Operations Officer (ARD)

    • Saint Michael, Barbados

OPPORTUNITY PROFILE

OPERATIONS OFFICER (AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT)

SOCIAL SECTOR DIVISION

PROJECTS DEPARTMENT

Below is the Opportunity Profile for the position of Operations Officer (Agriculture and Rural Development) in the Social Sector Division of the Projects Department at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The profile consists of a description of the job, the qualifications and competencies required, and a brief description of the Bank.

Before you proceed to apply, please consider the following requirements:

1. You must be a national of one of CDB's member countries.

2. You will be required to produce evidence of any educational and professional qualifications to support your application if you are selected for an interview.

3. All appointments are subject to satisfactory background checks and references.

CDB is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or religion. In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following items:

(i) A cover letter addressed to the Director, Human Resources and Administration, outlining how your experience and qualifications match the profile described; and

(ii) A résumé indicating nationality, and including the names and contact information (telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) for four persons who know you and your work well enough to comment on your suitability for this role.

CDB fully respects the need for confidentiality of information supplied and assures you that your background and interest will not be discussed with anyone including references, without your prior consent.

Please submit your résumé online, as indicated on the CDB website, with the required information in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format, in English. The deadline for submission of applications is January 4, 2019 at 23:00 hrs EST.

We thank you for your interest.

INTRODUCTION

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB/the Bank) is seeking to recruit a strong professional to assume the role of Operations Officer (Agriculture and Rural Development), in the Social Sector Division of the Projects Department. The successful candidate will be based at CDB's headquarters in St. Michael, Barbados.

THE DIVISION

The Social Sector Division (SSD) is responsible for project cycle management in education and training, human settlements (including sites and services), social protection, agriculture and rural development. SSD also has responsibility for the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF), a direct targeted integrated community development programme focussed on poverty reduction, which is currently administered in ten (10) of the Bank's Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs).

THE ROLE

Operations Officers (OOs) are responsible for the identification of capital and Technical Assistance (TA) projects for inclusion in the Bank's pipeline. Project preparation, appraisal and implementation supervision activities account for a significant portion of the responsibilities of the position. The OO (Agriculture and Rural Development) will either directly, or as part of a team, provide agriculture and rural development expertise in the analysis, assessment, monitoring and implementation of Bank executed agriculture and rural development interventions.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The OO (Agriculture and Rural Development) will be required to:

1. Conduct research and analyses to identify potential projects including TA and the eligibility for Bank financing for assistance with project preparation and implementation.

2. Contribute to the preparation and appraisal of loan/grant financed capital and TA projects, in keeping with the Bank's policies, procedures and guidelines.

3. Provide guidance to the Bank's BMCs and clients on application of Bank policies and procedures relating to preparation, appraisal and implementation of capital and TA projects.

4. Monitor implementation progress of assigned TA and capital projects through field visits and/or desk reviews of consultants' and project coordinators' routine reports, including comparisons with financial, physical and macro-economic monitoring indicators.

5. Prepare or assist in the preparation of policy papers or other recommendations for enhancing the efficiency of the Bank's operations in general and project supervision in particular.

6. Maintain effective communication and ongoing working relationships with development partners.

7. Provide technical information and/or advice on request from other areas in the Bank and participate in the preparation and associated reviews of Country Strategy Papers, relevant Bank policy and strategic papers/briefs/reports.

8. Provide guidance on CDB's procurement policies and procedures related to the acquisition of goods and services under CDB-financed projects.

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES

The OO (Agriculture and Rural Development) must have the minimum qualifications outlined below and should demonstrate strong proficiency in the defined competencies.
Technical Grounding and Expertise
The successful candidate must have:

1. A first degree from a recognised university in the field of agricultural sciences, agricultural economics, rural development or associated disciplines and a post graduate degree in any of these areas.

2. Extensive professional experience in agriculture and/or rural development with at least five (5) years' experience in agribusiness (trade and export), project design and in analysing the economic, financial and social dimensions of agriculture to support economic development.

3. Experience working in the Caribbean or in developing countries.

A working knowledge of French and/or Spanish would be an asset.
Function-specific Competencies
The OO (Agriculture and Rural Development) must have:

1. Strong analytical skills and the ability to gather information, assess risk, consider the impact and articulate the implications of decisions to both internal and external stakeholders.

2. Demonstrated experience and understanding of how gender, resilience, youth and the environment influence the outcomes for the development of agriculture in rural communities.

3. Ability to employ principles and concepts of economics to analyse the supply and demand, production, consumption and distribution of goods and services in rural agricultural sectors.

4. Knowledge of procurement procedures and processes.
Organisational Competencies
The successful candidate should demonstrate a strong proficiency in the following competencies:

Competency Definitions

Acting as a Champion for Change

Actively identifies problems and opportunities for change and implements solutions where appropriate. Maintains effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment; and supports people in their efforts to try new things.

Acting Decisively

Moves quickly to make decisions and commits to a clear course of action; comfortable making decisions based on partial information; willing to take risks in order to maintain momentum; shows a strong bias toward action.

Acting Strategically

Aligns day-to-day activities around broader organisational goals and objectives; prioritises resources based on the strategic objectives of the organisation; recognises and rewards people based on how their actions support the broader needs of the organisation.

Championing Customer Needs

Calls attention to issues that impact customer satisfaction; views situations from the perspective of customers; encourages people to think about customers when making decisions and develops and sustains productive customer relationships.
Communicating Effectively
Consistently communicates with clarity and thoroughness to optimise audience understanding. Communicates information in a clear, concise, and timely manner. Demonstrates effective speaking and presentation skills.

Delivering High Quality Work

Critically reviews work processes to ensure quality; addresses problems that could impact quality; makes sure project deliverables and services meet all requirements and expectations; does not make the same mistakes twice.

Displaying Technical Expertise

Keeps his/her technical skills current; effectively applies specialised knowledge and skills to perform work tasks; understands and masters the technical skills, knowledge, and tasks associated with his/her job; shares technical expertise with others.

Driving for Results

Bottom-line oriented and pushes self and others to achieve results. Keeps current on project status; makes sure people are aware of project status and what they need to do to keep things moving; redirects project resources and activities to overcome setbacks; elevates project concerns to senior levels of leadership when appropriate.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted on a two-year basis in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A pension plan, life and medical insurances are included in the benefits package.


CARIBBEAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

OPPORTUNITY PROFILE

OPERATIONS OFFICER (AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT)

SOCIAL SECTOR DIVISION

PROJECTS DEPARTMENT

Below is the Opportunity Profile for the position of Operations Officer (Agriculture and Rural Development) in the Social Sector Division of the Projects Department at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The profile consists of a description of the job, the qualifications and competencies required, and a brief description of the Bank.

Before you proceed to apply, please consider the following requirements:

1. You must be a national of one of CDB's member countries.

2. You will be required to produce evidence of any educational and professional qualifications to support your application if you are selected for an interview.

3. All appointments are subject to satisfactory background checks and references.

CDB is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or religion. In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following items:

(i) A cover letter addressed to the Director, Human Resources and Administration, outlining how your experience and qualifications match the profile described; and

(ii) A résumé indicating nationality, and including the names and contact information (telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) for four persons who know you and your work well enough to comment on your suitability for this role.

CDB fully respects the need for confidentiality of information supplied and assures you that your background and interest will not be discussed with anyone including references, without your prior consent.

Please submit your résumé online, as indicated on the CDB website, with the required information in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format, in English. The deadline for submission of applications is January 4, 2019 at 23:00 hrs EST.

We thank you for your interest.

INTRODUCTION

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB/the Bank) is seeking to recruit a strong professional to assume the role of Operations Officer (Agriculture and Rural Development), in the Social Sector Division of the Projects Department. The successful candidate will be based at CDB's headquarters in St. Michael, Barbados.

THE DIVISION

The Social Sector Division (SSD) is responsible for project cycle management in education and training, human settlements (including sites and services), social protection, agriculture and rural development. SSD also has responsibility for the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF), a direct targeted integrated community development programme focussed on poverty reduction, which is currently administered in ten (10) of the Bank's Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs).

THE ROLE

Operations Officers (OOs) are responsible for the identification of capital and Technical Assistance (TA) projects for inclusion in the Bank's pipeline. Project preparation, appraisal and implementation supervision activities account for a significant portion of the responsibilities of the position. The OO (Agriculture and Rural Development) will either directly, or as part of a team, provide agriculture and rural development expertise in the analysis, assessment, monitoring and implementation of Bank executed agriculture and rural development interventions.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The OO (Agriculture and Rural Development) will be required to:

1. Conduct research and analyses to identify potential projects including TA and the eligibility for Bank financing for assistance with project preparation and implementation.

2. Contribute to the preparation and appraisal of loan/grant financed capital and TA projects, in keeping with the Bank's policies, procedures and guidelines.

3. Provide guidance to the Bank's BMCs and clients on application of Bank policies and procedures relating to preparation, appraisal and implementation of capital and TA projects.

4. Monitor implementation progress of assigned TA and capital projects through field visits and/or desk reviews of consultants' and project coordinators' routine reports, including comparisons with financial, physical and macro-economic monitoring indicators.

5. Prepare or assist in the preparation of policy papers or other recommendations for enhancing the efficiency of the Bank's operations in general and project supervision in particular.

6. Maintain effective communication and ongoing working relationships with development partners.

7. Provide technical information and/or advice on request from other areas in the Bank and participate in the preparation and associated reviews of Country Strategy Papers, relevant Bank policy and strategic papers/briefs/reports.

8. Provide guidance on CDB's procurement policies and procedures related to the acquisition of goods and services under CDB-financed projects.

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES

The OO (Agriculture and Rural Development) must have the minimum qualifications outlined below and should demonstrate strong proficiency in the defined competencies.
Technical Grounding and Expertise
The successful candidate must have:

1. A first degree from a recognised university in the field of agricultural sciences, agricultural economics, rural development or associated disciplines and a post graduate degree in any of these areas.

2. Extensive professional experience in agriculture and/or rural development with at least five (5) years' experience in agribusiness (trade and export), project design and in analysing the economic, financial and social dimensions of agriculture to support economic development.

3. Experience working in the Caribbean or in developing countries.

A working knowledge of French and/or Spanish would be an asset.
Function-specific Competencies
The OO (Agriculture and Rural Development) must have:

1. Strong analytical skills and the ability to gather information, assess risk, consider the impact and articulate the implications of decisions to both internal and external stakeholders.

2. Demonstrated experience and understanding of how gender, resilience, youth and the environment influence the outcomes for the development of agriculture in rural communities.

3. Ability to employ principles and concepts of economics to analyse the supply and demand, production, consumption and distribution of goods and services in rural agricultural sectors.

4. Knowledge of procurement procedures and processes.
Organisational Competencies
The successful candidate should demonstrate a strong proficiency in the following competencies:

Competency Definitions

Acting as a Champion for Change

Actively identifies problems and opportunities for change and implements solutions where appropriate. Maintains effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment; and supports people in their efforts to try new things.

Acting Decisively

Moves quickly to make decisions and commits to a clear course of action; comfortable making decisions based on partial information; willing to take risks in order to maintain momentum; shows a strong bias toward action.

Acting Strategically

Aligns day-to-day activities around broader organisational goals and objectives; prioritises resources based on the strategic objectives of the organisation; recognises and rewards people based on how their actions support the broader needs of the organisation.

Championing Customer Needs

Calls attention to issues that impact customer satisfaction; views situations from the perspective of customers; encourages people to think about customers when making decisions and develops and sustains productive customer relationships.
Communicating Effectively
Consistently communicates with clarity and thoroughness to optimise audience understanding. Communicates information in a clear, concise, and timely manner. Demonstrates effective speaking and presentation skills.

Delivering High Quality Work

Critically reviews work processes to ensure quality; addresses problems that could impact quality; makes sure project deliverables and services meet all requirements and expectations; does not make the same mistakes twice.

Displaying Technical Expertise

Keeps his/her technical skills current; effectively applies specialised knowledge and skills to perform work tasks; understands and masters the technical skills, knowledge, and tasks associated with his/her job; shares technical expertise with others.

Driving for Results

Bottom-line oriented and pushes self and others to achieve results. Keeps current on project status; makes sure people are aware of project status and what they need to do to keep things moving; redirects project resources and activities to overcome setbacks; elevates project concerns to senior levels of leadership when appropriate.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted on a two-year basis in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A pension plan, life and medical insurances are included in the benefits package.


Job Type
Full-Time Regular

Country
Barbados

Deadline
1/4/2019

Date Posted (Elapsed)
Posted 3 Weeks ago

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