International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Consultants (Knowledge Management and Communication)

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 Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD) provides expert guidance on IFAD's strategic direction and thematic priorities and enhances the 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 the (i) Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division (ECG); the (ii) Sustainable Production, Markets and Institutions Division (PMI); and the (iii) Research and Impact Assessment Division (RIA).

RIA plays a key role in generating rigorous evidence and insights to support decision-making, to contribute to more effective projects and to strengthen IFAD's capacity to influence dialogue on rural development globally by systematically assessing the impact of IFAD investments and through research analyzing the context in which IFAD operates. Working with partners inside IFAD and externally, RIA conducts research on relevant themes, such as agricultural and rural transformation, economic mobility and social inclusion, environment and resilience. Since 2018, IFAD/RIA has been a partner on the 50x2030 Initiative to Close the Agricultural Data Gap, a $500 million initiative to address the problem of agricultural data availability and use. The Initiative seeks to transform country data systems across 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America and make evidence-informed-decision-making in Agriculture the norm by 2030. Specifically, the Initiative will scale up and build upon the experience of FAO’s AGRISurvey Programme and the World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture to support the governments of 50 countries to build robust survey systems.  The implementation of the 50x2030 Initiative will be coordinated by a Program Management Team (PMT) within the World Bank and organized under three Implementation Components: (i) Data Production, led by FAO; (ii) Methods and Tools Development, led by the World Bank; and (iii) Data Use, led by IFAD. Cambodia is the first country in which IFAD is implementing activities.

The main objective of the 50x2030 Initiative is increased and sustained evidence-based decision-making in agriculture, particularly to help achieve SDG2. To reach that objective, the Data Use Component will focus on promoting and encouraging key stakeholders to use survey data in more and better ways in low and lower-middle income countries (L/LMICs). Country-level activities will aim to strengthen the national agricultural data ecosystem and improve Data Sharing and communication practices. Data Use activities will be developed and tailored according to the countries’ needs. Possible activities will fall into the following categories: technical assistance (expert consultants and guidance); trainings; workshops; and conferences. To achieve its targeted outcomes and outputs, the Data Use Component must carry out a variety of communication and knowledge management functions to support information sharing, the use and management of knowledge, and advocacy.

Key results expected / Major functional activities

The Consultant will work under the supervision of the Cluster Coordinator for Data Use in IFAD’s RIA Division to manage the communications portfolio for the 50x2030 Data Use Component, including all communications and knowledge management needs, activities, and products. Based on the deliverables, the Consultant supports the 50x2030 Data Use Component through the following activities:
  1. Create a plan for communication and knowledge management needs as part of the 50x2030 Data Use component and in alignment with the 50x2030 Strategic Communication Plan
  2. Develop and manage written, video, and audio materials and products to support 50x2030 Data Use knowledge management and communication objectives in countries and globally. Materials and products include but are not limited to presentations, written publications, videos, audio recordings, and social media content. These will be made available to the PO-Outreach and dissemination made in Coordination with her.
  3. Support the design, organization, and implementation of the Data Use Component’s 2021 Research Grant Competition.
  4. Organize and provide creative input to the virtual 2021 50x2030 Global Data Use Conference, which will showcase research outputs from the Grant Competition. Liaise with the PO-Outreach in the event concept development and implementation.
  5. Manage the drafting, compilation, and presentation of a written publication to showcase research outputs from the Grant Competition, potentially to be featured at one of the 50x2030 Seminars.
  6. Develop and manage a podcast that showcases research outputs from the Grant Competition.
  7. Support the organization of meetings and workshops in 50x2030 partner countries, including the development of any needed materials or products.
  8. Provide editing and copyediting support for written materials.
  9. Serve as IFAD’s focal point for all 50x2030 communications needs, including
    1. Representing the Data Use component on the 50x2030 Communication Group
    2. Serving as a liaison between the PMT and the component manager on all communications matters related to 50x2030,
    3. keeping the Program Officer-Outreach and the 50x2030 Communication Group abreast of relevant communications developments within IFAD (publications, evens, campaigns, resources etc.)
    4. keeping IFAD staff and the Cluster Coordinator abreast of all relevant communication activities under 50x2030
    5. coordinating IFAD’s inputs and approval on 50x2030 common communications products, such as joint guidance documents, reports, etc.,
    6. Identifying opportunities for collaboration and sharing resources and assets (contacts, images, video, etc.) with other 50x2030 partners, in coordination with the PO-Outreach.
  10. Support any other knowledge management and communication needs for 50x2030 and for RIA and IFAD when they affect 50x2030 equities.
Final deliverables will be:
  1. Written, video, and audio materials and products for 50x2030
  2. The completed Grants Competition
  3. A virtual Global Data Use Conference
  4. A written publication from research grant outputs
  5. Podcasts/a podcast series initiated

Minimum recruitment qualifications

  • Graduate degree or coursework in relevant field, such as communications, journalism, language arts, or related field
  • Skills and experience in diverse media and communication platforms, particularly virtual events and podcasts
  • At least three years of experience in communication and knowledge management for international organizations or initiatives
  • A highly creative thinker who can identify new and unique ways to communicate and attract interest
  • Experience in working in a development context preferred
  • Native or near native English to oversee and edit written materials
  • Fluency in French preferred

Other information

Consultants are not considered staff of IFAD. This consultancy assignment does not carry any expectation of employment, extension or conversion to another type of contract with the Fund. The number of days in which services can be rendered in any 12-month period is limited to 240, and the number of days in which services can be rendered in any 60-month period is limited to 960.

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.

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