JOB #: 130125
JOB TITLE: Lead Agriculture Economist
JOB FAMILY: Agriculture & Rural Development
JOB TYPE: Professional & Technical
LOCATION: Abuja, Nigeria
RECRUITMENT TYPE: International Hire
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: English [Essential]; French [Desired] BACKGROUND / GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
The Africa Region is committed to working with Africans and their
development partners to make faster progress toward the MDGs,
particularly cutting poverty levels in half by 2015. With a
wide-ranging work program that covers the environment, agriculture and
rural development, social and post conflict, water, urban, energy, and
transport sectors, the Region’s Sustainable Development (SD) Department
is critical to the delivery of the region’s goals for sustainable
development in the region. The department has 320 staff and an overall
portfolio (including IDA/IBRD, GU, large RE TF, and GEF) of about 250
projects with net commitments totaling about $30 bn.
The Africa Agriculture Program has been growing rapidly and is
centered around four pillars, including: (i) land and water management;
(ii) market access; (iii) food security and vulnerability; and (iv)
agricultural technology. There is active collaboration with PSD and IFC
to facilitate private sector investments in African agriculture.
Nutrition and resilience to climate change are new areas of attention.
The agriculture portfolio comprises of about 65 projects with net
commitments exceeding US$ 4 billion. New lending is expected to exceed
US$ 1 billion annually in the coming years.
The Africa agriculture sector grouping consists of three units (AFTA1
for West-Africa, AFTA2 for Central and Southern Africa and AFTA 3 for
Eastern Africa). Each of the three units is managed by a Sector Manager.
Each Sector Manager is also responsible for a number of relevant
cross-cutting themes. The three units together have about 90 staffs of
which 60% are based in country offices.
The Government of Nigeria, which came to office in 2011, has launched
a major Agricultural Transformation Agenda which combines needed policy
and institutional reforms with key public investments aimed at
connecting markets and supporting the expansion of the private sector
and productivity growth in prioritized value chains. To support
implementation of this Agenda, as requested by the Government, the Bank
is scaling-up its already substantive engagement in Nigerian agriculture
even further. The current portfolio consists of projects focusing on
agricultural research, livelihoods development, and commercial
agriculture. Looking forward, these will be scaled-up through
additional financing, while a new irrigation project, as well as a
programmatic sector budget support operation will be added to the
portfolio. In view of this AFTA1 seeks a seasoned Lead Agriculture
Economist to lead its strategic, advisory, and operational work in
DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES:
The Lead Agriculture Economist will assist the AFTA 1 Sector Manager in
delivery of the unit’s work program, assurance of quality, interaction
with internal and external clients, including the private sector, staff
development and partnerships.
The primary responsibility of the Lead Agriculture Economist will be to
provide technical and strategic leadership to the development and
implementation of the AFTA 1 program in Nigeria. In particular, the Lead
Agricultural Economist will:
• Lead complex operations as Task Team Leader (TTL), both in agriculture
and multi-sectoral operations, assuring quality in all stages of the
• Serve as an advisor to colleagues who are themselves TTLs of demanding
operations, providing them with mentoring, advice and support;
• Work with the Sector Leaders based in the Nigeria CMU and
especially the SD Sector Leader to identify opportunities to address
agricultural issues in the Nigeria country partnership strategy, country
policy dialogue, budget support operations, and other multi-sectoral
projects. Assure a strategic approach to support agricultural growth
and effectively communicate that to the country team;
• Identify innovative new opportunities or ways to address existing
needs in the agricultural sector, by bringing in experience from other
regions and with a wide range of instruments;
• Remain current with relevant major pieces of analytical work in the
profession. Lead or participate in major analytical activities in
Nigeria , and work with AFTA1 colleagues engaged in analytical work;
• Represent the Bank in fora involving the community of development
partners. Provide leadership, either explicit or implicit, in the work
of the development partners in the sector;
• As necessary, represent the Bank and AFTA1 management at events with sectoral focus that take place in the field;
• Develop strong client relations and partnership, including with IFC, on operational matters and policy dialogue;
• Work with other units in the department and more broadly in the
region, e.g. with PSD, and with the ARD Anchor in representation of
Nigeria specific issues in regional and corporate strategies;
• Initiate and maintain a high level and quality of engagement and
dialogue with key stakeholders, including government, civil society,
private sector and research/academic community on strategic and policy
issues concerning agriculture, irrigation and natural resources in
Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Influences the design
and execution of major policy and/or research initiatives; conceives and
promotes innovations in development policies, project design,
organization and management to improve operational and sector work.
Policy Dialogue Skills – Has a track record of conducting effective
policy dialogue with country counterparts; communicates and defends
difficult issues and positions to senior bank management and government
Integrative Skills – Possesses in-depth understanding of Bank resources
in all areas of work in the network, and proven fungibility.
Rural Policy, Strategy and Institutions – Comprehensive understanding of
rural policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.
Rural Development – Deep experience applying knowledge (community-driven
development, local government and civil society organizations, trade
and access to rural markets, rural finance, etc.) to policy-related
decisions and advice.
Sector / Network Representation – Demonstrates ability to coordinate,
participate in, and act as a catalyst for, strategic cross-sector
dialogues within the network, across the country, among Bank colleagues
and other development institutions, government, and other organizations.
Client Orientation – Translates insight into practice across
disciplines, hierarchies, geographies and organizational units in
service of clients.
Drive for Results – Ensures successful implementation and delivery of
key programs and projects, ensuring that outputs positively impact
Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Creates a team climate of
practical and innovative action, facilitating collaboration between
competing interests and stakeholders.
Knowledge, Learning and Communication – Demonstrates command of all
forms of communication and presents in a clear, objective and engaging
manner in high-level settings; ensures knowledge is captured and shared
in a variety of ways.
Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Serves as a trusted
advisor to others on their decisions, ensuring alignment across units
and optimal impact on the organization as a whole.
OTHER SELECTION CRITERIA:
• Masters or PhD in Agricultural Economics or related discipline
• Advanced degree in Agricultural Economics or related discipline with
substantive professional experience (a minimum of at least 12 years in
the case of a PhD or 15 years in the case of a Master’s degree) in areas
relevant to agricultural development in more than one world region.
• Deep agricultural sector subject matter skills and analytical expertise.
• Outstanding skills in managing complex operations with excellent knowledge of and experience in Banks operations.
• Country office experience.
• Demonstrated track record in leading/coaching teams to achieve
results, build strong teams across the matrix and develop, nurture and
mentor junior staffs.
Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and team skills with ability
to think innovatively and strategically to find balanced, pragmatic and
• Excellent writing skills and proven capacity to present complex issues in accessible fashion.
• High degree of discretion, ethics, tact and sensitivity in handling confidential and sensitive information;
• Ability to work under pressure while retaining perspective and a sense of humor.
• Very high level of energy, initiative and self-motivation, coupled
with willingness to travel extensively and work under challenging
Fluency in English required; fluency in French desirable.
The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of
gender, nationality, culture, and educational background. Individuals
with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will
be treated in the strictest confidence.
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