Lead Agriculture Economist
The World Bank
Panama City,Panama
hace 5 días

Description

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 :

  • Providetechnical, analytical and operational thought leadership to the development andimplementation of the Unit's work program, with special emphasis on the designof green, resilient, inclusive solutions, that are transformative.
  • Lead complexoperations as Task Team Leader (TTL), both in agriculture and multi-sectoraloperations, assuring high technical and operational quality in all stages ofthe projects and other financial instruments such as DPFs, IPFs, PforRs, RASs,and Trust Funds.
  • Providesubstantive support to SLCAG task teams in the design and implementation of newlending projects and programs, knowledge products and analytical reports.
  • Lead / initiate / participate in high-level and quality of engagement andjust-in-time dialogue with key government stakeholders on the strategic programand policy.
  • Lead oractively engage in key stakeholder dialogue and represent the Unit at relevantevents and speaking engagements. Collaborate and engage with partners toidentify cooperation opportunities and leverage financial and intellectualresources to complement unit resources.
  • Remain currentwith relevant analytical work on agriculture development, stay up-to-date onkey operational designs and implementation experiences, and identifyopportunities to address existing or emerging needs in the agricultural sectorby bringing in experience from other countries within the Region and / or otherregions.
  • Assume anactive role in engagement with various CMUs with the aim to ensure adequate andappropriate integration of relevant aspects of the agriculture and ruraldevelopment agenda in core Bank products, including countrypartnership / assistance strategy, strategic country diagnostics, policy notes,country economic memorandum and similar.
  • Serve as anactive member of the broader SLCDR team, contributing to the Region’s strategicscale- up of support for the agri-food system’s green, resilient and inclusivetransformation.
  • Providementoring, advice and support to colleagues who are themselves TTLs ofdemanding operations.
  • Support the PM ofSLCAG by contributing to corporate, regional, and unit-level initiatives whenrequested and represent the Bank, SLCDR and SLCAG at public events withagriculture sector focus as needed.
  • Selection Criteria

    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 :

  • PhD inagricultural economics desired.
  • At least 12years of relevant professional experience related to agriculture economics,agribusiness, finance, labor, climate studies, and other disciplines related tofood systems.
  • Experience in at least two regions, a corporate assignment orsimilar experience that builds global expertise and client-facing skills;
  • Recognized bypeers and / or managers for cutting-edge disciplinary knowledge as evidenced bypeer-reviewed publications and the ability to identify and pro-actively solveoperational issues and problems;
  • Ability to leadin the sharing of best practices, trends, knowledge and lessons learned acrossunits and with clients and partners, articulating ideas orally and in writingin a clear and compelling way across audiences of varied levels, prioritizingamong competing responsibilities and work under deadlines;
  • Ability tothink innovatively and strategically in dealing with policy issues whilemaintaining a strong client focus;
  • Ability togather inputs, assess risks, consider impact and articulate benefits ofdecisions for internal and external stakeholders over the long term;
  • Excellentpresentation skills and public speaking ability;
  • Excellentspoken and written English, with preference for strong spoken and readinglanguage skills in Spanish;
  • Excellentinterpersonal, problem-solving, and team skills with ability to thinkinnovatively and strategically to find balanced, pragmatic and implementablesolutions;
  • Team player andleader able to function in a fast-paced, multi-sectoral and multi-culturalenvironment;
  • Willingness andability to travel.
  • Competencies :

    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.

  • Policy DialogueSkills. Translates broad policy objectives into concrete development proposals.Anticipates needs and requests in the field and conducts independent policydiscussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners;
  • Provides highly practical advice to management and teams on complex strategic andoperational deliverables and outputs and outcomes;
  • Has a track record ofconducting effective policy dialogue with country counterparts in complex andchallenging situations;
  • 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.

  • IntegrativeSkills. Demonstratesability to lead work on integrating divergent views in a coherentproject / program / strategy, including across sectors and WBG;
  • Advisesproject / country teams how to integrate corporate / regional priorities intospecific project / strategy; Brings together multidisciplinary perspectives for effectivesolutions;
  • Ensures that the project team integrates corporate commitments(e.g., MFD, climate change, gender) in its approach.

  • Knowledge andExperience in Development Arena. Demonstrates complete understanding ofpolicy making process and the role of own sector of expertise in that processand its interrelations with other sectors;
  • Is able to explain and defenddevelopment initiatives and policies’ rationale and impacts to senior WBGmanagement and government officials;
  • 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.

  • Communicationsand Influencing Skills. Demonstrates a strong command of all forms of communication anddelivers messages in a consistently effective, timely and engaging manner;
  • Facilitates and organizes intra- and inter-sectoral teams, internationalexperts to debate and exchange ideas on key issues;
  • Has ability to communicateand defend ideas orally and in writing in a clear and compelling way.

  • Technicalknowledge and analytical skills. Recognized expert internally andexternally in the economics of agriculture and food systems, capable of servingas a lead in representing the WBG internationally;
  • Demonstrated ability to leadlarge and complex analytical tasks, has extensive cross-country knowledge ineconomic specialty linked to agriculture and food systems, strong ability tolink the macro, institutional, and microlevel behaviors;
  • Strong ability tosupport findings / policy recommendations with credible economic analysis andtools; Recognized expert in food and agriculture policies, strategies, markets,institutions and regulations.

  • Team Leadership. Strongleadership skills to form, guide, and lead teams WBG-wide, yieldinghigh-quality knowledge or lending products, with solid experience on one ormore complex multi-sectoral or innovative operations;
  • Flexibility to be both aleader for the task as well as for the members in the team; Strong commitmentto collaboration, knowledge sharing, and participatory decision making,motivating teams to deliver on time and within budget;
  • Strong leadership skillsthat provide a model for others, thus enhancing the team-leadership skills ofteam members; Recognized mentorship ability, giving more junior team membersopportunities for leadership and mentoring them to ensure success;
  • Inspires andinfluences others to drive innovation; Has demonstrated ability to mentor andenhance capacity of colleagues in the agriculture and other Global Practiceswithin SD.

  • The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance;
  • and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

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