Reference : ADB / 21 / 012
Location : Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Grade : PL2
Position N : 50092410
The Vice Presidency for Agriculture, Human, and Social Development’ is a Sector Complex focusing on the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy High 5s priority of Feed Africa and Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa .
iii) develop new financing instruments; (iv) the Vice President will act as the spoke person to represent the Bank with external stakeholders on aspects of Feed Africa and Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa .
The Hiring Department :
The role of the Agriculture & Agro-Industry Department is to support the delivery of the Bank’s Feed Africa Strategy for Agricultural Transformation in Africa, 2016-2025.
The strategy aims to end hunger and rural poverty in the next decade through self-sufficiency in eighteen (18) priority commodity value chains specific to the continent’s agro-ecological zones.
The role of the Agriculture Research, Production and Sustainability Division is amongst others, to :
Support Bank engagements in global and continental climate change initiatives of interest to the Bank such as the Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa, The Conference of Parties on Climate Change, the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture and The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA).
Supervision of knowledge work on the development of technologies and practices for improving agriculture productivity sustainably under climate change.
The Manager for Agriculture Research, Production and Sustainability reports to the Director, Agriculture & Agro-industry department.
He / She is responsible for providing leadership and supervising the staff and activities for implementation of the African Development Bank’s Feed Africa Strategy.
The Agriculture Research, Production and Sustainability Division promotes a sustainable and resilient agriculture transformation for food security under climate change.
The transformation will require a set of seven enablers :
Increase investment into enabling infrastructure, both hard and soft infrastructure
Ensure inclusivity, sustainability and effective nutrition beyond what the market may deliver otherwise; and
Coordinate activities to kick start transformation, align activities and investments of different actors, and guide initial activities to the point where private sector actors can be crowded in.
The main work objectives to be achieved by the Division are :
To transform public and private sector investments in food systems to make them productive, equitable, and sustainable by fast-tracking digital solutions.
To mainstream land governance in all phases of the investment projects.
To bring nutrition at the high-level agenda in Africa.
To mobilize private and climate finance additional resource to support African agriculture adaptation.
To publish analytical reports and economic sector work related to the above.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Manager for Agriculture Research, Production and Sustainability, under the oversight of the Director Agriculture & Agro-Industry Department, manages staff of the Division and plans, organizes, supervises and directs the work to ensure efficient and effective Bank Group assistance.
Specifically, the Manager :
Specific Accountabilities of the Function :
Provide specialist, pragmatic, effective and timely advice to Division staff, on analytical issues relevant to the work program, the budget.
Review policies, practices and procedures as necessary to identify and scope areas for improvement.
Promote the creation of a fully conducive and inclusive work environment.
Detailed activities in relation with the accountabilities of the function :
Sector Analysis and Programming :
Serve as a base for sector knowledge building and dissemination by initiating sector studies and
Assist in the creation of networks and partnerships relevant to agriculture and agro-industry.
Co-financing and Aid-Coordination :
Develop partnerships with Breton Wood institutions, United Nations agencies, bilateral agencies, research institutes, Non-Governmental Organizations and relevant regional and sub-regional bodies for the realization of the Department’s strategic plan.
Hold at least a Master’s degree or equivalent degree in Agriculture Science / Environmental Engineering / Natural Resources Management or related discipline.
At least eight (8) years of relevant and progressive experience, five (5) of which should be in multilateral development institutions in Agriculture, climate-smart agriculture and / or natural resources management as a professional and three (3) years of which should be at a managerial level.
Proven experience in Agriculture Development under climate change and Natural Resources Management in Africa applied to deliver the entire scope of the Bank’s Feed Africa strategy.
Experience in climate finance mobilization for cofinancing agriculture projects is desirable.
Ability to provide enabling environment for staff members performance; delegate authority and to assign work to staff members
Experience in delivering high quality operational products and services (economic analyses, research advice, sectoral studies and evaluation) in support of the Bank’s work.
Ability to deal with sensitive issues in a multi-cultural environment and to build effective working relations with colleagues and staff members of the Division.
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.