Agricultural Economist  
World Bank
Islamabad,Pakistan
22h ago

Description

Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members.

It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally.

The WBG consists of five specialized institutions : the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and thirteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.

The Food and Agriculture Global Practice (GFADR) is a part of the Sustainable Development (SD) vice-presidency unit, and consists of approximately 280 staff, with an active portfolio of about 240 projects and 200 knowledge activities.

  • Areas of focus are : (i) Climate resilient agriculture aand sustainable practices; (ii) Nutrition (food & nutrition security);
  • iii) Agribusiness, Mobilizing Finance for Development (MFD); and (iv) Jobs & rural livelihoods. To advance this agenda, GFADR collaborates closely with other GPs within SD and beyond, as well as with IFC and MIGA.

    In GFADR, the 5 countries and 3 Country Management Units that comprise the SSAA1 South Asia Region (SAR) include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan.

    In Pakistan, the WBG has a strong and active program covering a spectrum of issues in rural and agricultural development.

    The portfolio reflects a mix of traditionally Bank-financed operations in Pakistan that have focused on productivity increases through irrigation infrastructure investments and technology adoption, and with a strong focus on staple crops.

    Increasingly however Bank support is directed towards incentives for diversification and a shifting focus towards supporting institutional and policy reforms and public expenditure re-prioritization.

    Greater attention to end-markets, agribusiness and the enabling environment for private sector along agricultural value chains are a growing priority.

    All of this is essential for promoting high-value agriculture, improving climate resilience and putting the sector on a higher growth path.

    The Bank’s engagement is mainly with the Departments of Agriculture, Food, Livestock and Irrigation at the provincial levels.

    Cross cutting themes including gender and climate resilience have assumed increasing importance and will continue to inform activities, as will the WBG’s framework for inclusive agribusiness, Mobilizing Finance for Development (MFD).

    SSAA1 is seeking to recruit an excellent candidate to serve as an Agricultural Economist based in the World Bank office in Islamabad, Pakistan.

    The incumbent will work as an integral part of the SSAA1 team, which is based both in Islamabad and at headquarters in Washington DC.

    The successful candidate will report to the Practice Manager for SSAA1, who will be based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

    Roles & Responsibilities :

    As a core team member on cross-WBG teams working in the agriculture, the selected candidate will :

  • Support the design and implementation of analytical, lending and advisory work on agriculture-related issues;
  • Participate as team member and provide technical and operational support to projects under preparation and implementation in the portfolio.
  • The work will involve a range of activities throughout the project cycle (identification, preparation, appraisal, supervision, and completion).

  • Analyze, review and process operational documents related to lending preparation and coordinating across WBG teams to assure timely completion of quality project packages.
  • Provide high-quality research and analytical support for drafting policy notes related to agriculture and water policies, performing statistical modeling, and conducting project cost-benefit analysis.
  • In addition, he / she is expected to independently review relevant documentation, assemble and analyze data, and contribute to the knowledge and communication agenda.

  • Conduct technical review and analysis of client reports and sector reports.
  • Participate with sector specialists of the team in developing and implementing sector strategies and assist in country-specific policy work.
  • Participate in discussions with the Government and project counterparts in an advisory capacity.
  • Respond to ad-hoc information requests from internal and external parties.
  • Work closely with other task teams within the WBG to foster active collaboration with other programs, including participation in multidisciplinary missions led by other WBG teams on a demand basis.
  • Serve as focal point for Gender in the Agriculture GP’s program in Pakistan and ensure gender mainstreaming across the Agriculture’s GP program in Pakistan.
  • Work closely with client counterparts, development partners and the Country Management Unit towards development and effective delivery of the sector’s portfolio.
  • Selection Criteria

    It is expected that the successful candidate will meet the following selection criteria :

  • A dynamic, independent and highly organized professional with enthusiasm to further expand / deepen his / her knowledge in the above areas of responsibility and beyond, and an ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with multi-sectoral and multi-cultural teams.
  • A university degree (M.Sc. or higher) from a recognized university in Economics, Economic Policy or Agribusiness; or an MBA with a focus on Agribusiness.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant full-time professional experience in the agriculture and / or water sector in Pakistan.

    Experience in gender, or agribusiness an advantage.

  • Proven quantitative and policy analysis skills as evidenced by publications and presentations on relevant policy issues at professional meetings, conferences etc.
  • Experience with standard econometrics / statistics software packages (STATA, SAS etc.).
  • Familiarity with the WBG’s development initiatives, policies and practices related to lending and non-lending operations.
  • Ability and skills to provide inputs to key project documents and ability to serve as a team member making contributions and taking responsibility for operational tasks assigned.
  • Demonstrably strong analytical skills, integrative thinking and ability to support project teams in developing an integrated point of view around development challenges.
  • Strong communication skills, and ability to interact with the Client’s senior-level decision-makers as well as project technical staff.
  • Ability to seek out, collate and synthesize inputs from across sectoral and thematic boundaries.
  • Understanding of agriculture policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations and experience in and ability to support findings / policy recommendations with relevant technical evidence.
  • Understanding of, and experience with, the institutional and political context in Pakistan and exposure to agriculture and / or water policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.
  • Proficiency in English, including strong English-writing skills are essential.

    Competencies :

  • General economic knowledge and analytical skills : Possesses strong quantitative analysis capability; able to support findings / policy recommendations with credible analysis using advanced statistical / econometric techniques.
  • Agriculture and water policy, strategy and institutions : Solid understanding of agriculture and water policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.
  • ESW / TA policy, strategic and technical analysis for country / sector issues : Experience in contributing (as lead or co-author) to high quality analytical work and policy papers, leveraging relevant analytical tools and a sound grasp of issues surrounding policy and sector reform.
  • Integrative skills : Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations.
  • Client orientation : Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge.
  • Drive for results : Identifies the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables.
  • Teamwork (collaboration) and inclusion : Actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches, leads the team or works towards the goals of the team as a team member
  • Knowledge, learning and communication : Shows leadership in the sharing of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons learned across units and with clients and partners, articulating ideas verbally and in writing in a clear and compelling way across audiences of varied levels.
  • Business judgment and analytical decision making : Gathers inputs, assesses risk, considers impact and articulates benefits of decisions for internal and external stakeholders over the long term.
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