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E T Consultant - Public Sector - Governance
World Bank
Job Expired 8 Mar 2024
Posted 2 months ago
Job Description


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group (WBG) 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

Governance Global Practice
The Governance Global Practice (GGP) supports client countries to build capable, efficient, open, inclusive, and accountable institutions. Countries with strong institutions prosper by creating an environment that facilitates private sector growth, reduces poverty, delivers valuable services, and earns the confidence of its citizens. Further information:

The GGP has the following business-lines and cross-cutting areas of focus:
• Anticorruption, Openness and Transparency
• Fiduciary Assurance
• GovTech
• Public Financial Management (PFM)/Public Investment Management (PIM)
• Political Economy
• Public Institutions
• State Owned Enterprises (SOEs)/ Corporate Governance
• Subnational/Decentralization
• Tax Administration

The GGP interventions range from diagnostics, technical assistance, and advisory services; learning, innovation and knowledge management; preparation of financing operations and provision of project implementation support, 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.

Regional Context

The Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region comprises 30 extremely diverse countries, with a population of nearly 500 million people. Three of our clients are IDA only and another 2are IDA-blend countries. The remaining 25 are IBRD- eligible. Although 10 of our clients have joined the EU and 7 of these have graduated, most continue to remain active recipients of knowledge and/or lending services. ECA has a substantial lending pipeline as well as a portfolio of Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS), concentrated primarily in a few countries. Knowledge is critical to the Bank’s value proposition to client countries in the ECA region in both lending and advisory services.

A predominantly middle-income region, ECA‘s slow growth and persistently high unemployment have threatened to reverse the region’s achievements in reducing poverty and increasing shared prosperity. The region continues to struggle with multiple structural weaknesses, including high public debt burdens, tight fiscal space, low investment, and financial sector vulnerabilities. The recent war in Ukraine, geopolitical tensions, the refugee crisis, rise in prices and complex Eurozone issues pose further challenges to the region’s economic prospects.

In addition, the ECA region is highly vulnerable to climate change. The region has a large potential to strengthen resilience to climate change and also to improve energy efficiency, thereby reducing its contribution to climate change. Other important challenges affecting the region include poor governance,
closed borders, diverse fragility risks related to regional tensions, frozen conflicts, and domestic instability in some geopolitically important countries.

In view of these challenges, the ECA regional strategy is based on three pillars: (i)Sustainable and Inclusive Growth; (i) Human Capital; and (iii) Resilience. Under the first pillar, the WBG supports reform programs and investments to improve government efficiency and service delivery, market creation, financial stability and connectivity for growth. Under the second pillar of Human Capital, ECA supports programs for social inclusion, especially for unemployed youth and disadvantaged communities such as the Roma; meeting the challenge of protecting the most vulnerable and responding to aging and health challenges. The third pillar prioritizes climate action and building resilience to natural disasters and facing the challenge of displaced populations.

In Romania, the World Bank Governance Practice is supporting the Government in their ambitious public administration reform efforts to improve public sector performance through a series of analytic and advisory services, trust funds, as well as an investment lending in the justice sector, supporting the
 following: (i) strengthening of human resources management capacities in the public administration, (ii) supporting the center of government to improve strategic management and public investment management capacities, (iii) support to the Judiciary, (iv) supporting the digitalization of Romania through
GovTech interventions, (v) supporting the government to strengthen their capacity to implement the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP).

The EECG2 Unit covers four country management units (CMUs) in ECA: Turkey, the Western Balkans and the EU countries. The EECG2 portfolio includes lending instruments (PforR, IPF-DLI, IPF), Trust Funds (TFs), Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA), and Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS). The EECG2 team also collaborates with other GPs to enhance governance in sectors.

Duties and Accountabilities

The selected candidate will make an expert technical contribution to the work of the Romania Governance Program in the area of public sector management and institutions, human resources management and strategic planning. His/her duties and accountabilities include, but are not limited to the following:
• Play a leading role in providing high quality analytical and advisory services under the World Bank’s support on Public Pay Reforms and other Human Resource Management Reforms;
• Provide high quality analytical and advisory services on other public sector and governance issues under the Romania Governance program;
• Ensuring adequate coordination with and provide high quality analytical and advisory to other global practices on promoting lessons learned for institutional building measures in the HRM sector in Romania;
• Contribute to the liaison with the counterparts in the European Commission - SG RECOVER, DGECFIN, DG REFORM and other services – on issues related to HRM and other governance reforms;
• Contribute to policy dialogue and business development with the Government on public sector and institutional reform issues;
• Participate in missions, provide analytic inputs and guidance to EECG2 task teams, assess public sector policy issues through a public governance perspective, and prepare terms of reference for assigned work as necessary.

Selection Criteria

The position requires a highly motivated professional with substantial experience of analytical and advisory work and World Bank-financed operations. Specific criteria for this position include the following:

• Master’s, PhD or equivalent degree in public policy/administration, law, political science, economics, finance, or a related field. 
• At least 8 years of directly relevant professional experience. 
• Sound technical knowledge in public sector management, with a track record of operational and analytical accomplishments, especially in Human Resource Management reform and modernization, and related institutional reforms in Romania 
• Strong analytical skills, including the use of data to analyze issues and propose solutions. 
• Substantial and recent experience in preparing or supporting the preparation of the Bank Analytical and Advisory services. 
• Experience of policy dialogue and client engagement in public sector governance issues, in Romania. Experience in other countries is a plus. 
• Strong written and verbal communication skills in English and Romanian.

Core Competencies 

• 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 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 - Leads in the sharing of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons learned across units and 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 - Serves as a trusted advisor to others on their decisions, ensuring alignment across units and optimal impact on the organization as a whole.


This internal requisition is open to WBG and IMF staff only (including short-term and extended term consultants/ temporaries). External candidates are requested not to apply. In case an external candidate applies, their application will not be considered.

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