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Senior Partnership Officer, Members Engagement


  • Organization: IFAD - International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date: 2022-10-06

Organizational Setting

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 External Relations and Governance Department (ERG), comprising the Communications Division (COM),  the Global Engagement Partnership and Resource Mobilization Division (GPR) and the Office of the Secretary (SEC), leads IFAD’s public and political advocacy, including engagement with Member States and other stakeholders through global policy engagement and other global processes. 

The Global Engagement, Partnership and Resource Mobilization (GPR) Division is part of the External Relations and Governance Department (ERG) and has a specific focus on global engagement, partnerships (including with the private sector, foundations, bilateral and multilateral organizations), and on driving the resource mobilization efforts with traditional and non-traditional donors and partners. Within this framework, the GPR Division addresses three main functions: (i) Global engagement and multilateral relations; (ii) South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC); and (iii) replenishment, resource mobilization and advocacy. 
The mission of the Global Engagement, Partnership and Resource Mobilization Division (GPR) is to enhance IFAD's contribution to inclusive and sustainable rural transformation and Agenda 2030 through strengthening global engagement, partnerships, and resource mobilization.

The Global Engagement, Partnership and Resource Mobilization (GPR) has decentralized Liaison Offices:

(a) The Americas Liaison Office (ALO) with two offices based in Washington and New York, United States of America
(b) The Saudi Arabia Liaison Office (SLO)  with one office based in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
(c) The Japan Liaison Office (JLO) with one office based in Yokohama, Japan

The Senior Partnership Officer works under the direct supervision of the Chief, Partnership Officer. 

Job Role

Senior Partnership Officers are experts and knowledge builders in their focus areas. They provide technical expertise and substantive contributions reflecting new approaches which materially expand the range of services or programmes delivered to closely support internal and external stakeholders, including Partnership Officers. Senior Partnership Officers work collaboratively with other colleagues across the GPR Division to ensure consistency, cohesion and synergy in the application of technical advice and provision of programme development support.

The purpose of the Senior Partnership Officer, Global Engagement position is to establish and nurture corporate level collaboration with key stakeholders. S/He may also serve as focal point and resource for GPR colleagues on specific thematic areas of strategic relevance for partnership and global policy development.

The Senior Partnership Officer, Global Engagement is assigned to a focus-area portfolio, such as civil  society and/or  relations  with  high  level committees/organizational relations (e.g. CFS, G20 and RBA), with the objective of engaging IFAD in global policy processes to create an enabling environment for investments in inclusive and sustainable rural transformation. S/he works across GPR organizational units with cross-functional key partner management teams to leverage relationship management skills, assets and, most importantly, professional social networks. The key result is to ensure greater visibility and influence for IFAD in support of its mission.

Key Functions and Results

1. PROMOTING, ADVOCATING AND COMMUNICATING DIVISIONAL PRIORITIES: The Senior Partnership Officer manages and communicates knowledge for increased support of traditional and non-traditional donors, taking into account IFAD’s Strategic Framework and Programme of Work, setting clear quantitative targets to evaluate for results-focused partnerships capable of supporting IFAD’s mandate and resource mobilization objectives. S/he acts with credible technical authority by facilitating and participating in consultations and coordination meetings and ad hoc visits with external stakeholders at all levels, as required.

2. IMPLEMENTING PARTNERSHIP STRATEGIES: The Senior Partnership Officer collaborates with internal stakeholders to strengthen IFAD’s approach to partnerships. In particular, s/he assists the Programme Management Department (PMD), Country Directors (CDs) and Heads of Multi-Country Offices (MCOs) in mainstreaming partnerships with traditional and non-traditional donors by providing them with substantial technical advice and recommendations. The Senior Partnership Officer tracks progress under engagement strategies, builds institutional capacity and knowledge for its partnership performance, and ensures the development of efficient approaches for implementing partnership strategies. S/he negotiates new Partnership and Grant Agreements.

3. MANAGING TECHNICAL EXPERTISE OF GLOBAL POLICY ENGAGEMENT, SSTC, REPLENISHMENT, RESOURCE MOBILIZATION AND ADVOCACY: The Senior Partnership Officer is responsible for contributing and providing senior expertise to the development and implementation of corporate strategies for engagement in global policy debates. S/he is responsible for IFAD’s engagement in SSTC and other policy dialogue relative to IFAD’s mandate, and produces an annual assessment of achievements in the fora for which s/he has responsibility, including replenishment, resource mobilization and advocacy.

4. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: The Senior Partnership Officer is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD resources. This includes: (a) People Management through support to the recruitment of staff within the team, capacity building, coaching and mentoring of new and/or more junior staff, as well as supervision and evaluation of performance of consultants and staff under her/his purview; and (b) Resource Management, by providing strategic and technical advice for Knowledge and Content Management.

The Senior Partnership Officer:

  • Leads the work on the country/ies assigned, using/updating/developing country engagement plans as a guide.
  • Promotes partnership and resource mobilization opportunities (both globally and at the country level with State and non-State actors – including from the private sectors and Foundations) by supporting the related outreach, policy engagement, influence and collaboration activities; aiming at reaching Replenishments’ targets for Core resources, IPAF, ASAP+ and the PSFP.
  • Supports the mobilization of supplementary funds in support of IFAD’s corporate priorities and the finalization of relevant agreements with Donors.
  • Supports the preparation of IFAD’s Senior Management in-person/virtual visits to countries under his responsibility.
  • Develop, Nurtures and maintains networks of partners (peoples and institutions) who are willing and able to advocate for small scale farming and inclusive rural transformation, with specific effort on establishing networks in strategic countries of responsibility, including in collaboration with Global Citizen and other advocacy partners.
  • Prepares IFAD's participation to key internal events such as Executive Board and Audit Committee meetings and external events. 
  • Supports the internal coordination for IFAD’s engagement in global processes, as well as facilitating related engagement with relevant IFAD’s counterparts.
  • Contributes to reports, blogs, social media and other communication materials related to donors, and provide feedback on donor messaging, needs and perspectives.
  • Is a mentor for new partnership officers and support the Chief Partnership Officer to prepare IFAD's participation to key internal events such as Executive Board and Audit Committee meetings and external events. 

Key Performance Indicators

The Senior Partnership Officer has credible authoritative capacity with independent technical responsibility for the technical areas which s/he is leading. S/he works with minimal supervision and is expected to pursue new areas of activities going beyond established procedures or models. The Senior Partnership Officer also monitors and guides the work of other Partnership Officers, external consultants and assistants within the team, and participates as technical expert in group meetings and consultations with external stakeholders and collaborators at all levels. The Senior Partnership Officer exercises independence and initiative within her/his portfolio. Decisions are made on the research or analytical strategies to be followed in resolving problems of concern in the technical areas.

The Senior Partnership Officer is assigned to manage partnerships with main OECD-DAC Member States including for resource mobilization, policy engagement, advocacy and knowledge sharing.

Working Relationships

The Senior Partnership Officer, as authority in the subject field, typically provides technical and managerial leadership to the substantive development and execution of the assigned technical area, including providing: (i) managerial direction to Partnership Officers and assistants within the team; and (ii) effective representation with external stakeholders and collaborators. Internally, the Senior Partnership Officer collaborates with internal stakeholders to strengthen IFAD’s approach to partnerships, global policy engagement, SSTC, replenishment, resource mobilization and advocacy.

The Senior Partnership Officer, Global Engagement engages with the global community, the private sector and development finance institutions, and contributes to shaping pro-poor global and regional policies, broadening IFAD visibility and helping position the Fund within the global agricultural and rural architecture.

The Senior Partnership Officer provides policy advice to the Director and Chief Partnership Officer and contributes to support partnership officers to develop, implement and maintain strategic partnerships with Governments, public and private institutions including NGOs, Foundations and Research entities in the Region through policy dialogue.

Job Profile Requirements

Organizational Competencies:

Level 2:

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


  • Level - Advanced university degree from an accredited institution listed on in related areas (*):  
    (*) Note:  For internal candidates, this requirement will be assessed in line with the provisions set forth in the IFAD’s Human Resources Implementing Procedures.

  • Areas - international development, international relations, political science or other job-related field.


  • At least eight (8) years of progressively relevant experience is required. 
  • Three (3) years in a multi-cultural organization or national organization providing support on a global scale .
  • Position-specific experience: Experience in providing strategic policy advisory services and relationships building with progressively responsible supervisory experience is highly desirable. Successful track   record   in   establishing,   building   and   managing partnerships with various stakeholders. Knowledge of development finance systems is desirable.


  • Required English (4 – Excellent) 
  • Desirable: French, Spanish, or Arabic (3 - Good)


  • Evidence-based policy: Know-how in the formulation of concrete and actionable policy recommendations based on hard evidence (going beyond simple data interpretation)
  • Advocacy: Know-how in advocacy, to maintain and promote constructive dialogue around IFAD¿s vision to external actors
  • IFAD partners: Knowledge of IFAD's partners' functioning and mandate , such as the public sector (e.g. governments and policy, institutions and system), non-state actors (NGOs, CSOs, Foundations, etc.) and private sector actors
  • Marketing: Know-how in marketing and communication resource mobilization strategies for IFIs and international public bodies
  • Partnership building: Ability to formulate new approaches or identify new opportunities to build relationships with both traditional and non-traditional partners, focusing on impact and results.
  • Resource mobilization: Know-how in resource mobilization strategies (including marketing and communication) for IFI, international public bodies and within the UN
  • Risk management (e.g. reputational): Identification and assessment of potential liabilities and risks in IFAD's activities, particularly vis-à-vis third parties; ability to handle risks via contingency and mitigation strategies
  • Stakeholder management: Strong alignment capabilities and consultation skills, building on effective interactions and relationships with different stakeholders (e.g. for the co-creation of communication material with member states) and ability to build and maintain a strong network (e.g. with journalists, media outlets, etc.)
  • Policy dialogue: Know-how in the representation of IFAD as a trusted and strategic partner, advocating and promoting IFAD's mandate and vision; effective consultations with IFAD counterparts - like ministries and governmental bodies at all administrative levels, donors, civil society
  • Change management: Role modelling, anticipation of key risks & conflicts and formulation of contingency plans/solutions, action-oriented
  • Client orientation: Strong critical thinking combined with communication skills to liaise between the business and technologies to understand business problems and needs, document requirements and identify solutions
  • Interpersonal skills: Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with others (e.g. visitors, clients, callers, etc.), including senior individuals (e.g. high-level meeting participants)
  • Problem solving: Strong systemic and structured thinking, ability to identify and dissect problems into components and formulate a comprehensive set of creative viable and sustainable solutions and strategies
  • Specialized communication skills: Ability to negotiate on behalf of IFAD and drive for creative and pragmatic solutions in complex negotiations with key partners, both public and private sector
  • Strategic mindset: Proactive, ongoing identification of strategic opportunities, potential synergies and partnerships
  • Verbal communication: Clear, succinct and convincing verbal communication; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic language
  • Written communication: Clear, succinct and convincing written communication in the language needed for specific role; highly professional, balanced and diplomatic language (e.g. for drafting of position papers, briefings, etc.)

Other Information

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