Job Vacancies The World Bank
Location: United States of America ( The )
Closing Date: Sunday, 26 August 2012
Background / General description
This is a two-year term appointment. However, staff currently on open-ended contracts are encouraged to apply and if selected, will retain their appointment status. The World Bank Group’s Investment Climate Department (CIC) assists governments of developing countries and transition economies in reforming their business environments, with support focused on reforms that strengthen business environments and the investment climate (IC) at economy-wide as well as industry/sector level. The department collaborates extensively with other teams across the World Bank Group in the design and delivery of advisory services and other operational work related to investment climate reform, and develops IC knowledge products for staff and clients. Serving as the global backbone of the Bank Group’s IC activities; CIC:
(i) anchors the Investment Climate Business Line (one of IFC’s four Advisory Services Business Lines), and handles the global dimension of its work;
(ii) anchors the Investment Climate Global Practice of the Bank’s Financial and Private Sector Development Network (which covers six Practices);
(iii) implements MIGA’s technical assistance mandate, and
(iv) manages the multi-donor Facility for Investment Climate Advisory Services (FIAS), a global funding and partnership platform for IC reform. In addition, CIC also manages the following programs for IFC:
(v) the Health in Africa (HiA) initiative (in collaboration with AFTHD),
(vi) the Water Resources Group (WRG) (in collaboration with CNGWA and other WBG units),
(vii) a new program on private participation in infrastructure (in collaboration with C3P and other WBG units),
(viii) and the coordination function for IFC’s work on fragile and conflict-affected countries (jointly with CTGDR). CIC is organized into four main units, reflecting four global service or product lines: Business Regulation, International Trade and Investment, Investment Climate for Industry, and Private Participation in Infrastructure and Social Sectors, as well as a unit dedicated to Africa (CIC is co-managing IFC’s IC work program in Sub-Saharan Africa), an Operational Support unit, and a unit supporting FPD’s Global IC Practice. About the Position The International Trade and Investment service line (CICTI) aims to support the jobs, growth and competitiveness agenda through advisory services in the areas of investment policies, business taxation and trade logistics at the sector, economy and regional levels that Lower costs, uncertainty and risks of doing business by the private sector Stimulate private domestic and foreign direct investment flows Increase exports/trade Create common market and strengthen regional integration CICTI is seeking a highly motivated economist / PSD specialist with strong conceptual and analytical skills, good knowledge and understanding of the investment and trade issues, and very strong writing skills. Knowledge and experience with World Bank operations and IFC advisory services would be highly desirable. The economist/PSD specialist will report to the Manager of CICTI.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 2 year term appointment.
Duties and Accountabilities
Provide intellectual leadership on the economics underpinning and its operational relevance of trade, tax and investment work programs at CICTI
Provide background notes, briefs and viewpoints on frontier CICTI topics, in preparation for management discussions, conferences and decision meetings
Support global practice activities for the International Trade and Investment service line, in collaboration within the FPD network and all FPD regions
Organize the KM and portfolio functions for CICTI, including regular BBLs, pipeline review, etc
. Join project teams of new, strategic product/work stream development at both conceptual and operational levels
Prepare donor proposals, corporate reports and presentations, in liaison with various product teams
Carry out other tasks deemed necessary for the CICTI unit work program
Master’s degree and a minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience in one or more professional disciplines, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Strong theoretical base in subject area, combining a broad grasp of relevant theory and principles and of involved practices and precedent.
General Economic Knowledge and Analytical Skills – Possesses a demonstrated track record of working with economic and sectoral data and analytical tools and models to conduct economic analyses and produce user-friendly written outputs; understands underlying statistical concepts.
Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Understands policy making process; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients.
Policy Dialogue Skills – Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders.
Integrative Skills – Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of current sector.
Written and Verbal Communication – Delivers information effectively in support of team or workgroup
Client Orientation – Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success.
Drive for Results – Able to take personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has the personal organization to do so.
Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.
Knowledge, Learning and Communication – Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner.
Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work.
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