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 Policy and Technical Advisory Division (PTA) aims to strengthen the quality and enhance the impact of IFAD's portfolio of country programme investments (comprising loans, grants and associated activities) in terms of technical, institutional and policy aspects. The Division supports enhancement of the quality of IFAD’s investments and partnerships by developing and applying technical expertise and knowledge to project and programme design and supervision in the context of pro-poor, community-led rural development.
IFAD has a long and well-established history of targeting poorer populations in rural areas and supporting gender equality and women's empowerment. These commitments are underpinned by the IFAD policies on targeting (2006) and gender equality and women’s empowerment (2012). Gender equality is a principle of engagement in the 2016-2025 Strategic Framework and the gender team has prepared a five-point pathway for delivering on gender mainstreaming in the current funding cycle (IFAD10). The IFAD gender team comprises the PTA gender desk (with professional and gender service staff) and two out posted regional gender coordinators covering sub-Saharan Africa. There is a network of gender focal points covering other regional divisions as well as non-operations divisions.
Purpose of position
The Lead Technical Specialist (LTS) – Gender, Targeting and Social Inclusion will be a leading professional in her/his field. Under the overall strategic guidance of the Director, PTA, the LTS will closely cooperate with the Gender, Targeting and Social Inclusion team, other PTA staff and relevant divisions and departments. Specifically, the position will:
Assignments require the provision of authoritative professional expertise and technical leadership at the global, regional and national levels. Lead Technical Specialists define, propose, revise and/or develop programmes or policies for the Fund and represent the position of IFAD in national, regional as well as global fora and conferences. Innovation is required in the adaptation and development of approaches and methods to evolving technical and programmatic contexts.
Work at this level is considered as substantially complex and of critical concern to the Fund. In particular, analytical and advisory work requires in¿depth identification and consideration of a full range of factors relevant to the examination and discussion of programme problems and policies in the solution of methodological problems or in the formulation of policy proposals and project recommendations.
The work relationships of Lead Technical Specialists involve the provision of authoritative technical advice and the negotiation and resolution of problems that arise in mission planning, technical project appraisal or the preparation of studies and reports. S/He typically serves as the Fund’s senior technical advisor in the field of specialization and exercises wide professional latitude in contacts in his/her field(s), providing technical leadership and methodological guidance to management, national governments, development partners and other staff in the technical area of specialization.
Applicants 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 unsuccessfulCandidates may be required to take a written test and to deliver a presentation as well as participate in interviews.
IFAD is an equal opportunity employer - female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.