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- In the event that the staff appointed to a new category (i.e. from AS to NS, or from NS to IS) is rated at 2 or lower in the first two performance reviews after appointment at the new level, they will return to the level occupied immediately prior to their appointment in the new category.
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Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.
ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.
The position is assigned in the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Division (SAER) within the South Asia Department (SARD). SARD is responsible for providing leadership innovation, lending, project implementation and knowledge sharing for ADB’s sector and thematic work that covers operations in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
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The Senior Natural Resources and Agriculture Specialist contributes to the formulation and articulation of policy and strategies on agriculture and rural development in developing member countries (DMCs). Lead in identifying, developing, processing, implementing and administering loans, technical assistance (TA) projects, and provides relevant stakeholders with necessary technical support and knowledge for projects. The incumbent will report to the Director of SAER and may supervise one or more National and Administrative staff.
- Process and administer subregional and DMC specific loan, grant, and TAs in the areas of rural and agricultural development, agricultural value chain in particular, with due attention to country’s economic, rural and agricultural development strategies and policies, and projects’ impacts on rural areas.
- Identify the priority investment areas in rural development, agricultural value chains and food security , and the modality and nature of the required technical assistance support.
- Assist SARD Management with guidance on inquiries related to agricultural value chain development.
- Maintain strategic partnership with external partners for knowledge and project opportunities. Respond to external inquiries as needed.
- Collaborate and disseminate content on SARD operations in rural development and agricultural value chain, in particular. Lead relevant in-house studies and seminars and prepare reports or policy briefs on topics crucial to ADB’s agricultural value chain and rural development operations.
- Lead, supervise, and support reporting staff, including their performance and development.
Relevant Experience & Requirements
- Master’s degree in Agriculture/Economics/Rural Development or relevant fields. Alternatively, master’s degree in general field or MBA combined with additional relevant professional experience on retail/marketing industry and/or agriculture sector can be considered
- Minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in agriculture and rural development including international work experience
- Broad experience in the preparation of investment projects and analysis of relevant development policies
- Must have managerial skills and experience leading professionals, teams, and missions for technical matters, projects, decisions in food security.
- Deep knowledge of food security and rural development issues in Asia. Significant expertise within a specific area of ADB’s operations (economic, sector or thematic), or breadth across multiple areas with in-depth knowledge within one area
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required
- Proficient or advanced competency level in Client Orientation, Achieving Results and Problem Solving and Knowledge Sharing
- Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level IS5
The selected candidate is appointed for an initial term of three years.
ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.
ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.
Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.