Chief Macroeconomist - Governance, Economic & Financial Management Department
Position title: Chief Macroeconomist - Governance, Economic & Financial Management Department
Position N°: NA
Publication date: 20/04/2012
Closing date: 14/05/2012
The main objective of the Department of Governance, Economic and Financial Management, which was established in 2006, is to provide support to regional member countries (RMCs) in the areas of governance, economic and financial management. The Department’s work is guided by the Governance Strategic Orientations and Action Plan approved in 2008. The Economic and Financial Management Division (OSGE.2) is specifically responsible for planning, identifying, proposing and following up Bank operations in RMCs in the areas of economic management and financial sector consolidation and development in order to support RMCs in strengthening transparency and accountability in the management of public resources and in creating an enabling environment for private sector development.
The Division pursues these objectives by using sector analytical work to strengthen knowledge on the challenges of macro-economic and financial management, improvement of the business enabling environment and financial sector strengthening. The Division is responsible for designing, preparing, appraising and implementing reform programs using various instruments (budgetary support, balance of payments support and institution/capacity building projects) in collaboration with other Bank departments. The Division dialogues with RMC governments on assistance and reform needs and coordinates its activities with other development partners in its areas of responsibility.
Duties and responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Division Manager, the incumbent will undertake the following tasks and responsibilities:
Prepare and manage an active and complex portfolio of project/programs (from identification to completion) of program based operations ( budget support operations, balance of payments support program) as well as institutional support projects in the area of economic and financial management reforms to ensure timely implementation according to agreed objectives;
Provide expert advice and contribute to the preparation of Economic and Financial Assessment Programs/Plan and other upstream analytical and diagnostic work to inform Country Strategy Papers (CSPs), Regional Integration Strategy Papers(RISPs) and lending operations; provide guidance to Country/Regional departments on policy dialogue with RMCs relating to economic and financial reform programs and related issues (economic and financial governance, creating an enabling environment for the private sector, strengthening regional cooperation and economic integration); interact with Country Economists in CSP/RISP implementation, mid-term review and completion reports with due attention to economic and financial reforms; and provide back-up to country offices to ensure provision of quality advisory service to RMCs;
Lead, organize and/or coordinate the identification, appraisal and supervision missions; and ex-post reviews of Bank operations focusing on economic and financial management reforms, involving RMCs’ governments, other development partners and concerned parties or other stakeholders;
Promote (i) sector knowledge building and dissemination in the area of economic and financial management and business enabling environment for private sector development within and outside the Bank, including establishing and managing networks relevant to issues related to the Division’s areas of responsibility; (ii) new approaches, procedures and techniques to improve the Division’s operational activities formulation and implementation and lead dialogue with relevant Divisions/Departments on these issues;
Participate with other development partners in public expenditure reviews (PER), public expenditure and financial accountability assessment (PEFA); and ensure that operations meet quality and compliance with Bank’s rules and procedures, and international best practices.
Lead, coordinate and/or participate in the preparation of policy statements, papers, briefs and various reports on economic and financial management issues; program-based operations policy and guidelines; and other areas of responsibility of the Economic and Financial management Division;
Provide assistance to RMCs in understanding and applying the Bank Group’s policies and procedures relating to assistance to the Economic and financial sectors as well as on other issues related to project or program implementation, including policy issues;
Participate in the preparation of the Departmental budget and recruitment of research assistants and consultants;
Participate in the Quality control of documents prepared by the division and mentor junior colleagues in projects/programs design, launching and implementation;
Carry out any other duties pertinent to the work of the Division, assigned by the Division Manager or the Director.