Senior Public Sector Specialist - Public Sector Development
Public Sector Development
Close on 27 May 2022
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The World Bank consists of two entities – the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). It is a global development cooperative owned by 189 member countries.
Western and Central Africa (AFW) Region
We need the best and brightest talent focused on Sub-Saharan African countries in order to harness the potential and innovation happening across the continent. Africa is a continent on the move, with a young population and a growing market of nearly 1.2bn people. We are committed to making the Africa regional teams into leading innovation hubs.
Yet, these vast opportunities are tempered by persistent gaps in education, health, and skills, which have Africa only reaching forty percent of its estimated potential. Moreover, conflict, food insecurity, population growth, and the disruptive forces of climate change threaten to curtail or even reverse the progress that has been made over the past decades.
In West and Central Africa, the World Bank is a leading partner with a growing portfolio of 387 projects totaling more than $44.1 billion in areas such as agriculture, trade and transport, energy, education, health, water and sanitation- all to support job creation, gender equality, poverty reduction, and better lives. Across the continent, the World Bank’s program has nearly doubled over the last 10 years. By 2030, about 87% of the world’s extreme poor are projected to live in Sub-Saharan Africa, so this is where our mission to end extreme poverty and to promote shared prosperity will be achieved.
Are you ready to make an impact? We are looking for dedicated professionals to join our innovative and diverse team to improve people’s lives and help countries build back better after COVID.
While the overall business climate in Africa is the weakest in the world, several countries including some fragile states have made great strides in improving their environment for business. What is emerging as a result is a growing region, with setbacks from time to time, that is increasingly seen as a destination for investment as much as for aid; and one where leaders are increasingly willing to address problems of poor governance that harms development effectiveness. For more e information: https://www.worldbank.org/en/region/afr
Country management unit context
The AWFC1 country management unit (CMU) covers 5 countries (Cabo Verde, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal) and delivers Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA) and lending services to these countries.
Governance Global Practice context
The Governance GP helps developing countries build capable, efficient, open, inclusive and accountable institutions that can support economic growth, reduce poverty, deliver needed services and earn the confidence of citizens. Our work encompasses public financial management, public procurement, civil service reform, open government, anti-corruption, and using technology to improve quality and access to government services. More information: https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/governance
Roles and accountabilities
The Senior Public Sector Specialist will be under the supervision of the Governance Practice Manager for the Unit in charge of Africa Francophone group countries, EAWG1 (Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal, Chad, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, and Togo). The Senior Public Sector will focus on the programs in Mauritania and Senegal where he/she will provide support to the Governance program in these countries.
He/she will be expected to:
- Contribute to the preparation and supervision of public sector governance operations and ensure effective and timely delivery of programs,
- Actively engage in dialogue and build working relationships with key government counterparts and development partners,
- Contribute to business development.
He/she will specifically work on providing support to:
- Co-manage a Program for Results project on decentralization with a focus on monitoring local government IFMIS implementation and budgetary allocation in line with the expenditure framework and contribute to the overall supervision of the program,
- Represent the World Bank in the Donor Coordination PFM Working Group,
- Work closely with the Financial management specialist on public financial management issues.
- Contribute to the decentralization agenda and World Bank projects with a focus on strengthening local government institutional capacities.
Required qualifications and skills
The successful candidate will be a professional with thematic experience on public sector and GovTech, and good knowledge of Western Africa. Specifically, the candidate will be selected on the basis of the following competencies:
• MA/MS degree in economics, political economy public administration or audit,
• Minimum 8 years of relevant professional experience with a strong record on policy advisory services to government and overall public financial management,
• In-depth technical and sectoral expertise in the areas of civil service, good governance, transparency and accountability, fiscal management/economic governance and political economy.
• Proven track record in project and program design, management, and implementation in public sector reforms in particular on ongoing public sector reforms in Senegal.
• Strong team player and proactive team member with a clear ability to work effectively with others in a multicultural environment, but equally able to work autonomously.
• Able to take initiatives.
• Fluent in English and French (written, read and spoken).
Professional with solid operational experience on governance, public sector lending and non-lending instruments or the World Bank and/or other multilateral lending institutions, including trust-funded, IPF and result-based lending.
• Public Administration - Understands the overall dimensions and structures of the mechanics of government and its public administration, including public financial management, SOE reform, domestic resource mobilization (especially tax policy and tax administration), decentralization and service delivery.
• Drive for Results - Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has the personal organization to do so.
• Client Orientation - Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success.
• Written and Verbal Communication - Delivers information effectively in support of team or workgroup
• Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team's work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.
• Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner.
• Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work.
World Bank Group Core Competencies
The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
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