Senior Social Development Specialist
World Bank (World Bank)
Closed on 17 Apr 2020
Location: Jakarta (Indonesia)
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. Visit

The Sustainable Development Practice Group helps countries tackle their most complex challenges in the areas of Agriculture and Food; Climate Change; Environmental and Social Framework (ESF); Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy; Social Development; Urban, Resilience and Land Development; and Water.

The Social Development Global Practice (GP)

Social Development helps countries tackle deep rooted social problems stemming from fragility, climate change, exclusion, and the digital age with people centered solutions that build on local values and institutions. The Global Practice engages with citizens, communities and governments to deepen resilience, build inclusion, and empower vulnerable and marginalized groups to have influence and voice. The Social Development GP prioritizes participatory, multi-sectoral approaches that build on norms and informal institutions to address social challenges and to build more inclusive, empowered communities. It also works across the Bank’s portfolio to implement the ESF standards and strengthen inclusive development. Cross-GP collaboration is critical for the ESF and also the direct operational work of the staff. In particular, the GP focuses on three opportunity sets:

  • Social Resilience: Deepening opportunities for people to thrive by building cohesive and resilient communities able to withstand divisions caused by inequality, violence, climate change, and other risks to their livelihoods
  • Inclusion for All: Expanding opportunities for people who have been excluded from participating fully in markets, services and society, because of their ethnicity, gender, disability, income, or religious or sexual orientation.
  • Empowerment: Creating opportunities for people to lead their communities, engage more fully in government, and shape their own futures.

Key areas for the Global Practice include expanding the engagement on the social dimensions of climate change including community level adaptation finance and capacity building, engaging in national climate and social justice dialogues, preventing violent extremism, addressing the long-term challenges for children exposed to violence, GBV, gender economic empowerment, SOGI, disability inclusion, and strengthening citizen engagement, including efforts to decentralize information collection and analysis to the community level through the democratizing data initiative.

EAP Social Development Unit 2

The Social Development Unit 2 (SEAS2) in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region is responsible for: (i) undertaking social analysis during project preparation and implementation, to mainstream social development and inclusion issues throughout the Bank’s work in the region; (ii) ensuring compliance with the Bank’s social safeguards policies on Involuntary Resettlement and Indigenous People and the implementation of the Environment and Social Framework (ESF); (iii) undertaking Advisory Services and Analytics in the form of thematic studies on social development issues, country social analysis, and Reimbursable Advisory Services; (iv) leading the preparation and supervision of lending operations that promotes inclusion of vulnerable groups including women and youth, and (v) facilitating partnerships and dialogue with civil society through outreach and engagement.

A major focus of the World Bank’s engagement in Indonesia is improving the quality of service delivery. One third of income inequality can be traced in inequality of opportunity in access to health and education services, as well as water and sanitation. Nearly half of the Government’s spending is at the local level where capacity and accountability are weakest. In recent years, the Government has committed to channeling around $8 billion, or about 6% of the national budget, directly to village governments to improve service delivery at the frontlines. Village governments now also play a direct role in achieving national priority programs, including stunting prevention, improving the quality of educational outcomes, and increasing resilience to climate change. The portfolio currently includes operations for two flagship programs of the Government of Indonesia, in supporting implementation of the Village Law, as well as of the Government’s Stunting Program, as well as pilot programs on improving the quality of education services, and emerging areas of work in gender equality and growth. These areas of work also include a strong focus on high quality analytics to inform the various areas of work.

The Social Development Unit 2 (SEAS2) is recruiting a Senior Social Development Specialist based in Jakarta, Indonesia to support a large operational portfolio and work across a range of analytical work on social development. The selected candidate will report directly to the Social Development Practice Manager (SEAS2) and will be expected to work closely with the country unit and global practice colleagues, as relevant.

Role & Responsibilities:

The Senior Social Development Specialist is responsible for the following:


  • Lead the planning, design and implementation of self-standing social development projects, using a range of instruments available to clients (investment lending, RAS, DPLs, TFs, Grants, etc.).
  • Lead in project preparation, appraisal and negotiation activities, including operational missions, with a particular focus on implementation arrangements, technical design, economic and financial analysis;
  • Lead in project supervision and regular monitoring of project implementation, including helping to resolve emerging issues to ensure results on the ground and project implementation progress
  • Lead in policy dialogue with government agencies on social development and related topics such as community-driven systems of service delivery, social accountability, citizen engagement, local governance, social inclusion and gender equality. Contribute to the development of new areas of business around social development issues.
  • Advise task teams on technical options for social development analytics on the full range of social development topics.
  • Contribute to cross-practice teams responsible for the preparation of policy notes, Systematic Country Diagnostics, Country Partnership Frameworks, Country Policy and Institutional Assessments, sector studies, Portfolio Reviews and research and policy development activities on the full range of social development topics.
  • Maintain active engagement with broad range of key stakeholders, including development partners, the private sector and civil society.


  • Develop and lead analytical work that informs the social development aspects of key policy and operational decisions in areas such as gender equality, social accountability, poverty reduction, social resilience, and local service delivery.
  • Support task teams and CMU with relevant analysis, peer review, advice and policy guidance related to all social development issues.
  • Summarize and globally share lessons from the Indonesia experience; contribute to the creation of global knowledge on social development issues; actively contribute to the enhancement of Bank’s support to clients outside the Region through peer review, cross support, etc. Contribute to the Unit's briefs, blogs, strategy documents, and papers on critical social development issues for both internal and external audiences.


  • Manage multiple Trust Funds budgets and activities.
  • Contribute to team building within the Indonesia social development team through knowledge sharing, learning activities, team meetings, etc.
  • Maintain relationships with other GPs and provide support to the CMU as needed.

Selection Criteria

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or PhD) in relevant social science (e.g., Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, and Political Science) or related fields.
  • Minimum of 8 years of professional experience in social development topics, including community-driven development, social inclusion, social accountability, gender, youth, etc.
  • Proven experience with Bank operations, policies, procedures and processes.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and strong operational (task management) and analytical skills and demonstrated ability to translate analytical work into policy advice and actionable, practical recommendations.
  • Extensive experience with leading design and implementation of social development programs including Community Driven Development, decentralization, gender, and social inclusion.
  • Proven track record in communicating complex issues in a clear and concise manner to different stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, diplomacy and team skills, and the ability to work with a range of stakeholders to effectively negotiate and build consensus to achieve constructive outputs.
  • Experience with managing operations in low capacity environments, working on complex multi-sectoral development challenges and working in a decentralized environment; experience working in Indonesia a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to work across practices, work in cross-thematic teams, foster team work, and mentor junior staff.
  • Strong organizational skills, with ability to prioritize, deal with frequent and unexpected changes, and work within tight timeframes
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English; ability to present and facilitate sessions and content in plain language, proficiency in Bahasa Indonesian is a plus

In addition, the successful candidate is expected to exhibit the following core competencies:

  • Policy Dialogue Skills – Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders.
  • Integrative Skills – Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of the sector.
  • Analytical Tools for Social Sustainability – Proven ability to conceptualize, design and implement major projects and to produce major/complex reports or studies. Substantial experience conducting gender related analyses, deriving results that resonate with the client; ability to coach more junior staff in the application of the tools.
  • Participation and Consultation – Substantial experience in conducting gender/social development consultative and participatory approaches and applying the approaches in the course of an operation.
  • Client Orientation - Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge. Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the Client.
  • Drive for Results - Identifies the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables.
  • Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Demonstrated professional leadership and ability to lead a team of professionals. Shows leadership in ensuring the team stays organized and focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches.
  • Initiates collaboration across boundaries and broadly across WBG and brings differing ideas into the forefront.
  • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Creates, applies and shares knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions.

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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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.