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World Bank recruiting Communications Consultant for Africa

Nairobi, Kenya, 16 September 2016

Agribusiness plays a vital role in economic development, contributing a major portion of GDP, employment, and foreign exchange earnings in many developing countries. This is particularly true in Africa, where agriculture accounts for 25 percent of the continent’s GDP, and 70 percent of employment.

Despite its importance, Sub-Saharan Africa’s agribusiness sector faces numerous challenges. In many countries, most crops are produced by small-sized farms with limited mechanization and capacity, leading to poor yields. Fragmented markets, price controls, and poor infrastructure also hamper production.  Many of the agricultural products produced in the region, such as maize, rice, and palm oil, are not competitive globally or have low profit margins. This means that Sub-Saharan Africa is ill equipped to meet its food requirements, which are set to double in the next 30 years or even sooner. 

In the last four years, the World Bank Group has increased its annual agriculture investment from $4.1 billion to $6.1 billion. In fiscal year 2012, IFC investments across the agriculture value chain in Africa reached $550 million. IFC is embarking on a five-year program to increase its investments in agribusiness in Africa to $2 billion.

The Manufacturing Agribusiness and Services (MAS) Advisory department is looking for a consultant to support its project across Africa in organizing the communications function for quality information internally and externally through all media platforms - print, audio, video and digital.

The consultant will be based in Kenya and will report to the advisory team in Nairobi, with co-reporting to the regional communications team.

The consultant is being contracted for 75 days annually.

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