Director - Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division (ECG), Rome

Organization: IFAD - International Fund for Agricultural Development

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: IFAD HQ Rome

Grade: D-1

Closing date: Sunday, 24 November 2019

Organizational context

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.

Post’s organizational accountability

Th e 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 support countries efforts to tackle their most complex development challenges in fostering inclusive and sustainable rural transformation. This is mainly achieved by generating and disseminating IFAD’s development knowledge and evidence in IFAD’s investments.


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).

ECG takes the lead in mainstreaming cross-cutting themes of environment and climate, nutrition, gender, youth, indigenous people and other key social inclusion issues into IFAD’s portfolio, to strengthen the quality of IFAD’s operations, ensuring mainstreaming themes are duly and meaningfully incorporated into its work program, and to achieve improved impacts in these areas. It contributes to the generation of evidence and knowledge on these cross-cutting themes, facilitates their use in IFAD projects and activities and ensures reporting and interfacing with donors on mainstreaming themes. In addition, ECG provides guidance and support to ensure the inclusion of marginalized groups, particularly women, indigenous people and rural youth, into IFAD’s operations.

Within IFAD, the Director of the ECG Division provides authoritative advice to senior management on ECG’s vision, strategic planning, policy, and divisional programme and operational management related to Environment and Climate, Gender, Nutrition, Youth, Indigenous People and other relevant social inclusion areas of the work of the Division. He/She is accountable for collaboration and coordination within the Fund to ensure appropriate consultation, cross-functional synergy and coordination of programme planning and activities.