Agriculture Economist

World Bank, Abuja, Nigeria

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th February, 2020

Job Description


We are on a mission to change the world; do you want to join us where it matters the most? Invest in your personal and professional development and acquire the skills that are vital for a global career in international development. A role in an FCS (Fragile and Conflict Affected Situations) location will be a truly impactful experience!

Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. 


Agriculture is an essential pathway to meeting the World Bank Group’s (WBG) twin goals—eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 and promoting shared prosperity. Food production must increase by at least 35 percent to meet the needs of the rising global population. Thus, ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity cannot be achieved without more and better investment in agriculture, food security, and nutrition. Meeting today’s challenges on the food and agriculture agenda will require major strides in agricultural innovation and climate smart agriculture, efficiency in food production and distribution systems, promoting environmentally and socially sustainable production practices, strengthening agricultural policy and institutions, supporting agribusiness value chains, and joint private- and public- sector action.

Our unit in the Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank covers 13 countries in West Africa, including Nigeria. The unit comprises approximately 20 staff, two thirds of which are based in Country Offices in West Africa and the rest in Washington DC. The Nigeria program is the largest of our programs in West Africa and includes a range of investment projects and analytical work at national and sub-national level, reflecting the diverse development challenges that the country is facing.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Contribute as core team member to the preparation and implementation of selected operations, assuring quality in all stages of the project cycle;
  •  Serve as the focal point for liaison with key counterparts and other partners for colleagues working with the Nigeria program;
  •  Identify opportunities for addressing agricultural issues in Nigeria as part of the World Bank’s Country Partnership Framework, country policy dialogue, sector investment operations, budget support operations, and other multi-sectoral projects;
  •  Stay abreast of relevant developments for Nigeria’s agri-food sector and effectively communicate them to the country team;
  •  Remain current with relevant major pieces of analytical work in the profession. Participate in strategic analytical work in Nigeria;
  •  Represent the World Bank in fora involving the community of development partners;
  •  As necessary, represent the World Bank at events with sectoral focus that take place in the field;
  •  Develop strong client relations and partnership, including with the International Finance Corporation, on operational matters and policy dialogue;
  •  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 the agri-food sector in Nigeria;
  • The selected candidate will report to the Agriculture GP’s Practice Manager (SAFA1). S/he will coordinate closely with the Nigeria Country Management Unit, and with the Sustainable Development Program Leader.

Selection Criteria

  •  Masters, MBA or PhD in Agricultural Economics, Economics, or in a relevant discipline;
  •  At least five years of experience on agricultural development issues (three years if PhD);
  •  Strong technical and analytical skills in the range of issue of relevance to agriculture;
  •  Team player able to function in a fast-paced, multi-sectoral and multi-cultural environment;
  •  Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving and team skills with ability to find balanced, pragmatic and implementable solutions also in a multi-disciplinary context;
  •  High level of energy, ability to work under pressure, and willingness to travel and work under challenging conditions;
  •  Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including the ability to present complex issues to World Bank management and senior Government representatives, as well as to non-specialist audiences.


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