Agricultural specialist / Agriculture Economist (Consultant)

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Candidatul Ideal

Requirements/Qualifications:
  • Degree or M.Sc. degree in agriculture, agriculture economics;
  • Expertise in agronomy and agri-economics relevant to Romania and Moldova (provide at the application/CV a list of crops that the applicant has deep knowledge);
  • Substantial data management expertise: using MS Excel and relational databases;
  • Proven experience in training and preparing PowerPoint slides;
  • Experience in data collection and analysis;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities and to work with minimum supervision to meet changing deadlines;
  • Fluent in Romanian and English

Descrierea jobului

Project: Ukraine Agriculture Capital Markets Development Project (UACMD Project)
Direct Manager: Financial Sector Specialist
Appointment: STC Local
Organizational Mapping (IBRD, IFC, MIGA): IFC
Job Location: Romania, Moldova
Appointment Duration: 12 months


The Project

The overall objective of the Ukraine Agriculture Capital Markets Project is to improve access to finance to the agricultural sector by introducing a securitization instrument for agricultural receivables including crop receipts. To achieve the objective the Project is focusing on creating an enabling legislative and regulatory environment, financial sector capacity building and public awareness and outreach campaign to promote access to capital market finance. The Project is also addressing the issues of limited access to finance for agri-producers from 2 perspectives: lack of skills/knowledge (of risks in agriculture and availability of relevant tools) in financial institutions (FIs) and low bankability of agri-producers due to the lack of capacity and lack of avenues to improve this capacity. To address these failures, the Project provides advisory services to partner FIs to build their capacity by conducting training on agriculture and agriculture finance and helping FIs in assessing loan applications with the agronomy-based risk assessment toolkit called CLARA.

Objective/Purpose of Assignment
Agriculture Finance Training for FIs was developed for the FIs of Europe and other regions to build their capacity in better understanding agriculture, crop and livestock production cycles, financials, and client relationship management with farmers. Training materials require adaptation for Romania, in particular, they should be adjusted to reflect an actual and forecasted cost of production, input prices, commodity prices, yields and production conditions that are relevant in various geographical zones in Romania. The trade finance module should be added to the training course to highlight the financial solutions which are applicable to the economic model in Romania given the key agriculture export directions with the focus on the Middle East countries (i.e. Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia).
CLARA has been initially developed for Ukraine and is in demand in other countries of the region. Since CLARA is agronomy-based, an adaptation is necessary for it to adequately represent agricultural conditions in other countries. It has been adapted for Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Kosovo, Serbia, Azerbaijan and Moldova. Certain adaptations for Moldova and Romania are required, namely regular updates on the traditional agriculture technologies, input and commodity prices, adding technologies in organic farming (cereals and oilseeds) and livestock production (meat and dairy) would be required. To strengthen the team faced with this amount of work an agricultural specialist is required.

Scope of Work and Activities
The Agricultural Specialist / Agriculture Economist will provide support to the Project team to develop a training module for Romania, to reflect an actual and forecasted cost of production, input prices, commodity prices, yields and production conditions that are relevant in various geographical zones in Romania. The trade finance module should be developed for the training course to highlight the financial solutions which are applicable to the economic model in Romania given the key agriculture export directions with the focus on the Middle East countries (i.e. Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia).
Detailed typical crop technologies in a special format that is used in CLARA should be regularly updated by the Consultant to take into account constantly changing prices for inputs and commodities. Development of the technologies in organic farming (cereals and oilseeds) and livestock production (meat and dairy) are required in CLARA format which will be provided to the Consultant. The Consultant will also engage with expert agronomists and agri-economists with experience relevant to the whole country and collaborate with the Project team’s specialists.
The Agricultural Specialist / Agriculture Economist will compile relevant information regarding the specifications, analysis of agro-techniques and processing of agricultural products, calculations concerning the application of fertilizers norms, detail labor types and costs for targeted crops and will have to account for the following factors of crop production:
  • Country’s agri-climatic zones/ soil types;
  • Irrigated/ non-irrigated land;
  • Common land tillage types;
  • Seasonality in production e.g. annual dry- and wet-season period;
  • Typical crop plan for each crop, showing dependence on agri-climatic zone, soil type, season, tillage type, irrigation, yield level, and listing all field operations and operations at the farm to grow the crop, and their normal start and end dates;
  • Details on each operation, manual or mechanized, productivity per shift, number of workers needed, type of equipment used;
  • Labor cost data based on categories of workers;
  • Equipment data with types of equipment, its productivity and fuel consumption;
  • Inputs usage plan for each crop, showing the volume of seeds, fertilizers and plant protection agents needed to grow the crop depending on agri-climatic zone, soil type, season, tillage type, irrigation, and target yield level;
  • Other tasks and duties as required: The TOR may be adjusted to meet the Project‘s requirements.

Outputs and Deliverables
The Consultant shall develop and submit a written report in English to be further transformed in the training modules on organic farming (cereals and oilseeds) and livestock production (meat and dairy), and develop a trade finance module for the training course to highlight the financial solutions applicable to the export model in Romania with the focus on the Middle East countries (i.e. Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia):
  • Detailed crop plans for targeted organic crops in Romania:
  1. Field crops: organic cereals (wheat, corn, barley, oats) and oilseeds (sunflower, rapeseed )
  2. Organic horticulture and other: plums, apples, wine grapes
  3. Livestock: organic meat and dairy production (including feed production: corn silage, alfalfa silage, alfalfa hay)
  • Regular monthly updates on agriculture input prices (fuel, fertilizers, crop protection, and seeds), agriculture commodity prices (spot and forward), changes in the crop and livestock production technologies in Romania and Moldova
  • Report on work completed covering the above-mentioned tasks

Special Terms & Conditions / Specific Requirements
The Agricultural Specialist / Agriculture Economist will get detailed explanations of existing training materials and CLARA, how it works, and the format required to supply data to its database.

Duration and Length of the Assignment
The duration of the assignment will be from May 30, 2022, to May 10, 2023.
Length of assignment: The length of this assignment is estimated at 80 working days between May 30, 2022, till May 10, 2023.



APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Please follow the link to get more details on the assignment and apply for the position (Selection #: 1280818 – Agricultural specialist / Agriculture Economist (Consultant))

https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org/wbgec/index.html

Applicants must submit their CV and Cover Letter indicating their experience related to the terms of reference accessible through the link above.

Deadline for applications – May 23, 2022.

Descrierea companiei

The International Finance Corporation: IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries.
We apply our financial resources, technical expertise, global experience, and innovative thinking to help our partners overcome financial, operational, and other challenges. In addition to its investment work, IFC provides advisory services to a number of its clients to support them in meeting specific development goals. IFC’s advisory support to the financial sector is implemented via its Financial Institutions Group and is organized around the following main themes:
Innovation/Base of Pyramid: including Microfinance, Mobile Financial Services, Housing Finance, Rural Finance.
Banking Services: SME Finance, Sustainable Energy Finance, Insurance, Agri finance, Leasing, Trade Finance, Gender, Risk Management and Corporate Governance.
Financial Infrastructure: Credit Reporting, Collateral Registries and Secured Transactions, Securities MarketsThese services are delivered through regional Advisory Services teams, with support from global product specialists, and in partnership with IFC’s Investment Services (IS) teams.
Publicat 11 mai 2022 Expiră 10 iun. 2022
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