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.
Post's organizational accountability
The mission of the Partnership and Resource Mobilization Office is to strengthen IFAD’s outreach and partnership performance and to ensure innovative, efficient and effective resource mobilization and supplementary and trust fund management by focusing on institutional strengths to build long-term relationships of mutual respect and benefit for IFAD and its partners. PRM Office serves as a facilitator and broker in support of the partnership and resource mobilization efforts throughout IFAD. PRM’s work is to ensure that IFAD proactively establishes itself as the preferred partner of key actors for initiatives and investments to enable smallholders to exit poverty sustainably. It serves as a driver for global support to smallholders and their role in poverty reduction, food and nutrition security, and environment and natural resource management. The Partnership and Resource Mobilization Office has three Liaison Offices:
The America Liaison Office (ALO) with two offices(Washington and New York)
The Arab and the Gulf State (AGL) with the office in Rome
The Asia and the Pacific (APL) with the office in Rome.
The Chief of an IFAD Liaison Office is policy and strategy leader of this Liaison Office. S/he acts as authoritative professional expert and leads the team in the IFAD Liaison Office. In this function, s/he leads and manages the regional liaison work to improve IFAD’s partnership, corporate outreach and engagement in the region. The Chief accountabilities/key results are:
Leading the Liaison Office.
Partnership Building and Resource Mobilization.
Knowledge Management and Capacity Building.
The Chief works under the general supervision of the Director PRM; S/he works collaboratively with the Senior Partnership and Resource Mobilization Specialists heading the technical units.
In particular, the Chief ALO is responsible for supervising and coordinating activities related to communication between U.S. lawmakers and IFAD management, transmitting IFAD's messages in a transparent manner and ensuring that the U.S. Administration and the U.S. Congress, and other key actors understand the Fund's objectives and how these align with U.S. objectives when it comes to foreign aid and foreign policy.
The Chief ALO supervises coordinated activities with IFAD colleagues at HQ and in ICOs as well as Congressional committees to communicate the status of IFAD's programmes and policies. Additionally, the Chief ALO coordinates and supervises the preparation and provision of materials representing the Fund's position on pertinent issues in preparation for Congressional hearings and other events. She/He is also a main interlocutor within a wider Washington community, including International Financial Institutions.
Key results expected / Major functional activities
1. Leading the Liaison Office
The Chief ALO manages the work of the Liaison Office and is responsible for day-to-day management and implementation of the programmatic and operational activities of IFAD Liaison Office. Accountabilities may include:
2. Partnership Building and Resource Mobilization
The Chief ALO develops and maintains a network of key stakeholders in the region to enhance the Fund’s profile as a highly competent and viable partner. Accountabilities may include:
3. Knowledge Management and Capacity Building
The Chief ALO keeps management and staff informed on potential partnership’s criteria and priorities which may include:
4. Outreach with U.S. Government and partners
With specific reference to outreach with U.S. governments and partners, the Chief ALO:
a. Ensures the development and implementation of an effective outreach and advocacy strategy with the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Administration, identifying and cultivating champions, promoting increased awareness of IFAD and its mandate, highlighting synergies and complementarities with the U.S. position and strategy vis-á-vis issues of mutual relevance.
b. Ensures that ALO provides timely intelligence and analysis of relevant developments and activities within the Congress, the Administration, the U.S. Treasury and other partners of relevance to the Fund.
c. Develops and maintains strong relations with U.S. based advocacy groups, e.g. InterAction, the One Campaign, the Alliance to End Hunger, etc.
5. Managerial Functions: The Chief is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources. This includes:
Impact of Key results / Key performance indicators
Assignments require the provision of authoritative professional expertise. The Chief leads and manages the Liaison Office and represents IFAD with officials of intergovernmental organizations and international financial institutions based in the Region.
Work at this level is considered of critical concern to the Fund as it serves to improve IFAD’s partnership, corporate outreach and engagement in the region. An inadequate handling of activities may result in damaging the credibility of the Fund with partners and the Region.
Representation / Work relationships
The Chief serves as the Fund’s senior regional expert in the Liaison Office and exercises wide professional latitude in developing and maintaining strategic partnership and collaboration with key contacts in the Region in order to expand partnerships and increases resources for smallholders. S/he acts as a credible voice of the organization and represents IFAD with officials of intergovernmental organizations and international financial institutions based in the Region. Representation combines the capacity to present, identify opportunities, establish frameworks for interaction and maintain and grow relationships over time.
Minimum recruitment qualifications
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