INTRODUCTION : -
Sector Manager, Agriculture Operations, RDGE job opportunity is available at African Development Bank Group (AfDB) for individuals who possess relevant qualifications.
The Vice Presidency for Agriculture, Human, and Social Development’ is a Sector Complex focusing on the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy High 5s priorities of Feed Africa and Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa .
The complex objectives are (i) to develop, policy and strategy; (ii) provide deep sector expertise to the Regions by gathering pool of experienced individuals who can be consulted to provide sector expertise on complex transactions;
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 / Division :
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 Operations, Regional Directorate East Unit (RDGE) is amongst others, to plan, direct and oversees the Division operations to ensure effective origination and delivery of sound and practicable projects within the business development process.
The Manager, Agriculture Operations, serves as the leader and manager of the Division and empowers staff to accomplish their objectives by directing and delegating duties and tasks to them, and then supporting, mentoring and engaging with them
The Manager also works directly with and also uses Division staff to engage Country Economists, Deputy Director Generals, Country Managers, Country Program Officers and Implementation Staff to make use of macro-economic analysis, country and sector know-how and recommendations to identify opportunities for projects within the scope of the Division that make an impact on the High 5s, Gender Strategy,’ and the Feed Africa,’ Jobs for Youth,’ New Deal on Energy for Africa’ flagship programmes
The incumbent and team build a robust project pipeline, and strategically prioritize and drive their delivery for approval
The incumbent and the staff build and maintain key relationships within the Bank with Sector Complex staff and others as needed, and external to the Bank, such as government officials, civil society leaders, and technical experts to support due diligence in the development of projects
The incumbent and staff also work within the processes of the Bank to fulfill all requirements to get project approvals and to provide all requisites for implementation of projects.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES : -
Under the overall supervision of the Director AHAI & expert guidance from Senior Management from the DG, Regional Directorate East (RDGE), the manager performs the following :
Leadership and Management :
Lead the strategic staffing of the Agriculture Division of the Regional Directorate East (AHAI-E) team in the respective region, giving due support to and championing the Bank’s regional and country Strategies,in general and promoting Feeding Africa, in particular
Lead and manage the Agriculture team in the assigned region and ensure the team is high-performing, well-motivated and committed to the success of the Bank
Lead, plan, organize, manage and supervise the activities and work programme and budget of the Division with appropriate delegation of day-to-day activities
Drive and ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness of the Agriculture Division RDG-E (AHAI-E) achieving the Bank’s strategic imperatives and the management of change
Cultivate and ensure a culture of ONE-Bank in the Agriculture and Regional Directorate East with the highest levels of ethics, fiduciary responsibility, and professionalism to protect and enhance the reputation of the Bank
Provide both technical and managerial leadership to staff in the definition and realization of the key performance indicators (KPIs) of the Division
Ensure effective Divisional budget resources management
Strengthen the human and institutional capacities of countries and deepen the capacity of the Bank to implement the Bank’s Flagship Projects and to become the thought leader in knowledge products and advisory services to countries
Ensure the Task Managers of the Division contribute to the development of country strategy papers and regional integration strategies in relation to their High 5 of concern and country of assignment
Lead and drive the Division’s contribution to policy dialogue with Government Officials in Agriculture.
Business Development :
Manage the delivery of the lending programme for member countries in the Region in accordance with Bank policies and procedures
Advance regional integration through the development of and contribution towards the execution of major regional transformative development projects to attain the Bank’s High 5s #2 Feed Africa and where possible to contribute to Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa’ Light up & Power Africa,’ Industrialize Africa,’ and Integrate Africa.’
Ensure impact is made on the objectives of the Feed Africa,’ flagship programmes
Develop critical resources and the technical capability necessary for sourcing and originating bankable projects
Pipeline Development : Develop and manage a diversified pipeline and lending programme of investments in Agriculture across the region, to meet the Bank’s impact and profitability targets
Drive the development of a robust pipeline of public and private projects, programs and analytical work through identification and preparation activities
Identification of Opportunities Identify and secure co-financing opportunities and organization of joint promotional activities
Identify direct investment opportunities for possible Bank financing and build up PPP project pipeline
Under the guidance of the Director AHAI, spearhead national and regional business development and investment, drive resource mobilization across the countries under their remit and significantly grow the business of the Bank
Project Management : Ensure that when preparing and designing projects in Countries in fragile situations, there is effective liaison with internal Fragility and Resilience Experts to ensure effective application of the fragility-lens, taking into consideration the fragility context (economic, political, social, environmental, and regional factors) and implications from a risk management point of view to minimize impact, and if within scope of the project to make an informed beneficial impact.
Supervise all stages of the project origination part of the project cycle up to Board presentation.
Drive the development and delivery of transformational projects for the region and the continent.
In joint venture with the Regional teams, manage selected client relationships, and ensure high level of client satisfaction
Promote the Bank’s Agriculture operations and programs to Government Officials, business operators, development partners, etc
Promote and ensure programmatic linkages between the work of the Division and that of other related Bank Divisions and Departments.
Portfolio Management :
Ensure regular and timely supervision reporting of all agricultural operations in the region
Ensure timely completion reporting for all agricultural projects closing
Process cancellation of loan and grant balances as due
Ensure dashboard performance of agriculture portfolio is within set targets
Building Relationships and Using Influence :
Developing partnerships : Lead the AHAI-E Division’s contribution in the creation of networks and partnerships to implement the Feed Africa,’ High 5 and make impact on Light up and Power Africa’ Industrialize Africa,’ Integrate Africa,’ and Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa’ High 5s
Lead and manage the development of partnerships that lead to the creation of Public Private Partnership for transformation and innovative financing of operations under the above mentioned High 5 in the (indicate region)
Build strong relationships : a strategic focus with regional and local private businesses, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), River Basin Organizations (RBOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), United Nations (UN) organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners and Government officials to develop investment opportunities and to ramp up co-financing and loan syndications
Coordination role : Coordinate the Bank’s relationships with institutions involved in Agriculture, operations (exchange of information on policies, operational experience, identification, preparation and appraisal)
Represent the division, department, the Complex and the Bank at agriculture gatherings.
Performance Management :
Execute staff performance management, including work performance appraisals and assessments of staff potential and training and development needs
Foster an environment that stimulates and rewards performance, initiative and innovation, and encourages continuous learning, open communication and teamwork.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATION : -
Minimum of a Master’s degree in general Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Livestock, Agricultural Economics, or any other relevant field.
A qualification or certification in Project Management would be useful
A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience, 3 years of which should be in a management position or leadership role
A proven track record for origination and in managing the dlivery of projects in at least one of the sectors / sub-sectors covered by the Division
A track record demonstrating a high-level expertise of project appraisal including environmental, social, economic and financial analysis and the provision of technical assistance to improve service delivery
Experience in and strong understanding of socio-economic and development issues and dynamics in at least one of the sectors covered by the Division particularly in Africa and / or assigned region in Africa
Experience with working in a team oriented, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, international and professional environment
Track record of leading and developing teams and managing projects and programmes
Experience in development of Agriculture Strategies and strong understanding of socio-economic and development issues and dynamics in covered by the Division particularly in Africa and / or assigned region in Africa.
Familiarity with strategies, policies, procedures and practices of multilateral development institutions
Comprehensively understands projects structures, including project design, planning, risk management strategy, issue management strategy, communication management strategy, lessons learned and handover, and other critical success factors, strategies, policies, procedures and practices of multilateral development banks
Has an acute knowledge and understanding of the elements essential for the effective delivery and measurement of development impacts through projects and programs in Africa
Can identify and create meaningful linkages across sectors to drive development impact at a country and regional level
Highly developed negotiation skills proven to yield positive outcomes with senior counterparts, both internal and external
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.