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).
Background and Purpose of the Assignment
The National Coordinator is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the Joint Programme “Accelerating Progress towards Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment (JP RWEE)” in Pacific Islands Countries. The Joint Programme is a five-year programme implemented through a partnership between FAO, IFAD, UN Women and WFP. The programme generates synergies that capitalize on each Agency's mandate, comparative advantages and institutional strengths to generate lasting and large-scale improvements in the lives of rural women. The programme aims to secure the livelihoods, rights and resilience of rural women in the context of sustainable development and Agenda 2030 and focuses on four key outcomes for rural women:
(1) improved food security and nutrition; (2) increased incomes to sustain livelihoods and build resilience; (3) increased voice and agency for full leadership and participation in rural communities and governance structures, and (4) more gender-responsive policy environment for the economic empowerment of rural women.
The joint programme in Pacific Islands Countries is part of the global JP RWEE initiative, currently being implemented in five countries. The implementation of the JP in Pacific Islands Countries is managed through IFAD as the lead agency, and overseen by a National Steering Committee, consisting of senior representatives of the four participating agencies and government representatives.
Implementation of the programme is monitored and supported by a Technical Working Group, consisting of technical focal points of each of the four agencies. A Programme Management Unit, situated within the lead agency, consisting of a National Coordinator and a MEAL Coordinator oversees the management and implementation of the programme. The National Coordinator leads, coordinates and oversees the implementation of the programme and collaborates closely with JP RWEE stakeholders.
ECG takes the lead in mainstreaming cross-cutting themes of environmental sustainability and climate change resilience, nutrition-sensitivity, gender equality and women’s empowerment and inclusion of rural youth and indigenous peoples through an integrated approach.
IFAD is looking for a qualified consultant based in Suva to coordinate the JPRWEE project in Pacific Islands Countries. The consultant's contract will be for a maximum of 190 days per calendar year. The National Coordinator is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the JP RWEE in Pacific Islands Countries. The Consultant will be expected to assume the responsibilities as listed below.
The National Coordinator is responsible for the overall coordination, management and implementation of the Joint Programme and for liaising with key stakeholders. She/he will work in close collaboration with the technical focal points of the four participating agencies to ensure smooth programme implementation and will liaise with senior participating agency staff and government representatives with regards to the governance of the programme. She/he will play a critical role in ensuring that synergies are built and that strong coordination and communication between participating agencies, implementing partners, and government is in place. She/he will represent the Joint Programme with government and external stakeholders and ensure strong visibility of the programme. She/he will also participate in coordination processes organized by the Global Coordination Unit and in global level learning forums in order to enable cross fertilization and the sharing of good practice on a wider scale. The National Coordinator represents the JP RWEE in country. She/he is based within the lead agency and collaborates closely with the four participating agencies.
Specific responsibilities include the following:
Programme Management and Implementation
Monitoring and Reporting
Knowledge Management and Learning
Programme governance and support
The National Coordinator reports to the Senior Technical Specialist, Beatrice Gerli, on Gender and Social Inclusion based in IFAD Rome and will closely work with IFAD Country Director for Pacific Island States and the Country Team based in Suva. The national coordinator will also have accountability to the JP RWEE Global Coordinator, based in WFP’s headquarters in Rome.
Skills & Qualities
Applicants to this call for interest will undergo a first level screening and those candidates meeting the minimum requirements will undergo a more in-depth assessment, including written tests and interviews.
As per provisions on maximum contract duration under the Handbook on consultants and other persons hired by IFAD under a non-staff contract, the number of days in which services can be rendered in any 12-month period is limited to 190, and the number of days in which services can be rendered in any 60-month period is limited to 960. This specific assignment is for 180 days over a one year period, with possibility of extension depending on performance, funding availability and overall ceiling, up to 240 days over a 12 month period.
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