Senior Economist
World Bank (World Bank)
Closed on 15 Apr 2020
Location: Washington (United States)
Grade: GG, Mid-level Professional
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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. For more information:


The MTI Global Practice leads the World Bank Group’s dialogue and engagement with clients in macroeconomics, fiscal policy, trade, competition and investment. MTI links the macroeconomic dialogue with programs focused on expanding the role of the private sector in economic development. In our day-to-day engagement with countries, we support Ministries of Finance, Trade, Economy and Production in their pursuit of reform agendas conducive to strengthening inclusive growth led by the private sector. Further information:


• Lead the macroeconomic monitoring of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), manage and update the World Bank’s macro and fiscal model (MFMod), and the preparation of the Macro and Poverty Outlook (MPO);
• Lead and coordinate the dialogue on macroeconomic policy and economic growth issues with the DRC authorities, with the IMF and economic departments of other development agencies and non-government stakeholders;
• Work with other Global Practices (GPs), analyze challenges to economic growth/productivity and integrate structural, sectoral and macroeconomic issues;
• Serve as the external focal point on macroeconomic and economic growth issues, working closely with sector specialists;
• Lead core country diagnostics such as Country Economic Memorandums (CEM) and other growth diagnostics, and Public Expenditure Reviews (PER)/Public Finance Reviews (PFR);
• Lead Development Policy Operations or other types of lending operations focused on economic reforms;
• Lead the policy dialogue on debt sustainability and debt transparency, including the implementation of the new Sustainable Development Financing Policy, preparation of Debt Sustainability Analysis (DSA);
• Coordinate within the country team the preparation of the annual Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA) exercise;
• Where relevant, advise sector teams and government authorities on the macroeconomic implications of sector policies and investment decisions, including in the selection and execution of public investments;
• Provide analytical inputs for and advise the Country Management Unit (CMU) on country strategic engagement and economic policy issues, including through active participation in key review meetings;
• Support the analytical work program of the Country Management Unit (CMU), including the preparation of Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCDs), Country Partnership Frameworks (CPFs);
• Support the Practice Manager and the GP with corporate demands, quality control of deliverables, and the preparation of ad-hoc briefs;
• Coach and support the professional development of the local country economist;

Selection Criteria

• Minimum of a Master’s degree in economics, with eight (8) years of experience.
• Strong communication, writing and presentation skills, including the ability to speak persuasively and to present ideas clearly and concisely with senior policy officials and a wide variety of audiences.
• French language skills is a plus, but language training will be offered if the selected candidate is not fluent in French.
• Strong integrative capacities; i.e., ability to situate International Development Association (IDA) activities within a coherent strategic framework.
• Excellent interpersonal and negotiations skills and ability to work flexibly, creatively and to multitask as the need arises.
• Strong commitment towards team work and knowledge sharing, especially across the WBG.
• Proven sense of initiative, results orientation, and leadership/coaching qualities.
• Familiarity with econometric software such as E-Views, STATA or other statistical packages and MS Office programs, including Excel.

The World Bank Group Core Competencies:

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.