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Analyst, Agribusiness Advisory

Posted: 9 Sep 2020 Closes: 23 Sep 2020
London, GB Competitive
Fixed term & Part time EBR_17804

The Analyst is responsible for enhancing the operational delivery of EBRD Agribusiness (and ICA Group where relevant) within Banking by supporting the design and implementation of special initiatives (such as thematic or regional programmes, fora, cooperation with other institutions).

The Analyst will support Agribusiness Advisory in the delivery of Technical Cooperation ("TC") projects and programmes during their entire cycle, from formulation to implementation, including monitoring and verification of their results across the EBRD countries of operations. As required, the Analyst will also assist with mobilising funding and ensuring timely reporting to donors; assist in ensuring lessons learned are incorporated in new projects, to enhance the quality of the design; help with implementing fair and transparent procurement and well-structured contracting of consultants; and support banking transactions on an ad hoc basis, as required.

Agribusiness is at the core of EBRD activities. The EBRD aims to maximize the agribusiness potential of companies in all countries it operates in by addressing their specific needs through tailored financing. Total investments in agribusiness accounted for EUR 12.7 billion in over 740 projects across the EBRD's countries of operations since 1991, which has made EBRD the single biggest investor in the sector in our region. Agribusiness has an annual investment flow of approximately EUR 800 million in about 60 projects (100% are private) and Agribusiness Advisory is an integral part of its delivery.

The Analyst works as part of EBRD Agribusiness (and where relevant ICA Group) and will support TC projects of various degrees of complexity, special initiatives/programmes, contributing to new product development, promotion of Agribusiness sector activities and organisation of various Agribusiness related fora.

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

The core responsibilities of the role are as follows:
  • Provide support to operation leader(s) and EBRD Agribusiness on selected programmes/initiatives:
  • Design, structure, procurement and delivery of all TC projects implemented by Agribusiness (and where relevant the ICA group), including support for operational leaders to identify sets of clear
  • objectives, outputs and outcomes for each TC in order to ensure the quality in submissions to the Grant Review Unit, incorporating lessons learned and best practice for the successful design and delivery of the Bank's projects;
  • Support in ensuring that all TCs and initiatives are completed within the specified time frames to a high standard and in line with the policies, procedures and objectives of the Bank;
  • Effective, efficient and compliant procurement of consultancy services for the ICA Group and its clients.
  • Support effective monitoring of all TCs/initiatives, including specifically:
  • Support reviewing and providing a qualitative judgment of monitoring against pre-determined desired outputs and outcome indicators (as per results matrices) to ensure quality reporting on TC projects to the Bank's management, Board and the donors in order to meet the strategic objectives of the Bank, including progress reports, completion reports and performance of consultants;
  • Support reviewing TC programmes and consultancy procurement processes for compliance with the applicable policies and rules, in order to ensure economy, efficiency, transparency and fairness in the consultant engagement process as well as accountability for the use of Bank and TC donor funds and recommending them for approval by Head/Team Leader;
  • As required, liaise and coordinate with other operational teams across the Bank to avoid duplication of TCs and incorporate lessons learnt when working with the same client.
  • Assist in drafting and providing necessary support with relevant information, documents and preparation of meetings, towards efforts to procure grants and technical cooperation funds to complement investment projects or required as part of policy dialogue efforts.
  • Assist with marketing and business development efforts contributing to implementation of the Agribusiness Sector Strategy, presentation of Agribusiness Advisory to assist bankers in building reputable market contacts in order to develop a broad investment flow and cross selling of the Bank's competencies.
  • Contribute to research projects in the area of sector expertise and work with bankers to put them into an operational context.
  • Support Agribusiness in developing and contributing to relevant fora, online platforms and events, dialogue with IFI counterparts, sector stakeholders etc. in promoting the strategic objectives of the Bank in the agribusiness sector and contributing to Sustainable Development Goals; and any other visibility activities as required.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree. Master's degree preferred or equivalent experience in the areas of expertise.
  • Relevant professional experience, preferably gained from an IFI, development organisation, donor organisation or think tanks.
  • Relevant Agribusiness sector and / or EBRD country of operations experience is desirable, including more specifically knowledge on food quality standards and labels; mainstreaming gender in the sector; and advanced technologies and innovation processes in agribusiness.
  • Experience in design, management and monitoring of advisory/TC projects.
  • Knowledge of EBRD Banking projects and technical assistance programmes, including the project lifecycle.
  • Experience in developing visibility activities, including participation in live and online events and platforms, social media campaigns, writing case studies (related to the agribusiness sector), etc.
  • Ability to operate in a multicultural environment and build effective working relationships with internal/external clients and colleagues.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to think creatively. Ability to multi-task and react quickly.
  • Stakeholder management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills, ability to perform well and work effectively under pressure according to set schedules.
  • Ability to quality-review reports including related to specific topic papers, TCs, frameworks, special initiatives, consultancy assignments with limited supervision.
  • Attention to detail, high computer literacy.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the EBRD's mandate and passion about private sector development.

Please note this is a 13 month short term contract.

Diversity is one of the Bank's core values which are at the heart of everything it does. A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working.

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