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IFAD is seeking a Regional Director for the West and Central Africa Division

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by Impactpool

Published on: 30 July 2022

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, 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 Director for the Western and Central Africa (WCA) Division will lead and manage a team of managers/senior specialists, under the overall guidance and supervision of the Associate Vice-President of Programme Management department (PMD). The PMD is responsible for the overall programme of loans and grants of the Fund and is composed of 5 regional divisions and the Operational Policy and Results Division. Most typically as a member of a departmental management team, they are responsible for managing and supervising the delivery of a division’s programme of work within an allocated budget.

Read more about this job opportunity and apply below - Applications Close 24 August 2022

IFAD is committed to achieving gender diversity. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Director will be responsible for managing the WCA division and office in Abidjan (Côte D´Ivoire) and serving on IFAD's senior management team. The main focus of Director positions is strategic leadership, innovation and management. Most typically as a member of a departmental management team, division Directors are responsible for managing and supervising the delivery of a division's programme of work within an allocated budget.

In particular, Regional Directors manage and co-ordinate the delivery of the Regional portfolio and priorities and is responsible for its human, financial and material IFAD’s resources. 

The position is located in West and Central Africa Division and currently oversees all IFAD operations and activities in the region including, but not limited, to the 24 country programmes: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

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Key Functions and Results

  • Vision & Strategy
  • Policy Development & Advice
  • Programme Management
  • Management of Resources
  • Representation

*  Please note this is a re-advertisement. Those that have applied previously need not re-apply and will be considered in the next round as well.

Essential Criteria to Apply

Education: Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) - Agriculture and Horticulture

Work experience: 12 Years


  • English (4 - Excellent)
  • French (4 - Excellent)

Organizational Competencies - Level 2:

  • Building relationships and partnerships 
  • Communicating and negotiating
  • Demonstrating leadership 
  • Focusing on clients 
  • Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating 
  • Managing performance and developing staff 
  • Managing time, resources and information 
  • Problem-solving and decision-making 
  • Strategic thinking and organizational development
  • Team work

Skills: Advocacy, Policy dialogue, Performance management, Risk management (e.g. reputational), Stakeholder management, Strategy implementation, Planning, Resources management, Change management, Confidentiality & Discretion, Corporate approach, Leadership, Political acumen, Specialized communication skills, Strategic mindset, Evidence-based policy, Programme/Project development, management,  Topical expertise.

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