E T Consultant (Agriculture Economist), E T Consultant (Economiste Agricole), Brazzaville, World Bank
Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle
E T Consultant (Agriculture Economist)
Job #: req13287
Organization: World Bank
Term Duration: 1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Brazzaville,Congo Republic
Required Language(s): English, French
Closing Date: 10/15/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC
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The Western and Central Africa (AFW) Region: https://www.worldbank.org/en/region/afr/western-and-central-africa) is a region with diverse cultures, beliefs, languages, and lifestyles – marked by contrasts of stability and conflict, affluence, and poverty. Home to about half a billion people, it encompasses 23 countries stretching from the westernmost point of Africa across the equator and partly along the Atlantic Ocean to the Republic of Congo in the South. The region is rich in resources and brimming with opportunities. It continues to make impressive progress in regional cooperation and includes two monetary unions – the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) that cover 13 countries between them.
The World Bank AFW Region, comprised of approximately 1,139 staff mostly based in about 23 country offices, is committed to helping countries to realize their considerable development potential and become more competitive in the global economy by focusing on the following priorities: (i) Creating Jobs and Transforming Economies: We are working with countries across Africa to stimulate job creation and economic transformation by leveraging all sources of finance, expertise, and solutions to promote investment. (ii) Building up the Digital Economy: We are supporting Africa’s vision to ensure that every African individual, business, and government is connected by 2030; (iii) Supporting Institutions to become more Efficient and Accountable: Our support is helping governments strengthen public policy processes, manage resources effectively, and reinforce fair and reliable delivery of public services; (iv) Investing in People: We are at the forefront of helping African countries accelerate human capital gains and empower women by improving their access to education and skills acquisition, sexual and reproductive health services, and employment opportunities (v) Supporting Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption: In the face of increasing climate-related risks, we are working with African countries to advance efforts to adopt renewable energy, climate-smart agriculture, and green infrastructure; (vi) Addressing the Drivers of Fragility, Conflict and Violence: Given the cross-border nature of conflicts in Africa, we are employing an approach that simultaneously focuses on the drivers of fragility while also supporting well-targeted regional initiatives to create opportunities for peace and shared prosperity and (vii) Building Partnerships and Working across the African Continent: We are scaling up our work on regional integration, taking a holistic view of the continent that covers both North and Sub-Saharan Africa.
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. The Agriculture and Food Global Practice (GP) of the WBG, working closely with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), supports a Global Vision for Food and Agriculture with agriculture able to feed every person, every day, in every country with a safe, nutritious and affordable diet, and where jobs and income gains in the food system are sufficient to meet poverty reduction targets.
To help the achievement of the twin goals, the strategic focus of the Agriculture and Food GP is to help client countries on the issues mentioned above. Areas of focus include, among others: (i) increasing smallholder agricultural productivity, and it’s resilience through support to improved land and water management in irrigated and rain-fed areas; (ii) linking farmers to markets and strengthening value chains through support for improved infrastructure, information technology, postharvest handling; etc.; (iii) facilitating rural nonfarm income by improving the rural investment climate and skills development; (iv) reducing risk, vulnerability and gender inequality through support to risk management mechanisms; and (v) enhancing environmental services and sustainability.
The work program of the Agriculture and Food GP in Central and West Africa spans 23 countries and supports projects/programs and non-lending (advisory and analytical) services aimed primarily at inclusive growth through increased agricultural productivity, food security, and rural non-farm incomes and employment while protecting the quality of the environment. The GP’s program in the region is central to achieving the Bank’s Mission of reducing poverty given that: (i) the majority of the Region’s poor live and work in agriculture; (ii) the demand for food in the region is expected to significantly increase over the next decades; and (iii) the pressure on natural resources in rural areas is expected to worsen.
The Agriculture and Food GP works with and across multiple sectors in recognition of the fact that Agriculture outcomes often depend on actions that lie outside the Practice, and the GP actively contributes to work managed by other Global Practices. Accordingly, a capacity to work across GP/sectoral boundaries, forge coalitions and influence multi-practice solutions is essential for achieving the major objectives of improving agriculture outcomes.
The Agriculture and Food GP seeks a field based Extended Term Consultant (ETC) to advise and supervise operational work in the Republic of Congo.
Agriculture in the Republic of Congo
The World Bank currently supports the Republic of Congo (ROC)’s National Development Plan (NDP) strategy with a US$100 million commercial agriculture project, the “Congo Commercial Agriculture Project (PDAC)”. The project has four components. The first component provides direct support to the private sector in agriculture by facilitating market access for producer groups and agribusiness MSMEs. The component follows a productive alliance (PA) model in which producer groups and MSMEs are supported to target new markets and establish commercial relationships with buyers and off-takers (both domestic and foreign). This is done through (i) sound business plan development; (ii) supply chain development for sourcing quality raw materials; and (iii) access to the know-how to improve processing techniques. The second component supports public investments in agricultural service roads and other improved public infrastructure selected based on the location of producer groups and agribusiness MSMEs markets. Activities in the second component also contribute to improving the business climate for commercial agriculture. The thirds component supports the strengthening of institutional capacities for commercial agriculture development.
The project also offers a clear opportunity to address and reduce the ROC’s overall vulnerability to climate change, and to build resilience. This goal is well-aligned with the World Bank’s Africa Climate Business Plan, particularly its first cluster (‘strengthening resilience’). This cluster stresses on initiatives that build and protect the resilience of the continent’s assets by investing in natural capital (landscapes, forests, agricultural land, and inland water bodies) and physical capital. The project is contributing to the objectives of Commission des Forêts de l’Afrique Centrale (Central African Forest Commission) and the wider REDD+ agenda by supporting agroforestry.
Description of Duties and Accountabilities:
The ET Consultant will be mapped to SAWA4 and report to the Practice Manager of the Unit. His/Her primary role will be to serve as a key member of the AFCC1 AG and country team, with significant responsibilities across the RoC country program. More specifically, s/he will:
Provide supervision support to the ongoing WBG supported PDAC agriculture project in ROC and develop the unit’s operations (lending) pipeline through business development.
Specific duties related to the supervision of the PDAC project include:
Monitor the PDAC annual work plan and budget execution and identify any potential delays that can jeopardize the Project Development Objective (PDO).Maintain close dialogue with the PDAC Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to monitor progress and issues, and verify compliance with specifications, good practice and World Bank rules and procedures.In close collaboration with the PDAC Task Team leader, provide technical assistance, supervise, and report on PDAC implementation. Contribute to the preparation and implementation of supervision missions by (i) drafting of Aid Memoires; (ii) collecting and compiling all relevant information to ensure sound monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and reporting on PDAC core and intermediate indicators; and (iii) preparing ad hoc notes and presentations on activities and results.Undertake or facilitate the organization of field visits for World Bank and other donor officials; contribute to the preparation of project-related documentation such as internal reporting, amendments.
The position requires: (a) strong hands-on experience in the design, implementation, supervision, and monitoring and evaluation of agricultural projects; (b) extensive knowledge of agricultural policy issues and solid experience participating in policy dialogue at different levels; and (c) significant experience interacting with a diverse range of stakeholders (Government institutions, donors, NGOs, farmers organizations, etc.).
The candidate should demonstrate a strong ability to quickly diagnose and resolve problems in project implementation, skills to build partnerships and mobilize regional and global knowledge to meet the PDAC project needs, as well as skills to introduce new ideas to clients and develop future pipeline business for the unit.
Specific criteria include:
Advanced degree in the field of agriculture, agri-business, rural development and/or economics;At least eight years of relevant experience in agriculture and food systems, including participation in the implementation of development projects and contribution to policy dialogue; relevant field experience in ROC or a similar environment in the region is essential;Relevant knowledge of critical agricultural policy issues such as food security, job creation and value chain development, Government’s interventions and subsidies;Experience of managing or supporting implementation of development assistance projects. Experience with World Bank or any other donor-funded projects would be considered a plus; Significant experience with WBG policies, operations, instruments, and systems is essential and demonstrated operational project management and portfolio management is desired;Fluency in French and English, ability to write concisely and clearly, good communication, mentoring and advocacy skills;Proven ability to maintain professional relations with Government officials, development partners and implementing agencies;Ability to work in a fast paced environment, with efficiency, competence, and integrity, with people of different cultural backgrounds.
Duration of the Contract:
Extended Term Consultant: 1-year.
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Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.
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