World Bank

Extended Term Consultant (Public Sector Economist)

World Bank

Job Description

E T Consultant (Public Sector Economist)

Job #: req10621 Organization: World Bank Sector: Governance Grade: EC2 Term Duration: 1 year 0 months Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment Location: Washington, DC,United States Required Language(s): English Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 1/25/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC Description

Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? 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 and promoting shared prosperity. 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. For more information, visit

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 350 projects totaling more than $38 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.

Western and Central Africa (AFW) Region: Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI) Practice Group The EFI Practice Group supports 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. Our 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 helps countries build capable, effective, transparent, accountable, and inclusive institutions that deliver citizen-centric services, facilitate private-sector growth and build trust in government. Our work program comprises six core Business Lines: 1. Public Financial Management (PFM), 2. Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM)/Tax Administration, 3. State-owned Enterprises and Corporate Governance, 4. Public Institutions Reform, 5. Decentralization and Sub-national Governance, and 6. Financial Management Fiduciary Assurance for Bank-financed Operations; as well as three Cross-Cutting Themes: GovTech, Anti-Corruption and Political Economy.

Further information: Public Sector Economist (ETC) The EAWG2 Team covers the Governance Global Practice program in three Country Management Units (CMUs): (i) Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone; (ii) Nigeria; and (iii) Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo.

The position is focused on promoting governance, public administration and institutional reforms through a range of World Bank instruments, including Development Policy Financing (DPF), Program for Results (PforR), Investment Project Financing (IPF), and Analytic and Advisory Services (ASA).

You will be under the general supervision of the Governance Practice Manager for the EAWG2 Unit and of specific Task Team Leaders (TTLs). Your work will be undertaken in Coordination with other EAWG2 team members based in HQ and the field, as well as colleagues from other Global Practices especially of the EFI cluster.


  • Task Team member of DPFs, PforRs, IPFs, Trust Funds, and/or ASAs associated with the Governance Global Practice business lines (except FM/Fiduciary) and cross-cutting themes.
  • Contributing to policy dialogue, building and maintaining strong and trustworthy relationships with client authorities and staff.
  • Identifying and following through on opportunities for World Bank engagement.
  • Provision of high quality inputs to Systematic Country Diagnostics (SCDs), Country Partnership Frameworks (CPFs), and other corporate instruments.
  • Provision of strategic advice and support to CMUs and other Global Practices, especially with regards to governance in sector service delivery.
  • Supporting the preparation and supervision of assigned tasks and deliverables, ensuring timely and quality delivery with efficient budget management.
  • Generation and exchange of knowledge relating to governance, public administration and institutional reforms.
  • Supporting the Practice Manager in work program development and supervising the quality and timeliness of work program deliverables.
  • Contribution to corporate tasks such as the preparation of country briefs, inputs to thematic notes and knowledge and learning events.
Selection Criteria

You will be a professional with solid operational and analytical experience on development operations and advisory services related to Public Administration and Institutional Reform in a range of countries.

Economist with a Master's degree or equivalent, and a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Degree in public policy/administration, economics, or a related field.

Professional experience in Public Administration and Institutional Reform.

Directly relevant, multi-country operational, analytical, and policy dialogue experience in the World Bank or other international multilateral development institutions.

Relevant experience and knowledge in public financial management (PFM) and public sector modernization.

Relevant experience and knowledge in governance in sector and service delivery.

Team player with strong integrative skills.

Track record of results in low-capacity, fragile or conflict-afflicted environments considered a plus.

Strong written and oral communication skills.

Fluency in English and French.

Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.

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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