African Development Bank Group Senior Agriculture Officer Jobs in Nigeria

African Development Bank Group Senior Agriculture Officer Jobs in Nigeria

African Development Bank Group (AfDB) - Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries).

The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 - 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.


Business Development and Project Origination:

  • In line with the Bank’s Feed Africa Strategy, Country Strategy Papers and Regional Integration Strategy Papers, provide support to the Regional Member Countries (RMC), and lead/support Bank teams to identify, prepare, appraise and implement agriculture and livestock, agribusiness, agro-industry sub-sector operations projects.
  • Identify, develop and support the financing of agriculture projects, which meet the objectives of the Feed Africa Strategy.
  • Review the various proposals and communication sent to the Bank by its partners, clients and take appropriate action, including issuing technical opinion on government submissions to the Bank, drafting of responses and/or reports / presentations and internal or external follow-up;
  • Provide the required technical skills to design national and multinational projects that respond to the needs of the RMCs and regional economic communities based on their priorities and selectivity;
  • Promote regional integration and donor coordination to promote complementarity in interventions in agriculture and rural development based on comparative advantages of different partners;
  • Liaise with other development partners in order to identify opportunities for co-financing and other partnerships;

    Technical Analysis, Project Design and Implementation:

  • The Senior Agriculture Officer works across technical, geographic and institutional boundaries to support the delivery of development solutions for a diverse set of clients in the rural and urban space and in the public and private sectors in line with the Agricultural development, Agribusiness and Agro-Industry agenda of the African Development Bank Group. Using a value-chain approach, he/she will support:
  • The implementation of this agenda in Regional Member Countries in the East Africa region, with specific focus on providing technical input for the design, and supervision of projects which:
  • Promote value chain development, value addition and primary and secondary processing of crops and livestock;
  • Catalyze private sector entry and growth in African agribusiness;
  • Promote agro-Small and Medium Enterprise growth and the commercialization of agriculture, particularly addressing access to finance needs, and create farm to fork market linkages; Facilitate the development of agro-poles and agro-processing hubs;
  • Support the development of an agribusiness enabling environment, and;
  • Facilitate investments in hard infrastructure (including roads, markets and irrigation), soft infrastructure (human capital, i.e., trained potential employees, information and communication technology, etc.); enable policies and reforms, for transformation of African agriculture into viable, profitable businesses.
  • Contribute to solving issues related to the agriculture sector development including advice to RMCs for promoting policies conducive to strong growth/development of the agriculture sector , including creation of an enabling environment for private sector investments in agribusiness;
  • Work closely with agricultural sector experts in the headquarters (AHAI/AHFR) and private sector experts at the Bank to scale up investments in agribusiness and will design and coordinate the delivery of client solutions and all project management aspects of the deployment of such solutions.
  • Contribute to the delivery of flagships as required to ensure delivery of the Feed Africa objectives;
  • Support in collaboration with AHAI/AHFR, the development of projects for increased agricultural opportunities and agro-industrial development of the east Africa region;
  • Carry out technical, economic and sector analysis that will guide and support both public and private sector investments in agriculture;
  • Support wide-scale deployment of innovative farmer extension models; support effective private sector-led approaches to
    the provision of farmer extension services (farmer e-registration and input supplies).
  • Design projects that are able to utilize public sector resources to leverage private sector capital for increased private investment in the agriculture sector, including creating off-take arrangements between smallholder farmers and private sector agribusiness;
  • Support the structuring of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agribusiness projects, to catalyze private sector investment;
  • In relation to the Bank’s country and regional strategies, identify, prepare, appraise and supervise related agriculture and agro industry sub-sector operations.
  • Assist Regional Member Countries to radically boost their agro industries as a platform for job creation, improved livelihood and broad-based economic growth and development;
  • Undertake analysis and sector studies to orient the Bank’s strategy of intervention in the area of agriculture and agro industry development for Africa;
  • Contribute with technical inputs to Bank Group’s operational activities relating agriculture and agro-industrial development, through the review of the technical design and institutional arrangements for agricultural programmes proposed for Bank’s funding;
  • Set up and maintain strategic collaboration with relevant partners in the area of agriculture, livestock and agribusiness/agro-industry;
  • Undertake any other assignments as may be assigned by the Division Manager and/or senior management.

    Portfolio Management:

  • Manage an array of projects within the portfolio of the Bank’s investments in the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Provide effective periodic reports to Management on the disposition of the portfolio under management.
  • Identify synergies and propose interventions that promote the sustained feasibility of the projects under management.


  • Hold at least a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, Rural Development, Agriculture, Agricultural Finance, or Development Finance; proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office
  • Have a minimum of four (4) years of extensive progressive experience in an internationally recognized financial, development institution, or a private agribusiness company.
  • Knowledge of agriculture and agribusiness concepts and challenges facing the African continent;
  • Capacity to analyze trends, constraints, policies, institutions and provide technical support to related agribusiness and agro-industries sectors;
  • Ability to design appropriate agriculture, livestock related and natural resource management programs for solving issues in the sector;
  • Ability to identify the appropriate methods and techniques, conduct economic studies and present the results;
  • Extended and relevant experience in project formulation and technical backstopping;
  • Ability to work in a team and in a multicultural environment;
  • Ability to work effectively in partnership with client contacts and seek feedback to improve work processes;
  • Ability to communicate and write effectively in French, with a good working knowledge of English;
  • Proficiency in the use of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); knowledge of SAP is desirable.
  • Ability to work effectively with other technical and management professionals.
  • Team leadership: Ability to build and lead a motivated and committed team and utilize talent and expertise of team members in a productive way as well as evidence of ability to build and lead motivated and committed teams across functional boundaries.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills:

    How to Apply

    Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 18th April, 2019.

    For more information and job application details, see; African Development Bank Group Senior Agriculture Officer Jobs in Nigeria

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