Senior Agriculture Economist

The World Bank, Bamako, Mali

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th March, 2015


Job Description

Responsibilities

The Senior Agriculture Economist will assist the GFADR Practice Manager covering West-Africa in the delivery of the work program, assurance of quality, interaction with internal and external clients, including the private sector, staff development and partnerships. The primary responsibility of the Senior Agriculture Economist will be to provide technical and strategic support to the development and implementation of GFADR’s work program in Mali (and elsewhere if needed). In doing so, s/he will work closely with the Country Director and the CMU, including the Global Practice Program Leader.  In particular, the Senior Agricultural Economist will:

• 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 Mali;
• Participate in the dialogue with relevant representatives of the private sector in order to keep abreast with issues related to the business investment climate and identify possible areas of collaboration through public-private-partnerships;
• Lead/initiate/participate in analytical and strategic work pertaining to agricultural growth and productivity, including work managed by GFADR and that managed by other units, but requiring input from agricultural staff, such as public expenditure analysis;
• 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;
• Lead complex operations as Task Team Leader (TTL), both in agriculture and multi-sectoral operations, assuring quality in all stages of the project cycle;
• Serve as an advisor to colleagues who are themselves TTLs of demanding operations, providing them with mentoring, advice and support;
• Assume an active role in the Mali country team with the aim to ensure adequate and appropriate integration of relevant aspects of the agriculture and rural development agenda in core Bank products, including systematic country diagnostics, country partnership frameworks, country economic memorandum and the like.
• Serve as an active member of the GFADR Global Practice, including contributing to the scale up of the Bank’s engagement on agriculture in Africa;
• Work across sectors with staff of other Global Practices and IFC to ensure coherence and integration of the agriculture portfolio in West-Africa and beyond.
• As necessary, represent the Bank and GFADR management at public events with agriculture sector focus.

Qualifications

• Postgraduate degree in Agricultural Economics or related discipline;
• A minimum of 8 years of relevant working experience in agriculture;
• Strong technical and analytical skills in a range of issues of relevance to agriculture;
• In-depth knowledge of the issues faced by smallholders participating in modern value chains;
• Recognized and respected by peers; demonstrated commitment to team work and ability to interact effectively and collegially with peers at all levels;
• Familiarity with the institutional context of Africa, and the Sahel in particular, and experience interacting with institutions involved in agriculture and rural development;
• Demonstrated familiarity with Bank procedures, directives, business practices and experience in identifying, preparing, appraising, and supervising operations, as a task team leader or team member;
• Ability to think innovatively and strategically in dealing with policy issues while maintaining a strong client focus;
• Ability to take principled and balanced positions on complex issues and to communicate and defend them orally and in writing to Senior Bank management and Senior Government officials;
• Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and team skills with ability to think innovatively and strategically to find balanced, pragmatic and implementable solutions;
• 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 conditions;
• English essential, French essential.

 


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