Governance Advisor

Monrovia, Liberia
Apply by 21 August 2018
Senior-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 19 August 2018

Job Description

Focus of the Role:

Our Governance work supports the governments and leaders of fragile, developing, and emerging states to enhance their effectiveness. We are focused on helping governments and leaders make their vision for the development of their country a reality. We work in the centre of government and key line ministries and our work is shaped by national priorities.

The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) of the Republic of Liberia is mandated to formulate policies and strategies to guide the growth and development of the Agriculture Sector. The new administration has developed an updated and wide-reaching Agriculture strategy, Liberia Agriculture Sector Investment Plan II (LASIP II), in coordination with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, civil society, private sector and other partners.

The LASIP II is based on the following strategic vision for Liberia:

  • Ensure food and nutrition security of the Liberian population and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations and their livelihoods
  • Diversify Liberia’s economy through robust agricultural value chains and a modern industrial policy to increase production, productivity and incomes
  • Improve research and extension services to support the transformation of agriculture
  • Manage responsibly and sustainably the unique natural resources of Liberia
  • To improve governance and institutional capacity to implement programmes and projects

The objective of the LASIP II, is to “achieve an aggressive agricultural transformation agenda. To build on the success and lessons learnt from LASIP I: 2010-2015 implementation, the current strategic long-term vision for the agricultural sector is generally to promote an inclusive and sustainable agricultural transformation through catalytic investment in agricultural value chains and industrialization and resilience to ensure food and nutrition security, environmental health, job and wealth creation and inclusive growth for Liberians.”

To realize efficient and effective results, the management of MoA needs accurate and up to date advice; planning, implementation, monitoring and coordination support. This may extend to value chain analysis and trade mapping to enable Management to explore options and take evidence-informed decisions to achieve short to medium term objectives for, firstly, food security and, secondly, value chain addition to improve farmer incomes, reduce imports and improve exports.

Therefore, the priority value chains are split into those for food security and the tree crops which can most easily move to value added export. Priority food security value chains are: rice, cassava, horticulture, then livestock. For tree crops to export: cocoa, oil palm, rubber.

Task and Scope of Work

Working on a few agreed agriculture chains or segments of the plan, the Advisor will be responsible and/or involved in carrying out tasks including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Support the LASIP IIcore team in the process of clarifying their strategic objectives and project plans as per program goals and objectives, providing advice based on sound economic principles;
  • This includes supporting preparation for Cabinet sign off and validation of strategy and plans by the President
  • Supporting the engagement of the private sector – local SMEs and international investors and businesses; including helping SMES to build their capacity
  • Strengthening the monitoring and evaluation of the LASIP II and the Ministry’s data gathering
  • Research and identify innovative financing solutions for the sector;
  • Support the establishment of planned delivery mechanisms such as the PMU referenced in the plan; or of working groups per value chain
  • Support MoA to encourage coordination of funding towards Ministry priorities, this includes making a stronger case to the Ministry of Finance on financing agriculture and on their enabling access to innovating financing routes for smallholder farmers; it could also involve encouraging development partner coordination around key segments of the plan;
  • Support the value chain development approach focusing on one food security priority (rice) and one tree crop (cocoa)

Map out local and regional actors across priority value chains, identifying value chain gaps, availability of resources, capacity and use of best practices;

  • Analyze local, regional and international market and food security trends in terms of market demands and supply, price-scheduling mechanisms, supply chains and government market regulatory and control mechanisms;
  • Identify possible risks that value chain actors may face in market and suggest possible mitigation measures;
  • Identify critical interventions to be carried out by Government to create the necessary incentives within the sector; including ensuring cross- Ministerial working groups to progress value chain issues
  • Understand the coping mechanisms and the current livelihoods practices of the target communities and recommend alternative approaches to diversified livelihood options or food security;

Participate in team meetings and provide critical analysis and feedback regarding proposals and workplans with regards to desired objectives and principles;

Support successful execution of the LASIP II and provide support on other tasks the Ministry require that support forward movement of this agenda

What We Look For in Our People:

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience in program or project planning
  • Experience of working in government or with governments to achieve change
  • Experience in private sector development and value chain analysis
  • Preference to candidates who have worked and lived in post-conflict low-income countries and in varied culture; Liberian candidates with the right skill levels above will be encouraged to apply
  • Fluency in English

REPORTING:

The Advisor will be assigned to the Minister’s office and will be physically based in the office or close by for access to the Minister and the Chief of Staff. They will work closely with the Department of Planning and Development and will work closely with the team designing, planning and monitoring the LASIP II program under the supervision of the Deputy Minister of Agriculture. The Advisor will be expected to be an active participant in the PMU or any other delivery structures established. This will mean providing analysis, coordination support and reports needed, sometimes at short notice, to enable the work of the LASIP II team. In this respect, he/ she will be called to work closely with the Office of the Minister of Agriculture as well as counterparts at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

The Advisor will be expected to submit an Inception Report at the beginning of assignment to clarify areas of intervention as well as submit bi-weekly activity briefs and quarterly reports for each quarter reflecting stage-by-stage progress as well as comments on key issues as may be contained and/or encountered during each month/quarter subject to clarification by the MoA.

LOCATION:

Monrovia, Liberia, with possible travel to agricultural production areas as deemed necessary by Management.

CONTRACT PERIOD:

The role is planned for 2 years. But the contract will be initially for a 1 year period, renewable upon identified needs and available funding. Start date is targeted for October ber 2018 or soon after.

VALUES WE LOOK FOR:

COURAGE… because to tackle global challenges, we must innovate and take smart risks

COLLABORATION… because when we work together and with external partners, we can overcome even the largest problems

COMPASSION … because our work is ultimately about improving people’s lives

To apply please visit our website via the link.

End Date: 14 Sep 2018

About the Organization

About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:

At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change we are dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few. We do this by helping countries, their people and their governments, address some of the most difficult challenges in the world today – beginning with those where we think we can break new ground, offering leaders new thinking and new approaches. Our staff – over 200 of them, based all over the world – are working on some of the most intractable problems around issues of co-existence, governance, the peace process in the Middle East and renewing the centre.

Similar Jobs