Country Programme Analyst, Monrovia

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

IFAD in Monrovia

Job Title : Country Programme Analyst (Re-advertisement)

ID : 10589

Location : MONROVIA

Date of issue : 01/19/2023

Close Date : 02/08/2023

Organizational Unit : West & Central Africa Div.

Full/Part Time : Full-Time

Regular/Temporary : Regular

Assignment Duration : 2 Years

Grade : NOB

Organizational Setting

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.

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.

The incumbent works under the overall policy and management guidance and direct supervision of a Country Director (CD).

The position is located in the West and Central Africa (WCA) division.

Job Role

The Country Programme Analyst is responsible for established programme/project coordination. S/he is expected to perform functions related to IFAD’s mandate of improving rural foods security and nutrition and enabling poor rural men and women to overcome their poverty and to overall efforts by IFAD within the UN Common System to increase capacity-building and sustainable development in developing countries.

Key Functions and Results

1. COUNTRY OFFICE SUPPORT: The Country Programme Analyst is accountable for day-to-day support to administration and reporting in support of the CD. S/He provides analysis of and inputs to budget preparation, monitors expenditures and grant portfolios providing support as requested.

2. COUNTRY PROGRAMME SUPPORT: The Country Programme Analyst collects and analyzes data to acquire a basic understanding of international practices and HQ procedures to complement her/his knowledge of national practices in support of programme / project activities. S/He enhances the technical quality of IFAD country activities by supporting programme (COSOP) and project (grants and loans) design, supervision, and implementation and completion (PCR) activities. The Analyst specifically provides substantive contributions to monitoring and evaluation (RIMS) and reporting (PSR). The Country Programme Analyst participates in capacity building activities including support to the identification, analysis, documentation, harmonization and dissemination of both national and local issues as well as conditions, best practices and lessons learned among partner development agencies.

3. SUPPORT TO PARTNERSHIP BUILDING: As a country team member, the Country Programme Analyst supports the CO’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. The Analyst maintains counterpart contacts needed to promote programme and project implementation. Activities encompass tracking project/programme documentation through the project cycle, including completion.

4. SUPPORT TO POLICY DEVELOPMENT/KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT: As a country team member, the Country Programme Analyst participates in relevant policy meetings and events of interest to IFAD’s target groups, which involve the government, donors, and civil society, including NGOs, in order to analyze and draft reports on innovations and developments for knowledge sharing. From a national perspective and in-depth knowledge of government structure, development environment and local culture, s/he gathers evidenced based data from projects in support of linking the realities on the ground and the voices of the poor with the policies and programmes of the government.

5. REPORTING: The Country Programme Analyst is accountable for supporting communications with headquarters as well as the drafting regular and periodic reports and documents. Reports may include project, country office, thematic or country portfolio reports. S/He compiles data for and drafts the country office half-yearly and annual reports including lessons learned from design and implementation support experience as well as occasional reports and specific information and documents per request.

6. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The Country Programme Analyst is accountable for IFAD core values and code of conduct, including integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources.

Position specific: The Country Programme Analyst draws on lessons from design and implementation support experiences to (i) promote in-country local learning; (ii) share knowledge between operations in the portfolio and beyond, and (iii) promote knowledge sharing among IFAD and project staff. In this regards, the Country Programme Analyst may also be requested to prepare short analytical knowledge management papers.

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 regional staff and/or the government. Analytical documents and linked monitoring frameworks (programme logframes that 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. Thus, the Country Programme Analyst indirectly supports the country office’s reputation for capacity and for programme delivery and enhances its recognition as a reliable development partner.

Position specific: The Country Programme Analyst assumes responsibility for the supervision and implementation support: with specific responsibility for helping projects to improve their Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems along with Results and IFAD reporting system (ORMS) in order to promote better internal country coherence and effectiveness.

Working Relationships

In the context of programme development and delivery, the Country Programme Analyst ensures the exchange of technical information as well as builds and maintains collaborative working relationships with counterparts and other partners 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. S/He facilitates programme/project logistics and administration with local authorities as required.

Position specific: The Country Programme Analyst will actively contribute to ICO relationships management of processes, including fostering collaboration with colleagues within IFAD; government authorities; other UN agencies; multi- and bilateral institutions; consultants; NGOs; civil society and private sector organizations.

Job Profile Requirements

Organizational Competencies:

Level 1:

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

Education:

Education includes Advanced university degree from an accredited institution listed on (link) in rural development, agriculture, economics, rural finance, development policy or related field is required (*): (*) Note: For internal candidates, this requirement will be assessed in line with the provisions set forth in IFAD’s Human Resources Implementing Procedures.

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.

Languages:

  • Required English (4 – Excellent)
  • Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic

Skills:

  • Project/Programme management (incl. coordination, design, development), Know-how in Project design and evaluation;
  • Loans and grants, Know-how in designing loan and grant operations and managing loan and grant preparation process;
  • Budgeting, resource management, Know-how in budget administration and accounting, resource allocation and planning at divisional level;
  • Data Management, Data collection, cleaning, transformation and consolidation ; data-base architecture & development ; data presentation;
  • Ethics & Compliance, Expertise in managing and overseeing the ethics and compliance functions, advising management and staff on ethical issues, reviewing allegations of violation of the Code of conduct, managing the mandatory ethics training programme on harassment including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, the whistleblowing protection procedures and the financial disclosure programme;
  • Advocacy, Know-how in advocacy, to maintain and promote constructive dialogue around IFAD’s vision to external actors ;
  • Basic ICT & digital fluency , High level of digital literacy and ability to quickly get familiar with new digital tools (e.g. ability to carry out EPR data entry and extraction when budgeting; monitoring security systems, uploading content to inter/intra-net websites, etc.
  • Written communication, Clear, succinct and convincing written communication in the language needed for specific role ; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic language (e.g. for drafting of position papers, briefings, etc.) communication,
  • Problem solving, Strong systemic and structured thinking, ability to identify and dissect problems into components and formulate a comprehensive set of creative viable and sustainable solutions and strategies,
  • Risk management (e.g. reputational), Identification and assessment of potential liabilities and risks in IFAD’s activities, particularly vis-à-vis third parties; ability to handle risks via contingency and mitigation strategies; (e.g. reputational)
  • Political acumen, Ability to conduct sound political analysis and understand complex environments, providing options and advice; IFAD partners , Knowledge of IFAD’s partners’ functioning and mandate , such as the public sector (e.g. governments and policy, institutions and system), non-state actors (NGOs, CSOs, Foundations, etc.) and private sector actors;
  • Adaptability, Adaptability and flexibility when facing new or unexpected situations, and to specific constraints and circumstances and managing complex processes;
  • Stakeholder management, Strong alignment capabilities and consultation skills, building on effective interactions and relationships with different stakeholders (e.g. for the co-creation of communication material with member states) and ability to build and maintain a strong network (e.g. with journalists, media outlets, etc.).

Position specific: Political acumen: Ability to conduct sound political analysis and understand complex environments, providing options and advice; IFAD partners , Knowledge of IFAD’s partners’ functioning and mandate, such as the public sector (e.g. governments and policy, institutions and system), non-state actors (NGOs, CSOs, Foundations, etc.) and private sector actors; Adaptability: Adaptability and flexibility when facing new or unexpected situations, and to specific constraints and circumstances and managing complex processes; Stakeholder management: Strong alignment capabilities and consultation skills, building on effective interactions and relationships with different stakeholders (e.g. for the co-creation of communication material with member states) and ability to build and maintain a strong network (e.g. with journalists, media outlets, etc.).

Other Information

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