Country Programme Manager

International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD), Kinshasa, Congo

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
23rd September, 2015

Job Description


  • COUNTRY PROGRAMME STRATEGY: The CPM is accountable for leading and managing the development and implementation of medium to longer-term strategies (COSOP) for IFAD's collaboration with governments and other national stakeholders for agricultural development and rural poverty reduction following the principle of ownership, alignment and harmonization. This entails analysis of the dynamics of agricultural development and rural poverty reduction; development of relevant country-specific strategies; and the definition of IFAD's value added in this context.
  • COUNTRY PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT: The Country Programme Manager leads the design and supervision of the IFAD loan and grant financed agricultural development and rural poverty reduction programmes assigned by the Director as well as loan and grant negotiations with the borrowing and donor governments, in accordance with IFAD's lending policies and criteria. S/He supports their implementation with a view to maximising development effectiveness, impact and sustainable development results. The CPM is accountable for analysing relevant information, assisting in the periodic monitoring and evaluation of results achieved and reporting on and dissemination of findings. S/He contributes effectively to the IFAD organizational change agenda, with particular reference to issues related to IFAD's direct supervision and implementation support modalities.
  • PARTNERSHIP BUILDING: The CPM catalyses effective partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders in agricultural development and rural poverty reduction, including government and non-governmental institutions, bilateral and multilateral financing institutions, civil society organisations, research centres and the private sector. Additionally s/he enhances IFAD's relationship and collaboration with in-country partners focusing on synergies and coordinated strategies with multilateral/bilateral donors and civil-society organizations involved in agricultural development and rural poverty reduction.
  • POLICY DIALOGUE: The CPM maintains and promotes constructive dialogue on the development of pro-poor agricultural development and rural poverty reduction policies and in enabling the rural poor to advocate for institutional transformation. S/He regularly 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, to render the policy dialogue agenda both credible and sustainable. Policy dialogue focuses on seeking to link the realities on the ground and the voices of the poor with national policies and programmes.
  • KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND INNOVATIONS: The CPM acts as a both a conduit and catalyst for evidence-based knowledge management, sharing and learning in IFAD's country programmes. Through outreach to the national government and the wider development community s/he ensures knowledge and information emanating from headquarters is disseminated to project management teams, government, partners and other stakeholders. S/He facilitates learning processes among project management teams and others with a view to identifying effective approaches to agricultural development and poverty reduction. The primary outcome is to build capacity and enhance scaling-up and replication of successful approaches.
  • MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The CPM is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources including assigned human resource, financial and material resources and related processes as well as contract management of services. The CPM is accountable for inputs to budget preparation and monitoring of expenditures. S/He manages contract implementation and close-out and has accountability for certifying payments. Out-posted CPMs will additionally (a) serve as the designated representative of IFAD in the country; (b) manage the Country Office, lead the IFAD country team and as such play a central role at the country level in actualizing the coordination of operational activities for development and (c) participate in and contribute to all international and national meetings/thematic groups meetings.


  • Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in rural development, agriculture, economics, rural finance, development policy or other job related fields.


  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible international experience in international organizations, rural development/financial institutions or government services, in area of implementation and supervision of rural development programmes of which at least 4 years experience working in an international organization.
  • Experience must include project design, development, implementation and evaluation, and at least 2 years (of the total 10) experience in resource (human, financial and material) management in an international organization.
  • As a Country Director, experience must demonstrate highest level of diplomatic, interpersonal, communication, client and partnership management, and people management skills.

Language requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and French.

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