Economist
World Bank (World Bank)
Location: Cotonou (Benin)
Grade: GF, Entry Professional
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Closed on 4 Mar 2020
Job Description

Description

Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. 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. As the largest development bank in the world, the World Bank provides loans, guarantees, risk management products, and advisory services to middle-income and creditworthy low-income countries, and coordinates responses to regional and global challenges. For more information, visit www.worldbank.org.

The Global Practice for Macro Trade & Investment (MTI) comprises about 450 staff working across more than 120 countries. Almost half of MTI professional staff are decentralized to the field working closely with the Country Management Units (CMUs) and in proximity to the clients! MTI professionals often work across sectors helping carry out key integrative functions. In this context, we are responsible for the preparation and delivery of the majority of the Bank’s Development Policy Operations using both IDA and IBRD resources. We also lead or participate in a wide variety of AAA-Analytic and Advisory Activities and client advisory work requiring integrative functions that add to the core Macroeconomic expertise.

The EA2M1 unit covers work in 13 countries within the Africa Region, including the Senegal (AFCF1), Côte d’Ivoire (AFCF2), and Mali (AFCW3) Country Management Units (CMU).

Duties and Accountabilities:

1. Independently research and analyze a wide variety of specific economic, financial, country or sector topics and issues for lending, research, and/or policy related tasks.
2. Prepare country economic, sector, strategy or research reports involving the analysis, evaluation and, preparation of data, as well as the formulation of conclusions and recommendations.
3. Lead in the writing of routine reports and participate in drafting technical working papers for wider circulation.
4. Program and modify economic/financial models using existing software packages.
5. Co-manage projects, trust funds, and grants and support data needs of sectoral staff.
6. Work independently, seeking guidance and instruction on new, unusual or complex assignments.
7. Under this position, the Economist will interact and at times lead discussion with a wide variety of groups including counterparts in government and in a variety of international and other partner organizations, academia; Bank counterparts within and across sectors, networks; and managers across the Bank Group.

Selection Criteria

For this position, you should have demonstrated outstanding technical skills, a capacity to operate successfully across sectors and with other development partners, and first-rate interpersonal skills! You must be able to interact effectively with senior members of the government, senior officials of donor governments, across Bank GPs, and with Bank senior management.

Minimum of a Master’s degree in economics, with five years of experience. A PhD would be an asset and is equivalent to three years of experience.
Strong technical and operational skills as evidenced in a proven track record in delivery of World Bank (or similar) operations, such as Development Policy Lending or analytical reports;
Proven sense of initiative, results orientation, and leadership qualities, as well as effective teamwork skills;
Strong communication skills, including the ability to speak persuasively and to present ideas clearly and concisely with senior policy officials.
Strong integrative capacities; i.e., ability to situate IDA activities within a coherent strategic framework.
Excellent communication and presentation skills, both verbally and written. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly on complex topics to a wide variety of audiences.
Excellent interpersonal and negotiations skills and ability to work flexibly, creatively and to multitask as the need arises.
A high degree of self-motivation, positive attitude and drive.
Strong commitment towards team work and knowledge sharing, especially across the World Bank Group.

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.

About World Bank

With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries.

World Bank's mission is to end extreme poverty by reducing the share of the global population that lives in extreme poverty to 3 percent by 2030, and to promote shared prosperity by increasing the incomes of the poorest 40 percent of people in every country.