Extended Term Consultant, Sydney, Australia

Organization: The World Bank

Country: Australia

City: Sydney, Australia

Office: World Bank in Sydney, Australia

Closing date: Monday, 11 January 2021

E T Consultant

Job #: req10482

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Social Protection

Grade: EC2

Term Duration: 1 year 0 months

Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment

Location: Sydney,Australia

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 1/11/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group 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. Visit www.worldbank.org. The Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice (SPJ GP) is seeking an Extended Term Consultant for the Pacific Islands and PNG program to be based in Sydney. The World Bank’s Sydney office, part of the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) Region, covers operations in 11 Pacific member countries: The Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. These countries represent some of the world’s smallest economies, many of which are extremely isolated from economic centers. The countries covered by this office range in land area from 183 sq km to 463,000 sq km, in population from 12,000 to 6.5 million, in per capita GNI from US$1,100 per annum to over US$6,000. Pacific countries are socially and culturally diverse and face unique development challenges owing to their economic geography, which include limited formal job opportunities and high youth unemployment. Some are fragile and emerging from recent conflict. Most Pacific Island countries (PICs) have narrow production bases, some are rich in natural resources, and nearly all are highly vulnerable to external shocks. In recent times, the economic impacts of COVID-19 have hit these economies hard, severely impacting those reliant on affected sectors such as tourism. The Bank’s engagement in these countries has been expanding rapidly in recent years and includes a program of analytical work and technical assistance on labor mobility and social protection, as well as lending operations. Analytical work has been supported by grant funding from the Government of Australia which allows for a long-term engagement. On the lending side, the portfolio includes a mix of investment projects (skills, employment, cash transfers, nutrition and early childhood development) and development policy (budget support) financing. Focus countries in recent years have been Fiji, Tonga, PNG, Vanuatu, Marshall Islands and Samoa. In addition to working on these activities, the selected candidate would contribute to multi-sectoral tasks such as preparation of Country Economic Memoranda and regional studies. The selected candidate will be an integral member of the team covering the Pacific, and of the SPJ GP team for the East Asia and Pacific Region. The position will report to the SPJ Practice Manager for EAP. The position will also involve frequent interaction with government counterparts, other donor agencies, and counterparts within and across the World Bank, both in EAP and in other regions. The Extended Term Consultant will be a core member of a team implementing a major analytical and advisory work program on labor mobility and social protection in the Pacific. In addition to the analytical and advisory program, the successful candidate would be a key member of teams implementing lending operations in PICs. S/he will form part of a small team working on the Pacific and may be required to manage consultants based in Australia and across the Pacific. More specifically, the responsibilities will include the following:

Engage on tasks related to labor mobility, labor market/jobs engagements, and social protection, including operational engagements, analytical and diagnostic work, policy dialogue with various countries and counterparts, DPs, researchers and others. Contribute to and/or manage preparation and implementation support for projects, including both projects with a social protection focus and with a labor mobility/jobs and skills development focus Participate in the design and implementation of impact evaluations and other policy, program, socio-economic, and institutional assessments where necessary. Curate knowledge and global best practice to the needs of government counterparts and specific country context. Play an active role in the implementation of dissemination strategies to promote policy uptake of evidence-based recommendations. Liaise across the World Bank’s Global Practices and external agencies to support coordination on joint analytical activities and efforts to strengthen program delivery. Contribute to the global knowledge base of the Social Protection and Jobs GP.var boomerang_ip =""var boomerang_ip =""var boomerang_ip =""var boomerang_ip =""

Selection Criteria

The successful applicant for the position will meet the following qualifications:

At least a master’s degree in economics, relevant social science, or related field with at least 5 years of work experience. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in working on small island economies preferred, and prior experience working in and on developing countries essential. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a small team, and to manage consultants where necessary. Good analytical skills and proven ability to conduct independent policy-relevant research, translate theory into practical applications, and adapt professional knowledge and technical skills to analyze, diagnose and propose solutions to policy issues and challenges. Experience in advisory work or operations and/or supporting or managing research activities. Previous experience in adaptive social protection, social assistance (cash transfers), and labor market analysis would be highly advantageous Experience working on social protection and/or labor issues (including related to labor mobility/migration) in a developing country context is essential. Demonstrated skills in effective knowledge transfer and capacity building. Strong engagement skills with counterparts; client focused with an ability to provide prompt and high-quality responses. Very good interpersonal skills, with proven ability to work in a team and intercultural environment, with minimal supervision. Ability to manage complex tasks involving working across distance, overseeing teams, and ensuring timely delivery to achieve results. Above all, common sense and ability to move work ahead in challenging environments. Very good communication skills in English, both written and oral. Experience working across institutional units/divisions in a collaborative way, delivering cross-support and building relationships around a common goal. Demonstrated ability to capture knowledge for institutional learning and communicate main messages in knowledge briefs and policy notes, as well as power point presentations for high level audiences. Familiarity with the broader East Asia and Pacific region and Bank policies and practices related to social protection and jobs issues is preferred. The candidate should have a legal right to work in Australia. WBG Core Competencies:https://bit.ly/2kbIA7O var boomerang_ip =""var boomerang_ip =""var boomerang_ip =""var boomerang_ip =""

Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.

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