Agricultural Technology (AgriTech) Consultant

tbigc/TP/9595/542

Number of Positions:
1
Contract Type:
Consultant
Contract Details:
Ongoing
Salary:
Remuneration Negotiable
Working Hours:
6 week Contract
Location:
Luanda
Closing Date:
24/05/2022
Job Category:
Tech for Development
Business Area / Division:
Advisory - Africa
Business Unit:
Angola

Focus of the Role

We are looking to engage a consultant for a six week period to work closely with the Angola country team, the central T4D team and the Agriculture and Food Practice, to assess the current agtech landscape, to understand the scope of agtech to accelerate the agdelivery and aginvestment priorities and to develop a specific partnership proposal for TBI’s tech / digitisation support to the government’s agriculture transformation agenda and in the agriculture ecosystem in Angola.

 

Job Introduction

The Institute is scaling up its support to multiple governments in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia to accelerate reforms and progress, through better delivery support, technology and private sector engagement (value chain and investment facilitation). One sector in which this comprehensive approach is being applied is in agriculture.

The Government of Angola is seeking to accelerate the diversification of its economy from its dependence on oil. It is prioritising agricultural and agro-industrial development, as well as digitisation. In the past years reforms have been introduced that have boosted Agricultural production, however, the country still only cultivates approximately 10 percent of its 35 million hectares of arable land. It recognises the importance of improving implementation mechanisms, of accelerating private investment and the role of digital technologies to propel the development of the sector.

TBI has been supporting the Government of Angola since 2020 to strengthen its delivery and investment capability in the centre of government and in the investment agency (AIPEX). The Government has now asked TBI to extend this support, including through technology facilitation, to the agriculture sector.

TBI is commencing an effort to scope the agricultural sector in Angola and how its holistic offer of agri delivery support, agri technology support and agri investment support can accelerate the government’s ambitions. This effort will be conducted by our Angola team, our Agriculture and Food Practice and our Global Technology for Development Programme.

Key Responsibilities

Key outcomes of the assignment

  • To ensure that the agriculture support offered by TBI to the Government of Angola – which may centre on delivery and coordination support, and on value chain and investment facilitation – makes full use of the applicable and pragmatic agricultural technological solutions. These could range from agdata platforms (e.g. farmer and farm registries), to agbased services (such as mobile money, e-extension and e-vouchers), to farm level technologies (such as smart machines, irrigation technologies, mapping technologies, controlled farming technologies), to crop specific technologies and through to post-harvest and processing technologies.
  • In close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and other key institutions within the Government of Angola:
    • Assess entry points where the Institute’s T4D programming adds strategic value to the Government’s agricultural objectives
    • Deliver an early scoping report to TBI Angola and T4D leadership with assessment of the relevant landscape and highest potential areas for impact against TBI T4D’s strategic framework and feasibility, linked to TBI’s wider proposed agricultural advisory support
    • Align with TBI leadership on specific tech / digisation opportunities for a partnership proposal based on impact and aligned to TBI’s T4D Strategic Framework
    • Develop a specific partnership proposal to present back to government on AgTech, in discussion and agreement with TBI T4D and Africa leadership

Person Specification

The successful candidate must demonstrate a good understanding of the  agriculture ecosystem and tech/digital space in Sub-Saharan  Africa Countries. Prior work with the Government of Angola is highly desirable. Additional skills and competencies required include:

  • At least 7  years’ of consulting experience preferred, ideally including experience in AgTech implementation
  • Prior experience working on programmes/projects in emerging markets, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa is highly desirable
  • Ability to present information in a concise, insightful and structured manner, in written and oral form.
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills, including sound knowledge of data analysis, strategic planning, and project management practices
  • Conceptual and methodological skills and in applying qualitative and quantitative research evaluation methods
  • Experience in analytical and research studies in the state sector, within public reforms, national and investment projects
  • Experience in development and/or implementation of risk management/matrix frameworks
  • Ability to coordinate with multi-disciplinary advisors
  • High quality communication, drafting and presentational skills
  • Excellent in building and managing effective relationships including the ability to navigate complex political environments
  • Fluency in Portuguese and  English (oral and written)

About The Institute

The Tony Blair Institute (TBI) is a mission-driven not for profit organisation. We exist to equip political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive and prosperous societies. We work hard, every day, to make a difference. When governments work well they are able to create economic and social change in a way that promotes fairness, social justice and opportunity. We work relentlessly to support leader and governments with the challenges they face. Giving them practical solutions and actionable insights, that once implemented, can be transformative for their people  

We do this within two connected divisions: 

 Government Advisory 

Our Government Advisory teams work directly with political leaders and governments around the world to implement reforms that improve the lives of their citizens. It works with a variety of partners and its outputs cover a range of disciplines and projects across countries in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South Asia.

 Policy Futures 

Our Policy Futures work encompasses three broad areas: 

  • Renewing the Centre: developing a bold and innovative domestic policy programme to help renew the centre ground of British politics; 
  • Tech and Public Policy: exploring the policy challenges and opportunities presented by the technological revolution; and 
  • Extremism Policy Unit: creating solutions designed to tackle the threat of extremist ideologies in the UK and around the world. 

As an organisation, the core beliefs we all embrace are: 

  • Open and Progressive: you’ll believe in the value of teamwork 
  • Bold and Pragmatic: you’ll approach everything you do with integrity and authenticity 
  • Optimistic Changemaker: you’ll be focused on results 

TBI believes embracing diversity and inclusion make us a better place to work.  It’s our goal to reflect everyone in society and we actively welcome applications from individuals and groups who are under-represented in the workplace. We celebrate difference be it ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. We will only ever assess you on your abilities and fit for a role. We’re happy to discuss any adjustments you need to ensure a level playing field during recruitment and, if you\'re successful, discuss any adjustments you might need to thrive in your role.