Do you wantto build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group(WBG) provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve theirgreatest development challenges.
The World Bank Group is one of the largestsources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique globalpartnership 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 Development Department(SLCDR), helping client countries tackletheir most complex development challenges, including in the areas of ClimateChange, and resilient, inclusive, sustainable and efficient recovery from theimpacts of the 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 and acrosssix country offices.
The Unit manages a large operational portfolio and severalanalytical tasks. Looking ahead, in addition to Investment Project Financing(IPFs), 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 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 the team’s work going forward is on the future of agri-foodsystems, green and resilient transitions, including inclusiveness,diversification of economies, jobs, agricultural competitiveness and linkingfarmers to markets, one health, leveraging the private sector, climate-smartagriculture, digital agriculture, financial innovation, resilience, post-COVIDrecovery, and fragility and conflict, regional and cross-GP collaboration.
Duties & Accountabilities :
The WBG is recruitinga Senior Agriculture Economist based in Panama City, Panama. The SeniorAgriculture 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 governments and private sector, andpartnerships in the CMU covering Panama, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, ElSalvador, Nicaragua and Dominican Republic (LC2 countries).
The SeniorAgriculture Economist will primarily focus on the SLCAG portfolio in LC2 clientcountries, but will also support the activities of other SD units or otherPractice Groups, as well as supporting the broader strategic dialogue andengagements, in areas including agri-food system reforms, competitiveness, climatechange, food and nutrition security, integrated risk resilience, jobs, inclusionof vulnerable populations, gender mainstreaming and rural transformation opportunities.
In doing so, the SeniorAgriculture Economist will work closely with the SLCAG PM, unit teamsworking on LC2 Countries and the CMU, including the relevant Program Leaders.
S / he will play an important leading or supporting role in the implementationsupport of complex operations, preparation of new operations and carrying outspecific pieces of high priority Advisory Services and Analytics (ASAs).
S / he is expected to lead the policy and reformdialogue in select LC2 Countries among others, contribute to broader SD and CMUengagements and dialogue, 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 operational milestones and resultstargets.
The SeniorAgriculture Economist's responsibilities will include, but will not be limitedto the following :
Play a key role in defining and leading or co-leading agri-food sector policy dialogue in LC2 Countries, building and expanding on current activities, carry-out cutting-edge analytics, and provide strategic advice to clients, peers, and unit management relating to agri-food systems relevant themes these could include policy and reform levers to inform macro-level agendas such as food commodity trade and global supply chains;
agriculture, livestock and climate nexus; inclusion of lagging regions and vulnerable populations in sustainable, equitable sectoral opportunities;
and modernization of agri-food systems;
Lead as Task Team Leader (TTL) or co-lead or serve as team member of complex operations, both in agriculture and multi-sectoral operations, assuring quality in all stages of the projects and other financial instruments such as IPFs, DPFs, PforRs, and Trust Funds (TFs), and contribute to expanding current portfolio;
Lead or co-lead sophisticated analytical and advisory service activities (ASAs) to support overall business development, inform reforms and fill knowledge gaps;
Participate in the country strategic dialogue and represent the agriculture sector and provide contributions as needed;
Support the effective and practical dissemination of knowledge products as well as potential knowledge exchanges;
Engagement in the broader SD and country dialogue is expected;
Actively engage with LC2 Country counterparts on the agriculture engagements and identify opportunities for future priority engagement;
Provide inputs on country and sectoral briefs, policy notes, strategy documents and cross-cutting think pieces;
Support the Unit’s work program outside of LC2 Countries as needed and as will be agreed as part of the work program;
Contribute to the regional and global knowledge agenda;
As necessary, represent the World Bank and SLCAG at events with sectoral focus;
Mentor, guide, and support junior staff in the Unit;
Serve as one of the country focal points for the Unit.
The SeniorAgriculture Economist will have broad knowledge in the agriculture sector andpolicies and across SD and will be well-versed in the WBG’s operational andreform dialogue on agriculture and the broader SD sector.
In addition tomeeting the WBG-wide requirements for a grade GG-level position, it is expectedthat the successful candidate will meet the following selection criteria :
PhD in agricultural economics strongly preferred. Master’s degree and at least 8 years of relevant professional experience related to agriculture economics or macroeconomics, agribusiness, finance, climate studies, and other disciplines related to food systems;
Relevant, proven operational experience in the area of agricultural and rural development that demonstrate cross-country / global expertise and client-facing skills;
Robust, proven operational experience as TTL of agriculture and multi-sectoral lending operations;
Strong analytical skills in the range of issues of relevance to agriculture and food systems;
Recognized substantive leadership in one or more of the strategic / technical areas noted above;
Familiarity with the institutional context of LCR regional agricultural development and World Bank operations will be an advantage;
Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving and team skills with ability to find balanced, pragmatic and implementable solutions also in a multi-disciplinary context;
High level of energy, ability to work under pressure, and willingness to travel and work under challenging conditions;
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish, including the ability to present complex issues to World Bank management and senior government representatives, as well as to non-specialist audiences;
Willingness and ability to travel.
Knowledge andExperience in Development Arena. Translates technical and cross-countryknowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sectorstrategies;
interacts with clients at the policy level.
Policy DialogueSkills. Anticipatesneeds and requests in the field and conducts independent policy discussionswith representatives of the government and non-government partners.
IntegrativeSkills. Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able toundertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations.
Analyticalskills. Deepunderstanding of concepts used in analyzing the different agricultural sectorissues, with significant experience.
AgriculturePolicy, Strategy and Institutions. Solid understanding of agriculture policies,strategies, institutions, and regulations.
Project Designfor Impact and Sustainability. Contributes to the design of projects andprograms based on an understanding of the country and sector context.
Sector Dialogue. Able to conducta dialogue with the client including on complex issues, based on a solid understandingof the sector.
ClientOrientation. Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demandsor directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sounddiagnosis and knowledge.
Drive forResults. Identifies the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiplestakeholders and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables.
Teamwork(Collaboration) and Inclusion. Shows leadership in ensuring the team staysorganized and focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas andapproaches.
Knowledge,Learning, and Communication. Leads in the sharing of best practice,trends, knowledge and lessons learned across units and with clients andpartners, articulating ideas verbally and in writing in a clear and compellingway across audiences of varied levels.
Business Judgmentand Analytical Decision Making. Gathers inputs, assesses risk, considersimpact, and articulates benefits of decisions for internal and externalstakeholders over the long term.
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