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 Corporate Services Department (CSD), led by the Associate Vice-President, CSD, provides IFAD with the human resources, administrative services, safety and security, information technology resources and medical support services required to allow IFAD to meet its objectives of enabling rural people overcome poverty. The work of the CSD is undertaken by three divisions (i) Human Resources Division (HRD) (ii) Administrative Services Division (ADM) and (iii) Information and Communication Technology Division (ICT) and two units: (a) Field Support Unit and (b) Medical Services Unit.
The Information & Communications Technology Division (ICT) delivers secure, reliable, and integrated technology solutions which enable delivery of business value and provide IFAD with a strategic advantage through technical innovation and agile ICT services, and by streamlining corporate processes using effective ICT solutions. It facilitates access to information, ensures reliable and secure availability of information and communication means, provides and develops business applications and solutions, provides a sustainable and secure digital environment as well as offering standard ICT services.
The incumbent works under the overall strategic, policy and management guidance of the Director, Information and Communications Technology Division (ICT) and under the direct supervision of a Team Lead in ICT.
Senior Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Specialists are senior specialists assigned leadership and management responsibilities for technology design, development and maintenance. This work involves outreach and alignment with business users and coordination with other ICT specialists. The role of ICT Senior ICT Specialist is a key role within ICT. The incumbent is required to understand technical requirements and develop in-depth knowledge of IFAD processes, systems and infrastructure. They are typically accountable for the establishment and management of unit work plans and supervision of a team of ICT Specialists, Associates and/or Assistants.
Position specific: The Senior ICT Specialist (Data Analytics and GIS):
1. ICT PRACTICE LEADER: Senior ICT Specialists at this level are typically accountable for technical leadership in their occupational area at the corporate level with accountability for conceptualization, design, development, implementation and maintenance of major and complex information systems and applications to meet the evolving needs of the Fund. They typically accomplish the assigned activities through supervision of an ICT unit comprised of other Professional (P) and General Service (GS) staff and through technical guidance and work product validation of external ICT Consultants and contactors.
2. ICT BUSINESS PARTNER: Senior ICT Specialists are credible, trusted partners to client offices served and the Division where assigned, serving as responsive and constructive service providers with a focus on results. They contribute directly to the development of the Fund’s ICT strategy and plans. Senior ICT Specialists provide authoritative advice and guidance to ICT colleagues and the Division Director on cross-division systems / applications interfaces as well as on the requirement for modifications or enhancements / extensions and any direct or indirect impact on related information or data.
3. ICT MANAGEMENT: Senior ICT Specialists are accountable for conceptual work and technical leadership in the development, design, implementation and management of original systems/applications and ensures their interface with existing applications and/or major ICT systems. Representative accountabilities/key results include:
operations of the system(s)/applications;
strategies and implementation plans;
4. AGENT OF CHANGE: Senior ICT Specialists understand and apply the principles of change management and proactively serves as a role model for transformation and capacity for acceptance of change. They use a seasoned knowledge of information technology to develop, analyze and promote acceptance of new methods of work and automated workflows. Senior Specialists manage change through technical leadership in identifying systems/applications that support change and outreach to client offices to build understanding of and to ensure open and regular communications pertaining to current and planned changes in the Fund’s information and communication technology strategy, standards, regulations and rules.
5. MANAGERIAL FUNCTIONS: Senior ICT Specialists are typically team leaders with accountability for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of IFAD technology.
6. TECHNICAL & FUNCTIONAL MANAGEMENT of specific technology/product area The Senior ICT specialist will be the ICT lead for Data Analytics and GIS. This includes:
7. RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT -WITHIN ICT AND EXTERNALLY Within ICT foster strong relationships to ensure effective exchange of information and knowledge, frictionless collaboration for holistic technology solutions (infrastructure, application, integrations, security, change management) and issue resolution. Within IFAD, build relationships with counterparts to deepen the understanding of IFAD’s work, be a trusted IT partner to assess needs, review the pipeline of work, ideate on future projects and co-ordinate, and manage the IT needs of the business counterpart. The Senior ICT Specialist will be assigned at least one business areas to which they will be the primary IT contact.
8. VENDOR MANAGEMENT : the Senior ICT specialist will remain current and informed of vendor trends aware of IT market trends and changes for software and hardware vendors. They will lead on ensuring that IFAD has an adequate and appropriate level and number of agreed key vendors. They will schedule regular interactions with key vendors to ensure full awareness of services, resources and other conditions to plan for pipeline needs.
The work of Senior ICT Specialists involves leading the design, configuration, implementation, maintenance and improvement of critical technology operations of the Fund, adapting processes as necessary to achieve full functionality and interface with existing systems. Thus work at this level impacts on the overall design and continuity of major systems/applications and indirectly impact the accomplishment of the Fund’s objectives, goals and functions. as a foundation for the Fund’s administrative and programme operations. Technical decisions are taken on the feasibility of technology proposals and specifications for systems / applications. They provide authoritative advice to the Division Director and senior IFAD management, which leads to both technical decisions as well as resource commitments. The key performance indicators for Senior ICT Specialists include leadership, both technical and team.
Internally, Senior ICT Specialists are responsible for overall coordination with users on all aspects or during all phases of development as well as the provision of authoritative technical guidance to others involved in interrelated technology activities. The acceptance of modification to specifications and work processes is accomplished through negotiations. They provide authoritative technical advice to the ICT Division Director on the design and implementation of technology applications and systems as well as IFAD senior management/decision-makers. Externally, work relationships require collaboration and coordination to ensure vendors, service providers, collaborators and external ICT consultants meet established contractual terms and conditions, coordination with other organizations to establish compatibility of systems/application interface (Borrowers and Contributing institutions).
Position specific: The Senior ICT Specialist (Data Analytics and GIS) work relationships are with:
Organizational Competencies: Level 2:
Level – Advanced university degree from an accredited institution in a technically relevant area. In lieu of an advanced university degree, a diploma in combination with six years over and above the minimum experience requirement may be considered;
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