Agriculture Specialist

World Bank Group, Yaounde, Cameroon

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationFinance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th October, 2020

Job Description

About the Organization:

World Bank Group (WBG) is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.

Duties & Accountabilities

  • The primary responsibility of the Agriculture Specialist/Economist will be to contribute to the development and implementation of the Agriculture GP’s work program in Cameroon.
  • The Agriculture Specialist/Economist will report to the Practice Manager in charge of SAWA 4, who is based at World Bank Office in Dakar, Senegal, and assist him in the delivery of the work program, assurance of quality, interaction with internal and external clients, including the government and private sector, and strategic partnerships.In addition, the Agriculture Specialist/Economist will work under the regular oversight of the Sector Leader, based in Yaoundé, on strategic and operational matters. 
  • In particular, the Agriculture Specialist/Economist will:Contribute as core team member to the preparation and implementation of selected operations, both in agriculture and multi-sectoral ones, as well as those led by other GPs (e.g. Water) 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 Cameroon program, providing them with advice and support as needed;
  • Work with the relevant Sector Leaders and staff of the Agriculture and Food GP and other GPs to identify opportunities for addressing agricultural issues in Cameroon as part of the World Bank’s Systematic Country Diagnostic, Country Partnership Framework, country policy dialogue, sector investment operations, budget support operations, and other multi-sectoral projects;Stay abreast of relevant developments for Cameroon’s agri-food sector and effectively communicate them to the country team;
  • Identify innovative opportunities or ways to address existing needs in the agri-food sector;Remain current with relevant major pieces of analytical work in the profession. Participate in strategic analytical work in Cameroon and/or on a sub-regional level, and work with teams engaged in analytical work relevant to the Agriculture GP’s work program in Cameroon;Represent the World Bank in fora involving the community of development partners.
  • Provide support, either explicit or implicit, to the work of the development partners in the sector;As necessary, represent the World Bank and the Agriculture GP’s management 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;
  • Work with other Global Practices in representing Cameroon 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 the agri-food sector in Cameroon.

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;
  • Familiarity with the institutional context of African agricultural development would be an advantage;
  • 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 and in French, 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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