Manager - Agriculture and Food Secruity Division

IDB1316 - Manager - Agriculture and Food Secruity Division
Business Unit:  Operations Function:  Agriculture
Department:  Not Applicable Country:  Saudi Arabia
Location:  Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Closing Date:  15-May-2013
Responsibilities/activities: To create and promote an environment that values analytical thinking and new and innovative approaches supportive of IDB’s capability in solving agriculture and food security challenges in its MCs. Take the day-to-day managerial and operational decisions, planning the work program ensuring its adequate resourcing and the Division achieves its results and that it fully contributes to the delivery of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department goals. Ensure there are strategies and a sustained pipeline of activities that support agriculture and food security in each member country. Manage the portfolio of development projects related to agriculture and food security ensuring its relevance, timely implementation, impact and quality. Consults to MCs and bank staff around the most complex agriculture and food security concepts and strategies. Integrates this knowledge into other areas of the Bank's strategy and portfolio. Knows the Bank's stance on cutting edge issues, and serves as a lead in representing the Bank at international forums.
Activities/responsibilities:
  • Develop and maintain an up to date strategy, and business plan in the Agriculture and Food Security Division
  • Ensure that cross-cutting issues, such as capacity development, women in development, social and environmental issues related to agriculture and food security are addressed
  • Create and implement actionable Agriculture and Food Security Division short to medium term operational plans and budgets with operational KPIs linked to the Department strategy
  • Co-ordinate the Agriculture and Food Security Division’s activities so that it effectively utilises its resources, manages its priorities, and is able to be both responsive and proactive
  • Manage, monitor and evaluate the Agriculture and Food Security Division’s on-going portfolio and quality of its outputs and services, identifying and initiating actions for improvement and innovation
  • Build and develop productive inter-Divisional working relationships within IDB Group and with external partners for joint working and knowledge sharing
  • Provide regular management reports with analysis and comment on Divisional performance and results
  • Identify opportunities and champion initiatives that enable the Agriculture and Food Security Division to increase its impact or to deliver innovative and differentiated services, encouraging Division’s Staff to fully contribute.
  • Lead provision of Bank technical advice to member countries, development partners through, inter alia, project preparation/implementation, non-lending TA, and reverse linkage.
  • Lead the production of quality reports and policy papers on AFS, in highly demanding environment. Leads Agriculture and food security policy dialogue and the provision of Bank technical advice to MCs and development partners. Formalizes relevant good practice and disseminates them internally, to the Bank's clients and other partners.
  • Advise management and staff on AFS strategy and long-range development issues impacting a country or group of countries.
  • Manage the sector strategy execution with focus on agriculture and food security Portfolio and knowledge products
  • Policy, Strategy and Technical Analysis for Country, Sector Issues- Oversee the implementation of the AFS strategy; developing a relevant and sustained pipeline of lending and non-lending activities in agriculture and food security.
  • Portfolio Management- Manage the AFS portfolio addressing design and implementation issues in a timely manner and taking actions to ensure a satisfactory performance of the portfolio in the Agriculture and Food Security Division at any given point in time.
  • Project Design for Impact and Sustainability-Responsible for ensuring the quality at entry and at exit of the AFS financing and knowledge activities along the project cycle- sector review, project concept, project preparation, appraisal, financing approval, implementation support, and completion.
  • Operational Policies Application to the Project Cycle- Sign-off disbursement requests and resolve procurement and other related issues as they arise, while ensuring appropriate and practical procurement plan and disbursement plan are an integral part of project preparation.
  • Ensure quality at entry of projects through ensuring a rigorous project preparation and through assisting the country department in project identification
  • Act as an expert on policy and strategy in the agriculture sector and Food Security, and knows the Bank's stance on cutting-edge issues.
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of a client's agriculture sector policy and gauge the impact on a project and society as a whole. Integrates this knowledge into other areas of the Bank's strategy and portfolio.
  • Oversee project formulation, preparation, financing approval, and implementation of projects in the sector
  • Initiate and oversee reviews, analyses and studies to identify and assess the needs and priority in the sector
  • Lead and actively pursue activities in agriculture and food security and assist country department in the development of sound project pipeline in the sector
  • Build and maintain deep knowledge and expertise and act as the senior sector expert and consultant in providing sector specific innovations and insight to critical aspects of agriculture and food security
  • Identify and anticipate opportunities in the sector and facilitate themes and provide information for policy discussions
  • Act as the focal point for all matters related to agriculture and food security with member countries
  • Represent IDB in events, such as coordination and consulting meetings and conferences related to agriculture and food security
  • Being involved in preparation of sector policy papers and development of an inventory of best practices and success stories in the sector
  • Initiate and manage preparation of project completion reports in highlighting problems and issues faced, actions taken and lessons learned
  • Generate commitment, motivation and enthusiasm to Agriculture and Food Security Division goals, and guide Division members through periods of change or uncertainly
  • Provide clear direction, prioritise tasks, assign and delegate responsibility and monitor the workflow
  • Create and promote an environment that values analytical thinking and new and innovative approaches
  • Plan, manage and review individual performance and provide regular feedback, development and coaching, taking prompt action where necessary
  • Provide opportunities for Agriculture and Food Security Division members to suggest, participate in and contribute to improvement, innovation and knowledge sharing initiatives
  • Is able to select, direct and motivate teams to deliver high quality results on time and within budget. Provides inspiration and guidance for individual members to do their best. Manages change throughout the project life cycle. Is able to resolve problems
Qualifcation:
  • A post-Graduate level university degree in Agriculture Science
Experience:
  • 12 years of experience  in similar roles (i.e. agricultural sciences) in similar organizations (with Masters Degree)
  • At least 4 years of experience in managerial level
  • 10 years of experience (with Doctorate Degree)
Required skills and competencies:
  • Broad understanding of agricultural systems as well as in-depth knowledge in one or more subtopics, based on significant first hand experience. Can lead high-level client discussions as well as deeper technical dialogue and application in at least one of the subtopics. Is sought out to serve as an authority and / or to peer review the work of others.
  • Ability to lead the provision of Bank's technical advice to clients, development partners through, inter alia, project preparation/implementation, non-lending TA, and fee-based service.
  • Able to guide task teams in structuring and undertaking sector studies; and improving sustainability of Bank projects.
  • Able to conduct objective evaluation of systemic non-compliance with Bank policies/procedures and loan/grant proceeds.
  • Able to formalize relevant good practice and disseminate them in the Bank and to the Bank's clients and other partners involved in the sector.
  • Able to provide comments on country development agendas, in areas relevant to specific Bank projects. Contributes to Bank country assistance strategy discussions with internal and external clients, providing substantive added value to issues of impact and results.
  • Highly proficient in advising task teams, clients on optimizing project design and expected results taking into account opportunities and weaknesses of the broader country context.
  • Recognized analytical skills; ability to innovate and to apply problem-solving skills in carrying out complex tasks.
  • Ability and track record of leading agriculture sector and food security policy dialogue and the provision of Bank technical advice to clients and development partners.
  • Able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a client's agriculture sector policy and gauge the impact on a project and society as a whole. Able to integrate this knowledge into other areas of the Bank's strategy and portfolio.
  • Able to lead the production of quality reports and policy papers, in highly demanding environment.


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