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Chief Agricultural Economist
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Job Title: Chief Agricultural Economist
Location: Kinshasa, DRC
Company: African Development Bank
Job Summary: Providing oversight support to the Management and lending program in Central Africa.
Job Description: The Chief Agricultural Economist will directly support the Regional Sector Manager - Agriculture and Agroindustry covering the Central Africa region (AHAI3) and will act as Regional Coordinator for Agriculture for the Central Africa Region. As such he will be providing oversight support to the Management of the Portfolio and the lending program in the Central Africa Region and will represent the division in key coordinating meetings of the Bank (and in particular the Regional Division Meetings) and in take a leading role in the sector dialogue of the region as required. The Chief Agricultural Position will provide direct guidance to local staff in the Central Africa region and in particular the local staff based in Gabon and DRC. More specifically, the Chief Agricultural Economist will be responsible for leading for the Bank in the Republic of Congo, Gabon and Democratic Republic of Congo and in other countries as required the implementation of the Agenda for the Transformation of Agriculture in Africa. He/she will provide technical support to the Bank Group’s operational activities in the field of agriculture and rural development, technical studies and institutional mechanisms for agricultural projects/ programs proposed for Bank financing, as well as the feasibility study of their current and future impact and benefits. Specifically, the Chief Agricultural Economist will provide technical support to the development and implementation of projects within the flagship programs under the Feed Africa High Fives’ such as Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT), ENABLE Youth, Agroprocessing Zones and Corridors program, Postharvest Loss and Agro-Processing (PHAP), etc. Incumbent will also work with the Flagship Coordinators in both AHAI and AHFR. The incumbent will work across technical, geographic and institutional boundaries to support the delivery of development solutions for a diverse set of clients in the rural (and urban) space and in the public and private sectors in line with the Agricultural development, Agribusiness and Agro-Industry agenda of the AfDB Group.
Requirements: Hold a minimum of a Master’s degree in Development, Agricultural Engineering (or related discipline), with a specialization in Agricultural Economics or Agro-economics. Have a minimum of seven (07) years of relevant experience, with particular expertise in designing and supporting projects implementation in international financial Institutions. Experience in supporting private sector operations would be an added advantage. Proven ability to implement country or sector level agriculture analytical and capacity building initiatives. A good understanding of cross-cutting issues beyond agriculture and social development (e.g. procurement, governance, donors’ practices) at sector/country level. Good knowledge of strategy to deliver transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty. Good knowledge of key aid effectiveness issues especially harmonization of donors’ practices and alignment to borrowers’ systems. Demonstrated intellectual leadership and ability to integrate sector specific knowledge with broader operational strategy and research objectives. Good networking skills and judgment which are required in the management of professional relationship with external partners working in Africa. Client Orientation to understand, and when appropriate, anticipate client needs, to ensure the clients receive the best possible service from the Bank. Ability to apply innovative approaches and change working methods while remaining effective in changing working conditions. Ability to communicate and write effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language. Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP is desirable.
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How to apply: To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries. Applicants who fully meet the Bank's requirements and are considered for further assessment will be contacted. Applicants should submit a concise Curriculum Vitae (CV) and any additional documents that may be stated as required. The President of the African Development Bank reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level. The African Development Bank is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. http://www.afdb.org
Closing Date: 20/08/2022
Additional information: Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 81 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries).
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