Senior Technical Specialist (GTM Coordinator), Italy

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ID 7708

Location Italy

Date of issue 12/19/2022

Close Date 01/20/2023

Organizational Unit Envir. Climate Gender & Incl.

Full/Part Time Full-Time

Regular/Temporary Regular

Assignment Duration 2 Years

Grade P-4

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Organizational Setting

* This is a two-year fixed-term co-terminus position fully financed with supplementary funds. Contract renewal depends on the fund availability and/or duration of the project. There is no guarantee of renewal or conversion into another kind of contract.

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 Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD) provides expert guidance on IFAD’s strategic direction, thematic priorities and 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).

ECG is composed of two clusters: (i) Environment and Climate Change Cluster; (ii) and the Social Inclusion Cluster. ECG takes the lead in integrating cross-cutting themes of environment and climate, nutrition, gender, youth, and indigenous peoples into IFAD’s portfolio, with the aim of strengthening the quality and impact of IFAD’s operations. ECG also contributes to the generation of evidence and knowledge on these themes, and facilitates their use in IFAD-funded projects and activities. In addition, ECG provides guidance and support to ensure the inclusion of marginalized groups, particularly women, indigenous peoples and rural youth, into IFAD operations. Addressing environmental, biodiversity and climate change issues are inseparable from IFAD’s mission to overcome poverty.

IFAD competitively sources and manages climate change finance, which it uses to help mainstream climate change sustainability and resilience into its regular agricultural development work, an IFAD11 priority. This is done by strategically matching interventions funded by the Global Environment Fund (GEF), Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF), Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), the Adaptation Trust Fund (ATF) and/or the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to IFAD’s investments as one package to address rural poverty and climate change resilience.

IFAD is hosting the Gender Transformation Mechanism (GTM) in Climate Adaptation Facility to support countries in their gender transformative goals in agriculture. The GTM goal is to incentivize governments to invest in and scale up the capacities and activities required to achieve gender transformative results in their agricultural programming. Through the GTM, IFAD leverages the scale of its loans and grants, and builds on its experience from testing a set of practices shown to bring about gender transformation.

The Gender Transformative Mechanism (GTM) Coordinator works under the overall strategic, policy and management of the Director, ECG and under the direct supervision of the Lead Technical Specialist – Gender and Social Inclusion.

Organizational Setting

* This is a two-year fixed-term co-terminus position fully financed with supplementary funds. Contract renewal depends on the fund availability and/or duration of the project. There is no guarantee of renewal or conversion into another kind of contract.

IFAD staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the President of IFAD. In accordance with IFAD’s Human Resources Policy, the President can decide to assign them to any of the activities of the Fund. All International Professional staff members are required to be geographically mobile and positions in the professional category are subject to changes in location at any time in line with strategic priorities and reform initiatives in IFAD.

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Job Role

The Senior Technical Specialist (Coordinator) serves as IFAD’s technical expert in his/her area of expertise in the designated project. S/he supports country/regional programs by providing state-of-the-art global technical advice throughout the project cycle (strategic and operational), as well as contributes to the corporate agenda, in his/her technical area of expertise.

Within his/her areas of responsibility, the Senior Technical Specialist (Coordinator) exercises a high degree of independence in providing reliable programme delivery. The incumbent at this level performs the full complexity range of work independently, including the analysis and approval of complex and/or precedent setting cases with the aim to ensure cohesion and synergy in the application of technical advice and provision of programme development support. S/he works collaboratively with the thematic Technical Specialists, Country Directors (CD)/Head of Multi-Country Offices (MCO) and other staff to ensure consistency, cohesion and synergy in the application of technical advice and provision of programme development support.

Position specifics: The Gender Transformative Mechanism (GTM) Coordinator is an expert and knowledge builder in Gender issues and serves as IFAD’s technical expert.

Key Functions and Results

1.SENIOR TECHNICAL ADVICE & PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION : The incumbent provides technically authoritative advice to improve the capacity of IFAD to position itself as an influential global player in these domains, and to improve related national government policies and programmes and ensure IFAD is regarded as a trusted and valued partner. Accountabilities may include but are not limited to: (a) Providing IFAD staff and partners with up-to-date professional advice on policy, institutional and technical issues by ensuring coordination with country level teams, government counterparts, and relevant divisions. (b) Contributing to ensure that IFAD senior management is regularly and adequately briefed to engage effectively in high level fora with policy implications (c) Providing senior level technical expertise to the preparation of knowledge products aiming to advance IFAD’s voice in the global debate on rural transformation, in close collaboration within SKD and IFAD.

2. KNOWLEDGE AND ADVISORY SERVICES: The incumbent enhances the development of viable and sustainable policies and supports regional and global thematic input through authoritative technical knowledge sharing for his/her area of specialization. S/he will ensure access to the latest sources of knowledge and innovation, strengthen technical capacity and establish new knowledge and advisory partnerships. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to: (i) Supporting intelligence gathering and analysis of debates relevant to inclusive and sustainable rural transformation in the global debate and facilitating knowledge sharing and experiences in this area within SKD, IFAD and other stakeholders in the global arena; (ii) Supporting the coordination of the relevant knowledge development and dissemination with institutions outside of IFAD, within the region concerned and national Institutions, disseminating knowledge and lessons learned with external partners and stakeholders through publication of Occasional Papers, journal articles, seminars and workshops, through electronic media and the development of new knowledge products and operational tools that are informed by learning from the field; (iii) Participating in IFAD-wide thematic discussions and developing appropriate technical and operation approaches of relevance to the country/divisional strategies and programmes; (iv) Planning and leading learning events to strengthen IFAD’s knowledge and capacity to engage in global debates with policy implications for rural transformation.

3. PARTNERSHIP BUILDING AND OUTREACH ACTIVITIES: The incumbent develops and maintains a network of strategic partnerships that can help advance IFAD’s mandate and messages around rural transformation in the global debate. S/he develops peer contacts inside and outside IFAD to keep up-to-date on activities at the country and regional levels, to support joint advocacy and for knowledge sharing to enhance the Fund’s profile as a highly competent and viable partner in development. Accountabilities may include: (a) Building partnerships with centers of excellence, complementary technical organizations and specialized departments of other development institutions (including United Nations agencies, International Financial Institutions, bilateral cooperation agencies, non-governmental organizations, and others) as strategic partners; (b) Strengthening IFAD’s representation and communication in policy processes (including representing IFAD at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences); (c) Developing and cultivating alliances in key global policy forums to strengthen IFAD’s influence over time, with a strategic focus on specific themes.

4. MONITORING, EVALUATION AND REPORTING: The incumbent supports the Director/Lead Technical Specialists in knowledge management and other monitoring and reporting activities to enhance country level programme and funding decisions.

5. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The Incumbent is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources. This includes, among others, people management through support to recruitment of technical specialists and technical leadership/capacity development, coaching and mentoring of new and/or more junior staff, supervisory role and evaluation of performance of professionals and general service staff under his/her purview.

Position specifics: 6. SENIOR ADVICE ON GENDER TRANSFORMATIVE MECHANISM: The Gender Transformative Mechanism (GTM) Coordinator accountabilities are:

  • Integrating gender transformative approaches in the design and implementation of projects and country strategies, embedding the GTM initiative into IFAD portfolio through appropriate contextual measures, lessons and innovations;
  • Coordinating the set up gender-sensitive data system to monitor and evaluate results generated by the GTM, as well as of the targeting and gender strategies promoted in the context of IFAD Programme of Loans and Grants.
  • Leading the development and dissemination of technical studies, strategic innovations, and approaches in the field of gender transformation and pro-poor targeting ;
  • Providing up-to-date senior professional advice on policy, institutional and technical issues related to gender equality, women’s empowerment and gender transformative work to IFAD staff and partners

7. PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION: The Gender Transformative Mechanism (GTM) Coordinator, on the basis of thematic expertise on GENDER supports the IFAD local point for the relevant global Trust Fund ensuring appropriate and up-to-date authoritative technical advice to country programme and project design, development, implementation and monitoring to optimize positive programme results and contribute to IFAD’s programme enhancements. In particular, accountabilities may include:

  • Coordinating and managing GTM facility, ensuring coordination with country level teams, government counterparts, and relevant divisions.
  • Providing authoritative technical support to staff, field missions, government staff and project management units at all stages of the programme cycle on gender equality, gender transformation and women’s empowerment;
  • Undertaking design, implementation support and supervision missions; providing monitoring and evaluation inputs to monitor and analyse poverty outreach, gender equality, women’s empowerment and social inclusion; leading the development of synergies with the corporate mainstreaming agenda of climate, youth and nutrition;

8. KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT: The Gender Transformative Mechanism (GTM) Coordinator enhances the development of viable and sustainable policy and project develop

ent, provides up to date knowledge and best practices on gender transformative approaches. In particular, accountabilities may include:

  • Sharing knowledge and experiences generated through activities such as analytical studies, publications, occasional papers, journal articles, capacity building events, seminars and workshops, through electronic media and the development of new knowledge products and operational tools that are informed by GTM data, evidence and learning from the field;
  • Coordinating relevant knowledge development and dissemination with institutions outside IFAD, globally and with national institutions of countries piloting the GTM.
  • Participating in IFAD-wide thematic discussions and developing appropriate technical and operational approaches related to gender transformative work for corporate strategies and country strategies and programmes.

9. PARTNERSHIP BUILDING: The Gender Transformative Mechanism (GTM) Coordinator develops and maintains a network of peer contacts inside and outside IFAD to keep up-to- date on activities at country, regional and global levels to engage in joint advocacy and enhance the Fund’s profile as a result-oriented, highly competent, trusted and viable partner for inclusive and sustainable rural transformation. Accountabilities may include:

  • Building partnerships with complementary technical organizations, NGOs, research institutions, and specialized departments of other development agencies as potential operational and strategic partners at country, regional and global levels;
  • Strengthening IFAD’s representation and communication in policy and technical dialogue/processes and strategy issues related to poverty targeting, gender equality, women’s empowerment, gender transformative work and social inclusion (including representing IFAD at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars, conferences etc.); and
  • Mobilizing additional resources for IFAD, in collaboration with GPR, through partnerships and outreach activities.

Key Performance Indicators

Assignments require the provision of authoritative technical expertise in the field of specialization. The impact of work by the incumbent directly affects the overall country programme and contributes to regional and corporate policy and strategy. Senior Technical Specialists design and contribute to the delivery of a country programme. The impact on the overall IFAD country and regional programmes is significant in projecting the Fund’s role/capacity as a reliable, viable partner in development. Work is intricate in that it requires consideration of a wide range of technical factors and related data, national policies relevant for the economic policy concerns of the international organization. Senior Technical Specialists also monitor and guide the work of external consultants and participate as experts in field missions and in the servicing of intergovernmental and expert group meetings of a technical nature.

Work at this level normally is not reviewed for technical accuracy. Senior Technical Specialists thus exercise independence and initiative in assessing needs and advising governments when on field mission. Decisions are made on the research or analytical strategies to be followed in resolving problems of concern in the technical area. Established methods and procedures are adapted as necessary in order to achieve desired results.

Working Relationships

The work relationships of Senior Technical Specialist involves the provision of technical advice and the negotiation and resolution of problems that arise in technical project design and appraisal, supervision/implementation support and in the preparation of studies and reports. S/He serves as an expert in rural infrastructure and renewable energy and works with full technical independence in the provision of technical expertise and methodological guidance at the country level, as well as regionally as required. Contacts are with counterparts and senior officials within other United Nations organizations having related programmes and with officials of governments, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, research institutes and academia. In servicing intergovernmental bodies, expert groups and other meetings, the Senior Technical Specialist provides technical expertise and recommendations for policy formulation and official conclusions in a consultative and Specialist capacity; s/he also may provide information regarding the organization’s policies, and act as the representative of the organization. Maintain contacts to identify and evaluate emerging developments.

Job Profile Requirements

Organizational Competencies – Level 2

  • Strategic thinking and organizational development: Strategic leadership
  • Demonstrating Leadership: Leads by example; initiates and supports change
  • Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Challenges, innovates and contributes to a learning culture
  • Focusing on clients: Contributes to a client-focused culture
  • Problem solving and decision making: Solves complex problems and makes decisions that have wider corporate impact
  • Managing time, resources and information: Coordinates wider use of time, information and/or resources
  • Team Work: Fosters a cohesive team environment
  • Communicating and negotiating: Acquires and uses a wide range of communication styles and skills
  • Building relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains strategic partnerships internally and externally

  • Managing performance and developing staff: Manages staff and teams effectively

Education : Level – Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in the field of specialization and from an accredited institution listed on (link) (*)

Areas – Agriculture, Rural Development, Natural Resource Management, Environmental studies, Climate change, Agricultural Economics, Agro- ecological production systems, food security or related field.

(*) Note: For internal candidates, this requirement will be assessed in line with the provisions set forth in IFAD’s Human Resources Implementing Procedures.

Work experience:

  • At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in, and demonstrated understanding of, development initiatives in the field of specialization
  • Two (2) years in a multi-cultural organization or national organization providing support on a global scope.
  • Position-specific experience:
  • Experience in the design, implementation, supervision and performance monitoring and evaluation of poverty targeting, gender equality, women’s empowerment and social inclusion in an agricultural or rural context.
  • Experience in international policy frameworks related to rural poverty, gender equality & women’s empowerment and social inclusion;
  • Experience with supporting management and coordination of programmes or grants in support to gender transformative work, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Languages:

  • Required English (4 – Excellent)
  • Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic (3 – Good)
  • Position-specific requirement: Excellent written and verbal communication skills in French is an asset

Skills:

Job role specific

  • Evidence-based policy, Know-how in the formulation of concrete and actionable policy recommendations based on hard evidence (going beyond simple data interpretation) 4
  • Synthesis, Outstanding ability to synthesize and simplify complex technical information for a variety of (non-technical) audiences 3
  • 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.)3
  • Verbal communication, Clear, succinct and convincing verbal communication; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic language 4
  • Interpersonal skills, Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with others (e.g. visitors, clients, callers, etc.), including senior individuals (e.g. high-level meeting participants) 4
  • Adaptability, Adaptability and flexibility when facing new or unexpected situations, and to specific constraints and circumstances and managing complex processes 4
  • Corporate approach, Ability to bring in corporate vision and priorities into one’s area of work (e.g. budgeting going beyond simple budgetary considerations, taking into account strategic priorities) 4

Position specific

  • Cross-cutting themes – Gender and social inclusion, Expertise specific to gender and social inclusion cross-cutting theme (e.g. youth, targeting strategies); 4
  • Cross-cutting themes – Environment & climate change, Expertise specific to the environment and climate change cross-cutting theme (e.g. climate and environmental policy, biodiversity, agroecology); 3
  • Cross-cutting themes – Nutrition, Expertise specific to nutrition cross-cutting theme (e.g. food systems); 3
  • Social & Environmental Safeguards, Know-how in Social & Environmental compliance as specified in the IFAD’s Social, Environmental and Climate Assessment Procedures (SECAP); 3
  • Knowledge strategy & management, Extensive expertise in knowledge management & dissemination strategies; Technical expertise related to roles in Knowledge management (e.g. conceptualization, development and dissemination of knowledge products and learning); 3
  • Programme/Project development, management, Know-how in Programme/Project development, implementation, management; 4
  • Advocacy, Know-how in advocacy, to maintain and promote constructive dialogue around IFAD’s vision to external actors; 3
  • IFAD governance & mandate, In depth knowledge of IFAD’s governance structure, mandate, strategic priorities and technical work; 4
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