Director, Operational Policy and Results Division


Europe, Italy
Posted 2 months ago

About 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 advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation.

The Role

IFAD is seeking a highly qualified candidate from IFAD member countries, to lead their Operational Policy and Results Division, OPR, within the Programme Management Department. The ideal candidate will have a successful senior experience in IFIs, demonstrated leadership and strategic skills and superb communication and representation skills.

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Associate Vice-
President PMD, the Director Operational Policy and Results Division (OPR) will
lead, manage and motivate a team of managers/senior specialists who are also
supervisors, specialists and assistants. Most typically as a member of a departmental management team, s/he is responsible for managing and supervising
the delivery of a division’s programme of work within an allocated budget. Director
OPR plays a substantive role during Executive Board meetings, including of
subsidiary bodies, and has substantial external representational duties.

Person Specification

• Strategic thinking and organizational development: Strategic leadership (Level 2)
• Demonstrating Leadership: Leads by example; initiates and supports change (Level 2)
• Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating: Challenges, innovates and contributes
to a learning culture (Level 2)
• Focusing on clients: Contributes to a client-focused culture (Level 2)
• Problem solving and decision making: Solves complex problems and makes decisions
that have wider corporate impact (Level 2)
• Managing time, resources and information: Coordinates wider use of time,
information and/or resources (Level 2)
• Team Work: Fosters a cohesive team environment (Level 2)
• Communicating and negotiating: Acquires and uses a wide range of communication
styles and skills (Level 2)
• Building relationships and partnerships: Builds and maintains strategic partnerships
internally and externally (Level 2)
• Managing performance and developing staff: Manages wider teams with greater
impact on others and on the organization (Level 2)


• Recognized management skills in a multicultural setting, combined with ability to
achieve results through motivating people and influencing partners.
• Results-oriented decision-making ability with an aptitude to address operational
challenges and for developing practical solutions.
• Innovator with risk management ability and a proven track record as a successful
agent of change.
• Rigorous analytical and conceptual thinking.
• High sense of integrity, trust and confidence.
• Champion of IFAD’s values: respect for the individual, integrity, professionalism and
focus on results.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, including the ability to
set out a coherent analysis in presentations.
• Strong diplomatic and communication skills and the ability to develop effective
working relationships with clients and counterparts at the appropriate levels,
• Ability to represent IFAD in international fora.
• Solid understanding of IFI’s operational cycles and business processes, including self evaluation
and results reporting systems is desirable.
• Extensive exposure to international processes on innovative development finance and
development effectiveness, including the Managing for Results agenda, is desirable.
• Direct experience in operational compliance functions, including safeguards,
procurement, risk management, and /or performance based allocation systems for
concessional finance is desirable.
• Experience in participating in IFI replenishment consultations, with substantial
exposure to IFI shareholders and Executive Board members is desirable


• Advanced university degree in economics, public policy, international relations or any other relevant field from an accredited institution.

Experience: Technical and Managerial
• At least twelve (12) years of progressively responsible professional
experience in an international organization preferably in an international financial institution (IFI) through a combination of corporate and field-based experience.
Progressively responsible supervisory/ team leader experience in a multicultural setting is required.

Language requirements
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Working knowledge of another official language (Arabic, French, or Spanish) is desirable.

Job Features

Job CategoryDevelopment Finance
Closing Date3rd November 2019

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Job Features

Job CategoryDevelopment Finance
Closing Date3rd November 2019

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Martine Billanou

Associate Executive Research Consultant - Europe