Working at theWorld Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clientssolve their greatest development challenges.
The World Bank Group is one of thelargest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a uniqueglobal partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty,increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development.
With 189member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public andprivate sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data,research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent globalchallenges.
The Agricultureand Food team in the Latin America and Caribbean Region (SLCAG) working underthe direction of the Latin America & Caribbean Sustainable DevelopmentDepartment (SLCDR), helps countries tackle their most complex developmentchallenges, including in the areas of Climate Change, and resilient, inclusive,sustainable and efficient recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
SLCAG’s work program covers seven LAC Country Management Units (CMUs),and is led by a Practice Manager (PM), and a team of agricultural economistsand specialists based at HQ in Washington, DC and across six country offices.
The Unit manages a large operational portfolio and several analytical tasks.
Looking ahead,there is a growing need for engagement on agriculture policy reforms throughProgram-for-Results (PforRs) and Development Policy Financing (DPFs), as wellas Reimbursable Advisory services (RASs) and cutting-edge analytics to supportthe LAC agri-food system’s green, resilient and inclusive transformation.
SLCAG works in a collaborative manner with other GPs in landscape management,irrigation, fisheries, land use, nutrition, rural risk / insurance and policies.
The focus of theteam’s work going forward is on the future of agri-food systems, green andresilient transitions, including inclusiveness, diversification of economies,jobs, agricultural competitiveness and linking farmers to markets, one health,leveraging the private sector, climate-smart agriculture, digital agriculture,financial innovation, resilience, post-COVID recovery, and fragility andconflict, regional and cross-GP collaboration.
Duties & Accountabilities :
The WBG isrecruiting a Lead Agriculture Economist based in Panama City, Panama. The LeadAgriculture Economist will report to the SLCAG PM and assist in the delivery ofthe Unit’s work program, assurance of quality, interaction with internal andexternal clients, including the private sector, staff development andpartnerships for a part of the Region and lead a number of specific tasks.
Theprimary responsibility of the Lead Agriculture Economist will be to workclosely with the PM and team members in providing leadership on strategicdialogue with Clients and CMUs as required, opening up new business developmentopportunities and driving technical and strategic innovations in support of thedevelopment and implementation of SLCAG’s work program across the LAC Region.
The LeadAgriculture Economist will work closely with the other SLCDR practiceunits, as well as other PGs in the Region and beyond, as well as IFC, MIGAcolleagues, and relevant external partners.
S / he will participate in aleading and supporting role in the supervision of complex operations,preparation of new operations and carrying out specific pieces of high priorityAdvisory Services and Analytics (ASAs) or Reimbursable Advisory Services(RASs).
S / he will generate cutting-edge technical knowledge and provide thoughtleadership and mentoring. S / he will assist the PM in overseeing the Unit's workprogram and will be expected to define and lead the policy and reform dialoguein selected countries, support and guide others in the Unit, contribute tobroader SD and AGF engagements and dialogue, lead and oversee analytical andlending work of the Unit or contribute to core analytic pieces for the countryengagement as needed and proactively engage and seek opportunities for businessengagement and support the Unit’s achievements of milestones and targets.
S / hewill work closely with the Unit’s PM on the day-to-day management of the Unit.
The LeadAgriculture Economist's responsibilities will include, but will not be limitedto the following :
The LeadAgriculture Economist will have outstanding, proven technical expertise, clientengagement and operational experiences in agri-food systems and versed in keyissues across SD.
S / he will be well-versed in the WBG’s operational andreform dialogue on agriculture and food systems. In addition to meeting theWBG-wide requirements for a grade GH level position, it is expected that thesuccessful candidate will meet the following selection criteria :
ProjectManagement . Demonstrates in depth knowledge and understanding of the project managementconcepts, as they relate to the implementation of complex, multi-functionalprojects in varied geographical and economic conditions.
Agriculture Policy,Strategy, and Institutions. Deep understanding of agriculture policies, strategies,institutions, and regulations and linkages of agriculture with other areas ofdevelopment.
Demonstrates strong ability to defend policies’rationale and impacts to senior WBG management and government officials;Actively promotes dialogue with relevant counterparts, the donor community, theprivate sector, government officials, as well as with civil society.
Ensures that the project team integrates corporate commitments(e.g., MFD, climate change, gender) in its approach.
Influences the design and execution ofmajor policy and / or research initiatives; Conceives and promotes innovations indevelopment policies, project design, offerings, organization and management toimprove operational and sector work.
Has ability to communicateand defend ideas orally and in writing in a clear and compelling way.
Strong ability tosupport findings / policy recommendations with credible economic analysis andtools; Recognized expert in food and agriculture policies, strategies, markets,institutions and regulations.
Inspires andinfluences others to drive innovation; Has demonstrated ability to mentor andenhance capacity of colleagues in the agriculture and other Global Practiceswithin SD.
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