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National Agricultural Economist

Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC)
The Analytic Unit for the Agriculture Sector under SNEC
Agriculture Services Programme for Innovation, Resilience and Extension (ASPIRE)

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY

 

National Agricultural Economist for the Analytic Unit for the Agriculture Sector under SNEC
(12 months, renewable contract)

 

The Royal Government of Cambodia has received financing in the form of a loan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development and a grant from the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme Trust Fund to support implementation of its Agriculture Services Programme for Innovation, Resilience and Extension (ASPIRE). Including Government funding, in total programme costs are forecast at USD 52.5 million over a seven-year implementation period. The lead Executing Agency for ASPIRE is the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC) has established its Analytic Unit for the Agriculture Sector within the structure of ASPIRE. Therefore, SNEC requires services of a qualified and experienced National Agricultural Economist to provide assistant to the Analytic Unit for the Agriculture Sector Program Director and Program Manager.

 

A. Scope of Work
The National Agricultural Economist will study and understand the policies of RGC and MAFF for the
1. agriculture sector, the strategic objectives of ASPIRE and the Programme Implementation Manual, in particular the section on Component 1 (Evidence Based Policy) and the section on Monitoring and Evaluation.
2. The National Agricultural Economist will support the Analytic Unit for the Agriculture Sector to conduct policy studies under ASPIRE Component 1, including: Identifying potential research topics and preparing concept notes for each topic for approval by the
   a. ASPIRE Steering Committee;
   b. Develop detailed study designs including Terms of Reference for expert researchers;
   c. Participate in data collection and analysis related to the studies;
   d. Participate in and facilitate dialogue events (policy seminars etc);
   e. Assist the Analytic Unit for the Agriculture Sector to review study findings and formulate policy recommendations.
3. The National Agricultural Economist will compile data, including but not limited to data from the ASPIRE Provincial Sub-Programmes, and conduct analysis on benefit-cost ratios of different models of delivery of agriculture extension services.
4. The National Agricultural Economist will prepare training materials and deliver trainings for SNEC staff and others on basic concepts, techniques and applications of agricultural economics. The trainings will be designed to assist non-specialists with a policy-making role to (1) analyze the expected impacts on farmers and on agricultural value added of different policy options for the agriculture sector; and (2) identify appropriate indicators for measuring progress to RGC policy objectives in the agriculture sector.
5. The National Agricultural Economist will provide expert analysis and advice to the leadership of SNEC to formulate policy options for senior RGC leadership related to the agriculture sector.
6. The National Agricultural Economist will perform other tasks as required by the Manager of the Analytical Unit for Agriculture Sector.

 

B. Qualifications and Experience Requirements
1. The National Agricultural Economist will have at least 2 years working experience (with PhD) or 5 years working experience (with Master’s degree) in an area related to the agriculture sector;
2. Previous experience of capacity development (acting in an advisory position to Government and/or preparation and delivery of technical trainings) strongly preferred.

 

Applications should be submitted to Mr. Lim Kimleang, Admin office of the Supreme National Economic Council (ឧត្តម ក្រុមប្រឹក្សាសេដ្ឋកិច្ចជាតិ), No.208A, Preah Norodom Blvd., Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh, Tel.: 092 384 563, E-mail: kleangone@yahoo.com and cc: sometheac@yahoo.com accompanying Curriculum Vitae with two referees with their contact details by June 30, 2017.