Call for interest – Temporary Professional Officer – Technical Analyst in Markets and Value Chains – Food and Agriculture Resilience Mission (FARM) Pillar 3 Secretariat, Italy At International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)


Closing date: Saturday, 27 May 2023

Job Title : Call for interest – Temporary Professional Officer – Technical Analyst in Markets and Value Chains – Food and Agriculture Resilience Mission (FARM) Pillar 3 Secretariat

ID : 12983

Location : Italy

Date of issue : 05/15/2023

Close Date : 05/28/2023

Organizational Unit : Sust. Prd. Mkts. & Instit.

Full/Part Time : Full-Time

Regular/Temporary : Temporary

Assignment Duration : 18 months

Grade : P-2

Organizational Setting

This Call for Interest is for a Temporary Professional Officer (TPO) position, which is a short-term contract. The appointment of a short-term staff member carries no expectation of continuous employment or conversion to any other type of appointment with IFAD.

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 resilience, and advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural and food systems 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).

The Sustainable Production, Markets and Institutions Division (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 sustainable food production systems (i.e. fisheries, livestock, and agronomy), land governance and tenure, natural resources management, water and rural infrastructure, financial services, rural markets and value chains, rural institutions, and ICT for Development (ICT4D). It contributes to the generation of evidence and knowledge on these themes, and facilitates their use in IFAD’s projects and policy engagement.

The Food and Agriculture Resilience Mission (FARM) Initiative: In May 2022, France as the EU Presidency, launched a new umbrella initiative, the Food and Agriculture Resilience Mission (FARM), to address short and medium term food security and nutrition to promote longer term sustainable and resilient food systems. This initiative is part of the overall global response to the food crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine.

The has three distinct pillars:

  •  Pillar 1: Fighting speculation around commodity prices and stocks
  •  Pillar 2: Solidarity to support Ukraine’s agricultural capabilities
  •  Pillar 3: Contribute to strengthening local agricultural production in vulnerable countries in Africa and elsewhere to alleviate shortages

IFAD is leading Pillar 3, in collaboration with other international financial institutions (IFIs), regional partners and stakeholders as well as hosting its secretariat.

The Secretariat of the Food and Agriculture Resilience Mission (FARM) Pillar 3 is housed in IFAD in PMI, within the SKD Department. Its mandate is to support and manage the daily activities of FARM Pillar 3 and deliver on the pillar objectives– ‘strengthening local production systems and productivity, meeting local and regional demand for nutritious food, building markets and reducing food loss to support the development of sustainable and resilient food systems, in line with country priorities and strategies’. During the first phase of the secretariat work, focus will be to identify three country cases where the Europe Team and IFAD are already investing, and which could benefit from additional investment from other bilateral and multilateral partners. This would focus on specific country/value chain or system-wide approach to agriculture sector transformation. These initial country cases will constitute “demonstrators” of the acceleration provided by FARM Pillar 3.

Job Role

The Technical Analyst in markets and value chains will support the FARM Pillar 3 Secretariat by providing substantive technical input to the design, implementation, data collection and analysis and reporting of the outcomes of Country level value chain studies.

The Technical Analyst in markets and value chains – FARM Secretariat works under the supervision of the FARM Secretariat Coordinator and the FARM Pillar 3 Advisory Committee. The incumbent works collaboratively with other staff in PMI and with other Divisions in IFAD.

Key Functions and Results

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS : The incumbent will conduct technical analysis to support the development and implementation of FARM value chain studies focussing on:

  •  Providing technical support in the identification, elaboration and assessment of proposals and value chain studies for FARM Pillar 3 and monitoring their execution
  •  Collecting data about value chains in targeted countries, conduct economic analyzis and econometric anaylyzis to document, tremds, gaps and opportunities that would foster evidence=based decision making
  •  Prepare reveiws of the state of the art technical work on value chains impact and needs in the targeted countries, portfolio stocktakes, etc. Providing regular updates on current political and ecnmic conditions, emerging development challenges and the state of rural poverty at the country and regional levels;
  •  Participating in in-country and virtual missions in support of FARM Pillar 3 activities.
  •  Participating in in-country and virtual missions in support of FARM Pillar 3 activities as relevant.

KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT : The incumbent supports country-level access to the latest sources of knowledge and innovation and strengthens national technical capacity, focussing on:

  •  Contributing to knowledge managemnt systems, knowelge genration and documentation of lessons learned through FARM Pillar 3 activities;
  •  Disseminating knowledge and lessons learned with peers, counterparts and stakeholders through contributing to the drafting of Occasional Papers, articles, seminars and workshops
  •  Support promotion of FARM Pillar 3 activites and results through various media (e.g. web resource platforms and social media)

PARTNERSHIP BUILDING : The incumbent contributes to cultivation and maintenance of partnerships inside and outside IFAD, including assisting the FARM pillar 3 in:

  •  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)
  •  Maintaining networks with partner government staff, policy makers, researchers, and civil society for enhanced knowledge exchange, including training workshops and seminars
  •  Identifying resource partners and opportunities for collaboration and supporting actions to develop collaboration.
  •  Preparing necessary docuemnts and reports to be submitted to FARM Pillar 3 donors, Advisory committee and other relevant stakeholders

Job Profile Requirements

Organizational Competencies – Level 1

  •  Strategic thinking and organizational development: Personal influence
  •  Demonstrating Leadership: Personal leadership and attitude to change
  •  Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Continuously seeks to learn, shares knowledge and innovates
  •  Focusing on clients: Focuses on clients
  •  Problem solving and decision making: Demonstrates sound problem solving and decision-making ability
  •  Managing time, resources and information: Manages own time, information and resources effectively
  •  Team Work: Contributes effectively to the team
  •  Communicating and negotiating: Communicates effectively: creates understanding between self and others
  •  Building relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains effective working relationships

Education : Level – Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in a technically relevant area. A PhD degree is desirable.

Areas – Agriculture/rural development; economics (agricultural/natural resource/environmental economics, behavioural economics, development economics, trade, etc.); finance, business management, marketing or commerce, and other agriculture specializations.

Degree must be from an accredited institution listed on https://www.whed.net/home.php

Work experience:

  •  At least two (2) years of relevant professional experience in performing economic analysis, portfolio reviews, studies on value chains
  •  Proven ability to perform econometric modelling and multivariate statistical analysis is a strong asset
  •  Demonstrated understanding of agriculture and rural development investment projects funded by IFIs
  •  Experience in the use of digital/ICT solutions in rural contexts

Languages:

  •  Required English (4 – Excellent)
  •  Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic (3 – Good)

Other Information

A Temporary Professional Officer (TPO) is a short-term staff member. The appointment of a short-term staff member carries no expectation of continuous employment or conversion to any other type of appointment with IFAD.

In general, an appointment of a short-term staff member may be renewed upon mutual agreement and satisfactory performance, provided however that short-term appointments granted by the same Division/unit shall not exceed 18 cumulative months (including extensions). In no case the total duration of short-term appointments shall exceed 36 cumulative months (including extensions). Once the short-term staff member has completed the cumulative 36-month limit, that staff member may not be re-employed by the Fund on a short-term appointment.

IFAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, social or political background, colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, disability, marital status, family size or sexual orientation.

Please be aware of fraudulent job offers. IFAD does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. Official communication from IFAD will always come from e-mails ending in @ifad.org

Candidates may be required to participate in interviews.

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.

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