Senior 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, 23 July 2021

Senior Public Sector Specialist

Job #: req12535

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Governance

Grade: GG

Term Duration: 4 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: International Recruitment

Location: Washington, DC,United States

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): French and/or Portuguese

Closing Date: 7/23/2021 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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 and promoting shared prosperity. 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. For more information, visit

Eastern and Southern Africa (E AFR) Region:

We need the best and brightest talent focused on our region in order to harness the potential and innovation happening across the continent. Home to about 700 million of Africa’s people, Eastern and Southern Africa is a geographically, culturally and economically diverse region of 26 countries stretching from the Red Sea in the North to the Cape of Good Hope in the South.

The subregion harbors some of Africa’s protracted conflicts, rendering many of its countries fragile, while significant gaps in education, health, and skills development continues to keep people from reaching their full potential. This creates a huge development challenge, impacts heavily on the lives and livelihoods of people, and hinders regional integration and trade! But it also creates an opportunity to work closely with country leaders, civil society, development partners, and young people to chart a brighter course for the future.

Are you ready to make an impact? We are looking for dedicated professionals to join our innovative and diverse team to improve people’s lives and help countries build back better after COVID!

Eastern and Southern Africa (E AFR) Region:

Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Practice Group:

Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI) Practice Group (PG) support economic policies and legal, regulatory and institutional reforms to enable equitable and sustainable growth and to reduce poverty.

The Governance Global Practice:

More than half of the global population expresses distrust in government institutions. The Governance GP helps developing countries build capable, efficient, open, inclusive and accountable institutions that can support economic growth, reduce poverty, deliver needed services and earn the confidence of citizens. Our work encompasses public financial management, public procurement, civil service reform, open government, anti-corruption, and using technology to improve quality and access to government services. For more information: Practice Management Unit Context

You will be under the supervision of the GOV Practice Manager for the EAEG2 Unit (Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, South Africa).

This is one of two unit wide roles that involves leading governance investment operations and Advisory Services & Analytics work across countries covered by EAEG2 while providing strategic operational support and policy guidance to the PM and GP staff in connection with the preparation and implementation of all operational products.

Duties and Accountabilities:

Intellectual leadership on a range of issues including the GRID agenda, fiscal decentralization, domestic resource mobilization, illicit final flows, efficiency and effectiveness in government spending, and the demand for good governance.

Leading the delivery of, or directly supporting operational teams to deliver, governance projects and ASA tasks.

Leading, or contributing to, multi-sector lending and ASA tasks with other GPs or regional teams.

Monitoring the ASA program and reviewing documents and deliverables at all stages through initiation to completion.

Supporting GP staff to systematically address governance constraints in strategic documents such as Systematic Country Diagnostics, Country Partnership Frameworks, Performance and Learning Reviews and Country Engagement Memorandum.

Supporting teams in the identification and development of innovative operational approaches.

Working closely with the Governance Global Practice to ensure EAEG2 is both a robust contributor to, and benefits strongly from, the global knowledge sharing agenda.

Selection Criteria

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Master’s degree in relevant field (such as public finance, public administration, economics, accounting, public policy) and a minimum of eight years of relevant work experience.

In-depth understanding of Bank operational policies and procedures, especially for IPFs but across the range of operational products and instruments. Capacity to apply them effectively in the preparation and implementation of Bank operations.

Seasoned task team leader with operational experience across a range of Bank operational products, and at different stages of the project cycle, for both IBRD/IDA products and across MICs, LICS, and FCVs.

Recognized as a global leader in one or more of the following areas of expertise - fiscal decentralization, domestic resource mobilization, illicit financial flows, demand for good governance.

Proven ability to interact effectively with clients, including the ability to assist clients at all levels in their analysis, policy formulation, and implementation of governance reforms, with a focus on results.

Strong team player, willing to collaborate closely with colleagues and across boundaries; ability to operate effectively in a decentralized, matrix environment.

Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; ability to listen carefully and provide sound advice in a constructive manner; ability and readiness to stand firm on difficult and sensitive issues; ability to convey ideas and positions clearly and tactfully to staff and managers at all levels.

Demonstrated ability to prioritize and adapt, and flexibility in responding to unexpected needs and demands.

French and/or Portuguese skills would be an asset.

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Staff appointments include, but are not limited to, medical benefits, including dental and vision, Staff Retirement Plan, financial assistance program, life & disability insurance, comprehensive leave policy (minimum 26 days/annum) and parental leave policy (50-100 days).

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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