Manager – Agriculture Research, Production and Sustainability, AHAI2 at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

African Development Bank Group (AfDB) – 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 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries). The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Manager – Agriculture Research, Production and Sustainability, AHAI2

Reference: ADB/21/012
Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Grade: PL2
Position N°: 50092410

The Complex
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”. 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:

  • 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:

  • Coordinate the implementation of Feed Africa Flagships and others initiatives including, but not limited to, the following (a) Climate smart agriculture (CSA), (b) Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT), (c) Digital Agriculture, (d) Land Governance and ( e) African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN);
  • Support wide-scale deployment of innovative farmer extension models including effective private sector led approaches to the provision of farmer extension services;
  • Support increasing investment into agriculture research and technology dissemination on the continent and support the scaling up of proven technologies and wide-scale deployment of innovative extension models;
  • Coordinate Climate Resilience actions to support agriculture adaptation including large-scale sustainable and climate-smart agriculture, agroforestry, ecotourism, and agri-tourism projects;
  • 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).
  • Develop partnerships to support implementation of the Division flagships;
  • Support RMCs in mobilizing cofinancing from climate funds to promote African agriculture adaptation to climate change and;
  • Supervision of knowledge work on the development of technologies and practices for improving agriculture productivity sustainably under climate change.

The Position

  • 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 productivity by catalyzing the development of effective input distribution systems and reduction in post-harvest waste and loss;
  • Realize the value of increased production by facilitating increased investment into output markets and supporting market incentives for value addition;
  • Increase investment into enabling infrastructure, both hard and soft infrastructure
  • Create an enabling agribusiness environment with appropriate policies and regulation;
  • Catalyze capital flows (especially commercial lending and private investment) to scale agribusinesses;
  • 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 scale-up adoption by farmers of climate-smart agriculture technologies and best practices;
  • To disseminate proven agricultural transformation technologies that are tailored for the African context;
  • 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. the preparation and implementation of the work program. This could include overseeing case studies, representation of the Complex and the Bank in major gatherings and / or any other assignment pertinent to the job;
  • Provide leadership to Division staff, including those leading the implementation of the following flagships in the division: ((a) Climate smart agriculture (CSA), (b) Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT), (c) Digital Agriculture, (d) Land Governance and ( e) African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN);
  • Provide advice and guidance to Division Staff for conducting dialogue with RMCs and for mobilizing resource for projects preparation and implementation;
  • Design and deliver solutions that increase the ability of the individuals, Division staff and across the Bank to effectively deliver their respective programs, in line with their key performance indicators;
  • Provide assistance and coaching for staff members requiring capacity strengthening and training interventions to ensure they improve engagement and them to model organizational behaviours and improve technical competence;
  • Work with other Divisions across the Complex to lead complex and innovative project cycle management activities;
  • Establish effective partnerships with internal, external stakeholders, including other development partners, using a range of communication and facilitation skills, in view of efficiency in the work program delivery process;
  • Review policies, practices and procedures as necessary to identify and scope areas for improvement.
  • Lead and implement change in a way that engages clients and improves service delivery;
  • Work within the Complex to support the implementation of organizational change process;
  • Represent the division, department, the Complex and the Bank at major climate smart agriculture gatherings;
  • Ensure delivery and promotion of the strategic aims of the Bank’s Feed Africa Agenda;
  • 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:

  • Contribute to the preparation of the Departmental annual work program and budgets according to the priorities set forth by the Country and Regional Divisions;
  • Prepare Annual Division Report detailing achievements, constraints and outlook;
  • Contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal by providing input for the streamlining of Departmental and Bank interventions in the sector;
  • Participate in the preparation of Results-Based Country Strategy Papers and multi-sector portfolio review in Regional Members Countries to ensure its consistency with sector work and other crosscutting profile review towards selection of key pillars for Bank intervention;
  • Participate in the review of policies, strategies, procedure and guidelines for Bank’s intervention in the agricultural and agro-industry sectors and related activities;
  • Contribute to the development of appropriate strategies for intervening in the agricultural and rural development sector in line with Country Strategy Papers and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper for the various Regional Members Countries;
  • 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:

  • Represent the Bank in donor meetings aimed at reviewing borrowers’ priorities for sector investment programs and agree on various sectorial issues, policies and strategies, as well as co-financing arrangements;
  • Propose projects and programs to be co-financed with other donors;
  • Participate in the Bank’s representation at regional and international meetings, conferences, seminars and workshops dealing with issues concerning the sectors’ development and related areas;
  • 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.

Selection Criteria

  • 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.
  • Knowledge of operational policies, rules, procedures and practices of the Bank or comparable institution;
  • 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.

Application Closing Date
24th February, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Important Information & Notice

  • This position is classified as an international status and attracts international terms and conditions of employment.
  • Should you encounter technical difficulties in submitting your application, please send an email with a precise description of the issue and / or a screenshot showing the problem, to HR Direct via: HRDirect@AFDB.ORG
  • 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 interview will be contacted. Only online applications submitted with a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) and copies of the required degrees will be considered. The President, AfDB, 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.
  • The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) does not ask for payments of any kind from applicants throughout the recruitment process (job application, CV review, interview meeting, and final processing of applications).
  • In addition, the Bank does not request information on applicants’ bank accounts. The African Development Bank Group declines all responsibility for the fraudulent publications of job offers in its name or, in general, for the fraudulent use of its name in any way whatsoever.
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