NGO/UN Job Vacancy
Organization: International Fund for Agricultural Development
Closing date: 03 Jun 2017
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The position is co-terminus and is linked to availability of supplementarty funds. Pending extension of the project, the contract will be extended for further eighteen months.
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
Under the overall policy and management guidance as well as the direct supervision of the Country Programme Manager, the Programme Analyst (a position being funded exclusively by the European Union-EU Contribution) is responsible for analytical support to programme activities of the EU Action ‘Projet pour accélérer l’atteinte de l’OMD1c au Burundi (PROPA-O)’. Her/His accountabilities/key results are:
- Country Programme Support
- Support to Partnership Building
- Support to Policy Analysis/ Knowledge Management/Visibility
The Programme Analyst is expected to perform functions related to IFAD’s mandate of improving rural food security and nutrition and enabling poor rural men and women to overcome their poverty, and to overall efforts of IFAD within the UN Common System to increase capacity-building and sustainable development in developing countries.
Key results expected / Major functional activities
1. COUNTRY PROGRAMME SUPPORT: The Programme Analyst collects and analyzes data to have a basic understanding of international practices and HQ procedures in support of programme/project activities to enhance the technical quality of IFAD country activities by supporting programme (COSOP) and project (grants and loans) design, supervision, and implementation and completion (PCR) activities of the above mentioned project, PROPAO. S/He provides substantive contributions to help the EU-funded project improve its Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system along with Results and Impact Management System (RIMS) and reporting (PSR). The Programme Analyst participates in capacity building activities including support to identifying, analyzing, documenting, harmonizing and disseminating both national and local issues as well as conditions and best practices and lessons learned from the implementation of the EU-funded project, PROPAO, especially, in the area of the nutrition sensitive activities among partner development agencies. S/He will also participated in all relevant missions and be responsible for streamlining best practices developed in the country programme in the EU-funded project, PROPAO.
2. SUPPORT TO PARTNERSHIP BUILDING: As a country team member, the Programme Analyst supports the Country Offices’s relationships through the identification of potential partners, development initiatives and best practices. S/He analyzes findings in comparison with the assigned Fund strategies, identifying potential opportunities. S/He maintains counterpart contacts needed to promote programme and project implementation, including tracking project/programme documentation through the project cycle, including completion. The Programme Analyst will contribute to develop further the partnership with EU Delegation in Burundi including exploring potential opportunities through resource mobilization for pipeline design. S/He will support the EU-funded project team in managing and strengthening the partnership with the Rome-based agencies, FAO and WFP.
3. SUPPORT TO POLICY ANALYSIS/KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT/VISIBILITY: As a country team member, the Programme Analyst participates in relevant policy meetings and events of interest to IFAD’s target groups which involve the government, EU Delegation, other donors, and civil society, including NGOs, in order to analyze and draft reports on innovations, best practices and developments for knowledge sharing, in particular related to meetings and events of EU-funded activities in the Agricultural Sector in Burundi. S/He will be responsible for enhancing the communications and visibility activities around EU-funded projects in collaboration with the project team. Furthermore, the Programme Analyst, under the leadership of the Country Programme Manager, will closely liaise with the Government and Programme staff of the EU Action to ensure full implementation of the Communication and Visibility Plan of PROPAO in close collaboration with the EU Delegation.
4. REPORTING: The Programme Analyst will be responsible for supporting the timely submission of the reports based on the recommendations of the verification or other relevant EU missions to the EU Delegation in Bujumbura. S/He will be responsible for supporting the communication with the relevant divisions in HQ involved such as Financial Management Services Division (FMD), Partnership and Resource Mobilization Office (PRM). The Programme Analyst will also provide support in reviewing and consolidating reports from the PROPAO to ensure that they comply with the EU and IFAD reporting requirements.
5. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The Programme Analyst is accountable for IFAD core values and code of conduct, including integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources*. In all activities the Analyst respects the confidentiality and intellectual property rights of IFAD products and also confidential information or intellectual property rights that are specific in the Contribution Agreements signed between EU and IFAD*.
Impact of Key results / Key performance indicators
Technical analysis and synthesis of information and data, including database management, creates the foundation for IFAD’s decision-making and quality of policy and programme advice provided to the government and other relevant stakeholders. Analytical documents and linked monitoring frameworks (programme logframes which support IFAD Results-Based Country Strategic Opportunities Programme (RB-COSOP) objectives and results framework) are used in the development and evaluation of IFAD’s country programme as well as in the ongoing alignment of partners to the programme approach implemented in IFAD country programme*.* This approach is also extended to any co-financed programmes in the Country and particularly to the EU Delegation where evidenced-based documentation remains a priority from their multi-donor action. Thus the Programme Analyst indirectly supports the country office’s reputation for capacity and for programme delivery and enhances its recognition as a reliable development partner.
Representation / Work relationships
In the context of programme development and delivery, the Programme Analyst ensures the exchange of technical information as well as builds and maintains collaborative working relationships with counterparts and other partners, and specifically the EU delegation in Bujumbura, to enhance consistency and reliability in the provision of development assistance to the government. In work relationships with counterparts s/he establishes and maintains relationships and projects the image of IFAD as a credible/reliable partner striving for harmonization of development activities.
- 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)
- Knowledge of rural project management and market development; field experience related to agricultural and rural development is desirable.
- Knowledge of policy oriented, programme based pro-poor approaches, and loan and grant preparation.
- Capacity to communicate fluently with different counterparts (civil society, government authorities, local communities, project staff) to align parties and build networks.
- Writes clearly, succinctly and convincingly listens and communicates effectively to engage others.
- Computer skills: Knowledge of ERP systems is an asset, full command of office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and common Internet applications.
Minimum recruitment qualifications
- Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in rural development, agriculture, agricultural economics, rural finance, development policy or related disciplines. An advanced university 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 professional experience.
- At least two (2) years’ progressively responsible professional experience in development institutions and/or government service. Qualifying work experience in country programme analysis or loan/grant administration with International financial institutions, development cooperation agencies, etc., would be an asset. Experience with donors especially EU procedures and guidelines on international cooperation and development will be an added advantage.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in French and English. Working knowledge of another official language (Arabic, or Spanish) is desirable.
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 an equal opportunity employer - female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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