Operations Analyst...

Operations Analyst in Agribusiness Entrepreneurship





Apply by June 20, 2011

infoDev seeks to hire an Operations Analyst to assist in producing deliverables on agribusiness innovation and in exploring the basis for establishing an agribusiness entrepreneurship business line.


Note:  This is a two-year coterminous term appointment.  (A re-entry guarantee will need to be provided by the releasing unit to Bank staff holding open-ended or regular appointment.)

infoDev (www.infodev.org) is a Global Partnership Program, coordinated and served by an expert Secretariat housed in the Finance and Private Sector Vice Presidency (FPDVP) of the  World Bank Group. Its strategic goal is to promote the growth of technology enterprises to enhance sustainable inclusive growth, competiveness, and jobs. infoDev focuses on the following key areas to achieve its goal: (i) assisting in taking technologies to market; (ii) assisting in creating and growing sustainable enterprises that are technology enabled; (iii) promoting an enabling environment for innovation and adoption of appropriate technologies to promote enterprise growth as well as ensure effective competition so that the market functions to widen access to technology at affordable prices; (iv) disseminating research and best practices to enhance growth and sustainability of enterprises in the technology and technology-enabled space; (v) building capacity to enhance the sustainability of enterprises; and (vi) providing technical assistance to incubators to ensure Access to Finance (A2F) and Access to Markets (A2M).

infoDev is a thought leader in technology-enabled small business incubation. infoDev’s global incubation network reaches to 300 plus business incubators, and more than 20,000 small and medium enterprises and has helped create over 220,000 jobs across 87 developing countries. Within the World Bank Group, infoDev has also been recognized as being cutting-edge in its use of web-based resources to develop, publish, and disseminate its work and facilitate debate and interaction among and between client countries and donors.

infoDev is implementing an ambitious work program, which includes:

• The “Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy Program” -  a public/private partnership between the Government of Finland. infoDev, and Nokia – which will launch a range of activities including establishing regional mobile applications laboratories, using social networking platforms to link mobile entrepreneurs, launching a program to help technology-enabled small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) gain overseas market access, running international working groups on ICT and agribusiness entrepreneurship, facilitating access to appropriate financing instruments for technology entrepreneurs, and preparing SourceBooks as guides on how ICTs and innovation systems can be best used in agriculture projects. The program will address a mix of global activities with country and regional activities in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA). 

• The “Climate Technology Program”, which aims to establish a global network of 30 Climate Innovation Centers that develop technology innovation capacity and enable accelerated commercialization and transfer of technologies for the mitigation and adaptation of climate change in developing countries. 

• A seven year “Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC)”, which is  designed to create and grow competitive Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across the region by: (i) using business incubation to provide a suite of services for start-up entrepreneurs comprising advisory services, mentorship, and access to office space and equipment; (ii) upgrading skills and capabilities of incubator managers and policymakers supporting MSME development; and (iii) providing seed funding to promising MSMEs to help them successfully scale their operations.

The agribusiness innovative entrepreneurship work was started under the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy Program.   Deliverables under this Program include:
• A global good practice assessment of agribusiness incubation initiatives in eight countries, documenting their impacts, sustainability, and lessons;
• A training module on agribusiness incubation, complementing infoDev’s general business incubation management curriculum;
• A global community of practice to enable south-south peer-to-peer learning among developing country stakeholders focused on promoting innovative entrepreneurship in agribusiness sectors;
• Design of agribusiness innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives for four African markets, including Tanzania, Senegal, Mozambique, and Kenya, and related capacity building programs to prepare for project implementation in the same countries.

During the course of 2011-2012, infoDev intends to harness these deliverables to explore the basis for establishing an agribusiness entrepreneurship business line.  The team working on these deliverables include the Task Team Leader (TTL), the Africa Regional Facilitator (based in South Africa), and local consultants based in Tanzania and Senegal.  The team also regularly consults with the Agricultural and Rural Development Department of the World Bank Group, the respective World Bank country offices, and a range of other institutions working in this domain.

Duties and Accountabilities

infoDev is seeking to hire an Operations Analyst to assist the TTL and the Africa Regional Facilitator with delivering the deliverables above and exploring the basis for establishing an agribusiness entrepreneurship business line.  On a day-to-day basis, the Operations Analyst will be reporting to the TTL.  Specifically, the Analyst will be tasked to:

 Assist the TTL with research, diagonstic work, analysis, concept notes, and studies associated with completion of the above deliverables;
 Assist the TTL with completing the peer review process associated, including identifying and securing appropriate peer reviewers, aggregating their comments and communicating them to the authors of the deliverables;
 In collaboration with the Sr. Communications Officer, coordinate the updating, translation, and printing of all communications and outreach materials and brochures and facilitate the dissemination, publication, and awareness-raising of knowledge products as the result of  the Global Good Practice Assessment of Agribusiness Incubation and the Business Models for the Agribusiness Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centers as well as World Bank BBLs and other dissemination channels such as key upcoming events. This shall include online dissemination, outreach, and communications done via the infoDev website;
 Conduct outreach, stakeholder awareness, and engagement within the World Bank Group (WBG) as well as stakeholder awareness and engagement with external partners for the program;
 Prepare highlights, progress reports, basic correspondence, write-ups, minutes of meetings, powerpoint presentations, and any other documentation or materials;
 Help organize and prepare for all trips, workshops, and events under the program. This may include travel as part of the infoDev team for these trips, workshops, and events;
 Coordinate the recruitment of local short term consultants for the program, including posting and disseminating job advertisements, setting up interviews, and processing recruitments; 
 Research potential fundraising opportunities and assist with preparing proposals;
 Work as part of a team to handle procurement for various program components;
 Other tasks that may be required by the team.

Selection Criteria

 An undergraduate degree in business, economics, or a related discipline. A master’s degree would be a plus;
 Demonstrated knowledge of agribusiness entrepreneurship in a developing country setting and at least three years of experience in a related field;
 Excellent writing skills and command of the English language. French language skills would be a plus;
 Familiarity with World Bank procurement, financial management, and hiring processes would be a plus;
 Positive, energetic, and ambitious work attitude, willingness to work within a team environment;
 Highly systematic with keen attention to detail;
 Capacity to manage multiple complex tasks in parallel;
 Problem-solving orientation;
 Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with staff, clients, and partners at junior and senior levels; and
 Excellent command of Powerpoint, Word, and Excel.

The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture, and educational background.  Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.  All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

In order to apply for the position, go to the World Bank's main website: http://www.worldbank.org/.  Click on the link "Job Seekers" in the middle of the page.  Click on the first link "Professional and Technical Staff Opportunities - Current Vacancies."  The job number is 110961.  Applications must be submitted by 11.59 pm Washington time, June 20, 2011.

For questions on the job application process only, you may contact Mather Pfeiffenberger (mpfeiffenberger@worldbank.org).

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