Deputy Hub Director (Program Development and Quality Assurance)

Nairobi County, Nairobi, Kenya
January 23, 2024
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Job Description


The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and specialized United Nations Agency whose mission is to invest in poor rural people to overcome poverty. The Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD) guides IFAD’s strategies and knowledge dissemination. It includes divisions like Environment, Climate, Gender, and Social Inclusion (ECG), which focuses on integrating key themes into IFAD’s projects, including nutrition and social inclusion.

IFAD prioritizes nutrition to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2). They aim to improve the nutrition of 5 million people by 2027, emphasizing empowerment, safe food production, and healthy diets. Their Nutrition Action Plan 2019-2025 guides these efforts, highlighting the importance of capacity-building and knowledge generation for future programs. Effective nutrition support requires dedicated experts at headquarters and regional divisions.

Support Country Program Development

The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) will contribute towards achieving IFAD’s ambitious results in nutrition in an integrated approach with gender, youth, indigenous peoples and climate change, as well as other relevant sectors/issues and to support regional country operations in East and Southern Africa Division (ESA). As Technical Analyst you will serve as a technical expert and analyst in nutrition and its integration with social inclusion. You will work under the supervision of the Senior Technical Specialist (Nutrition), with mentoring from the Lead Technical Specialist (Nutrition) based in the East and Southern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya. You will support the country and regional programmes with the following duties:

  • Assist in designing, implementing, and monitoring nutrition and social inclusion in IFAD country programs.
  • Secure funding for nutrition projects and provide technical support.
  • Strengthen IFAD’s country-level programs.

Knowledge Management And Capacity Building

  • Develop policies and projects for nutrition-sensitive investments.
  • Foster knowledge sharing and capacity building.
  • Coordinate knowledge dissemination and participate in discussions.
  • Enhance PMUs’ capacity for nutrition-sensitive activities.

Partnership Building And Outreach

  • Establish partnerships with technical organizations, UN agencies, and NGOs.
  • Engage in policy dialogues and represent IFAD at events.
  • Develop alliances in global and regional policy forums, focusing on nutrition.

Monitoring, Evaluation, And Reporting

  • Support knowledge management, monitoring, and reporting for better program decisions.

Part of the Swiss JPO Programme, this position is sponsored by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC of the FDFA. Only Swiss Nationals are eligible to apply.


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Working hours (%): 100%

Job type: Freelance job

Education Level

For the Swiss JPO programme:

  • Swiss nationality
  • Not older than 32 years at the date of the first round of interviews
  • Fluency in English and a second UN language
  • Master’s degree
  • Strong interest in a longer-term career with the United Nations

For This Position

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, ideally in the field of nutrition e.g Social Studies, Development Studies, Agriculture, Rural Development, Natural Resource Management, Environmental studies, Climate Change, Agricultural Economics, Agro-ecological production systems, Food Security or related field.
  • At least 2 years, preferably 3 years of progressively relevant professional experience in nutrition sensitive agriculture and food systems, and demonstrated understanding of, development initiatives in the field of nutrition. IFAD counts relevant experience (inlcuding internships and volunteering) at 100%, gained after completion of the first university degree.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, including the ability to set out a coherent analysis in presentations and group interactions.
  • Working knowledge of another official language (Arabic or Spanish) is desirable.

Please Find More Details In The Full Job Description.

Important details regarding your application

Make sure your profile on cinfoPoste is complete and up to date:

  • Motivation letter in English (not more than 3500 characters, to be inserted in the pop-up window when you click on “apply”)
  • CV in English
  • P11 form duly completed and uploaded under the section “documents”. Note that we will base our evaluation and calculation of your relevant experience on the P11. Should you prefer to use a P11 different from the one we provide, please make sure to state your employment rate in percentages for each employment listed.
  • Work certificates, diplomas and university credentials (as PDF) uploaded under the section “documents”

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Application deadline: 16 February 2024

First round of interviews: 26 February 2024 online

Start date: Please be aware that the recruitment process may take 3 to 6 months. You are expected to start your assignment within 3 months following notification of selection.

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Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya