E T Consultant
World Bank (World Bank)
Close on 14 Aug 2020
Location: Bucharest (Romania)
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. Visit www.worldbank.org.

The World Bank Group is one of the world's largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and improve quality of life. To ensure that countries can access the best global expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge, the World Bank Group is constantly seeking to improve the way it works. Key priorities include delivering measurable results, promoting openness and transparency in development, and improving access to development information and data.

The Governance Global Practice (GGP) helps developing countries build capable, efficient, open, inclusive and accountable institutions that can support economic growth, reduce poverty, deliver needed services and earn the confidence of citizens. Our work encompasses public financial management, public procurement, civil service reform, open government, anti-corruption, and using technology to improve quality and access to government services.


The Global Directorate for Procurement (EPRDR) convenes a leading group of practitioners focused on advancing cutting-edge practices and innovations in the fields of procurement. In that context, the Directorate supports governments and non-governmental actors in institutional strengthening and capacity building, improvement and modernization of procurement and information systems, ensuring efficiency of transactions, in order to ensure improved governance and enhanced development outcomes. The Directorate advances these efforts across sectors and across all regions of the world.

Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Regional and Romania RAS Context:

In the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region of the World Bank, the Procurement team has been supporting Romania’s National Public Procurement Agency (ANAP) in the implementation of the national Public Procurement Strategy through a Reimbursable Advisory Service (RAS) arrangement. The main objective of the RAS is to provide practical support to selected contracting authorities based on the developed tools and instruments, and contributing to the professionalization of the procurement function by ensuring the correlation of the roles and competencies with the developed approach for doing public procurement. The RAS comprises four components: (i) Component 1: Assessment of the Public Procurement (PP) system and development of the implementation plan; (ii) Component 2: Support to selected contracting authorities in view of improving the procurement processes and obtaining better results; (iii) Component 3: Professionalization and career path in the area of public procurement; and (iv) Component 4: Design and Development of tools for improving ANAP’s functions,

The ECA Procurement unit seeks to recruit a locally hired Extended Term Consultant (ETC) to be based in Bucharest, Romania. The ETC will support the Bank’s multi-disciplinary RAS team in the implementation and monitoring of all the components of the RAS, with particular focus on Component 2, in close collaboration with the stakeholders on the ground.

The selected candidate will work closely with the Procurement Specialist based in the Bucharest Country Office and with the Procurement Team Leader based in Washington DC, under the overall supervision of the Practice Manager, Procurement for the ECA Region, who is based in Washington DC.

ETC Responsibilities:

General activities

  • Support the Project Coordinator in the daily monitoring of project components and activities, as necessary;
  • Participate in the elaboration and finalization of outputs related to all RAS Components;
  • Participate in meetings and workshops with ANAP staff and other stakeholders to present results, findings, and recommended actions;
  • Collaborate with the designated ANAP team on all project activities, as requested;
  • Desk research including the review of relevant information, documents, etc., as determined necessary under the Components above;
  • Participate in the development and updating of internal workflow processes, as necessary;
  • Participate in the preparation and finalization of progress reports and other ad-hoc reports in the format required by the Bank;
  • Maintain relevant project files in relation to the performed activities;
  • Participate in internal team meetings and share knowledge and experience with other team members;
  • On-demand tasks under the RAS assignment as determined by the TTL and Co-TTL (Project Coordinator).

Specific activities

  • Lead the support activities related to Component 2, including the supervision of a team of individual local consultants selected to support the 160 Contracting Authorities (CAs) at regional level and coordination of activities with ANAP team.
  • Closely monitor the activities delivered to each CAs, in particular related to status of the support, identification of practice examples and champion CAs, identification of any systemic issues and provide recommendations to address them;
  • Collaborate on technical matters with the Bank’s sub-contractor, Integrate Investment, which will provide the help-desk under this component in order to ensure the unitary approach in treating specific cases;
  • Participate in the organization and delivery of workshops with Bank’s subcontractor, ANAP staff and CAs on the main stages of the public procurement process;
  • Provide technical expertise to specific procurement aspects, whenever necessary;
  • Lead the elaboration and finalization of outputs related to Component 2.

Selection Criteria

The Consultant must possess knowledge and actual experience in public procurement, including in Romanian public procurement legislation and European Directives related to public procurement. In addition, the Consultant must have experience in coordination and monitoring of project activities.

General competencies

  • Procurement Principles - has in-depth knowledge of public procurement principles, regulations, systems, and approaches to international procurement with proven ability to independently provide well researched analyses of complex procurement issues and problems;
  • Public Procurement Policies - has the ability to provide high quality, pragmatic advice on the application of procurement policies and procedures as related to use of Romania’s Web-Based Guide tools;
  • Procurement Transactions - has in-depth understanding of procurement process and planning, including experience with resolving complex procurement issues, bidding documents, evaluation reports and contracts;
  • Operational Project Management - demonstrates in depth knowledge and understanding of project management tools & methodologies and processes related to project preparation & implementation, resource management, and stakeholder communications;
  • 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;
  • 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 - shows leadership in ensuring the team stays organized and focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches;
  • Knowledge, Learning and Communication - shares best practice and knowledge across the team, with clients and partners, articulating ideas verbally and in writing in a clear and compelling way across audiences of varied levels;
  • Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - gathers inputs, assesses risk, considers impact and articulates benefits of decisions for internal and external stakeholders over the long term.

Evaluation and selection criteria

  • University degree in areas such as engineering, economics, finance, law, public administration or other related fields.
  • At least eight (8) years of professional experience, including advanced technical qualifications and expertise in designing and delivering large scale and complex procurement operations and analytical tasks on public sector procurement and broader economic governance reform.
  • Seasoned knowledge and specialized command of all major facets of public procurement policies and practices in Romania, the EU Procurement Directives and international good practices in public procurement.
  • Ability to play an active role in the dialogue with the government, effectively conduct consultations, excellent communication skills and the ability to work well as part of a team.
  • Excellent writing and persuasive oral communication skills in both Romanian and English language.
  • High level of integrity and a sense of personal responsibility for achieving a high level of quality and timeliness in delivering the work program.
  • Computer proficiency (Windows, MS Office, Internet Explorer).

For information about WBG Core Competencies, please visit: https://bit.ly/2kbIA7O

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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.