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Title Prog Officer(IFAD)
Role responsible for established programme/project coordination
Category Agriculture
Location Yaounde
Company cameroonjobs, Vacancies [ - - ] ( Posted on 08/10/2017, 08:27:38 PM)
Experience 2 to 5 Years
Educational Qualification Master's Degree
Skills Experience
Salary - -
Career Level Mid Career (2+ years of experience)
Job Type Permanent
Job Status Full Time
 
Description
Under the overall policy and management guidance and direct supervision of a Country Programme Manager, the Programme Officer (CO or HQ) is responsible for established programme/project coordination. The Programme Officer’s accountabilities/key results are:

Country Programme Support
Country Office Support
Partnership Building
Policy Development/Knowledge Management

Key results expected / Major functional activities

1. COUNTRY PROGRAMME SUPPORT: The Programme Officer provides a solid understanding of international practices and HQ procedures to ensure programme/project activities enhance the technical quality of IFAD country activities through effective programme (COSOP) and project (grants and loans) design, supervision, implementation, monitoring and evaluation (RIMS), reporting (PSR) and completion (PCR) activities. S/He also provides substantive contributions toward the development of advice and technical guidance in support of sustainable government strategies, policies and programmes to improve agricultural development and rural poverty reduction. The Programme Officer is further accountable for capacity building activities including identifying, analyzing, documenting, harmonizing and disseminating both national and local issues as well as conditions and best practices and lessons learned among partner development agencies. Capacity building activities will include coordinating meetings, workshops and seminars with project management teams, government, partners and other stakeholders.

2. COUNTRY OFFICE SUPPORT: The Programme Officer is accountable for day-to-day administration and reporting in support of the CPM and for supervision of assigned Country Programme Associate / Assistant. In addition to human resources management, s/he has accountability for financial and material resources and related processes including managing contracts for services. S/He provides inputs to budget preparation and monitors expenditures, manages contract completion and certifies payments.

3. PARTNERSHIP BUILDING: As a key country team member, the Programme Officer enhances the CO’s relationships and collaborations with in-country counterparts through the identification of synergies and proposing coordinated strategies with multilateral/bilateral donors and civil-society organizations involved in agricultural development and rural poverty reduction. S/He establishes and maintains counterpart contacts to promote programme and project collaboration and harmonization as well as identifies financing opportunities with other donors.

4. POLICY DEVELOPMENT/KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT: As a key country team member, the Programme Officer participates in relevant policy meetings and events of interest to IFAD’s target groups and which involve the government, donors, and civil society, including NGOs, in order to develop an enabling environment for sustainable, pro-poor development. From an international best practices perspective, s/he analyzes evidenced based recommendations from projects to link the realities on the ground and the voices of the poor with the policies and programmes of the government. This will serve to enhance the empowerment of the rural poor and disadvantaged so that they can enter into partnerships at all levels of policy dialogue.

5. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The Programme Officer is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources.


Impact of Key results / Key performance indicators

The Programme Officer maintains the standards for IFAD’s competence in development at the field level. Demonstrated technical expertise and credibility in country portfolio management creates the foundation for IFAD’s capacity and reputation for programme delivery and enhances its recognition as a reliable development partner. Substantive support in the development of country strategy, project design, partnership building and policy development provides the foundation for enhancing sustainable government strategies and policies to improve the livelihoods of the poor and other disadvantaged groups.


Representation / Work relationships

In the context of programme development and delivery, the Programme Officer ensures the exchange of information, advocates for programme and policy enhancements and ensures consistency and reliability in the provision of development assistance to the government. In collaboration with other members of the UN country team, bi-lateral development agencies, NGOs and country programme counterparts, s/he establishes and maintains relationships and projects the image of IFAD as a credible/reliable partner striving for harmonization of development activities.


Competencies

Organizational:

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)
Managing performance and developing staff: Manages staff and teams effectively (Level 1)
Technical/Functional:

Thorough knowledge of and proven experience in results based agriculture rural development projects.
Good knowledge of pro-poor policy approaches.
Strong analytical skills in order to identify systemic issues, both programmatic and operational, and develop viable solutions. Analytical skills are also essential for identifying opportunities to promote new strategies and initiatives with HQ, partner agencies and national government counterparts.
Communicate effectively with different counterparts (civil society, government authorities, local communities, project staff). Listens effectively to engage others.
Writes clearly, succinctly and convincingly.
Computer skills: thorough knowledge of PeopleSoft ERP as well as full command of Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and common Internet applications.

pplicants should note that IFAD staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the President of IFAD, and they may be assigned by him/her to any of the activities of IFAD, including field assignments and/or rotation within 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.

Interested candidates should apply via the website, https://job.ifad.org

Closing date, 7 Sept 2017
 
 
 
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