Sr. Digital Development Specialist, Washington, United States

Organization: The World Bank

Country: United States

City: Washington

Office: World Bank in Washington, United States

Closing date: Sunday, 15 January 2023

Sr. Digital Development Specialist

Job #: req20569

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Digital Development

Grade: GG

Term Duration: 3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: International Recruitment

Location: Washington, DC,United States

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 1/15/2023 (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. For more information, visit

Infrastructure Practice Group

Globally, 840 million people live more than 2 kilometers from all-weather roads, 1 billion people lack electricity, and 3 billion people lack Internet access. Access to basic infrastructure services is critical for creating economic opportunities for the poor. The Infrastructure (INF) Practice Group is charged with developing sustainable solutions to help close infrastructure gaps in developing and emerging economies. The INF Vice Presidential Unit (VPU) currently consists of four global practices (GPs): Energy & Extractives (EEX), Transport, Digital Development (DD) and Infrastructure Finance, PPPs and Guarantees (IPG).

Unit Overview

Digital Development (DD) Global Practice is led by a Director supported by several Practice Managers and Program Managers with specific regional and global responsibilities. It plays a critical role in enabling the achievements of the Twin goals and the Sustainable Development Goals. Digital technologies are transforming firms, governments, and people’s lives; and with the digital economy growing at a rate significantly higher than that of the global economy, it offers emerging economies a unique opportunity to leapfrog traditional paths for development through digital solutions.

Collaborating across technical, geographic, and institutional boundaries, the DD team helps design and deliver digitally enhanced solutions aimed at harnessing the full potential of digital transformation. This requires decisive policy action to mobilize private investment, promote competition in digital markets and support the rollout of infrastructure in commercially unviable areas. It also entails working with client countries to develop digital platforms, strengthen data protection against privacy and cybersecurity risks, and leverage the potential of digital technologies to enhance environmental sustainability.

The DD Global Practice has recently introduced Business Lines to structure country and regional engagements, research, and global engagement. The Digital Data Infrastructure BL supports the development of the ‚rails‘ on which inclusive and vibrant digital economies, societies, and governments operate, enabling better public and private sector service delivery and unlocking innovation and new markets. The topics covered by the BL include: (i) digital stacks, including data sharing and exchange, digital identification, and trust services such as electronic signatures; (ii) national and international-level data governance; (iii) data hosting and storage; and (iv) data use and innovation. The secretariats for the Identification for Development (ID4D) and Digitizing Government to Person Payments (G2Px) cross-Global Practice initiatives are house in the same unit.

Duties and Accountabilities

The Sr. Digital Development Specialist will play a key role in shaping and scaling up the BL on Digital Data Infrastructure across the following areas: Leads and contributes to cutting-edge analytical and knowledge products, research projects, and data collection efforts designed to increase global evidence and knowledge, ensuring the Digital Data Infrastructure BL and DD Global Practice are at the fore front of this development agenda, such as continuing the Bank’s thought leadership on digital public infrastructure and digital public goods.

Provides and coordinates Digital Data Infrastructure expertise for a portfolio of country and regional engagements (operations, ASAs, and RASes), in support of DD (and other sector) task teams.

Represents the BL in national, regional, and global fora.

Helps develop the BL’s strategic vision into a forward-looking, evidence-based, practical, and relevant program of country engagement, global engagement, and knowledge.

Builds and fosters partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including with developing country governments, development partners (e.g., bilateral donors, foundations, UN agencies). Communicates effectively the BL’s global engagements to various audiences, including key stakeholders, clients, beneficiaries, general public, internal and external partners. While the position will primarily be devoted to the Digital Data Infrastructure BL, the selected candidate may also contribute to strategically relevant ID4D and G2Px activities, such as supporting specific country and regional engagements. The individual may also contribute to shaping the strategic direction of these cross sectoral digital ID and G2P payment.

Selection Criteria

Masters or PhD degree in economics, public policy, private sector development, technology, or another relevant field.

At least 8-10 years of relevant experience in positions of increasing complexity and responsibility.

Excellent analytical and writing skills with strong track record of publications and leading analytical work, reports and teams.

Demonstrated in-depth experience and track record of results and successfully working across practices, disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

Excellent client engagement skills and experience, able to understand and adapt to client needs; being balanced and politically astute.

Effective communication skills including the ability to speak articulately and persuasively.

Strong sense of strategy, including ability to prioritize and exit activities and engagements; track record in streamlining and rationalizing product offerings.

Good partnership experience, including involving multiple stakeholders - both public and private - in building collaborative alliances for results.

Leading provider of development solutions for clients; provide leadership in both knowledge generation and knowledge sharing.

Role-modeling the change and values for WBG; demonstrating courage of convictions, ownership, and self-mastery within the organization in accordance with our values.

Strong results orientation, persistence, patience, and positive attitude. If the selected candidate is a current World Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 4-year term appointment.

Required Competencies

Integrative Skills - Integrating divergent viewpoints of multiple external and internal stakeholders into a coherent project/program/strategy.

Internal and External Client Engagement - An ability to independently coordinate and engage with stakeholders from various parts of WBG, including IFC and MIGA, during the course of assisting team with operational design and implementation. Bank Instruments, Policies, and Procedures, and Ability to Proactively Apply Them - Solid operational experience, including as a TTL/co-TTL Bank lending and non-lending products. Solid knowledge of operational policies and procedures and ability to apply them in the different context, advise teams to resolve the bottlenecks, and find pragmatic operational solutions. An ability to exercise high standards in quality assurance of documents at different stages of project cycle. An ability to review and advice country products.

Portfolio Management and Results Monitoring and Evaluation - An ability to independently monitor portfolio and pipeline and provide signals to management when the program goes off track. Preparing and leading country/GP portfolio reviews. An ability to monitor IBRD financing as well as IDA utilization. An ability to design, advice and implement results frameworks. Providing key inputs in business planning/MoU exercises.

Operational Knowledge Sharing - An ability to design and consolidate core content of operational learning programs, and deliver presentations, trainings and BBLs on various topics. Mentoring junior colleagues in all aspects of operations.

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

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