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 Programme Management Department (PMD), under the leadership of an Associate Vice-President, is responsible for the overall programme of loans and grants of the Fund and is composed of five (5) regional divisions, and the Operational Policy and Results Division (OPR). Under the overall policy and management guidance of the Regional Director and direct supervision of the Lead Regional Economist or Lead Portfolio Advisor, the Regional Analyst provides analytical and Technical Support, as well as creative data management solutions required for effective Program Management in the region. S/he provides targeted support to the documentation of lessons learned, monitoring and results reporting activities, development and dissemination of knowledge products and organization of learning events required for Knowledge Management (KM) and portfolio management in the region, as well as for knowledge sharing outside the region. As a member of the Regional Team, s/he also liaises closely with country teams on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), KM and policy analysis, and with the Programme Liaison Associates to enhance the standardized generation and dissemination of programme knowledge in the region, based on best practices. This vacancy is located in West and Central African Division (WCA).

The accountabilities/key results include: 1.       Analytical Support and Data Management 2.       Monitoring & Evaluation and Systematization Support 3.       Regional or Country Programme Support 4.       Policy Analysis Support 5.       Managerial Functions The Regional Analyst works closely and collaboratively with the Regional Specialist and with Programme Liaison Associates and staff of the regional division, to ensure thorough data analysis and systematization, quality documentation and dissemination of knowledge products in support of knowledge sharing, and consistent and cohesive programme development activities in the region.

Key results expected / Major functional activities

1. ANALYTICAL SUPPORT AND DATA MANAGEMENT: The Regional Analyst collates and analyses data to support the economic and financial status of project design reports. He/she is responsible for data analysis of country assessment reports for divisional programme/project activities in the region. He/she provides analytical inputs to corporate regional reports and documents and develops alternative and creative solutions for effective data management in the Division. He/she participates in project cycle activities and meetings, such as Country Programme Management Team (CPMTs) and quality review meetings, as required.

2. MONITORING & EVALUATION AND SYSTEMATIZATION SUPPORT: The Regional Analyst works in close collaboration with the regional team to support the monitoring and results reporting activities required for Knowledge Management (KM) and portfolio management in the region, including responsibilities for ensuring compliance with procedures, knowledge management and results reporting of the regional grants programme. He/she reviews and analyses data derived from project performance reports, and provides input to the Lead Portfolio Advisor or Lead Regional Economist on rigorous results measurement analysis and to the Regional Specialist to support development of knowledge products and documentation of lessons learned. The Regional Analyst supports the effectiveness of knowledge sharing activities in the region by data collection and analysis and systematization required for portfolio management. He/she simultaneously interacts closely with other regional division teams and keeps abreast of all relevant corporate changes and reforms having an impact on data management tools and categorization. He/she assists in formulating position papers, briefs, analyses and short papers on related subjects for the Director in collaboration with the Regional Specialist.

3. REGIONAL OR COUNTRY PROGRAMME SUPPORT: The Regional Analyst supports close communications and interaction between headquarters and country offices in coordination with the Programme Liaison Associates. S/he will draft regular and periodic reports on project, country programme or thematic issues, including lessons learned from design and implementation support experiences. S/he will support country teams in select operational matters and cross-cutting themes through participation in field missions as determined by the Regional Team based on demand and regional priorities. S/he will also support the Regional Team through the identification of  potential partners, development initiatives and best practices and maintains counterpart contacts needed to promote programme, partnership as well as implementation support.

4. POLICY ANALYSIS SUPPORT: As a member of the Regional Team, the Regional Analyst participates in select policy meetings and events of priority interest to the region, analyses policy implications and identifies opportunities for innovations and knowledge sharing. S/he reviews programme evaluation reports, aggregates results and shares knowledge on best operational practices in collaboration with the Regional Team to improve project designs and effective delivery of programmes in the region. He/she contributes to the development of knowledge management products and organization of learning events on emerging issues, themes and innovations of particular relevance for the region in close collaboration with the Regional Specialist and relevant country teams.

5. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The Regional Analyst performs a coordinating role in the front office, working closely with divisional and programme staff, including Programme Liaison Associates, to ensure maximum efficiency and systematization of programme processes in adherence to corporate requirements. He/she is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources.

Impact of Key results / Key performance indicators

Compliance of operations with IFAD rules, regulations and policies, implementation of corporate operational policies and approaches, establishment of project management assessment tools and up-to-date information and learning tools. Assignment requires the provision of solid technical expertise and input for the area of his/her responsibility, as well as, in knowledge sharing with peers and counterparts.   The work involves Technical Analysis and synthesis of data, technical inputs for systematization required for portfolio reviews, knowledge products, and effective tools for the assessment of regional portfolio performance evaluation. The work requires in-depth technical analysis and reporting.

Representation / Work relationships

In the context of programme development and delivery, the Regional Analyst ensures the generation and dissemination of targeted knowledge, as well as, other relevant technical information to internal and regional staff. He/she builds and maintains collaborative working relationships with Programme Liaison Associates, divisional and Departmental staff, and with other IFAD divisions.

Competencies

Organizational:

  • Strategic thinking and organizational development: Personal influence (Level 1)
  • Demonstrating Leadership: Personal leadership and attitude to change (Level 1)
  • Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Continuously seeks to learn, shares knowledge and innovates (Level 1)
  • Focusing on clients: Focuses on clients (Level 1)
  • Problem Solving and decision making: Demonstrates sound problem solving and decision making ability (Level 1)
  • Managing time, resources and information: Manages own time, information and resources effectively (Level 1)
  • Team Work: Contributes effectively to the team (Level 1)
  • Communicating and negotiating: Communicates effectively: creates understanding between self and others (Level 1)
  • Building relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains effective working relationships (Level 1)
Technical/Functional:

  • Demonstrated experience in capturing learning and documenting Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership;  willingness  to  accept  wide  responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented;
  • Knowledge of rural project management and market development;
  • Capacity to communicate fluently with different counterparts (civil society, government authorities, local communities, project staff) to align parties and build networks;
  • In-depth knowledge of corporate standards and performance rating Guidelines, Operational Results Management System, monitoring and evaluation methods, metrics, statistical applications and reporting systems;
  • Practical knowledge on how monitoring data is collected, compiled, analysed and presented for management decisions, programme adjustment and donor reporting;
  • Strong statistical analysis (both qualitative and quantitative) skills;
  • Writes clearly, succinctly and convincingly listens and communicates effectively to engage others;
  • Computer skills:  Full command of office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and ability to work with other relevant technology and procedures (e.g.: web-based databases and other statistical applications) to collect, organize, share and use information.

Minimum recruitment qualifications

Education: Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in economics, business Administration, management, social policy research and analysis, rural development, agriculture, Agricultural Economics, rural finance, development policy or related disciplines. An advanced degree may be substituted by a first university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) plus at least four additional years of relevant professional experience, over and above the minimum number of years of experience.

Experience: Minimum of two (2) years of progressively relevant experience is required. Experience in a role providing analytical support within an international financial institution, development cooperation agencies and/or the United Nations system is highly desirable. In addition, qualifying experience in drafting analytical documents, producing reports on tight deadlines would be an asset.

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

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.

IFAD is committed to achieving diversity and is seeking a balanced workforce from its Member States. Women are particulary encouraged to apply.

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