Livestock Specialist

World Bank


Job #: req21825
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Agriculture
Grade: GF
Term Duration: 4 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: International Recruitment
Location: Washington, DC,United States
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s): Spanish, French
Closing Date: 3/31/2023 (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. For more information, visit

Agriculture is an essential pathway to meeting the World Bank Group’s (WBG) twin goals—eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 and promoting shared prosperity. Food production must increase by at least 35 percent to meet the needs of the rising global population. This task made even more challenging considering that the largest impact of climate change will be on agriculture. Yet, agriculture is a major contributor to climate change. Improving resilience while reducing agriculture’s environmental footprint thus have to integral parts of any strategy to sustainably improve food production and boost shared prosperity. Meeting today’s challenges on the food and agriculture agenda will require major strides in agricultural innovation and climate smart agriculture, efficiency in food production and distribution systems, promoting environmentally and socially sustainable production practices to reduce the impact on natural habitats while proactively restoring degraded landscape, strengthening agricultural policy and institutions, promoting more efficient and green agribusiness value chains, and joint private- and public- sector action.

The Agriculture and Food Global Practice (AGF GP) of the WBG, works with and across multiple sectors, in recognition of the fact that agriculture’s outcomes often depend on actions that lie outside the AGF GP and agriculture’s outcomes often directly impact the outcomes other GP’s seek to achieve, such as on environment, jobs and health. Achieving sustainable results also requires active engagement and cooperation with other development agencies and stakeholders. Accordingly, a capacity to work across AGF GP, other GPs and institutional boundaries, forge coalitions and influence multi-sectoral and coordinated development solutions is essential for achieving the major objectives of improving agriculture outcomes.

The AGF GP’s Global Engagement Unit (SAGGL) has a broad strategic mandate to develop, manage, and promote the AGF GP’s global and corporate responsibilities. To serve this mandate, the unit is responsible for designing and managing global programs, coordinating across regions to ensure the global nature of solutions the Bank brings to agriculture priorities and food in specific countries, facilitate knowledge and technical support to operational teams, provide corporate and high-quality client services across the full range of IBRD and IDA countries. It engages in high priority and strategic analytical work and strategic policy dialogue and engagements at the global and regional levels, often on a just-in-time basis. SAGGL is organized into seven teams including: 1) Climate Smart Agriculture, 2) Maximizing Financing for Development, 3) Data and Digital Agriculture, 4) Food safety, Animal health, FL&W, Nutrition, 5) Public Policy and Expenditures, 6) Food and Nutrition Security, and 7) Partnerships and Quality (P&Q) Team.

The AGF GP is hiring a Livestock specialist to assist in raising awareness, strengthening knowledge, capacity, and increasing demand in client countries for an integrated, unifying approach that recognizes that the health of humans, domestic and wild animals, and the ecosystems they share are closely interlinked and dependent. One Health (OH) aims to sustainably balance and optimize shared health outcomes and contributes to addressing global health security threats, such as zoonoses, food safety, vector-borne as well as other climate change sensitive diseases, pandemic risks, and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). OH mobilizes multiple communities, sectors, and disciplines to work together to foster well-being and tackle threats to health and ecosystems, while addressing the collective need for clean water, energy, and air, safe and nutritious food, action on climate change, and contributing to sustainable development. In doing so, the approach provides opportunities for cobenefits and improvements in agriculture practices, transform food systems, reduce poverty and achieve green, resilient and inclusive development.

Duties & Accountabilities:

The position is expected to have the same five results areas as all staff in the unit:

• Corporate commitments from IDA PC monitoring to producing corporate briefs etc.
• Global knowledge including global ASAs such as flagship reports and other ASA/PASA.
• Providing cross support to regions on ASA, LEN, SPN, ICR .
• Knowledge Management including AGF forum, leadership on Communities of Practice, BBLs, Open Learning Courses etc.
• Peer Review regional products coming to the Global Unit as part of the quality review process.

Selection Criteria

• Master’s degree or higher in an area relevant to Livestock or One Health such as agriculture, veterinary medicine, public health.
• Strong research and analytical skills.
• At least 5 years of relevant experience in the livestock/one health-related area.
• Technical experience in the design and implementation of projects.
• Experience in supporting development programs in countries and regions where the World Bank provides technical and financial assistance.
• Strong client orientation, interpersonal and diplomatic skills, and ability to support dialogue with high-level government officials.
• Ability to influence policies, broker informed consensus, and manage complex bargains among institutions or stakeholders with divergent interests.
• Ability to provide technical assistance and subject matter expertise to specialist and nonspecialist teams.
• Experience working with international partner organizations.
• Demonstrated ability to lead and function across sectors in analytical and operational work.
• A track record of teamwork and the ability to produce high-quality results and outputs under pressure with minimal supervision.
• Strong organizational skills, and ability to prioritize tasks and ensure the timely completion of tasks under pressure.
• Strong communication (written and oral) and presentation skills.
• Superior writing skills in English; knowledge of other languages such as Spanish and French a strong plus.
• Computer literacy in basic software for word processing, spreadsheet, and database.

Technical Competencies:

• Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interacts with clients at the policy level.
• Policy Dialogue Skills – Anticipates needs and requests in the field and conducts independent policy discussions with high level representatives of the government and non-government partners.
• Integrative Skills – Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; ability to conceptualize scaling up micro and project level outcomes to macro and global transformative outcomes.
• Global Health Security – Solid understanding of global health policies, strategies, institutions, standards and regulations.
• Project Design for Impact and Sustainability – Contributes to the design of projects and programs based on an understanding of the country and sector context.
• Multi-sector Dialogue – Able to conduct a dialogue with a range of clients including on complex issues related to climate change and its impacts, including agriculture, environment, finance, and private sector and markets, based on a solid understanding of interactions with agriculture.
• Client Orientation – Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge.
• Drive for Results – Identifies the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables.
• Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Shows leadership in ensuring the team stays organized and focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches.
• Knowledge, Learning, and Communication – Leads in the sharing of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons learned across units and with clients and partners, articulating ideas verbally and in writing in a clear and compelling way across audiences of varied levels.
• Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Gathers inputs, assesses risk, considers impact and articulates benefits of decisions for internal and external stakeholders over the long term.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

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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