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Position: Social Development Specialist, Duty station to be determined (Bishkek, Dushanbe, Almaty, Astana or Tashkent)
Job Family Social Development
Location : United States of America ( The )
Appointment Local Hire
Closing Date: Wednesday, 08 June 2011
Language Requirements English [Essential]
Background / General description
The selected candidate will be hired on local appointment terms; will be located in one of our country offices in Central Asia (Bishkek, Dushanbe, Almaty, Astana or Tashkent); and will be expected to travel frequently throughout the Region. The appointment is for a period of one year, with a possible extension of one additional year. Background ECA Mission, Principles and Vision To meet demands in a rapidly changing Region, the World Bank partners with governments and other stakeholders to:
Promote growth and create jobs;
Encourage social inclusion and fight poverty
Foster good governance; and
Address global needs The ECA Region offers customized knowledge and innovative financial products to address these challenges in a timely manner. Our Guiding Principles
Working in partnership
Accountable for quality results
Dedicated to financial integrity and cost-effectiveness
Inspired and innovative Our Core Values
Personal honesty, integrity, commitment
Working together in teams — with openness and trust
Empowering others and respecting differences
Encouraging risk-taking and responsibility
Enjoying our work and our families Regional Context The Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region comprises of 30 extremely diverse clients, with a population of nearly 500 million people. Four of our clients are IDA only and another 5 are IDA blend countries. The remaining 21 are IBRD credit-worthy though not all have active lending programs. 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. CASs/CPSs reflect this strong diversity with substantial variation in lending prospects, but strong demand for Bank technical services is present across the board. Over the last 20 years of transition, ECA countries have integrated into the global economy across many dimensions such as trade, finance, and labor flows. GDP in the Region grew by two-thirds from 2000 to 2008 – an enviable growth of an average of 6.5 percent a year. Yet despite this progress, ECA was hit the hardest by the global economic crisis compared to the other regions in the Bank. Growth in the Region, which had peaked at about 7 percent in 2007, fell to a negative 6 percent in 2009. The financial and economic crisis led to a substantial increase in Bank lending and knowledge activities in all ECA countries, including in several EU members states (e.g., Latvia and Hungary). The crisis helped serve as a powerful reminder of the relevance of the Bank both as an attractive source of funding and a reliable provider of timely and quality advice. It is projected that ECA is going to be the slowest region to recover from the crisis. Growth in 2010 reached about 4 percent, and prospects for 2011–13 are only slightly better. Based on this changing context, the new ECA strategy is focused on developing a new growth model for the region through:
1. Increasing competitiveness to achieve faster growth.
2. Pursuing social sector reforms and fiscal adjustment to achieve more inclusive growth.
3. Supporting climate action to achieve more sustainable growth. Even while declining from the heights of the crisis, we expect demand for our lending and advisory services post-crisis to remain strong. But we are constrained in our capacity to respond given budget constraints and a limited IDA and IBRD resource environment. This requires an increased results focus to help direct our resources to where they will have the greatest impact, along with continued emphasis on leveraging partnerships and expanding our fee for services activities in MICs, building on the successful experience in Russia. Sector Context The ECA region has an active program in project investments as well as policy-based lending of over US$ 3 billion per year. The ECA region is characterized by a large infrastructure and energy development program, which are needed to help make up for nearly two decades of neglect in maintenance and modernization. The social development team plays a role in incorporating social dimensions in infrastructure, industry, natural resources management, agriculture, basic services, social protection, urban development, and disaster mitigation. Youth and post-conflict interventions are also key features of the Social Development work program. An important function of Social Development Specialists is to carry out due diligence and provide technical support on the identification of social impacts and opportunities of operations, which are essential for socially sustainable investments. In this context, a critical institutional function is to work with clients and task teams to ensure compliance with World Bank social safeguard policies. The Social Development Specialist (Central Asia) will also be a part of the Conflict and Fragility Cluster within the Europe and Central Asia Social Development Unit. He/she will be expected to both lead and support the delivery of operational, analytical and policy guidance around issues of conflict and fragility, including youth and violence, forced displacement, post-conflict reconstruction, livelihood recovery, community reintegration, reconciliation and peace and tolerance-building.
Duties and Accountabilities
The Social Development Specialist can expect to spend much of her/his time working on investment projects across a range of sectors and countries of the Europe and Central Asia Region. The Specialist will carry out social safeguards reviews and take part in related due diligence and supervision of various operations, working under the technical guidance of the Regional Team Leader for Safeguards and Sustainability. Under the supervision of the Country Manager and the Social Development Sector Manager, based in the World Bank’s Washington, DC headquarters, the Social Development Specialist will have the following key responsibilities:
Ensure the effective integration of social safeguards and due diligence as defined by World Bank safeguards policies, especially with regard to Resettlement and international good practice (e.g. Equator Principles) into the design, appraisal, and implementation of Bank-supported projects;
Provide internal reviews and assistance to clients on conducting social impact assessments;
Assist task teams to identify social risks and potential mitigation measures, including through the review of documents including Project Concept Notes (PCNs), Project Appraisal Documents (PCNs) and Operational Risk Assessment Frameworks (ORAFs), and through participation in decision-meetings and project appraisal missions;
Participate in field assessments and supervision of the implementation of project social development components;
Provide social input in the project cycle in accordance with the Bank operational policies, including assisting and advising clients on the preparation of social safeguard policy related documentation and disclosure requirements;
Support task teams and country units with relevant analysis, advice and policy guidance related to effective responses to conflict and fragility, including training task teams in the conduct of, conflict and social analyses.
Establish and maintain effective communication and knowledge-sharing with local partners, civil society, the private sector as well as specialized international organizations;
Substantively contribute to ECA safeguards review meetings and represent ECA on safeguards initiatives as needed;
Participate in reviews of country’s social development systems and institutions, including sectoral assessments and national exercises (such as Poverty Assessments).
Masters degree (or equivalent) in a social science or related field;
Minimum of 5 years relevant experience in social development or closely associated sectors and a solid background in social development skills (social inclusion, youth development, applied social research methods, participatory assessments and planning, quantitative and qualitative methods, social and conflict analysis etc);
Experience with carrying out social impact assessments, due diligence of investment projects, and supervision of investments would be an important asset.
Experience with rural or community-level development projects working with a wide range of stakeholders, international organizations, development agencies, and NGOs would be desirable;
Applicants must demonstrate enthusiasm for, and commitment, to social development in fragile settings, with particular interest in addressing the needs of the most vulnerable. A hands-on and action-oriented approach will be essential. The candidate will be expected to travel to fragile countries or regions;
Demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams and ability to build effective working relations with local government, clients and colleagues;
Clear accomplishments with respect to leadership of both teams and complex tasks, with evidence of creative approaches to finding solutions in challenging environments and with minimal supervision.
Understanding of Central Asia political economy, public administration and social policy (at the regional and national level);
Excellent oral and written communications skills in English;
Russian language fluency and literacy are essential; other languages of relevance to Central Asia would also be valued.
Knowledge of Bank safeguard policies or international standards would be an advantage. The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
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