Sr Public Sector Specialist/Economist
World Bank (World Bank)
Closed on 10 Aug 2020
Location: 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, visit

The World Bank Western and Central Africa Region

Western and Central Africa is a vast region with diverse cultures, beliefs, languages, and lifestyles. It encompasses 22 countries that are home to about half a billion people. With 12% of its population being under the age of 15, Western and Central Africa has one of the youngest population in the world. The sub-region is rich in resources and brimming of opportunities. It has experienced high economic growth from the mid-2000's, powered by high commodity prices, before slowing down over the recent period. The combined GDP at market price of the 22 countries is estimated close to $711 billion in 2019.

Yet these vast opportunities are tempered by persistent gaps in education, health, and skills. Moreover, weak governance, conflicts, food insecurity, population growth, and climate change threaten to curtail or even reverse the progress that has been made over the past decades. Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought back to the forefront the risks posed by weaknesses in public sector service delivery systems.

The World Bank is a dedicated partner for Western and Central African countries, helping them deliver strong development outcomes for their people. As of June, 2020, the World Bank approved $8.1 billion in lending to the Africa Western and Central region for 72 operations in fiscal year 2020 and has an active portfolio (IBRD/IDA) of 350 projects totaling $38.1 billion. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than $260 million has been dedicated to COVID-19 emergency operations, with more operations under preparation totaling $4.8 billion for the remainder of FY20 and in FY21.

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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.

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Sr Public Sector Economist / Sr Public Sector Specialist (EAWG2)

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 supervision of the Governance Practice Manager for the EAWG2 Unit and will work 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 Leader (TTL) and 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.
  • Leading 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.
  • Managing 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.

  • Master’s degree in public policy/administration, economics, or a related field.
  • At least 8 years of directly relevant, multi-country development experience in Public Administration and Institutional Reform.
  • Directly relevant operational, analytical, and policy dialogue experience as Task Team Leader (TTL) in the World Bank or other international multilateral development institutions.
  • Relevant experience and knowledge in public sector digital transformation (GovTech).
  • Relevant experience and knowledge in governance in sector and service delivery.
  • Experience in quality control of the outputs of junior staff and consultants.
  • 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 French considered a plus.

Note: If you are currently a World Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, you will retain this status. All others will be offered a 4-year term appointment.

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.