World Bank Group: Consultancy Position - Abidjan



CONSULTANCY POSITION
Based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire


BACKGROUND

Africa’s Jobs challenge is tremendous. It requires strengthening skills, facilitating access to finance for developing MSMEs, as well as fostering demand for the goods and services provided. Often interventions focus either on strengthening people’s capacity (i.e. the supply side of labor) or on market development (i.e. demand side of labor), but rarely do they do so in an integrated fashion. Important synergies may be lost as a result. The Jobs Group of the World Bank has therefore launched a series of pilots that address both labor supply and demand side constraints simultaneously to evaluate their impact and potential synergetic effects.

One such pilot is in Côte d’Ivoire. Given the large share of youth and poor employed in agriculture, and the country’s agricultural potential, the pilot focuses on agriculture. Addressing the integration of labor supply and demand side issues within agriculture typically happens through a value chain. It consists of supporting actors down the chain to increase the demand for the products of the chain, who in return strengthen the labor productivity of farmers to ensure a guaranteed supply of uniform quality.

The Government of Côte d’Ivoire supports such an approach in the rice value chain. Rice is a strategic and labor-intensive crop, grown across the country, mainly in rainfed conditions. Yet, while domestic rice consumption continues to rise, more than half of current consumption is met by imports. This largely follows from the poor quality of domestic rice, which is linked to poor post-harvest handling and poor milling conditions, and a lack of access to liquidity by the millers, as well as limited productivity and poor coordination by the farmers. The National Rice Development Office is seeking to boost quality rice production in Côte d’Ivoire by supporting milling facilities, which in return are expected to support (smallholder) farmer organizations with agronomic advice and access to inputs to boost production.

The Côte d’Ivoire Economic Inclusion into Value Chains pilot seeks to evaluate the impact of such an integrated approach on labor market outcomes at the level of smallholder farmers, their communities and along the value chain, within the context of the Côte d’Ivoire Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) project. The PSSN supports the most vulnerable households in the northern half of Côte d’Ivoire through a cash transfer program, and a productive inclusion platform, integrating digital financial access and inclusion into value chains.

This consultancy is to assist the World Bank team in the coordination with the different stakeholders, as well as to provide support to the preparation and implementation of the intervention and its evaluation.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the supervision of and in close cooperation with the WBG project team, the selected consultant will:
1) Provide support in liaising with the national counterparts of the project, as well as private and public stakeholders in the agriculture value chains; 
2) Provide support in conducting consultations and analytical tasks to inform the intervention and evaluation design;
3) Provide support in preparing and implementing the impact evaluation;
4) Coordinate the day-to-day program management, including support in preparing and supervising the intervention.


SELECTION CRITERIA

▪ Master’s degree in (Agricultural) Economics, Public Policy, or related field required;
▪ Fluency in French and English, reading and writing required;
▪ Excellent interpersonal skills;
▪ Understanding of/experience with agricultural value chain development;
▪ Understanding of/experience with impact evaluation;
▪ Sound program management skills;
▪ Familiarity with World Bank procedures;
▪ Experience in digital financial inclusion an asset;
▪ Previous work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa.


DURATION, DUTY LOCATION AND APPLICATION DEADLINE
Duration: September 2018 to June 2019, extension possible

The consultant will be based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, with frequent trips within country as part of the assignment.


Please send your application in French to Raphaela Karlen (rkarlen@worldbank.org) and Luc Christiaensen (lchristiaensen@worldbank.org) no later than 7 August 2018.


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