Country Programme Officer, Freetown

Organization: IFAD - International Fund for Agricultural Development

Country: Sierra Leone

City: Freetown, Sierra Leone

Office: IFAD - International Fund for Agricultural Development in Freetown

Grade: NO-C

Closing date: Thursday, 31 October 2019

Organizational context

This position is only open to nationals of Sierra Leone.

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

Under the overall policy and management guidance and direct supervision of a Country Programme Manager, the Country Programme Officer is responsible for established programme/project coordination. The CPO’s accountabilities/key results are:

Country Office Support

Country Programme Support

Partnership Building

Policy Development/Knowledge Management

Key results expected / Major functional activities

1. COUNTRY OFFICE SUPPORT: The Country 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.

2. COUNTRY PROGRAMME SUPPORT: The Country Programme Officer enhances the technical quality of IFAD country activities through 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 in agricultural development and rural poverty reduction. The Country 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.