Job Title: Policy and Results Analyst
Organization: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Vacancy Announcement Number: 2073
Deadline for Applications: 03/06/2021
Organizational Unit: OPR
Duty Station: Rome, Italy
Duration of Assignment: 2 Years
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 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 (OPR).
Among its key functions, OPR division is the custodian of operational policies and procedures, ensuring that they evolve together with business needs and frontier issues on development. As such, the Division oversees compliance with key operational policies and frameworks such as procurement and Social, Environmental and Climate Change (SECAP) procedures. In doing so, it also leads corporate efforts for greater transparency, including by ensuring world-class disclosure standards in operations. Playing an important cross-cutting function for policy compliance, OPR oversees staff and borrowers’ training through the Operations Academy and other key initiatives.
The Policy and Results Analyst is a key member of IFAD’s corporate results and resource team within the Operational Policy and Results (OPR) Division. S/he is the primary analyst of IFAD results and resource data, making a major contribution to portfolio management and analysis. S/he would work with existing IFAD data systems, and help to adapt them as needs change, makes a strong contribution to day-to-day analysis of the portfolio, and provides data for corporate results reporting to external audiences such as Member States and investors.
Policy and Results Analysts are professionals with accountabilities/key results in the following key areas:
- Operational Delivery and Policy support
- Compliance functions
- Corporate Monitoring and Results Reporting
- Management of Resources
- Managerial Functions
Policy and Results, Policy and Results Analysts at this level work under the strategic management and policy guidance of the Director of the Operational Policy and Results Division, and direct supervision of the Lead Advisor, Policy and Results in OPR.
The following Key Results Expected/Major Functional Activities are generic and representational; the majority, but not necessarily all, will be performed by the Policy and Results Analyst.
Key results expected / Major functional activities
1. OPERATIONAL DELIVERY AND POLICY SUPPORT: Accountabilities may include:
- Provide technical support for the development and interpretation of major operational policies, regulations and rules, and systems so that the division supports corporate goals and objectives within the overall Fund mandates and strategies. S/he also serves as a business/programme advisor for operations. Supports the development and implementation of operational policies and procedures, ensuring that they evolve together with business needs and frontier issues on development.
- Coordinate and contribute to the project design process.
- Participate in project delivery teams and country management teams.
- Support operational and enterprise risk management in IFAD and other risk management related processes.
- Support monitoring and evaluation criteria for technical components of programmes and projects including updating guidelines and systems as required.
- Coordinate the GIS and mapping functions for operations targeting and analysis.
2. COMPLIANCE FUNCTIONS:
- support OPR’S compliance function for key operational building-blocks such as procurement and safeguard procedures, and with policies and procedures governing programme management; and
- support the team to ensure harmonization and consistency with the Evaluation Policy of the Independent Office of Evaluation in relation to country and relevant corporate-level evaluations.
3. COPRPORATE MONITORING AND RESULTS REPORTING: In the context of IFAD’s self-evaluation architecture, the Policy and Results Analyst supports the team to/in:
- Coordinate a one-stop-shop for corporate reporting on operational performance and results, including externally to donors, external organizations and key stakeholders;
- Develop monitoring and evaluation criteria for technical components of programmes and projects including updating guidelines and systems as required;
- Preparation of analytical findings and reporting on results to governing bodies on divisional and country-level performance as part of the Fund’s development effectiveness;
- Management of regular reporting on the Fund’s performance for senior management;
- Portfolio performance monitoring, producing results-related products and coordinating events; and portfolio performance monitoring and results reporting.
4. MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES: Support to activities relating to the management of resources, in particular, analytical expertise in:
- the management of IFAD’s Performance-based Allocation System through which the Fund’s programme of loans and grants is principally financed; and
- all related reporting requirements, internally and to IFAD’s governing bodies.
5. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The Policy and Results Analyst is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources.
Impact of Key results / Key performance indicators
Compliance of operations with IFAD rules, regulations and policies, implementation of corporate operational strategies and monitoring and reporting on achievement of results. Assignments require the provision of solid technical expertise and input for the area of his/her responsibility as well as in knowledge sharing with peers and counterparts. The work goes beyond technical analysis and synthesis to include substantive inputs to the development of knowledge products, evaluation of results and lessons learnt and best practices. The work is considered moderately complex requiring in-depth technical analysis and reporting.
Representation / Work relationships
The work relationships of the Policy and Results Analyst at this level are:
- in the context of operational delivery and policy support, maintains collaborative working relationships, both within the department, and with other relevant IFAD divisions.
- representation in internal and external fora in the areas of operational policies, procedures and compliance functions.
- Strategic thinking and organizational development: Personal influence (Level 1)
- Demonstrating Leadership: Personal leadership and attitude to change (Level 1)
- Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Continuously seeks to learn, shares knowledge and innovates (Level 1)
- Focusing on clients: Focuses on clients (Level 1)
- Problem solving and decision making: Demonstrates sound problem solving and decision making ability (Level 1)
- Managing time, resources and information: Manages own time, information and resources effectively (Level 1)
- Team Work: Contributes effectively to the team (Level 1)
- Communicating and negotiating: Communicates effectively: creates understanding between self and others (Level 1)
- Building relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains effective working relationships (Level 1)
- Demonstrated experience in capturing learning and documenting Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of speciality and ability to apply good judgment;
- High degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures;
- Capacity to communicate fluently with different stakeholders to coherence in compliance with and application of policies and procedures and, externally, to build networks.
- In-depth knowledge of corporate and operational standards, policies and procedures.
- Data governance and data management expertise.
- Strong statistical analysis (both qualitative and quantitative) skills to to facilitate management decision-making
- Writes clearly, succinctly and convincingly listens and communicates effectively to engage others.
- Computer skills: Full command of office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and ability to work with other relevant technology and procedures (e.g.: web-based databases and other statistical applications) to collect, organize, share and use information.
Minimum recruitment qualifications
- Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in the field of specialization, e.g. social science or a related field. An advanced university degree may be substituted by a first university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) plus at least four additional years of relevant professional experience, over and above the minimum number of years of experience.
- At least 2 years of progressively responsible experience in, and demonstrated understanding of, initiatives in the field of specialization.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Working knowledge of another IFAD official language (Arabic, French or Spanish) is desirable.
Applicants should note that IFAD staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the President of IFAD. In accordance with IFAD’s Human Resources Policy, staff members are subject to the authority of the President who 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.
In the interest of making most cost effective use of funds and resources, we are only able to respond to applicants who are short-listed for interview. Candidates who do not receive any feedback within three months should consider their application unsuccessful
Candidates may be required to take a written test and to deliver a presentation as well as participate in interviews.
Due priority and consideration at the selection process will be given to IFAD staff affected by decentralization.