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 local, national and international levels 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 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 help 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); (ii) Sustainable Production, Markets and Institutions Division (PMI); and (iii) Research and Impact Assessment Division (RIA).
PMI provides technical support to IFAD Country Programs to ensure the proper application of corporate quality standards required for achieving development results and impact in key thematic areas, including food production systems (i.e. fisheries, livestock, and agronomy), land tenure, natural resources management, water and rural infrastructure, renewable energy, financial services, rural markets and enterprises, ICT4D and rural institutions. It contributes to the generation of evidence and knowledge on these themes, and facilitates their use in IFAD projects and activities. PMI also leads IFAD’s non sovereign private sector investment activities..
The Lead Global Technical Specialist (Land Tenure and Natural Resource Management (NRM))works under the overall strategic, policy and management guidance of the Associate Vice-President (SKD) and the direct supervision of the Director, PMI.
The Lead Technical Specialist, technically supports country/regional programmes as well as the corporate agenda by providing state-of-the-art technical advice throughout the project cycle (strategic and operational) on issues related to Rural Institutions. Within her/his areas of responsibility, the Lead Technical Specialist, 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 analysis and approval of complex and/or precedent-setting cases, with the aim of ensuring cohesion and synergy in the application of technical advice and provision of programme development support.
The Lead Global Technical Specialist (LGTS) is also an expert and knowledge builder in her/his thematic specialization. S/he provides technical expertise and strategic guidance on generating and using new ideas to enrich the knowledge base that supports the Fund's operationbal and policy agenda. S/he provides substantive contribution to understanding future trends in rural development relevant to his/her area of expertise, strengthening IFAD's strategic planning perspective and pro-actively fostering innovative and effective solutions to rural poverty within investment projects, country programmes, IFAD’s policy, member governments, the academic community, private scetor, and public opinion in the international development community. Knowledge management at this level directly impacts on quality control and enhancement of IFAD’s programmes and partnership development for inclusive and sustainable rural transformation.
Position specifics: The LGTS, Land Tenure and Natural Resource Management (NRM) serves as IFAD’s lead expert in the areas of sustainable land and natural resource management, governance and tenure security. S/he provides IFAD staff and partners with up-to-date professional advice on land and natural resource management, governance and tenure security services. S/he facilitates, internally and externally, cross-regional exchange of knowledge, and represent IFAD at related international fora. S/he: Provides technical support to staff, field missions and regional programmes at all stages of the project cycle, including implementation support. Identifies key institutional issues relating to (land and natural resource management, governance and tenure security pertaining to farming systems and agricultural services through analysis of pertinent documentation/information. Strengthens and develops partnerships at national, regional and international levels on land and natural resource management, governance and tenure securityissues, especially in relation to agriculture and rural development and assists in mobilising resources for these activities. Develops tools, guidelines and advice on institution building and polices concerning the area of expertise. Manages applied research work to fill gaps in knowledge in the professional area (land and natural resource management, governance and tenure security). S/he leads and manages a team of decentralized regional and global professionals specializing in land and natural resource management, governance and tenure security. S/he provides intellectual leadership, guidance and supervision regarding IFAD corporate requirements and quality control, and coordinates the work of the team in these thematic areas.
1. POLICY AND STRATEGY ADVICE AND DEVELOPMENT: The Lead Technical Specialist, provides technically authoritative advice informed by empirical evidence to improve the capacity of IFAD to position itself as an influential global player in agricultural and rural development. S/he ensures that IFAD is regarded as a trusted and valued partner of national governments and farmers’ organizations in policy dialogues and fora. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to:
(a) Providing IFAD staff and partners with up-to-date, evidence-based advice on relevant investment and policy interventions related to rural institution development strengthening and empowerment to promote inclusive and sustainable food system transformation, value chain development, collaboration with the private sector, and rural market creation and development, among others;
(b) Providing evidence-informed recommendations to IFAD management on IFAD's rural development agenda using a wide range of data sources and analytical tools;
(c) Providing substantive support to IFAD senior management participation in high-level fora with policy implications for Rural Institutions and rural transformation, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, and preparing documents and presentations;
(d) Leading the preparation of technical products (e.g. complex papers, analysis, substantive sections of reports and studies) to advance IFAD’s voice in the global debate on rural transformation, rural institution empowerment, and strengthening of their role in promoting inclusive and sustainable food system transformation, greater and better collaboration with the private sector, and rural market creation and development, among others, in close collaboration within PMD and other SKD divisions.
2. KNOWLEDGE ADVISORY LEADERSHIP: The Lead Technical Specialist, leads and contributes to the development of viable and sustainable policies, and supports regional and global thematic input through authoritative technical knowledge sharing for her/his area of specialization (Rural Institutions). S/he ensures access to the latest sources of knowledge and innovation, strengthens technical capacity, and establishes new knowledge and advisory partnerships on how rural institutions should be leveraged, empowered and strengthened to promote change in the rural economies and food systems in which they operate, as well as strengthens partnerships with the private sector. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to:
(a) Leading processes related to intelligence gathering and analysis of debates relevant to Rural Institutions, 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;
(b) Coordinating relevant knowledge development and dissemination with institutions outside 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;
(c) Participating in IFAD-wide thematic discussions and developing appropriate technical and operational approaches of relevance to country/divisional strategies and programmes;
(d) 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 Lead Technical Specialist, develops and maintains a network of strategic partnerships to help advance IFAD's mandate and messages around inclusive and sustainable rural transformation in the global debate. S/he develops peer contacts inside and outside IFAD to develop new products and services, keep up-to-date on activities at country and regional levels, support joint advocacy, and share knowledge to enhance the Fund’s profile as a highly competent and reliable partner in development. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to:
(a) Building partnerships with farmers’ and producers’ organizations, centers of excellence, complementary technical organizations, and specialized departments of other development agencies as strategic partner;
(b) Promoting greater partnerships between farmers’ and producers’ organizations, and private sector and other value chain actors, including with micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in rural systems;
(c) Strengthening IFAD’s representation and communication in policy processes (including representing IFAD at international, regional, and inter-agency meetings, seminars and conferences);
(d) Generating new resources for IFAD through partnerships and outreach activities;
(e) Identifying major opportunities, as well as serving as focal point, for strategic collaboration with centers of excellence, complementary technical organizations, private sector, MSMEs, and specialized departments of other development agencies as strategic partners;
(f) Leading wider IFAD and Rome-based discussions on the development of sustainable and inclusive approaches to rural transformation as requested.
4. MONITORING, EVALUATION AND REPORTING: The Lead Technical Specialist, supports the Director, PMI in monitoring and corporate reporting activities to enhance knowledge creation, country-level programmes, and funding decisions. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to:
(a) Supporting the Director and Cluster technical leads in setting up systems to monitor the use of research output and knowledge products; and
(b) Advising on all aspects of the planning and reporting associated with research and impact assessments as well as donor reporting in the case of supplementary funding.
5. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The Lead Technical Specialist, is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources. S/he acts as global anchor in charge of the overall oversight of rural institutions expertise in IFAD. Accountabilities may include, but are not limited to:
(a) Contributing to the supervision of key divisional programme activities, including key missions and other initiatives, leading and directing a team of staff, overseeing research and impact assessment activities, planning and allocating work assignments, coaching, mentoring and evaluating staff, and participating in recruitment, selection and training of new staff and in the development of training programmes;
(b) Contributing to the personnel and financial management of the work unit, including the development and implementation of work plans and budgets.
6.TECHNICAL LEADERSHIP AND ADVICE TO COUNTRY PROGRAMMES: The Lead Global Technical Specialist (LGTS), Land Tenure and NRM provides technically authoritative advice in his/her area of specialization, to improve the capacity of IFAD to position itself as an influential global player and to improve related national government policies, investments and programmes, and ensure IFAD is regarded as a trusted and valued partner. Accountabilities may include:
a. Providing authorative technical leadership, on Land Tenure and specialization, in the identification, elaboration and assessment, in accordance with existing organization guidelines, of technical opportunities, proposals and feasibility studies for development investment projects and programmes and monitoring their execution;
b. Participating in country programme management teams and providing authorative technical leadership, in his/her area of specialization, to IFAD’s country strategic opportunity papers (COSOPs) and Country Strategic Notes (CSNs), project designs as well as to other policy documents related to rural development and poverty reduction;
c. Leading and Participating in project missions as necessary and lead pilot methods of analysis for IFAD projects; and
d. Lead the development of proposals for small and large grants as required.
7. LAND TENURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES: The LGTS, Land Tenure and NRM leads IFAD’s work streams in the area of land and natural resource management, governance and tenure security, with specific emphasis on improving the livelihood and the resilience to climate change of small farmers and other IFAD target groups (e.g. rural women, youth, indigenous peoples) through the sustainable intensification of agricultural production systems; building the capacity of local institutions and farmers’ capacity; supporting the access to various services and inputs related to land and natural resource management, governance and tenure security; developing and upgrading pro-poor and inclusive agriculture/food value chains; building stronger partnerships with private sector actors notably through the Public Private Producer Partnership (4P) model and leveraging on digital technology to promote inclusive land and natural resource management, governance and tenure security systems. Through participation in project teams and missions, contribution to policy formulation and knowledge generation, partnership building and networking, s/he provides technical leadership and advice on land and natural resource management, governance and tenure security, as part of rural development approaches for the preparation of country project, programmes, country strategies and country strategic notes. As a manager of PMI’s thematic unit on land and natural resource management, governance and tenure security, the LGTS supervises other professional staff in this area and in related thematic areas, general service staff assigned to him/her, as well as consultants hired to deliver specific activities and/or outputs. S/he is responsible for providing them with technical leadership/capacity development, coaching and mentoring, as well a review and evaluation of their performance on a regular basis. S/he is also involved in the recruitment process of the team.
Assignments require the provision of authoritative professional expertise and technical leadership at global, regional and national levels on rural institutions issues. Lead Global Technical Specialists define, propose, revise and/or develop programmes or policies for the Fund, as well as represent the position of IFAD in national, regional and global fora and conferences. Innovation is required in the adaptation and development of approaches and methods to evolving technical and programmatic contexts.
Work at this level is considered substantially complex and of critical concern to the Fund. In particular, analytical and advisory work requires in-depth identification and consideration of a full range of factors relevant to the examination and discussion of programme problems and policies in the solution of methodological problems or in the formulation of policy proposals and project recommendations.
Position specifics: The LGTS, Land Tenure and NRM is responsible for the technical quality of IFAD’s key outputs and deliverables on land and natural resource management, governance and tenure security systems development, and guides the organization’s policy engagement, partnership building, and knowledge management on these topics. S/he will lead IFAD’s strategies/policies, tools, guidelines and databases/evidence on land and natural resource management, governance and tenure security systems development. Particular key performance indicators are linked to: ensuring land and natural resource management, governance and tenure security issues are adequately addressed in IFAD’s investments and policy engagement activities; ensuring capacity buidling strategies for IFAD and IFAD’s partners on relevant topics are formulated and implemented, including for monitoring and evaluating impact of tenure security measures and promoting innovative and appropriate technologies; brokering partnerships with private sector actors and attracting private investments in inclusive land and natural resource management, governance and tenure security systems that result in win-win solutions for all parties; and collaborating with other experts in PMI, ECG and RIA and other develpoment partners (for example other members of the International Land Coalition and Global Donor Working Group on Land) to identify and support the development of appropriate instruments and technologies related to land and natural resource management, governance and tenure security development. S/he will promote the adoption of ICT4D applications, non-sovereign private sector operations; etc.; and use and apply IFAD’s pro-poor guidelines and toolkits, and other IFAD related technical tools and guides to support design and implementation of investment projects and grants and policy engagement.
The work relationships of Lead Technical Specialists involves the provision of authoritative technical advice in his/her area of specialization for policy, programme and strategy development, resource mobilization,and the negotiation and resolution of problems that arise in mission planning, technical project appraisal or the preparation of studies and reports. S/He typically serves as the Fund’s Lead technical specialist in the field of specialization and exercises wide professional latitude in contacts in her/his field(s), providing technical leadership and methodological guidance to management, Regional Directors/CDs/Heads MCO, national governments, private sector and development partners and other country programme staff in the technical area of specialization.
The LGTS, Land Tenure and NRM works directly with IFAD’s country teams (Country Directors, Country Programme Officers, regional economists, portfolio advisors, etc.), other technical experts from PMI, ECG, and RIA, as well as specialists from LEG and FOD, to lead and deliver IFAD’s programme of loans and grants, non sovereign private sector operations, reimbursable technical assistance, as well as policies/strategies, studies, guiding notes, toolkits, stocktakes, etc., related to land and natural resource management, governance and tenure security. S/he also develops working relationships and networks with other IFIs, bilateral agencies, UN organizations, private sector, NGOs, research/academia, and other development partners working in the field of pro-poor land and natural resource management, governance and tenure security development. S/he leads and maintains these working relationships as IFAD’s main representative and leading authority in the areas of expertize mentioned, and is expected to work at the highest level of representation with government and non-government officials. S/he would also guide his/her team in building these working relationships with internal and external partners.
(*) Note: For internal candidates, this requirement will be assessed in line with the provisions set forth in IFAD’s Human Resources Implementing Procedures.
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