E T Consultant
World Bank (World Bank)
Closed on 5 Aug 2020
Location: Lusaka (Zambia)
Grade: EC2
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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 www.worldbank.org

Background / General description:

The Governance Global Practice (GGP) comprises a variety of different professional disciplines working on public institutions, including procurement, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption, and financial management.

The GGP interventions range from diagnostics, technical assistance and advisory services, knowledge management and sharing, creating peer learning platforms, lending and reform project implementation, and monitoring and reporting. An important part of its responsibilities is to deliver operational support to other Practices, including through inputs for policy-based operations, hands-on implementation advice and direct fiduciary due diligence of investment financing.

The Governance-Procurement Department convenes a leading group of practitioners focused on advancing cutting-edge practices and innovations in the fields of procurement, anti-corruption and open government.

The Africa unit of the Governance-Procurement Department seeks to recruit/appoint a highly organized, energized and experienced professional, capable of operating effectively in AFCE1 Country Management Unit (CMU) which comprises of Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The selected consultant will be based Lusaka, Zambia and will be part of procurement staff working on projects belonging to AFCE1 CMU. In this function, she/he will carry out the full range of procurement fiduciary, service and knowledge functions and provide leadership in moving the procurement reform and innovation agenda. He/she will be working under the oversight and guidance of Africa (EAERU) Accredited Practice Manager and Procurement Hub Coordinator based in Washington, D.C. This ETC position is for one year with possible extension for another.

Duties and Accountabilities:

- Provide technical fiduciary advice on procurement activities and engage in policy dialogue on procurement with client countries.

- Provides task teams with guidance and advice on the Bank’s procurement guidelines/regulations, policies and practices as applied to Bank lending operations throughout all phases of the project cycle.

- Reviews and clear procurement packages subject to APS thresholds.

- Support client countries in achieving value for money (VFM) in public procurement to enhance service delivery and development outcomes with integrity.

- Understand relevant procurement markets using analytical tools and approaches to define more effective procurement.

- Plays a significant role within the function in guiding/mentoring other stakeholders.

- Develops and executes training modules related procurement topics.

- Plays an invaluable role in implementing the procurement framework of the Bank and use of STEP.

- Participates in missions and plays a key role in developing practical approaches to procurement while simultaneously dealing with difficult policy and operational issues.

- Develops relationships with government senior officials to advance policy dialogue in procurement and transforms policy dialogue into concrete proposals that enhance and strengthen countries’ national procurement system.

- Makes contributions in evaluating and developing improvements to borrower's procurement legislation, regulations and practices, including influencing the design, reform and establishment of national and sub-national public procurement systems, support to development and roll out e-GP system, strengthening of institutional capacity within borrower entities and monitoring and reporting on the progress of procurement reforms.

- The work implies interaction with the following stakeholders, Senior and Executive Management in duty station. Some interactions with HQ based management is also possible. Top government officials at ministerial level and equivalent contacts in other international organizations, partner entities, etc. Procurement Specialists within the World Bank and government units. Counterparts in the Bank across VPUs, Global Practices and other units involved in meeting the Bank’s business objectives. Other external constituencies and expert groups.

Selection Criteria

- High levels of integrity.

- Excellent command of English.

- Availability to travel frequently.

- Master degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. business administration, engineering, commerce, law, procurement, public policy, etc.) is required.

- Knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices governing international procurement, with the ability to translate concepts into operational work, including but not limited to VFM, sustainable procurement, strategic sourcing, market analysis, contract management, etc.

- Minimum of 8 years of direct relevant experience in procurement inside or outside the Bank. International experience is desirable.

- Ability to deal sensitively in a country-specific and multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues.

General Competencies

- Strong communication skills and persuasiveness in presenting, negotiating and resolving highly complex issues, both orally and in writing.

- Client-driven and a sense of personal responsibility for achieving a high level of technical quality and timeliness.

- Ability to solve complex problems involving multiple stakeholders and constraints.

- Analytical skills to recognize patterns, extract conclusions and strategies out of information coming from multiple sources and in a variety of forms.

- Results-oriented to act as a trusted, strategic advisor, partnering with clients to deliver results.

- Leadership and Mentoring, demonstrated ability to effectively mentor/guide groups of staff and design training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills.

- Specific Specialized Skills, Knowledge and Competencies

- Knowledge on institutions and procurement reforms in Borrower’s countries and good practices around the world.

- Knowledge of control mechanisms for compliance and quality.

- Understanding of the World Bank’s products and project cycle is desirable.

- Understanding of political economy, public policy, public systems and public management in procurement or other sectors.

- Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of project management tools & methodologies; ability to manage procurement under complex, multi-functional, cross-regional projects/programs including managing relationships with stakeholders & counter-parties.

- Knowledge of risk management

The World Bank Group Core Competencies: https://bit.ly/2kbIA7O

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.

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.