertise in the field of specialization. The impact of work by the incumbent directly affects the overall country programme and contributes to regional and corporate policy and strategy. Senior Technical Specialists design and contribute to the delivery of a country programme. The impact on the overall IFAD country and regional programmes is significant in projecting the Fund's role/capacity as a reliable, viable partner in development. Work is intricate in that it requires consideration of a wide range of technical factors and related data, and national policies relevant for the economic policy concerns of the international organization. Senior Technical Specialists also monitor and guide the work of external consultants and participate as experts in field missions and intergovernmental and expert group meetings of a technical nature. Work at this level normally is not reviewed for technical accuracy. Senior Technical Specialists thus exercise independence and initiative in assessing needs and advising governments when on field mission. Decisions are made on the research or analytical strategies to be followed in resolving problems of concern in the technical area. Established methods and procedures are adapted as necessary in order to achieve desired results. Working RelationshipsThe work relationships of the Senior Technical Specialist involve providing technical advice, and negotiating and resolving problems that arise in technical project design and appraisal, supervision/implementation support and in preparing studies and reports. S/he serves as an expert in rural infrastructure and renewable energy and works with full technical independence in providing technical expertise and methodological guidance at the country level, as well as regionally, as required. Contacts are with counterparts and senior officials within other United Nations organizations having related programmes, and with officials of governments, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, research institutes and academia. At intergovernmental bodies, expert groups and other meetings, the Senior Technical Specialist (Research) provides technical expertise and recommendations for policy formulation and official conclusions in a consultative and specialist capacity; s/he may also provide information regarding the organization's policies, and act as the representative of the organization, maintaining contacts to identify and evaluate emerging developments.Job Profile Requirements Organizational Competencies: Level 2:Building relationships and partnerships - Builds and maintains strategic partnerships internally and externallyCommunicating and negotiating - Acquires & uses a wide range of communication styles & skillsDemonstrating leadership - Leads by example; initiates and supports changeFocusing on clients - Contributes to a client-focused cultureLearning, sharing knowledge and innovating - Challenges, innovates & contributes to learning cultureManaging performance and developing staff - Manages wider teams with greater impact on others and on the organizationManaging time, resources and information - Coordinates wider use of time, information and/or resourcesProblem-solving and decision-making - Solves complex problems and makes decisions that have wider corporate impactStrategic thinking and organizational development - Staff in management and/or strategic leadership rolesTeam working - Fosters a cohesive team environment Education:Level - Advanced university degree from an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php in a job related field Areas - Rural Sociology, Gender Studies, Development Studies, International Relations, Agricultural Economics or Social Sciences with a focus on gender or social inclusion, and a strong familiarity with agriculture, food systems, food security and rural development and their relationship with gender equality, women's empowerment and social inclusion.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. Experience:At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in, and demonstrated understanding of, development initiatives in the field of specialization Two (2) years in a multi-cultural organization or national organization providing support on a global scope.Position-specific experience: Experience in international policy frameworks related to women's rights, global environment, natural resource management and rural development is an asset. Experience in the design, implementation, supervision and performance monitoring and evaluation of gender equality, women's empowerment and social inclusion in an agricultural or rural context. Demonstrated experience in working as part of a multidisciplinary team and with country governments and international development partners. Familiarity with the key regional and global centres of excellence in the fields of (i) gender equality and social inclusion in the context of agriculture and rural development. Languages:Required English (4 – Excellent) Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic (3 – Good) Position-specific requirement: Good working knowledge of another official language (Arabic, French, or Spanish) is a strong asset. Skills: Knowledge strategy & management: Extensive expertise in knowledge management & dissemination strategiesAdvocacy: Know-how in advocacy, to maintain and promote constructive dialogue around IFAD¿s vision to external actorsIFAD governance & mandate: In depth knowledge of IFAD`s governance structure, mandate, strategic priorities and technical workAdaptability: Adaptability and flexibility when facing new or unexpected situations, and to specific constraints and circumstances and managing complex processesCorporate approach: Ability to bring in corporate vision and priorities into one's area of work (e.g. budgeting going beyond simple budgetary considerations, taking into account strategic priorities)Interpersonal skills: Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with others (e.g. visitors, clients, callers, etc.), including senior individuals (e.g. high-level meeting participants)Synthesis: Outstanding ability to synthesize and simplify complex technical information for a variety of (non-technical) audiencesVerbal communication: Clear, succinct and convincing verbal communication; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic languageWritten communication: Clear, succinct and convincing written communication in the language needed for specific role; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic language (e.g. for drafting of position papers, briefings, etc.)Evidence-based policy: Know-how in the formulation of concrete and actionable policy recommendations based on hard evidence (going beyond simple data interpretation)Programme/Project development, management: Know-how in Programme/Project development, implementation, managementSocial & Environmental Safeguards: Know-how in Social & Environmental complianc as specified in the IFAD's Social, Environmental and Climate Assessment Procedures (SECAP)Cross-cutting themes - 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) Other Information Applicants should note that IFAD staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the President of IFAD. In accordance with IFAD's Human Resources Policy, the President can decide to assign them to any of the activities of the Fund. All International Professional staff members are required to be geographically mobile and positions in the professional category are subject to changes in location at any time in line with strategic priorities and reform initiatives in IFAD. In the interest of making most cost-effective use of funds and resources, we are only able to respond to applicants who are short-listed for interview. Candidates who do not receive any feedback within three months should consider their application unsuccessful. Candidates may be required to take a written test and to deliver a presentation as well as participate in interviews. IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation.Please be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Official communication from IFAD will always come from e-mails ending in @ifad.org. 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Organizational Setting This Call for Interest is for a Temporary Professional Officer (TPO) position, which is a short-term contract. The appointment of a short-term staff member carries no expectation of continuous employment or conversion to any other type of appointment with IFAD. This call is advertised as a temporary assignment with a duration of 18 months. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people. IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes, and advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation. The Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD) provides expert guidance on IFAD's strategic direction, thematic priorities and technical quality of IFAD's operations. It plays a critical role in providing technical expertise to operational teams to enhance development effectiveness, by generating and disseminating IFAD's development knowledge and evidence on strategic themes, and encouraging innovative application of cutting-edge global knowledge and evidence in IFAD investments to support countries tackle their most complex development challenges in fostering inclusive and sustainable rural transformation. SKD is composed of: (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, renewable energy, financial services, rural markets and enterprises, ICT4D and rural institutions. It contributes to the generation of evidence and knowledge on these themes, and facilitates their use in IFAD projects and activities. PMI also leads IFAD's non sovereign private sector investment activities. Job Role IFAD has received supplementary funds from Norad towards the project "Advancing Resilient and Nutrition-sensitive Smallholder Aquaculture", of which PMI has technical responsibility and managerial accountability for the grant. The project aims to build resilience, improve nutrition and increase incomes of rural smallholder producers, who are IFAD's target groups engaged in aquaculture and related activities. IFAD is seeking to recruit a Temporary Professional Officer (TPO) to strengthen PMI's capacity to support IFAD's Fisheries and Aquaculture programmes. Specifically, this position is funded by the Norad grant, and the priority focus of the TPO is to provide technical expertise and support for the coordination, monitoring and evaluation, progress reporting and overall implementation of the Norad funded aquaculture interventions. In addition, the TPO may be assigned to provide support to other IFAD Fisheries and Aquaculture investment programmes and grants. The position is based in Nairobi with main focus on the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Region. The TPO will be a technical specialist in the area of Fisheries, Aquaculture or related fields and will work under the overall strategic, policy and management guidance of the Director PMI and under the technical guidance, mentorship and direct supervision of the Senior Global Technical Specialist (Fisheries & Aquaculture). S/he will work collaboratively with other thematic Technical Specialists, Country Directors (CD)/Country Programme Officers (CPOs) and other relevant staff to ensure consistency, cohesion and synergy in the delivery of technical support to country programmes and partnership development for rural poverty reduction. The TPO is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD's resources. This includes support to recruitment, supervision and evaluation of performance of consultants, service providers and staff under his/her purview. Key Functions and Results The following Key Results Expected/Major Functional Activities are generic and representational, the majority of which will be performed by the Temporary Professional Officer: Provide support for co-ordination and implementation of Norad funded interventions:The TPO provides quality technical support to country teams for work planning and budgeting, management, coordination, M&E and overall implementation of Norad funded initiatives in ESA region, particularly in Tanzania, Mozambique and Kenya, while paying close attention to the delivery of the Results Management Framework targets. S/he will support Country Teams in the recruitment, supervision and performance evaluation of consultants, service providers and staff under the programme. S/he will ensure close technical support to relevant stakeholders within each country, coordination and cross-fertilization across countries, timely delivery of results, as well as timely production of consolidated project progress report and all other necessary reporting documents. The staff should also ensure that the knowledge and experience drawn from the Norad grant resources are leveraged to support relevant IFAD programs, country strategies, and initiatives in order to maximize the impact of the grant resources. Knowledge management, M&E and capacity development:The Technical Specialist supports knowledge management and innovations and contributes in strengthening the technical capacity to enhance the results and impacts of Norad-funded interventions and related programmes, and leveraging the lessons across IFAD operations. In this respect, the staff will facilitate development and sharing knowledge, lessons, best practices and various learning tools to improve the performance of this grant and relevant IFAD investment programmes. This includes support to Country teams in the conduct of thematic reviews of project programme performance, including in work planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and reporting on the results and impacts of programmes. S/he will co-ordinate and organize training, knowledge development and dissemination with partners and stakeholders through publications, blogs, seminars, workshops, ICT etc; and furthermore, participate in IFAD-wide thematic discussions and developing appropriate technical knowledge content for updating IFAD website. Partnership building and resource mobilization:The Technical Specialist strengthens partnerships for leveraging resources, supports advocacy and policy initiatives to increase the impacts of Norad grant and other IFAD programmes in the region and sustainability of the results. In this regard, s/he develops and maintains a network of peer contacts inside and outside IFAD to keep up-to-date on activities at the country and regional levels, including with technical organizations, NGOs, and development agencies. The staff engages in policy and technical dialogue/processes and strategy issues for increased attention and resources in aquaculture towards eradicating rural poverty. Job Profile Requirements Education: Advanced university degree in the area of fisheries, aquaculture, marine science, aquatic science or related fields. Degree must be from an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php Experience: At least five (5) years of progressive experience with development initiatives and programmes in Fisheries and Aquaculture, of which at least two (2) years in a multi-cultural organization or national organization providing support on a global scope. Experience in the ESA region would be an added advantage.The candidate should demonstrate; (i) proven track record of field-based experience with design, coordination and/or implementation of fisheries and aquaculture projects in the context of rural development initiatives; (ii) Capacity for technical, research and identification of innovative solutions at the country and regional level related to Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Blue economy; (iii) knowledge on IFAD cross cutting themes related to Nutrition, Gender and social inclusion, Environment and climate change; and the private sector Language: Written and verbal communication in English (Excellent) and French (Good). Working knowledge of another official language (Arabic or Spanish) is desirable Other Information This call is advertised as a temporary assignment with a duration of 18 months. Should an external candidate (including consultants and staff members not meeting IFAD HR Implementing-Procedures definition as ''internal'') be selected, the contract type would be that of a short-term professional (TPO). In the event an IFAD staff member, holding a FT/continuing contract be selected, the movement would be implemented as a Temporary Assignment through the applicable provisions. Internal candidates, holding a FT/continuing contract, should verify and obtain their supervisors' support to release them in the event they are selected. Temporary assignments may include movement to a higher grade and granting of a special post allowance (SPA) in line with the provisions of HRIP Chapter 3, and at the end of the temporary assignment staff will return to their former position at the original grade.In the interest of making most cost effective use of funds and resources, we are only able to respond to applicants who are short-listed for interview. Candidates who do not receive any feedback within three months should consider their application unsuccessful. Candidates may be required to take a written test and to participate in interviews. This is how cinfo can support you in the application process for this specific position:Before you apply for this position: Improve your application documents by registering for a Job Application Support.When invited to the interview: Prepare for the interview by registering for a Job Application Support.For Swiss nationals who are invited to an interview or assessment center:Please let us know so that we can inform our HR partners from the respective organisation and the Swiss Government: firstname.lastname@example.orgBenefit from free interview preparation by registering for a Job Application Support. Interested in a career with multilateral institutions? Read more: Working with the United Nations Working with International Financial Institutions For Swiss nationals