Director and Controller – IFAD – Rome

Posted by: Oxford HR

Rome, Latium, Italy

This is an amazing opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to IFAD’s work: achieving development that is inclusive, sustainable and people-centered. IFAD are seeking an energetic, international, senior management professional to become the Director and Controller, based in Rome.

You will lead a dedicated team of managers and professionals within the Accounting and Controller’s Division and will play a pivotal role in ensuring that IFAD delivers against their overarching goal of rural transformation, with special focus on smallholder agriculture in rural areas in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

This is a life changing prospect, affording the successful candidate the chance to work at the centre of a global hub in a challenging progressive and highly regarded international development institution.

To learn more, please read its Strategic Framework 2015-2025 at


UN Salary D-1 Grade (See UN ICSC website for details ) – Standard UN Benefits

Key Responsibilities


  • Organisational
    • Strategic thinking and organisational development: strategic leadership
    • Demonstrating leadership: leads by example; initiates and supports change
    • Learning, sharing knowledge and innovating: challenges, innovates and contributes to a learning culture
    • Focusing on clients: contributes to a client-focused culture
    • Problem solving and decision making: solves complex problems and makes decisions that have wider corporate impact
    • Managing time, resources and information: coordinates wider use of time, information and/or resources
    • Team work: fosters a cohesive team environment
    • Communicating and negotiating: acquires and uses a wide range of communication styles and skills
    • Building relationships and partnerships: builds and maintains strategic partnerships internally and externally
    • Managing performance and developing staff: manages wider teams with greater impact on others and on the organisation.
  • Technical/ Functional
    • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant
    • Experience in designing and presenting high level financial management reports
    • Acquired exposure to management boards, audit committees and external auditing functions at engagement manager and partner level
    • Strong focus on processes optimisation
    • Recognised management skills in a multicultural setting, combined with ability to achieve results through motivating people and influencing partners
    • Results-oriented decision-making ability with an aptitude to address operational challenges and for developing practical solutions
    • Innovator with risk management ability and a proven track record as a successful agent of change
    • Rigorous analytical and conceptual thinking
    • High sense of integrity, trust and confidence
    • Champion of IFAD’s values: respect for the individual, integrity, professionalism and focus on results
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, including the ability to set out a coherent analysis in presentations
    • Strong diplomatic and communication skills and the ability to develop effective working relationships with clients and counterparts at the appropriate levels
    • Ability to represent IFAD in international fora.

Person Specification

Essential Experience

  • At least 12 years of progressively responsible professional experience in international financial management and accounting policies preferably acquired in both the public and private sector or in another international financial institution
  • Progressively responsible supervisory / team leader experience is required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; working knowledge of another official language (Arabic, French, or Spanish) is desirable

Qualifications/ Education

  • Advanced university degree or equivalent from an accredited institution in Finance, Accounting or Business Administration
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant.

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