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Peluang Karir: Irrigated Agriculture Economist (International) - SC 105871 INO: Support to the Preparation of Improved Food Security and Irrigation Management Results-based Lending

Objective and Purpose of the Assignment

The proposed Improved Food Security and Irrigation Management Results-based Lending (RBL) will support the implementation of the Government of Indonesia (the Government) 2015-2019 National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) to (i) increase rice production for food security; (ii) develop higher value cropping to improve rural livelihoods; and (iii) promote more productive irrigation infrastructure and its sustainable management. The Project will improve management of irrigated agriculture through the delivery of an integrated package of infrastructure, improved asset management and operation and maintenance (O&M), strengthening of water user associations (WUA), and agriculture services to catalyze sector reforms.

The Project was originally designed as a sector loan and a project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) was approved in 2013 to support the Government to prepare a $250 million investment. The PPTA team mobilized in March 2014 and has completed the preparation of the sector loan in June 2015. The final workshop of the PPTA was held on 3 July 2015. As part of the 2015–2019 country partnership strategy (CPS) preparation, the Government expressed needs for additional financing to support for its food security agenda, including the rehabilitation of 3.2 million hectare (ha) of irrigated land.

To achieve its ambitious targets, the Government needs to address key issues in the sector, especially challenges in translating public investments to results and impact on the ground. These challenges include chronic implementation delays, high transaction costs, scattered interventions and challenges due to weak capacity of implementing agencies. The Government wishes to reduce transaction costs and hence, increase the efficiency in delivery of public investments and to see improved synergies between externally-financed projects, national programs and country systems in order to increase national ownership. The Directorate of Multilateral Foreign Financing (DMFF), BAPPENAS initiated a dialogue for the use of RBL for financing priority programs, such as this project. On 21 May 2015, an initial concept paper for the Project—using RBL—was presented to BAPPENAS, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing (MPWH) and the Ministry of Finance (MOF). The Project is proposed to be processed and implemented using the RBL modality.

Scope of Work

The proposed services will support the Government to improve readiness for accelerating progress towards loan implementation and to upgrade the Project from a Sector to RBL modality. The following key activities will be undertaken: (i) work with the implementing agencies to finalize activities, budgets, terms of reference for consulting services, and corresponding annual work plans; (ii) commence procurement for priority component projects; (iii) facilitate establishment of project implementation units; (iv) support DGWR in selection of the target areas and to socialize the Project in selected provinces and districts to support the preparation of on granting agreements; (v) conduct additional data collection for supporting upgrading of the economic analysis as per RBL requirements; (vi) support due diligence for financial management, governance, procurement, gender, and safeguards, including associated supporting documents prepared according to ADB guidelines on RBL modality; and (vii) update loan documentation as required prior to loan negotiations.

The consultants will also support DGWR as the proposed executing agency in the initial stages of its operation and until the loan effectiveness. The work will include:

  1. Set up a critical path programme linking all work and activities required by all stakeholders to ensure timely and smooth commencement of loan implementation;
  2. Support establishment of project implementation units including drafting of terms of reference for counterpart staff;
  3. Support budget allocation (DIPA) for each subcomponents with implementing agencies to ensure timely implementation of the project components;
  4. Update as required the readiness documentation in close coordination with the Directorate of Planning and Programming, DGWR and the Directorate of Multilateral Foreign Funding, BAPPENAS;
  5. Identify additional studies and/or capacity building required to ensure sustainability of the loan-funded intervention;
  6. Conduct socialization with selected provinces and districts, assess fiscal capacity and prepare overall work plan;
  7. Prepare implementation guidelines (JUKNIS/JUKLAT) prior to loan effectiveness;
  8. Support the government to finalize the irrigation management unit (IMU) concept;
  9. Integrate DGWR and MOA spatial information into a geographic information system (GIS) to support integrated planning between infrastructure and agriculture activities;
  10. Prepare methodology and guidelines for updating of the irrigation asset management system (IAMS);
  11. Prepare the subproject summary report (SSR) format that combine the PSETK, water balance and PROM assessments; and
  12. Assist in liaison with the executing agency, implementing agencies, BAPPENAS, ADB, Development Partners and other key stakeholders.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output

  1. Using collected data in an econometric analysis that effectively isolates the effect of irrigation development from covariates, including factors conditioning program placement and farmer participation, so as to rigorously predict the effects of irrigation expansion on cropping intensity, yields and variable production costs (methods may include Propensity Score Matching, endogenous switching regressions, instrumental variables or other control function approaches);
  2. Calculation of conversion factors for translating financial prices into economic prices;
  3. Application of 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;
  4. Application of costing and economic surplus estimates in economic rate of return analysis;
  5. Sensitivity and switching value analysis on the parameters estimated and key assumptions/risks underpinning the rate of return calculations;
  6. Providing guidance to the national Financial Management Specialist and ensure their outputs meet ADB's requirements; (vii) Preparing draft and final reports detailing the above tasks and outputs; and
  7. Update the loan documentation as needed in line with staff guidance for RBL financing.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

The specialist will have a post-graduate degree in Economics, or equivalent, with at least 10 years of professional experience in undertaking economic assessments preferably within the irrigation, agriculture and water resources management sectors, including undertaking baseline surveys. The specialist will also have financial assurance experience, with relevant prior ADB or other MDB experience. Understanding of econometrics and economic surplus analysis is important to the rigorous methods intended for this assessment. Experience in ADB or other externally assisted programs will be considered an advantage.

Minimum General Experience: 10 Years; Minimum Specific Experience (relevant to assignment): 10 Years
Deadline: 09-Sep-2015 11:59 PM Manila local time

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