Programme Manager Agriculture and Rural Development Contract Agent post Group IV (Post number 211370) The EU Delegation in Montenegro is looking for a Programme Manager – Agriculture and Rural Development in order to advise and manage implementation of EU pre-accession assistance in the area of agriculture and rural development. The applicant should have strong sector expertise including on sector based-approach. He/she should have a formal education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three years’ duration attested by a diploma, preferably in an area related to agriculture and rural development. He/she should demonstrate a professional experience pertinent to the duties to be carried out of a minimum of 5 years, and first-hand experience of rural development policy formulation and/or implementation, preferably under the Common Agricultural Policy (EAFRD). Experience in the management of EU external aid, or that of other international donors, as well as in an EU Delegation, are considered important assets. Audit experience and/or knowledge of the application of the internal control framework principles would also be beneficial. Working language: English, knowledge of a language of Montenegro an asset Applications should be submitted at the functional mailbox DELEGATION MONTENEGRO HOA AC RECRUITMENT [email protected]
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Deadline: 15h May 2014
EU DELEGATION to MONTENEGRO Vacant Post: Job title:
Contract agent group IV in Delegation Programme Manager – Agriculture and rural development
Job definition: Under the authority of the Head of Cooperation, to liaise between DG Agriculture and Rural Development, DG Enlargement, the EU Delegation and the respective authorities in the country on preparations for and implementation of IPA agriculture and rural development assistance. Functions and duties: Sector analysis, strategy formulation and programming -
Acquire and maintain in-depth knowledge of the relevant institutions and stakeholder organisations in the field of agriculture and rural development, and their activities; Support policy dialogue with the agricultural administration and stakeholders as well as all other relevant ministries, agencies, and donors in all areas of concern; Monitor the reform process in agriculture and rural development in the light of the EU acquis, Follow-up implementation of the sector strategy and relevant parts of the Country Strategy paper in the field of agriculture and rural development and ensure articulation between the relevant EU policy priorities and programmes proposed for the various financial instruments; Contribute to both public and private sector capacity building process for both policy formulation and implementation; Report regularly on the above to DG Agriculture and Rural Development; contribute to the policy reporting to DG Enlargement on these issues, and to the Progress Report
Provision of guidance to the management and control system on organizational and procedural aspects for implementation of IPARD -
Liaise closely with the relevant authorities in relation to the preparations for IPARD and subsequently its implementation; Provide on the spot advice on programme content and requirements for the management and control system, acting as a rapid conduit of information and advice from the DG Agriculture and Rural Development; Ensure coordination and synergies between IPARD, other IPA related actions, national agricultural policy/strategy, capacity building activities and actions in this area financed by other donors; Monitor implementation of the programme with the management of IPARD Operating Structure and attending sectoral monitoring committee meetings, reviewing progress reports; Identify bottlenecks in preparatory and implementation processes, inform management of the IPARD Operating Structure and DG Agriculture and Rural Development, and propose action if and when appropriate.
Programme and project cycle management 2
Contribute to programming of other pre-accession assistance in light of priorities identified in the Country Strategy paper, in the field of agriculture and rural development; Assist in managing other relevant programmes and projects in relation to agriculture and rural development policy area; Contribute to programming, identification and appraisal in close cooperation with the beneficiary institutions, DG Agriculture and Rural Development and DG Enlargement; Participate in the procurement process (e.g., ex-ante evaluation and/or drafting terms of reference, launching tenders, verification of contracts and payments, etc.); Contribute to monitoring, audit and evaluation of projects, elaborate progress reports on projects and propose action if and when needed; Help ensuring coordination with other donors in the sector;
Contribute to information and public relations activities undertaken by the Delegation, including publications and the website of the Delegation, drafting answers to requests for information, writing draft press articles or draft press releases; Participate as a speaker in relevant conferences and/or seminars.
Representation, Negotiation, Participation -
Maintain good and effective contacts with NGOs and other local non-official actors at national and local level, national non-governmental platforms, local operators in the field, national authorities and institutions, representatives of the diplomatic missions of the Member States, representatives of the international donors; Prepare and assist on missions from Headquarters (DG Agriculture and Rural Development and other as relevant), including high level visits and provide input into briefing for bilateral discussions.