Agricultural Specialist | Rural Development Specialist - World Bank Job

Agricultural Specialist/Rural Development Specialist

Job #:req6375
Organization:World Bank
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type:Local Recruitment
Location:New Delhi,India
Required Language(s):English
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date:3/27/2020 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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.

Agriculture is an essential pathway to meeting the World Bank Group’s (WBG) twin goals—eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 and promoting shared prosperity. Food production must increase by at least 35 percent to meet the needs of the rising global population. Thus, ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity cannot be achieved without more and better investment in agriculture, food security, and nutrition. This in turn will require major strides in agricultural innovation and climate smart agriculture, efficiency in food production and distribution systems, promoting environmentally and socially sustainable production practices, strengthening agricultural policy and institutions, supporting agribusiness value chains, and joint private- and public- sector action.

The Agriculture and Food Global Practice (GP) of the WBG supports a Global Vision for Food and Agriculture with agriculture able to feed every person, every day, in every country with a safe, nutritious and affordable diet, and where jobs and income gains in the food system are sufficient to meet poverty reduction targets. The GP helps client countries through a work program (150+ operations) that includes engagement in policy dialogue, investment, and forging partnerships across the globe seeking to (i) raise agricultural productivity, (ii) link farmers to markets and strengthen value chains in maximizing finance for development (MFD), (iii) support rural non-farm income, (iv) reduce risk, vulnerability, and gender inequality, and (v) enhance environmental services and sustainability. In recognition of the fact that Agriculture outcomes often depend on actions that lie outside the Practice, the GP actively collaborates with other Global Practices, including, inter alia: Water; Environment and Natural Resources; Social Protection and Jobs; and Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation.

The Agriculture and Food GP team for India (SSAA2), which includes staff based in the New Delhi Office, other Indian cities, Bangkok and the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC, is headed by a Practice Manager based in Washington, DC, who also covers Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and who plays the lead role in developing and implementing the World Bank agriculture and rural strategy in India including supervising the pipeline and active portfolio.

Duties & Accountabilities:

We are seeking an Agriculture Specialist and a Rural Development Specialist to support our operational work in the India agriculture and rural livelihoods portfolio. The World Bank has invested over $2 billion in these interventions over the last 15 years and, for example, the rural livelihoods model has been scaled up through the Government of India's National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM). Ongoing SSAA2 projects have targeted enhancing incomes and living standards of rural poor households through interventions to: increase access to financial services; increase investments in productive agricultural activities such as irrigation; enhance access to technical services relating to agriculture and allied sectors, for which they depend on for employment and income; and enhance access to core government welfare schemes. They have aimed to build voice and agency of the poor through identifying and mobilizing them into local community institutions; increasing access to financial resources by capitalizing community institutions through project funds and linkages to commercial banks; and strengthening local implementation capacity for delivery of key services through capacity-building of members of community institutions and developing local para-professionals.

The new generation of projects leverage this current experience, with a focus on enhancing economic and human development outcomes for rural households through: a) Value chain development along specific farm and non-farm commodities/products; b) Enterprise Development and Skill Development for increase access to jobs; and c) Last Mile Public Service  Delivery  Improvement (especially on  Health, Nutrition and Sanitation).

The Agricultural Specialist and the Rural Development Specialist will be part of the India Agriculture and Food Team. The primary responsibility of the Agricultural Specialist and the Rural Development Specialist will be to provide implementation support, policy dialogue, technical assistance and knowledge management to the on-going rural livelihoods and agriculture program/projects in India. In particular, the Agricultural Specialist and the Rural Development Specialist will:
(i) Provide implementation support to existing rural livelihoods operations in India, such as the National Rural Livelihoods Project, Bihar Transformative Development Project, Rajasthan Rural Livelihoods Project and other State-level projects and grants;
(ii)Lead and contribute to monitoring and evaluation and other analytical, advisory and technical assistance activities in collaboration with clients in the agriculture/rural development sector with a focus on issues related to community/farmer institutions, producer aggregation, enterprise development and agriculture and allied sectors;
(iii)Proactively contribute to the agricultural livelihoods agenda in collaboration with colleagues within and across the Global Practices covering other sectors;
(iv)Lead and contribute to the mobilization of and implementation of additional trust Fund grants for building the agriculture and food program in India and across the South Asia Region
(v) Contribute to the overall strategic program development within the India rural livelihoods and agriculture programs.

Selection Criteria
• Master's in Public Policy/Administration/Rural Development/Management/Agricultural Economics; A minimum of 5 years of relevant working experience in agriculture/rural development;
• Excellent technical and working knowledge in various sectors outlined above; among these, knowledge and experience in agri business and community development in the context of the rural development and agriculture sectors is required;
• Proven ability to conceptualize, design and supervise the implementation of major projects, AAAs and TA activities (community-driven development, agribusiness development, access to rural markets, rural finance, etc.) to policy-related decisions and advice;
• Strong technical and analytical skills in a range of issues of relevance to agriculture and rural development;
• Experience with managing the official data from India (Union and state-levels), with strong statistical and analytical skills;
• Ability to think innovatively and strategically in dealing with policy issues to draw meaningful and practical recommendations for policy and investment priorities;
• Track record of commitment to team work and ability to interact effectively and collegially with peers at all levels;
• Excellent interpersonal and team skills with ability to work independently and innovatively when dealing with empirical and econometric issues.
• High degree of discretion, ethics, tact and sensitivity in handling confidential and sensitive information;
• Ability to work under pressure while retaining perspective and a sense of humor;
• Very high level of energy, initiative and self-motivation, coupled with willingness to travel extensively and work under challenging conditions;
• Strong written and oral communication skills in English essential.

Other Competencies
• Agriculture and Rural Development Policy, Strategy and Institutions - Solid understanding of agriculture policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.
• Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interacts with clients at the policy level.
• Policy Dialogue Skills - Anticipates needs and requests in the field and conducts independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners.
• Client Orientation - Understands the nuances of the socio-political context of India and provides evidence-based recommendations 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 - Shows initiative in ensuring timely delivery, ensures the study team stays organized and focused, is receptive to advice and inputs, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches.
• Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Leads 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.

WBG Competencies
• Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions.
• Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients stated and unstated needs.
• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
• Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.

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