Position: Agriculture Policy Analyst
Period of Perfomance: Nov 1, 2016 to Sept 30, 2018
LOE: Est 23 months
Location: Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Africa Lead II is one of USAID’s primary capacity building programs in sub Saharan Africa. The program works to help realize Feed the Future (FTF) and the African Union’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) and the 2014 Malabo Declaration goals of reduced hunger and poverty by building the capacity of champions, institutions and stakeholders to develop, lead and manage the structures needed for African-led agriculture transformation.
A five-year program begun in 2013, Africa Lead II builds on the success of the predecessor capacity building program (Africa Lead) and works with countries and regions to develop strategic long-term activities to strengthen African policy makers and decision-makers, institutions, and non-state actors (NSAs), including the private sector at the forefront of increased agricultural productivity and food security for the continent.
The Africa Lead II Program maintains program teams and offices in Washington D.C., Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania and DRCongo. Program activities are driven by buy-ins from various USAID/Washington Offices and USAID Regional and Bilateral Missions in Feed the Future countries.
Africa Lead II is organized around three strategic areas:
- Improved institutional capacity
- Strengthened management of policy change and alignment processes
- Enhanced capacity and engagement of NSAs, including the private sector and civil society
The Agriculture Policy Analyst will work with all stakeholders related to implementation of CAADP to provide assistance to improve policy development and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, institutional analysis, among other technically related issues as they arise. Specific initial tasks are the following:
- Work with the International Food Policy Research Institute as a member of the task force focused on revisions of the National Agriculture Investment Plans (NAIP). The taskforce is charged with developing a “toolkit” to provide guidance in the development of NAIPs. NAIPs are key documents in the CAADP process to guide individual countries to meet the performance indicators as outlined in the Malabo Declaration of 2014.
- As a member of the task force, develop with the assistance of the Senior Training Advisor, a “clinic” or training course on the use of the Institutional Architecture Analysis. The Policy Analyst will deliver the clinic to professional agriculturalists on the continent with a view to understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the institutional architecture in a given country to support the development and implementation of revised NAIPs.
- Based on the outcomes of IAAs in individual countries, develop programs to strengthen institutions. This work is to alleviate institutional constraints that may inhibit the implementation of programs to achieve Malabo performance indicators.
- Lead the effort to develop a program of trilateral assistance between USAID/BFS, the Brazilian AID agency, and Africa Lead to improve agricultural value chains in Mozambique.
- Capture current efforts in Guinea and Sierra Leone to revise their NAIPs. These two countries are working with Africa Lead on NAIP revisions. It is critical that the Policy Analyst document the process of revision to inform the similar efforts in other countries.
- Consult with BFS as needed on the development of indicators for its new Global Food Security Strategy. In addition, consult with the AUC, BFS and IFPRI on the “scorecard” which, like the toolkit, is a set of methodologies to be used by individual countries to monitor progress towards Malabo performance indicators.
- Support implementation of CAADP and Malabo Declaration commitments, with a particular focus on agriculture policy process strengthening through mechanisms such as mutual accountability / agricultural joint sector review processes (JSR).
- Support development of Agriculture Technical Networks to advise the AUC and member countries use evidence to effectively deliberate on the range of agriculture and food security policy challenges identified and addressed in the Malabo Declarations
- Help AUC and other organizations establish processes to identify and prioritize policy plans and to track their implementation
- Help develop an approach to a high level (Heads of State and Ministerial) Biennial Review (first of which will take place in Jan 2018) to review member state progress against the Malabo Declaration goals
- Support Africa Lead’s Regional Offices in Accra and Nairobi to design and deliver activities, especially policy-related activities, in their respective workplans; explore innovative, non-traditional approaches to democratize and expand the processes of policy making and mutual accountability, e.g. by using multi media platforms.
- Provide design and facilitation assistance to agriculture policy learning events for various audiences in Africa and the U.S.: government officials, USAID staff, and Non-State Actors (private sector associations, civil society organizations, farmer groups, women’s groups, youth groups, etc.)
- Respond to short-notice requests to deliver technical assistance and/or event support in Washington D.C. and various African countries, including development of Concept Notes, Scopes of Work, and Job Descriptions for technical assistance support and event facilitation.
- Consult and advise Knowledge, Learning and Communications as well as Monitoring and Evaluation teams in Bethesda, Accra and Nairobi on metrics to track agriculture and food security policy processes, and support collection and analysis of such data.
- Other tasks as directed by the COP.
Qualifications, Abilities, and Education Requirements:
- PhD in agricultural economics, focusing on international development and policy analysis.
- 10 -15 years of experience working on international development programs with a focus on strengthening agricultural policy processes and capacity of organizations in Africa.
- Experience working in Africa with government, private sector, and/or civil society entities at various levels: continental, regional, and national.
- Familiarity with USAID’s Feed the Future Program, CAADP, the Malabo Declaration, IFPRI, and African Regions’ and Countries’ National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans.
- Proven cross-cultural interpersonal skills and communications skills with multiple African organizations and institutions (public and private sector).
- Willingness and availability to travel to Africa on 2-3 week assignments for a total of up to 4 months of travel per year.
- Demonstrated ability in technical writing, especially related to agriculture topics.