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 Job - Agriculture Economists (ALMA)

 Duration: 30.07.2020 - present


Company: Alma Consulting

Vacancy: Agriculture Economists

Project duration: International (2 person month), national (4 person month)



  • A university degree or above in economics, or other related fields;
  • At least 10 years of work experience in undertaking economic analysis, preferably within the irrigation, agriculture and environment sectors
  • Previous experience with ADB and/or World Bank projects on economic assessment is desirable.
  • The international economist will also have experience in cost estimates and financial analysis.



Specifically, the economists will:

  1. undertaking a detailed economic and financial analyses in accordance with ADB’s Guidelines for the Economic Analysis of Projects, covering all areas such as (a) macroeconomic context assessment, (b) sector context assessment, (c) demand analysis, (d) economic rationale, (e) least-cost analysis, (f) cost–benefit analysis, (g) financial and institutional sustainability assessment, (h) distribution analysis between different groups and calculating poverty impact ratio and analyzing project impact on farmers' incomes (farm budget analysis), and (i) sensitivity and risk analysis;
  2. Identify, discuss targets of productivity or diversification rate to measure how much of the potential can be realized given the improvement in irrigation. It is essential that the rationale presents a few metrics to illustrate both current and future potential of agricultural productivity and diversification targets within the project area, as to have some perspective on how much benefits can be realized given the proposed irrigation improvements by the project;
  3. Assess the expected contribution of the project in the reduction of water loss will be obtained with the help of the irrigation and drainage experts;
  4. identifying the economic risks associated with the project and undertaking a sensitivity and risk analysis;
  5. undertaking financial sustainability analysis of the project;
  6. collecting necessary survey data from the field, government or other institutions, for example, farm budgets, "cost of cultivation" survey or other regular data collection;
  7. calculate the conversion factors for translating financial prices into economic prices and apply parameters on cropping patterns, baseline input-output characteristics, and expected "treatment" effects of irrigation to calculate output market supply shifts and consequences for producer, consumer and labor in explicit economic surplus analyses for major crops;
  8. together with the financial management specialist, prepare the detailed costing of the project, collecting component-wise detailed costs from other experts, and contribute to project packaging, following the guidance set out in the ADB's Financial Due Diligence Note (2009), Technical Guidance Note (TGN) for financial management assessment (2015), TGN for project financial reporting (2015), and TGN for preparation of cost estimates, and eLearn module for cost estimates preparation and presentation (2014); and will prepare project cost estimates using excel for each main project cost item including base costs, physical and price contingencies, and financial charges during implementation. Base costs are expressed in domestic currency and on real price basis. Base costs also distinguish between foreign exchange and local currency components, as well as recurrent and investment costs, and separate identification of taxes included within cost components. Project costs would also include estimates of resettlement costs and environment mitigation costs, if applicable;
  9. prepare projections of future incremental costs, assess whether the implementing agencies will have funding to cover long-term costs as needed to ensure investment program sustainability, and identify actions needed to ensure investment program financial sustainability as conditions;
  10. prepare standard cost estimates tables (by expenditure category, by financier, by Output, and by Year);
  11. prepare a project financing plan taking into account any prospective cofinancing and assessing veracity of proposed counterpart funding;
  12. assist in conducting sector assessment and establishing project rationale for ADB involvement;
  13. assist in developing the project financial covenants, if necessary - in particular, actions needed to ensure project sustainability should be identified covering operating performance, liquidity and debt serviceability;
  14. assist in designing performance indicators and monitoring arrangements;
  15. assist in identifying elements, strategies, and/or future plans on how the project will ease the participation of the private sector into irrigation in NAR to completely align it with the government’s development objective;
  16. cooperate with the social development specialists in designing household surveys on irrigation tariffs, affordability, and willingness-to-pay; and
  17. undertake other tasks as deemed necessary by the team leader.

Alma Consulting is looking for “Agriculture Economist” expert. Experts are requested to send their CVs to

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