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.Apply Now
Post's organizational accountabilityThe Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (GDPRD, or “the Platform”) is a network of bilateral and multilateral donors, international financial institutions and foundations that share a common vision of the role that Agriculture and rural development play in reducing global poverty and combating hunger and malnutrition. The Platform Secretariat, hosted by IFAD, supports members’ initiatives to enhance development effectiveness through knowledge sharing and advocacy. As part of the External Relations and Governance Department (ERG), 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 multilateral 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 multilateral relations; (ii) South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC); and (iii) replenishment, resource mobilization and advocacy. Among its broad range of functions, GPR is the division in IFAD mandated to host the Secretariat of the GDPRD. The Senior Partnership Officer will act as Secretariat coordinator, supervising staff and consultants working in the Secretariat, liaising with the Platform Board Members and coordinating the organization of key Platform events and meetings, such as the Annual General Assembly and the Board meetings. The Senior Partnership Officer works under the general supervision of the Chief Partnership Officer in GPR, and coordinates with other designated teams in partner institutions of the Platform, to leverage relationship management skills, assets and, most importantly, professional social networks. The Senior Partnership Officer operates according to the provisions of the Annual Work Plan of the Platform Secretariat, approved by the Platform Board, and reports to the Board on the implementation of such Work Plan. S/he represents the Platform’s themes in discussions with donor organizations, government bodies and political actors of partner countries as well as in the development cooperation community at large, helping to advance strategic development of the Platform. The Senior Partnership Officer will in particular: develop and submit results-based annual work plans for submission to the Board; prepare budget forecasts and consolidated end-year budget expenditures; draft concept notes and papers, as requested by the Platform Board; coordinate the collection of Members’ financial contributions to the Platform; coordinate the organization and conceptualization of the Annual General Assembly; follow the Platform Thematic Working Groups (TWGs), providing support as requested; and supervise and coordinate the work of consultants and advisors recruited by the Secretariat. Senior Partnership Officers are experts and knowledge builders in their focus areas. They provide technical expertise and substantive contributions reflecting new approaches which materially expand the range of services or programmes delivered to closely support internal and external stakeholders, including Partnership Officers. In this function, and within the assigned portfolios, the accountabilities/key results include: 1. Promoting, Advocating and Communicating the Platform priorities 2. Implementing Partnership Strategies 3. Managing Technical Expertise of Global Policy Engagement, SSTC, Replenishment, Resource Mobilization and Advocacy, to the benefit of the Platform 4. Managerial Functions
Key results expected / Major functional activities
- PROMOTING, ADVOCATING AND COMMUNICATING PLATFORM PRIORITIES: The Senior Partnership Officer manages and communicates knowledge for increased support of Global Donor Platform for Rural Development members, as well as additional traditional and non- traditional donors, taking into account the Platform’s Strategic Plan and Programme of Work, setting clear quantitative targets to evaluate for results- focused partnerships capable of supporting the Platform's mandate and resource mobilization objectives. S/he acts with credible technical authority by facilitating and participating in consultations and coordination meetings and ad-hoc visits with external stakeholders at all levels as required.
- IMPLEMENTING PARTNERSHIP STRATEGIES: The Senior Partnership Officer collaborates with stakeholders to strengthen the Platform's approach to partnerships. In particular, s/he supports the mainstreaming of partnerships with existing and new (traditional and non-traditional) donors by providing them with substantial technical advice and recommendations. The Senior Partnership Officer tracks progress under engagement strategies, builds institutional capacity and knowledge for its partnership performance and ensures the development of efficient approaches for implementing partnership strategies. S/he negotiates new partnerships and agreements for the Platform, within the mandates of the Platform Board.
- MANAGING TECHNICAL EXPERTISE OF GLOBAL POLICY ENGAGEMENT, RESOURCE MOBILIZATION AND ADVOCACY: The Senior Partnership Officer is responsible for contributing and providing senior expertise to the development and implementation of Platform strategies for the engagement in global policy debates. S/he coordinates the Platform’s engagement in policy dialogue relative to the Platform’s mandate, producing an assessment of achievements in the fora for which s/he has responsibility, including global engagement, resource mobilization and advocacy.
- MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The Senior Partnership Officer is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of the resources of the Platform. This includes: - People Management through support to the recruitment of staff within the team, Capacity Building, coaching and mentoring of new and/or more junior staff as well as supervision and evaluation of performance of consultants and staff under his/her purview. - Resource Management by providing strategic and technical advice for Knowledge and Content Management.