World Bank

Senior Public Sector Specialist

World Bank

Job Description

  Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. Visit www.worldbank.org. Equitable growth, finance and institutions The Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI) Practice Group provides support to low- and middle-income countries to build the economic and institutional foundations for inclusive and sustainable growth and, thereby, make progress towards achieving the World Bank Group’s twin goals of reducing poverty and boosting shared prosperity! The EFI Practice Group includes the WBG Global Practices of Finance Competitiveness and Innovation (FCI); Governance (GOV), Macroeconomics Trade and Investment (MTI); and Poverty and Equity (POV). Governance Global Practice The Governance Global Practice (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 reforming intuitions for fiscal management and public finance, civil service, openness and transparency, anti-corruption, and technology to improve quality and access to government services! More information: https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/governance Background and general description The Public Sector and Institutions Team working on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is comprised of about 15 staff with 3-4 staff in country offices and the remainder based in Washington, D.C. Together we are responsible for conducting the policy dialogue and providing technical advice and analytical services across the range of governance interventions. This includes strengthening institutions in the areas of Revenue and Expenditure Management, Public Administration Reform, Digital Governance, Integrity and Anticorruption. The GCC work program consists entirely of Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) financed engagements carried out in close collaboration with the clients. The themes of renewing the social contract, fiscal consolidation and improved budgeting and wage bill management are key concerns for regional policymakers. In response to these priorities, the program in the GCC includes a comprehensive engagement in all aspects of fiscal and public resource management, including regular public expenditure reviews, budget planning, treasury management, transparency and anti-corruption and emerging engagements on tax policy and administration. The recent opening of the Abu Dhabi office has also opened new avenues of emphasis on GovTech and bureaucracy reform as well as the potential for sub-national engagements with each of the Emirates. The team works in close collaboration with the Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Practice (MTI) in the World Bank, including co-leading regional Public Expenditure Reviews (PERs) and Country Economic Memoranda (CEMs). The team also works closely with the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation in (FCI) in the World Bank, on public sector employment issues. The program includes delivery of the GCC’s largest program of RAS engagements a large body of complex analytic and advisory products as well as technical assistance and training and capacity building activities. All of our tasks are integral to the policy dialogue of the country program. The selected candidate is expected to lead the RAS engagement and serve as an integrator of the various pieces of the program as well as strengthen further the links with the client and the overall country program. He or she will report to the MENA Governance Public Sector Practice Manager who will be based in Cairo, Egypt. Responsibilities • Provide technical leadership for the Bank’s work in the GCC including fiscal/public resource management, and broader public sector management and institutions, • Provide strategic advice in this area to the Country Management Unit and the Practice Management; • Provide the day-to-day technical guidance to the team working on the GCC including those based in the field and in Washington, D.C. This includes playing a quality assurance role as well as coaching and mentoring of junior staff, working closely with and in consultation with the Practice Manager; • Actively initiate dialogue and build working relationships with key government counterparts, and development partners to ensure high impact of advisory and analytical work; • Play a central role in the Practice’s business development efforts in the GCC; • Ensure the integration of key thematic areas (fiscal/public resource management, decentralization, bureaucracy reform, performance management) in the country work program and promote multi-sector approaches; • Engage with the broader EFI country team, and other GPs to enhance the rigor of advice on cross- cutting and sectoral issues in support of the country program agenda; • Facilitate interaction and exchange of expertise and knowledge with GOV GP and EFI Practice Group; Selection Criteria • Master’s or Ph.D. degree in public policy, economics, political science or other related field with at least twelve years of experience. • Superior analytical skills demonstrated through task leadership of major sector/economic reports and other published work related to fiscal/public finance management, public institutions, decentralization or public administration reform; • Strong integrative capacities; i.e., ability to situate public sector governance and Institutional strengthening activities within a coherent strategic framework and economic development narrative. • Strong experience in quality control and review of analytical products. • Strong communication and client handling skills, including the ability to speak persuasively and to present ideas clearly and concisely. Demonstrated effectiveness in conducting policy dialogue on issues with senior government officials, the private sector, donor representatives and civil society; • Experience in coaching and mentoring junior staff; • Ability to juggle numerous opposing demands and priorities, respond quickly to country and management requests, and set priorities for self and others; and • Excellent knowledge of English preferably also Arabic Poverty has no borders, neither does excellence. We succeed because of our differences and we continuously search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe.
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