International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Senior Partnership Officer (Global Donor Platform on Rural Development)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

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

The 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Impact of Key results / Key performance indicators

The Senior Partnership Officer has credible authoritative capacity with independent technical responsibility for the technical areas which s/he is leading. S/he works with minimal supervision and is expected to pursue new areas of activities going beyond established procedures or models. The Senior Partnership Officer also monitors and guides the work of other Partnership Officers, external consultants and assistants within the team and participates as technical expert in group meetings and consultations with external stakeholders and collaborators at all levels. The Senior Partnership Officer exercises independence and initiative within his/her portfolio. Decisions are made on the research or analytical strategies to be followed in resolving problems of concern in the technical areas

Representation / Work relationships

The Senior Partnership Officer, as authority in the subject field, typically provides technical and managerial leadership to the substantive development and execution of the assigned technical area, including providing (i) managerial direction to Partnership Officers and assistants within the team and (ii) effective representation with external stakeholders and collaborators. The Senior Partnership Officer collaborates with internal stakeholders to strengthen the Platform’s approach to partnerships, Global Policy Engagement, replenishment, resource mobilization and advocacy.

Competencies

Organizational Strategic thinking and organizational development: Personal influence (Level 2) Demonstrating Leadership: Personal leadership and attitude to change (Level 2) Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Continuously seeks to learn, shares knowledge and innovates (Level 2) Focusing on clients: Focuses on clients (Level 2) Problem Solving and decision making: Demonstrates sound problem solving and decision-making ability (Level 2) Managing time, resources and information: Manages own time, information and resources effectively (Level 2) Team Work: Contributes effectively to the team (Level 2) Communicating and negotiating: Communicates effectively: creates understanding between self and others (Level 2) Building relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains effective working relationships (Level 2) Managing performance and developing staff: Manages staff and teams effectively (Level 2) Technical/Functional Technical expertise with the demonstrated ability to formulate new approaches in respect of partnership building and resources management and build strong relationships with clients, focusing on impact and results. Ability to conduct sound political Analysis and understand complex environments in the assigned focus area and provide options and advice Ability and skills in identifying best practices and implementing innovations in the field of work and adapting them to partnership issues in the Fund. Strong results-oriented decision-making ability with the ability to translate business strategies and needs into practical solutions. Strong diplomatic communication and negotiation with the ability to develop a close and effective working relationship with clients and counterparts at the appropriate levels, demonstrated by a track record of developing and sustaining effective relationships with clients and stakeholders. Minimum recruitment qualifications Education: Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in international development, international relations, political science or related field or other job-related field. Experience: Minimum of eight (8) years of progressively relevant experience is required. Experience in providing strategic policy Advisory Services and relationships building with progressively. responsible supervisory experience is highly desirable. Successful track record in establishing, building and managing partnerships with various stakeholders Knowledge of development finance systems is desirable. Language requirements: Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Working knowledge of another official IFAD language (Arabic, French, or Spanish) is recommended. Other information Applicants should note that IFAD staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the President of IFAD, and they may be assigned by him/her to any of the activities of IFAD, including field assignments and/or rotation within 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.
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