Lead Agriculture Economist.
The World Bank
Panama City,Panama
hace 2 días

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TheAgriculture and Food team in the Latin America and Caribbean Region (SLCAG)working under the direction of the Latin America & Caribbean SustainableDevelopment Department (SLCDR), helps countries tackle their most complexdevelopment challenges, including in the areas of Climate Change, andresilient, inclusive, sustainable and efficient recovery from the impacts ofthe COVID-19 pandemic.

SLCAG’s work program covers seven LAC CountryManagement Units (CMUs), and is led by a Practice Manager (PM), and a team ofagricultural economists and specialists based at HQ in Washington, DC andacross six country offices.

The Unit manages a large operational portfolio andseveral analytical tasks.

Lookingahead, there is a growing need for engagement on agriculture policy reformsthrough Program-for-Results (PforRs) and Development Policy Financing (DPFs),as well as Reimbursable Advisory services (RASs) and cutting-edge analytics tosupport the LAC agri-food system’s green, resilient and inclusivetransformation.

SLCAG works in a collaborative manner with other GPs inlandscape management, irrigation, fisheries, land use, nutrition, ruralrisk / insurance and policies.

The focus ofthe team’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 the field, in Panama City,Panama or another country office in Latin America and Caribbean Region (TBD).

The Lead Agriculture Economist will report to the SLCAG PM and assist in thedelivery of the Unit’s work program, assurance of quality, interaction withinternal and external clients, including the private sector, staff developmentand partnerships for a part of the Region and lead a number of specific tasks.

The primary 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 Lead Agriculture Economist's responsibilitieswill include, but will not be limited to 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.
  • Leadcomplex operations as Task Team Leader (TTL), both in agriculture andmulti-sectoral operations, assuring high technical and operational quality inall stages of the 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.
  • Remaincurrent with relevant analytical work on agriculture development, stayup-to-date on key operational designs and implementation experiences, andidentify opportunities to address existing or emerging needs in theagricultural sector by bringing in experience from other countries within theRegion and / or other regions.
  • 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 asan active member of the broader SLCDR team, contributing to the Region’sstrategic scale- up of support for the agri-food system’s green, resilient andinclusive transformation.
  • Providementoring, advice and support to colleagues who are themselves TTLs ofdemanding operations.
  • Supportthe PM of SLCAG by contributing to corporate, regional, and unit-levelinitiatives when requested and represent the Bank, SLCDR and SLCAG at publicevents with agriculture 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 :

  • Masters ineconomics, development economics, natural resources economics, or agriculturaleconomics (PhD desired).
  • At least12 years 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;
  • Recognizedby peers and / or managers for cutting-edge disciplinary knowledge as evidencedby peer-reviewed publications and the ability to identify and pro-activelysolve operational issues and problems;
  • Ability tolead in the sharing of best practices, trends, knowledge and lessons learnedacross units and with clients and partners, articulating ideas orally and inwriting in 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 and Spanish. Fluency in Portuguese and / or French desirable.
  • Excellentinterpersonal, problem-solving, and team skills with ability to thinkinnovatively and strategically to find balanced, pragmatic and implementablesolutions;
  • Teamplayer and leader able to function in a fast-paced, multi-sectoral andmulti-cultural environment;
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
  • Competencies :

    Project Management. Demonstrates indepth knowledge and understanding of the project management concepts, as theyrelate to the implementation of complex, multi-functional projects in varied geographicaland economic conditions.

    Agriculture Policy, Strategy, and Institutions. Deep understandingof agriculture policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations and linkagesof agriculture with other areas of development.

  • Policy Dialogue Skills. Translates broadpolicy objectives into concrete development proposals. Anticipates needs andrequests in the field and conducts independent policy discussions withrepresentatives of the government and non-government partners;
  • Provides highlypractical advice to management and teams on complex strategic and operationaldeliverables and outputs and outcomes;
  • Has a track record of conductingeffective policy dialogue with country counterparts in complex and challengingsituations;
  • Demonstrates strong ability to defend policies’ rationale andimpacts to senior WBG management and government officials; Actively promotesdialogue with relevant counterparts, the donor community, the private sector,government officials, as well as with civil society.

  • Integrative Skills. 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 foreffective solutions;
  • Ensures that the project team integrates corporatecommitments (e.g., MFD, climate change, gender) in its approach.

  • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena. Demonstratescomplete understanding of policy making process and the role of own sector ofexpertise in that process and its interrelations with other sectors;
  • Is able toexplain and defend development initiatives and policies’ rationale and impactsto senior WBG management and government officials;
  • Influences the design andexecution of major policy and / or research initiatives; Conceives and promotesinnovations in development policies, project design, offerings, organizationand management to improve operational and sector work.

  • Communications and Influencing Skills. Demonstrates astrong command of all forms of communication and delivers messages in aconsistently effective, timely and engaging manner;
  • Facilitates and organizesintra- and inter-sectoral teams, international experts to debate and exchangeideas on key issues;
  • Has ability to communicate and defend ideas orally and inwriting in a clear and compelling way.

  • Technical knowledge and analytical skills. Recognizedexpert internally and externally in the economics of agriculture and foodsystems, capable of serving as a lead in representing the WBG internationally;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead large and complex analytical tasks, has extensivecross-country knowledge in economic specialty linked to agriculture and foodsystems, strong ability to link the macro, institutional, and microlevelbehaviors;
  • Strong ability to support findings / policy recommendations withcredible economic analysis and tools; Recognized expert in food and agriculturepolicies, 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.

    This internal requisition is open to WBG and IMF staff only (including short-term and extended term consultants / temporaries).

    External candidates are requested not to apply. In case an external candidate applies, their application will not be considered.

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