Program Officer, Rome, Italy

Organization: The World Bank

Country: Italy

City: Rome

Office: World Bank in Rome, Italy

Closing date: Friday, 10 December 2021

Program Officer

Job #: req13954

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Economics

Grade: GF

Term Duration: 2 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment

Location: Rome,Italy

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): English

Closing Date: 12/10/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC



Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide. We work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges.

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In line with its overarching mission to reduce poverty, the World Bank is engaged in facilitating the production and use of household and agricultural survey data for evidence-based policymaking. To design and implement new programs in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 Agenda, governments and the global community will require more data, cheaper, and of better quality. Food security, agricultural development and sustainable use of natural resources are at the center of the 2030 Agenda.

In this context, the World Bank is working with international organizations and development partners in supporting countries in the production of more and better survey data by improving survey methods, supporting data collection and building analytical capacity to use data effectively in support of evidence-based policy-making.

Https:// ("Data-Smart Agriculture") was officially launched at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2018. It is the result of a coordinated effort of donors and development partners that have engaged, with the active involvement of low and middle-income participating countries, to a long-term commitment to improve agricultural and rural surveys in order to fill the agricultural data gaps in 50 L/LMICs by 2030.

By strengthening the capacity of national statistical systems to produce high-quality and timely agricultural data, the main objective of the Initiative is to achieve by 2030 sustainable data systems owned and operated by the Initiative’s 50 partner countries. In particular, the 50x2030 Initiative aims at scaling up the use of integrated surveys on agriculture and will support countries towards the implementation of an integrated agricultural survey program tailored to the country’s needs, wishes, capacity, and potential for technical and financial take-over by the respective governments.

The Initiative is structured in three Implementation Components, each led by one Implementing Agency: Data production (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - FAO), Methods and Tools Development (World Bank), and Data Use (the International Fund for Agricultural Development - IFAD). Other founding partners are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Governments of the USA, Australia, Germany and Italy.

The harmonization of the Initiative’s activities is ensured through the services of a strong coordination mechanism, the Program Management Team, that is established in Rome, and managed by a Program Manager. The Program Management Team is tasked to implement the directives and vision of the Initiative’s Partnership Council whose aim is to give strategic guidance to the successful achievement of the Initiative’s objectives and scope.

Within this context, the World Bank is looking for a Program Officer with strong partnership management and organization skills to join the Program Management Team of the 50x2030 Initiative.

Duties and Accountabilities:

The Program Officer will work under the leadership and supervision of the Program Manager to:

Develop the 50x2030 Initiative’s work plans, project documents, concept notes and operation manuals across the three Initiative components

Collaborate to the International Development Association’s (IDA) resources mobilization.

Collaborate and coordinate with the Implementing Agencies, to ensure that workplans and budgets for the different components, including for country activities, are harmonized and well-coordinated

Establish strategic co-operative and collaborative relationships with initiative’s stakeholders and partners and effectively manage relationships with them

Support the coordination and management of the Initiative’s activities and staff together with the Program Manager and manage reporting, monitoring and evaluation requirements

Contribute to the negotiation and drafting of partnership agreements, project documents, Memoranda of Understanding, etc.

Contribute to the coordination of the country engagement and onboarding processes, including inception missions, negotiation of memoranda of agreement and project agreements with the partner governments, budgets and co-funding for the country programs consistent with Bank and implementing partner country frameworks and strategies

Ensure information relevant to the planning, implementation and monitoring of activities across implementation agencies, the Partnership Council, the participating countries, and the Program Management Team are shared and managed efficiently czlvtVu Dh7qKS

Contribute to the preparation of reports, analyses and reviews related to the implementation of the initiative, and support other planning and reporting activities of the Program Management Team

Perform other related duties as required

Selection Criteria

Master’s degree in Economics, Political Science, International Relations, Development Management, or other related fields

At least five years of relevant experience in capacity development, program coordination, and strategic planning

Experience in working on statistical capacity development with developing countries, working within a multi-partner Secretariat highly desirable

Experience with World Bank operations and good knowledge of statistical capacity building projects.

Demonstrated ability to lead and manage complex relationships with partners, colleagues and content experts and contribute to strategy development.

Proven record of development and implementation of complex strategic plans

Proven ability to rapidly analyze diverse information from varied sources and to learn, adapt, and to be innovative as multi-partner engagement challenges arise.

Self-motivated, creative, with excellent organizational skills and proven ability to perform multiple tasks and to work in a multi-disciplinary team-oriented and dynamic environment.

Excellent interpersonal skills with a willingness to work in a team environment. Demonstrated skills in working in teams, delivering products and commitments, and working across boundaries.

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The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

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