Job Description

 

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.

Post's organizational accountability

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there has been increasing demand from Member States for IFAD additional support and services – both within existing projects and beyond. In line with the UN socio-economic response framework, IFAD’s strategic response to COVID-19 crisis brings together a coordinated range of activities to address immediate impacts of COVID-19 on rural people, prevent the erosion of results from past and ongoing operations, and put in place the building blocks to support post-crisis recovery. This will contribute to strengthening rural people’s resilience to crisis, support their food security, and prevent them reversing into poverty and hunger.

IFAD’s Strategic Response to COVID-19 is organized around the following areas:

  • Repurposing ongoing investments, to respond to the impacts of COVID-19, while not compromising the projects’ objectives;

  • Establishing a rapid-response Rural Poor Stimulus Facility (RSPF), to address the key immediate challenges faced by small-scale farmers as a consequence of COVID-19;

  • Supporting policy responses for food security and protecting the rural poor and vulnerable groups; and

  • Providing financial support to countries, in coordination with policy measures taken by other international financial institutions – to facilitate further financial flexibility to the poorest and most vulnerable Member States.

Key results expected / Major functional activities

Under the overall guidance of the AVP/PMD, and the direct supervision of the Lead Policy and Technical Advisor to the AVP/PMD, the incumbent will coordinate the day-to-day management of the RPSF and the monitoring and reporting on IFAD’s Strategic Response to COVID-19. S/he maintains close working relationships with SKD management and works collaboratively with OPR and regional divisions on RPSF project proposals and implementation. S/he also serves as PMD Front Office representative on the KM Coordination Group, and works in partnership with KM officers and focal points across the organization to feed lessons from RPSF into knowledge management practices across IFAD. Accountabilities include:

  • Coordination of RPSF project submissions in close collaboration with regional divisions, OPR and SKD ensuring consistency with standards and policies set for the RPSF, particularly with regard to knowledge management and monitoring & evaluation;

  • Establishment of an effective system for documentation and dissemination of RPSF project results, knowledge and learning in collaboration with OPR;

  • Develop and implement plans to enhance timeliness and quality of project submission and start-up, including providing advice in problem-solving to Country Directors and regional teams.

  • RPSF portfolio data analysis, including tracking of disbursements and results and providing recommendations if required

  • Production of RPSF progress reports for IFAD management, the Executive Board and RPSF donors against the three tiers of the RMF for RPSF

  • Act as Focal Point for all queries related to RPSF, ensuring smooth communication between PMD/SKD, GPR and external donors;

  • Identification of success stories from the field and collaboration with COM to produce quality inputs for communication products and the IFAD website and blogs;

  • Monitor and document the implementation of IFAD's overall COVID19 response strategy across its four pillars, including tracking of and reporting on: (i) repurposed project activities; (ii) in-country policy engagement activities on related to COVID-19 response, and (iii) IFAD-supported proposals under the UN SG’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund (COVID-19 MPTF).

Representation / Work relationships

The selected candidate will be required to work collaboratively within PMD, with SKD and across IFAD to execute the above tasks.

Competencies

The selected candidate should have a good knowledge of IFAD's programmes, procedures and systems and have strong coordination and communication skills.

Minimum recruitment qualifications

Education:

Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in rural development, agriculture, economics, rural finance, development policy or other job related fields. 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.

Experience:
At least 5 years progressively responsible experience in, and demonstrated understanding of, development initiatives in the field of program and portfolio management of which at least 2 of the 5 years of experience should be at the international level.

Language requirements:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Working knowledge of another official language (Arabic, French, or Spanish) is desirable.

Other information

This position is funded from PMD's non-staff budget and is advertised for an initial period of six months (renewable depending on availability of funds and business needs). It is being advertised as a Temporary Assignment and should an external candidate, i.e. consultant or staff member not meeting IFAD HRIP definition of '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 HRIP provisions.

Candidates who are interested in being considered should create their personal history form and apply to this VA.

Internal candidates, holding a FT/continuing contracts, should verify and obtain their supervisors' support to release them in the event they are selected.

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