Job Vacancies The World Bank
Position Trade Economist
Job Family Economic Policy
Location Washington, DC
Appointment International Hire
Closing Date: Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Background / General description
The International Trade Department in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network plays a key role in supporting the World Bank’s strategy of mainstreaming trade and competitiveness into country policies and making the world trading system more supportive of economic development . The Bank’s senior management has recently renewed its commitment to expand the Bank’s work on trade as an essential part of the growth and competitiveness agenda. The International Trade Department within the PREM Network leads the operational trade and export competitiveness work in the Bank, liaising effectively with PREM units in the Regions and with Country Directors to further this operational work program. The Trade Department currently has three business lines:
(i) trade competitiveness;
(ii) trade facilitation and logistics; and
(iii) trade policy and integration. In addition, the Trade Department handles corporate issues related to trade that include support to senior management on trade, partnerships with trade agencies globally, and management of a multi-donor trust fund for trade and development for the Bank. The Trade Economist will contribute to the Trade Department’s agenda on trade policy and integration. New areas of focus in the trade policy and integration agenda include non-tariff measures, natural resource dependency, regional trade agreements , the link between trade and labor, and monitoring and evaluation. The Trade Economist will report to the Sector Manager and will have three main areas of responsibility:
(i) expand and diversify the department’s business streams, with an emphasis on developing new knowledge products and tools that are operationally relevant;
(ii) develop synergies with the other business lines of the Trade Department; and
(iii) provide corporate support and manage trade trust funds. The candidate should have demonstrated analytical skills and practical experience. He/she should have the ability to implement and help sustain policy dialogue with various stakeholders. He/she is expected to work in multidisciplinary teams involving staff from the regions and liaise with networks across the Bank.
Duties and Accountabilities
Specific responsibilities include:
Manage his/her own work program on trade policy and integration and collaborate with other team members.
Lead and participate in the development of new knowledge products and instruments that can be mainstreamed into country work, including the development of toolkits for economic and sector work, and the design of country wide policies.
Support the regions by participating in the policy dialogue with client countries and lending projects initiated by country teams.
Participate in knowledge sharing and learning activities of the Trade Department, and organize and contribute to dissemination activities, conferences, workshops and learning programs.
Participate in and expand the scope of partnerships established with other organizations active in the area of trade.
Provide corporate support to senior management on trade issues.
Advanced degree in relevant fields (economics, trade, industrial organization) required, along with extensive relevant professional experience (minimum of 5 years), including on trade and competitiveness issues.
Prior work experience at the analytical and policy level as well as on operational projects in trade and competitiveness in developing countries.
Proven work experience in at least two of the geographic regions where the World Bank is active.
Ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and liaise effectively with a wide range of colleagues, including Senior Bank management, as well as counterparts in government and in a variety of international and other partner organizations and academia.
Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment with multiple priorities and tight deadlines. Strong analytical and organizational skills.
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Demonstrated ability to take leadership and communicate ideas effectively under pressure.
Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues.
Understanding of Bank policies and practices related to trade and broad knowledge of trade issues, including negotiations under the WTO. Knowledge of developing country conditions related to economics and trade. The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
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