La Banque Mondiale recruits 01 Senior Agriculture Specialist/ Economist
La Banque Mondiale
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Senior Agriculture Specialist/ Economist
Job # : req10008Organization : World BankSector : AgricultureGrade : GGTerm Duration : 3 years 0 monthsRecruitment Type : Local RecruitmentLocation : Rabat,MoroccoRequired Language(s) : English, French, ArabicPreferred Language(s) :Closing Date : 11/24/2020 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11 : 59pm UTC
Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank consists of two entities – the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). It is a global development cooperative owned by 189 member countries. As the largest development bank in the world, the World Bank provides loans, guarantees, risk management products, and advisory services to middle-income and creditworthy low-income countries, and coordinates responses to regional and global challenges. Visit http://www.worldbank.org/.
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, as reflected in the Agriculture Action Plan, is to help client countries on the issues mentioned above. Our current work program (150+ operations) consists of engagement in policy dialogue, investment, and forging partnerships across the globe seeking to (i) raise agricultural productivity, (ii) link farmers to markets and strengthen value chains, (iii) support rural non-farm income, (iv) reduce risk, vulnerability, and gender inequality, and (v) enhance environmental services and sustainability.
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 boundaries, forge coalitions and influence multi-practice solutions is essential for achieving the major objectives of improving agriculture outcomes.
In Morocco, the agriculture sector remains the main provider of jobs, with 38 percent of total employment and 74 percent of jobs in rural areas. The Green Generation Strategy launched by the Government in February 2020 aims to build on the success of the Plan Maroc Vert to foster the emergence of a new generation of rural middle class, the advent of a new generation of young entrepreneurs, and to strengthen the resilience and sustainability of agricultural development, as well as improving the quality and capacity for innovation in the agri-food sector. The Bank’s program supports this transformation of the sector through private sector-led agricultural commercialization and irrigation systems rehabilitation and modernization, improving the quality of jobs in the agri-food sector, fostering the adoption of climate smart agriculture and digital agriculture development, and key policy reforms.
Duties and Accountabilities
The primary responsibility of the Senior Agriculture Specialist/ Economist will be to provide technical and strategic leadership for the development and implementation of the Agriculture and Food GP’s work program in Morocco.
The Senior Agriculture Specialist/ Economist will report to the Practice Manager in charge of the Middle East and North Africa, who is based at the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C., and assist him/her in the delivery of the work program, assurance of quality, interaction with internal and external clients, including the government, private sector, civil society and development partners.
In addition, the Senior Agriculture Specialist/ Economist will work under the day to day oversight of the Country Director and the relevant Sector Leader, who are based in Rabat, Morocco.
In particular, the Senior Agriculture Specialist/ Economist will:Lead activities as Task Team Leader or as core team member, both in agriculture and multi-sectoral operations, assuring quality in all stages of the project cycleServe as an advisor to colleagues who are themselves Task Team Leaders of demanding operations, providing them with advice and supportWork with the Sector Leader and staff of the Agriculture and Food GP and other GPs to identify opportunities for addressing agricultural issues in Morocco as part of the World Bank’s Country Partnership Framework, country policy dialogue, sector investment operations, budget support operations, and other multi-sectoral projectsIdentify innovative opportunities or ways to address existing needs in the agricultural and food sector, including bringing in experience from other countriesRemain current with relevant major pieces of analytical work in the profession. Lead or participate in strategic analytical work in Morocco and/or on a sub-regional level, and work with teams engaged in analytical work relevant to the Agriculture and Food GP’s work program in MoroccoRepresent the World Bank in fora involving the community of development partners. Provide support, either explicit or implicit, to the work of the development partners in the sectorAs necessary, represent the World Bank and the Agriculture and Food GP’s management at events with sectoral focus that take place in country and in the regionDevelop strong client relations and partnerships, including with the International Finance Corporation, on operational matters and policy dialogueWork with other Global Practices in representing Morocco specific issues in regional and corporate strategiesMaintain a high level and quality of engagement and dialogue with key stakeholders, including government, civil society, private sector and research/academic community on strategic and policy issues concerning agriculture and food security in Morocco
Masters, MBA or PhD in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Agricultural Sciences, or in a relevant disciplineAt least eight years of experience with agricultural development issuesStrong technical and analytical skills in the range of issues of relevance to the agriculture and food sectorSolid understanding of Morocco’s governmental institutions and policiesExcellent interpersonal, problem-solving and team skills with ability to find balanced, pragmatic and implementable solutions also in a multi-disciplinary contextHigh level of energy, ability to work under pressure, and willingness to travelExcellent communication skills in English, French and Arabic, including the ability to present complex issues to World Bank management and senior Government representatives, as well as to non-specialist audiencesWBG CompetenciesLead and Innovate – Develops innovative solutions.Deliver Results for Clients – Proactively addresses clients stated and unstated needs.Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.Make Smart Decisions – Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.Poverty has no borders, neither does excellence. We succeed because of our differences and we continuously search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe.POSTULER