Partnership and Resource Mobilization Officer, Replenishment – IFAD

Job Description

Partnership and Resource Mobilization Officer, Replenishment (1 position)

Vacancy announcement number: 1243

Date of issue: 12/23/2013

Deadline for applications: 01/31/2014

Organizational unit: Off. for Partn. & Res. Mobil

Level: P-4

Duty Station: Rome

Duration of Assignment: 2 year fixed-term (subject to renewal)
Organizational Context

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution (IFI) and a specialized Agency of the United Nations. Its mission is enabling poor rural people to improve their food security and nutrition, raise their incomes, and strengthen their resilience. To achieve these goals, IFAD develops and finances programmes and projects aimed at increasing agricultural productivity and incomes and reducing rural poverty. IFAD’s headquarters is in Rome, Italy, but has offices in 40 countries and finances programmes and projects in more than 90 countries.

The Partnership and Resource Mobilization Office (PRM) is responsible for coordinating mobilization of regular resources through the tri-annual Replenishment process, mobilizing and managing of supplementary funds, and facilitating the establishment of Trust Funds, co-financing of programs and projects towards achieving IFAD’s mandate. Following IFAD’s phased reconfiguration; PRM is to ensure that IFAD promote the right partnership and has adequate resources to deliver on its Strategic Framework and Business Model, which call for an expansion of financing and co-financing of IFAD’s programme of loans and grants, to meet the increasing demand by its beneficiary member states.
Purpose of the Position

The Resource Mobilization Officer is a member of the Partnership and Resource Mobilization team, in the Office of the President and Vice President. He/she ensures that planned financial resources are realized and new resource opportunities mobilized; to this effect, he/she is responsible for managing Replenishment-related activities and identifying new approaches and strategies, in consultation with IFAD relevant Departments as appropriate

Duties and Responsibilities

In this context, under the overall guidance of the Director of Partnership and Resource

Mobilization and Senior Advisor to the President and the direct supervision of the Deputy Director of Partnership and Resource Mobilization, the incumbent leads and is responsible for the activities related to the Replenishment.

More specifically, the incumbent will:

  1. Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate the Replenishment Secretariat’s work program and related projects; identify priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and initiate follow-up actions.
  2. Prepare documentation and decisions for the Steering Committee, and coordinate the various work streams related to the preparation of documentation. Liaise with the originators of Replenishment documents to ensure they are delivered in on-time and of high quality. Identify risks and issues and ensure they are addressed in a timely manner and pre-emptive action is taken.
  3. In collaboration with the Financial Operations Department (FOD), contribute to the development of financing scenarios for the replenishment sessions, providing background, historical data and analyses as well as information on trends regarding replenishment levels as foreseen by member states, and provide recommendations to management.
  4. Keep and regularly adjust records on pledges in order to provide strategic input to managerial decisions on the way forward regarding the mobilization of resources.
  5. Monitor, analyze and report on the Replenishment discussions of partner institutions. Represent IFAD at relevant conferences, fora, meetings and seminars. Establish, develop and maintain collaborations and partnerships with officials of relevant international institutions to interact on issues of mutual concern.
  6. Develop an overview of, and report on, key international events with impact on the replenishment and identify opportunities for engagement by IFAD.
  7. Liaise with relevant divisions to ensure efficient organization of the Replenishment meetings and related events.
  8. Liaise with relevant divisions to ensure consistency between Executive Board processes and issues and those of the Replenishment Consultation. Develop presentations, statements, reports for Consultation Sessions and related events. Prepare Replenishment-related reports and scripts for the Executive Board and Governing Council.
  9. Manage the development, coordination and implementation of corporate knowledge-sharing activities concerning Replenishment-related activities within IFAD. Work with COM to articulate a communications strategy and make recommendations as necessary.
  10. Lead and supervise assigned work teams, including guidance to other staff, consultants and interns.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills Required

Education and Experience:

  • Advanced university degree in finance, accounting, economics or other related field.
  • At least eight years of professional experience in resource mobilization and management preferably in  international organizations, public or private foundations or institutions

Strong knowledge of financial analysis methodologies and good understanding of resources planning, monitoring and reporting

Technical/Functional Competencies:

  • Results-oriented team contributor:Demonstrated ability to formulate new approaches in respect of resources management.
  • Innovative and analytical thinker:Capacity to analyse complex financial models and develop programmes, operations, methods and strategies that are innovative and meet mutual goals of IFAD and its partners;  Ability to perform comprehensive risk analysis and financial engineering in order to make projections and forecasts for future activities.
  • Strategic thinker:Ability to recognise strategic economic opportunities for successful resource management and provide expert advice to senior management for solution of complex resource management issues.

Team-worker: Ability to work across institutional boundaries with various teams

Languages and Other Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, including the ability to set out a coherent analysis in presentations.
  • Working knowledge of another IFAD language (Arabic; French; or Spanish) would be an asset.
  • Strong diplomatic and communication skills and the ability to develop a close and effective working relationship with client and counterparts at the appropriate levels, demonstrated by a track record of developing and sustaining effective relationships with clients and stakeholders.

Ability to represent IFAD in international for a

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.

IFAD is committed to achieving diversity and is seeking a balanced workforce from IFAD’s Member States. Women, in particular, are encouraged to apply.

IFAD reserves the right to appoint a candidate at the appropriate grade commensurate with experience and knowledge.

Interested candidates are requested to apply by completing IFAD’s Personal History Form (PHF) in English. A separate CV may be attached if you so desire, only as a supplement and NOT a substitute to the PHF. The application should be made through the online system only. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY the instructions in ‘How to Apply’ before you start.

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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