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                                        ROBERT AKIKA NGONG


Temporary Address:        P.O. BOX 445, KIGALI - RWANDA;             Tel: (250)-517796 (off);
                           - 86040 (home); (250) 08302524; Fax: (250) 75451; e-mail:

Permanent Address:         2954 St. Helen Circle, Silver Spring, MD. 20906.

Date of birth:            November 19th,1949;        Citizenship: Cameroon, West Africa

Family Status:            Have four children as dependents.


September 1980            Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
 August 1983              Ph.D. candidate, Economics (ABD)

September 1974            The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA
 December 1975                   M.Sc. Statistics, (Economic and Social Statistics)

June 1974                 US Bureau of the Census, Washington, D.C.
 August 1975              Advance Diploma, Agricultural Statistics, (surveys/censuses techniques)

June 1970                 Makerere University, Kampala - Uganda, East Africa
 April 1973               B.Sc. (Honors) Statistics and Applied Economics


Very fluent in written and spoken English. Fluent in written and spoken French. Speak and understand
Pidgin English (Creole).

             AWARDS                                       PROFESSIONAL LISTING
       FAO award - BC degree (1970)         American Agricultural Economics Association
       FAO fellowship - M.S. degree (1974)  American Agricultural Statistics Association
       AFGRAD fellowship - PhD degree       International Association of Agriculture
         (1979)                               Economics

May 19, 2000 – present                      World Bank expert

Adviser to the National Poverty Reduction Program Unit on setting up a Poverty Observatoire for monitoring
poverty (responsible for design, drawing up work program and budget); designed and executed (i) a Public
Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS) in the Health and Education sector; (ii) a CWIQ survey to be used as
input for the PRSP; and (iii) a Benefit-incidence analysis study to determine the proportion of poor and non-
poor that benefit from public expenditure thus leading to better targeting of the poor.

Appraised and advised the Government of Chad on the feasibility of executing a PETS in their efforts to
analyze if public expenditures reach service providers and if the public services are pro-poor.

Currently (i) lead adviser in designing a strategic master plan for developing Rwanda Statistical System; (ii)
guide and advise country coordinator on the adoption of the IMF’s framework on data standards in statistical
capacity building – GDDS; and (iii) designing the monitoring system for the PRSP (including setting interim
targets and costings) .

Aug. 1996 - March 31. 2000:                   UNDP Secondment Staff

Principal Technical Adviser, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Rwanda. Counterpart to Director
of Statistics on day to day management of the Department. Responsible for rebuilding a decimated
department of statistics. In particular:
   - developed a national program for statistical strengthening;
   - plan training; improvement, compilation and production of real sector statistics (trade statistics,
        cpi, etc.);
   - responsible for the on the job training, preparation and execution of an extensive household living
        standards survey with an expanded income- expenditure module;
   - initiate process for creating a central “live” database - a databank on all statistical data and related
           - plan, organize and supervise publication of statistical yearbook;
   - trained staff on how to analyze the consistency and comparability of data;
   - actively involved in the setting up of a Poverty Observatory and guiding the development of the
        poverty monitoring and evaluation component;
   - participate in various meetings for harmonization of concepts, and definitions ;

Feb. 1987 - Aug. 1996:               The World Bank

         Sept. 1992-Aug. 1996:       Senior Statistician

          Working in a number of SSA countries: responsible for providing guidance on technical analysis on
household surveys (statistical abstracts, survey reports, socio-economic studies and production of poverty
profiles). Advised and supervised on different stages of survey implementation (Living Standard Survey;
Budget-Consumption Survey; Beneficiaries Assessments; Participatory Surveys; Sectoral Surveys, etc.). Lead
a study tour of Directors of Statistics to various countries as part of Statistical capacity building for poverty

         Actively participated in the appraisal and design of statistical institution building project for Côte
d’Ivoire’s and Niger’s Statistical System respectively aiming at developing their human resources, equipment,
organization, and management capacity.

         Feb. 1989 to Sept. 1992: Regional Survey Manager

          Depending on the country - Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana,
Eritrea, Guinea, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, and Zambia - assessed and analyzed their statistical
capacity to carry-out household survey and then tailor the survey to the level of their capacity. Advised and
supervised on all aspects of the survey implementation, analysis, training and publications. Provided
leadership in the design, preparation and formulation of the project.

        Participated in the implementation and evaluation of agricultural statistical systems program notably
in Guinea;

         Organized and supervised various workshops on survey data analysis with participants from other

         Actively involved in the development of the STATCAP initiative (program for advancing statistical
capacity building initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa)..

         June 1987 to Feb. 1988: Statistician

         Moved to the newly formed Social Dimensions of Adjustment unit where I was actively involved in
the production of the proto-type Integrated Survey questionnaire and Priority Survey questionnaire and
manuals. In addition carried out appraisal missions to Zambia and Ghana to assess their statistical capacities
and design their household surveys.

         Mar. 1986 to June 1987: Consultant

          Lead Adviser to the Mauritania Government in the implementation of the living standard
measurement survey (LSMS) - a fairly complex survey that collects data on characteristics of households
(education, health, employment activities, migration, income, expenditures, production, etc.), anthropometric
data, prices community level statistics. Responsible for all aspects of the survey preparation, the design,
implementation and overall guidance of the survey.

 Feb. 1984 to Mar.1986: USAID

          Technical Adviser, Agricultural Statistics, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Agriculture, St. Vincent
and the Grenadines under a USAID project. Designed, organized and supervised the execution of an
agricultural census and related surveys. Supervised the cartographic work. Was able to do the census -
questionnaire design, reference manuals, semi-verbatim training guides, data entry and data analysis - using
micro-computers (a unique achievement at the time).

         During this period, gave technical backstopping to the Ag Census and Survey work in St. Lucia and
in Antigua.

                                AGRICULTURE, CAMEROON.

          Sept. 1977 to Sept. 1980: Chef du Service Statistique Agricole.

         Responsible for directing all activities related to agricultural statistics - producing quarterly
agricultural situation reports, setting up indices of agricultural production, report on important development in
agricultural sector, developing long-range plans for integrating sample surveys for complementing gaps in
census data. Supervised various agro-economic surveys, e.g. survey of food crop farming systems in the
eastern province of Cameroon.

         Interim director (until departure for further studies) for the preparation of the 1982 National
Agricultural Censuses - responsible for the budgeting, training, staffing and complete planning for the census

          From August 1978, had the cumulative function of chief Liaison Officer for the Cameroon
Government with UDEAC (Economic and Customs Union of Central African States: Cameroon, Central
African Republic, Chad, Congo, and Gabon) on matters related to Statistics and Rural Development. Was
part of a team that visited all member countries to assess their various methods of agriculture statistics data
collection and study ways through which the FAO census could be coordinated between countries.

         Dec. 1975 to Sept. 1977: Chef du Service Adjoint du Statistique Agricole.

           Responsible for the gathering, compiling, elaborating, editing and publishing of agricultural
statistics yearbook. Conducted surveys; trained field technicians in the preparation of sample design;
formulated plan for collecting, processing and tabulating data. Prepared such materials as table outlines and
setting up of quality control techniques for various operations. With USAID economists, prepared a
comprehensive program for the strengthening to the Agricultural Statistics Services, and in conjunction with
the National Advance School of Agronomy, conducted a region-wide study of enterprise budget, whole farm
budget and partial budget survey of the major export crops of cocoa and coffee.

                               AGRICULTURE, CAMEROON.

           Chief of Bureau (until departure foe Master's degree studies): task was to work as provincial field
supervisor for the FAO financed Ag. Census project. Under the general supervision of FAO Project
Manager, supervised and organized fieldwork. Also, carried out an economics survey of a district in the
littoral province.

                                             PART TIME WORK


         Senior Systems Analyst responsible for testing and then criticizing ease of applicability of relevant
software as are developed for small to medium-size farmers. (was also writing my thesis part time).

Summer 1982 & Summer 1983: Trained USAID participants from Third World countries on the design of
effective and appropriate strategies for the collection, summarization, and presentation of information on
small farmers; showed participants how to develop labor budget (labor supply and labor demand
information), net worth statements (owners equity), net farm income statement, enterprise budget and cash
flow budget. Assisted in the lab demonstration on how to construct production function (from which marginal
product of labor could be derived) and partial budgets. Assisted in training in the application of linear
programming package (LINDO) and on farming systems research and development.

Summer 1981:                THE WORLD BANK

        As a summer intern, reviewed past work on economic prices of outputs in the Sahelian zone.
Derived consistent estimates for vehicle operating costs for the Western Africa Division for the World Bank.
Did analysis on rent and cost recovery methods on public-financed projects.

Dec. 1980 to Sept. 1982: COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

         Part time researcher carrying out, on ad-hoc basis, various statistical analysis for different professor
in the department. This involved my using SAS, SPSS, MINITAB, TSP, LINDO, etc. Major tasks covered
analyzing time series data of private farm through analyzing agro-economic data from some developing
countries, (e.g., analyzing agricultural credit data from the Dominican Republic).

Aug. 1976 to Jul. 1980:     University of Cameroon, Yaoundé;

         Lecturer (part-time) - taught courses in statistical and economic principles, and methodology.

Aug. 1976 to Jul. 1980:     National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (INSAE)

         Every June, conducted an intensive six weeks field training of students in conducting an agricultural
sample survey in a rural farming area for the purpose of putting into practice their earlier classroom training.
The field demonstration required participants to carry out the principal activities involved in collecting
agricultural statistics - prepare a listing of the holdings in the sample enumeration areas, select and enumerate
a sample of holdings, edit, code and tabulate the data, and analyze the tabulation.


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