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Job Description



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 Governance Global Practice (GGP) brings together professionals in procurement, financial management, taxation, regulatory policy, transparency, digital governance, law and development, anticorruption, and social accountability to develop innovative, integrated solutions to pernicious institutional problems. The GGP utilizes a problem-driven diagnostic approach, combining global comparative knowledge of reform successes and failures with keen understanding of the institutional challenges and opportunities of developing countries. The GGP engages on core and cross cutting themes including Public Financial Management (PFM); Subnational/decentralization; State Owned Enterprises/Corporate Governance; Tax Administration; Fiduciary Assurance; Public Institutions; GOVTECH, Anticorruption, Open Government and Political Economy.

Public Finance and Procurement (EGVPF) Global Unit

The EGVPF Global Unit is responsible for issues related to Public Financial and Investment Management, procurement, standards and codes around transparent financial management in public and private sectors, corporate governance, state-owned enterprises, corporate financial reporting, tax administration and domestic resource mobilization, and fiduciary assurance. The Unit leads the global engagement program on addressing those challenges of climate change for which fiscal policies and PFM systems are an important component of the appropriate policy response.


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The candidate will report to the Practice Manager of the Global Governance Unit responsible for the Public Finance and Procurement for all technical and human resource-related matters. 
The candidate will contribute to a wide range of work on the impact of climate change challenge on fiscal policies and PFM systems. S/he will build collaborative relationships with colleagues across the World Bank, as well as with key institutions, authorities, and other international partners while ensuring that the World Bank continues to fulfil its mandate.
S/he will join teams dedicated to working on fiscal/PFM-critical climate change issues and help drive the climate change agenda in line with the World Bank’s policy guidance relating to:

• Mitigation: including advice on measures to contain and reduce emissions through policies—such as increasing carbon taxes, reducing fuel subsidies, and improving regulation—and providing tools to help countries achieve their Nationally Determined Contributions. This also includes research on the economic effects of climate change mitigation, the integration of research results in the Country Climate Development Reports of the Bank through contributions to the Climate Change Institutional Assessments of the GGP. 
• Adaptation: including guidance on building financial and institutional resilience to natural disasters and climate change such as rising sea levels and other warming-related phenomena and integrating climate change perspectives in PFM frameworks, especially public investment management and the budget process.
• Transition to a low-carbon economy: including updates to financial sector regulation to cover climate risks and exposure to “brown” assets, as well as measures to help countries diversify economies away from carbon intensive industries while mitigating the social impact on affected communities.


The Governance Specialist will be expected to:

 • Demonstrate solid understanding of key climate change governance issues (mitigation and adaptation), and apply his/her experience and expertise to WB projects and analytics as assigned, including providing relevant, practical advice to project teams and senior government officials on contemporary climate change governance practices. 
• Contribute to the thought leadership for and delivery of the GGP’s climate change governance workstream in collaboration with other colleagues, including the development and delivery of Climate Change Institutional Assessments. 
• Working specifically on the interface between climate change policy, public finance policy and PFM, contribute towards both research and practical guidance for clients and task teams on how budgetary institutions can drive climate action.  
• Cultivate strategic relationships with EFI and GGP units, CMUs, client countries and Development partners for business development. The latter involves supporting the Manager to liaise with donors and establish and/or maintain coordination and collaboration arrangements. 
• Contribute to the development and delivery of capacity building curricula for Climate Change in Governance Training Program, including agenda setting, creating presentations and course materials, and delivering training.
• Support regional task teams in selected strategic engagements in the climate change governance engagement, with a specific focus on climate public finance policy and PFM.
• Provide technical inputs to analytic works and reports (conduct analysis, report findings, and develop policy recommendations), in close collaboration with the relevant TTLs and sector experts within and outside the Bank. 
• Mentor staff in the Climate Governance workstream and the wider GGP as needed.
• Participate in global and regional events. 
• Undertake other analytical and administrative duties as may be assigned by the Practice Manager.

Selection Criteria

• An advanced degree (master’s/PhD) in economics, environmental or climate economics, finance, or a related field.
• Relevant professional experience at the national and regional levels in fiscal/PFM-critical climate-related policy work or specialized experience in one or more of the areas below:
• Mitigation including energy pricing reform, energy transition for fossil-fuel exporters, carbon pricing, fuel subsidy reform, regulation, land use and related fields.
• Adaptation including disaster management, implementation of climate resilience plans, green PFM, green procurement and related fields.
• Transition to a low-carbon economy including financial sector regulation to cover climate risks and exposure to “brown” assets, economic diversification away from carbon intensive industries, and social impact mitigation for affected communities.
• Proven research interests in climate change issues as well as a strong track record of academic and policy-relevant publications on these issues. 
• Relevant experience in one or more of the following areas will be an advantage:
• Understanding of climate change policies, strategies, institutions, finance, governance, and regulations is a bonus.
• Knowledge of and experience applying climate risk analysis and stress testing 
• Work in a public sector in the fields of fiscal policy and public financial management and/or climate change.
• Experience in climate responsive PFM, including budgeting, public investment management, procurement and sustainability reporting.
• Strong interpersonal, communications and writing skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
• Ability to deal effectively and diplomatically with member country authorities.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

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