Economist/Public Sector Specialist, Washington, United States

Organization: The World Bank

Country: United States

City: Washington, United States

Office: World Bank in Washington, United States

Closing date: Friday, 25 June 2021

Economist/Public Sector Specialist

Job #: req12274

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Economics

Grade: GF

Term Duration: 4 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: International Recruitment

Location: Washington, DC,United States

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): Spanish, French

Closing Date: 6/25/2021 (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.

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In fiscal year 2019, the WBG committed more than $62.3 billion in loans, grants, equity investments, and guarantees to its members and private businesses. IBRD saw continued client demand for its services and made commitments totaling $23.2 billion. IDA, our fund for the poorest, provided $21.9 billion to support countries most in need to face their toughest challenges. IFC and MIGA, our two institutions focused on private sector development, delivered about $9.3 billion in financing and issued $5.5 billion in guarantees respectively. The WBG is governed by 188 member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally.

The vision of the WBG is to eradicate extreme poverty by reducing the number of people living on less than $1.90 a day to 3 percent by 2030 and promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40 percent in every country.

To achieve this vision, the WBG Board of Governors approved a strategy for the organization in 2013. This strategy leverages, for the first time, the combined strength of the WBG institutions and their unique ability to partner with the public and private sectors to deliver customized development solutions backed by finance, world class knowledge and convening services.

The strategy has three components: (1) maximizing development impact by engaging country clients in identifying and tackling the most difficult development challenges (2) promoting scaled-up partnerships that are strategically aligned with the goals (3) crowding in public and private resources, expertise and ideas.

The architecture underpinning the strategy and instrumental to its success is an operating model introduced in July 2014 based on 14 Global Practices (GPs) and 5 Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs). Since July 1, 2015 these 14 GPs are organized under 3 Practice Group Vice Presidencies: Sustainable Development (SD); Economics, Finance and Institutions (EFI); and Human Development (HD).


The Fiscal Policy & Sustainable Growth Unit (FPSG) in the MTI Global Practice assists internal and external clients in developing strategies and balancing risks and trade-offs in their public expenditures and domestic resource mobilization efforts in order to advance the World Bank’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. FPSG also supports the development and mainstreaming of macro-economic policies for climate resilient, low carbon economic growth and economic stability.

The fiscal policy work covers overall fiscal policy design, public expenditure polices, and domestic revenue mobilization. This work includes:

Providing knowledge products, tools, and data to better inform tax projects, analytical work, and tax policy dialogue with clients and among experts.

Supporting World Bank operations, including by undertaking tax diagnostics.

Mobilizing resources to support task teams working on taxation (e.g., with US$80m raised through the Global Tax Program), macro related aspects of climate change, and fiscal policy.

Supporting the corporate agenda through analytical inputs, briefs, and monitoring of the Bank’s corporate commitments on tax (e.g., under IDA and Financing for Development) and climate change (e.g., the Paris Accord and the Helsinki Principles).

Collaborating with clients and partners such as the IMF, OECD, UN, and donor agencies to give voice to developing countries in international fora and establish partnerships such as the Platform for Collaboration on Tax and the Prosperity Collaborative.

The FPSG Unit is seeking a qualified tax specialist to support the above work more precisely to support World Bank staff as well as governments with assessing their tax policies and administration and recommending reforms, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

Roles and Responsibilities

The staff will support a broad range of tax policy and tax administration reforms including direct support to governments as well as supporting regional teams that work with governments.

Participate actively in the EFI Practice Group including by providing support to analytical tasks and lending operations in different region of the World Bank with a focus on tax policy and administration.

Provide technical advice on tax reform to client governments (ASA and lending), especially in LAC, on international tax issues, including tax transparency, exchange of information and transfer pricing, and other tax policy and administration components (i.e., taxpayer registry, SME taxation, VAT management, risk-based audit, tax appeals, and tax incentives).

Contribute to knowledge management, dissemination and capacity development operations, including the organization of seminars/workshops on topics of interest in the area of domestic resource mobilization and training of non-tax specialist colleagues.

Contribute to internal and external partnerships related to tax, in particular with the IMF, OECD and UN.

Core Competencies:

Tax Reform Analysis - Good understanding of all aspects of tax policy/administration covering the major taxes and support the design of tax reforms that are efficient, equitable and administratively feasible.

Legal tax analysis and interpretation - As part of taxation reforms, assist with legal analysis, legislative drafting, implementation of procedures, functional review of tax administration business process reengineering, and delivery of training to government officials.

General Economic Knowledge and Analytical Skills - Possesses a track record of ability to integrate economic-specific knowledge and specific micro/sector fields of expertise; provides quality assurance and assesses technical soundness of work/reports.

Policy Dialogue Skills - Has a good track record of playing a key role in the policy dialogue with country counterparts, development partners and other stakeholders (e.g., regional and international organizations, academics and businesses); communicates and defends difficult issues in a convincing manner.

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Integrative Skills - Possesses good understanding of Bank resources in all areas of work in the Practice Group, and proven fungibility.

Tax-related macroeconomic Skills and Country Economics Experience - Has a good record of task leadership of policy-based lending operations, participation on reports or other published work relating to taxation.

Written and Verbal Communication - Demonstrates a good command of all forms of communication and delivers messages in a consistently effective, timely and engaging manner.

Deliver Results for Clients- Delivers results in a timely manner, is able to identify priorities and work independently and as part of a team.

Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Promotes collaboration across WBG and with partners and builds professional networks.

Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Contributes to creating, applying and sharing knowledge.

Make Smart Decisions - Makes timely decisions that have a broad impact.

Selection Criteria

Do you meet the following selection criteria? If so, we encourage you to apply

Advance degree (e.g. Master or PhD) in Law, Economics, Taxation, Public Policy/Administration, Business Administration, International Development or equivalent.

At least five years of work experience in tax policy and/or tax administration either in the government or advising governments (as part of an international/regional organization and/or the private sector).

First-hand experience on tax reform in developing countries. Experience in LAC countries is strongly desired.

First-hand experience on legal tax analysis. Experience in LAC countries is strongly desired.

Good research, analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills. Ability and experience in report writing, project proposal preparation and analysis (including theory of change and results frameworks).

Ability to work independently on routine issues, organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines. Ability to work under pressure and flexibility in handling a variety of concurrent business support services.

Operational experience designing and implementing tax technical assistance projects would be an asset.

Good oral and written communication skills in English; fluency in Spanish and/or French would be an advantage.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

Poverty has no borders, neither does excellence. We succeed because of our differences and we continuously search for qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds from around the globe.

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