Country Officer, Niamey, Niger

Organization: The World Bank

Country: Niger

City: Niamey

Office: World Bank in Niamey, Niger

Closing date: Sunday, 8 January 2023

Country Officer

Job #: req20460

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Operations

Grade: GF

Term Duration: 3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment

Location: Niamey,Niger

Required Language(s): English; French

Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 1/8/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC

Description

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 www.worldbank.org

Niger is part of the AWCW3 Country Management Unit (CMU) which include also Burkina Faso, Chad, and Mali where the Country Director, the operations Manager, and three program leaders are located. AWCW3 provides a range of financial, knowledge and convening services to help address the countries‘ most complex development issues. All AWCW3 countries are grappling with high rates of poverty and the effects or spillover effects of conflicts. Niger is considered by the Bank as a country at risk of fragility.

The World Bank’s CMU for Niger (AWMNE) responsibilities include country strategy formulation and implementation, portfolio management, policy dialogue, and country relations. The CMU’s goals are to ensure that: (i) the Bank’s program is carried out in a client-responsive manner which is relevant to the development challenges facing Niger, (ii) the program can be realistically carried out within the department’s budget parameters while meeting the Bank’s quality standards; and (iii) this program generates the intended development impact. The department works closely with sector and the Niger Country Team in the delivery of the Niger work program.

The World Bank’s portfolio in Niger comprises 35 operations (22 national and 13 regional) amounting to US$4.6 billion. Ongoing operations cover almost all development sectors and through them, the World Bank Group in Niger is pursuing its mission of reducing extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity.

Duties and Accountabilities

The AWMNE Team is seeking a Country Officer to support the implementation of the program and form an integral part of the CMU team. The Country Officer will contribute to the dialogue with country counterparts, monitor the quality of the portfolio, participate in the country strategy preparation and progress assessments, prepare management briefs, and support technical teams in addressing country issues. The Country Officer will report to the Country Manager for Niger and work in close coordination with the CMU team.

Given the high visibility of the Country Program and the substantial interaction required of the team with internal interlocutors (including WB Senior Management) and external interlocutors (including Government, other Donors, Civil society), demonstrated maturity, excellent communication skills, and ability to work independently are paramount.

Country Strategy and Program implementation: Provide support in the implementation of the Niger country program. Work closely with the CMU staff, including the Country Manager to support the dialogue with partners on the ground, including having consultations on the Bank’s program with the government agencies.

Client and Development Partner Relations: In close coordination with country team members, develop and maintain regular country contacts with client counterparts (both within and outside Government), NGOs, opinion makers, civil society, media and stakeholders in general including representing the bank externally and backing up the Sr. Operations Officer or the Country Manager. Respond to routine inquiries from clients, partners, NGOs, and other civil society representatives. Support donor coordination and take the lead to organize donor meetings or provide input for donor meetings organized by other agencies.

Portfolio Monitoring: In coordination with the Sr. Operations Officer, monitor the project portfolio and operational performance, quality and trends, including ensuring compliance with Bank policies, reviewing Implementation Status Reports, ensuring that project ratings are realistic, and working with teams to develop and implement action plans to improve implementation and resolve problems. Responsible for quality control functions, portfolio monitoring including preparation of monthly portfolio monitoring tables.

QUALITY CONTROL

Operations Quality and Analytical Work: Assist the Senior Operations Officer with first level review of Project Concept Note (PCN), Project Appraisal Document (PAD), negotiation and Board packages, ICR, ISR, Restructuring papers and other documents for quality, fiduciary requirement, safeguard requirement and consistency. Contribute to the CPPR processes and draw lessons from portfolio management and adjustments to CPFs and future lending operations. Monitor and assist with cross-cutting dimensions of portfolio implementation in close coordination with country counterparts, sector staff. Under the supervision of the Sr. Operations Officer, monitor the preparation and dissemination of activities ensuring strategic prioritization and coherence with overall program.

Reporting, Briefing: Contribute to the preparation of a range of reports and briefs to regional and senior management including Spring and Annual Meetings briefs, trip briefs and ad hoc briefs, Provide input to regional reports and respond to requests from regional front office for information on Niger program. Maintain up-to-date information on portfolio performance and provide analysis on portfolio quality, implementation issue and areas needing attention

Country Team Management: Participate as a key team member of important strategic products/activities, such as the CPPR and budget work-program monitoring, and facilitate the resolution of cross-cutting portfolio issues on an on-going basis. Perform the secretariat function for the Niger country program (including organizing country team meetings and being the focal point for selected queries by country team members). Support activities designed to enhance working relationships and the functioning of the country teams and with International Finance Cooperation IFC and MIGA. Assist the Country Manager and the Sr Operations Officer as needed in day-to-day management and supervision of the Niger office taking on some administrative responsibilities and support the CMU to maintain and update AWMNE workflow protocols and tools, template, website content etc.

Selection Criteria

MA/MS, Graduate Degree in a relevant field/discipline (Economics, Business Studies, Political Science, Finance, International Relations, or similar field relevant to the Bank’s mission.)

Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience - with the World Bank, or other comparable institution - in implementing of Bank- financed projects or equivalent

Proven ability to think strategically and demonstrated political sensitivity and mature judgment, with an ability to navigate a challenging environment.

Outstanding inter-personal skills with proven ability to work cooperatively with a multi-disciplinary country team, other groups throughout the Bank, development partners; and governmental institutions.

Demonstrated initiative, leadership skills, and drive for results including ability to undertake a diversity of tasks within a rapidly changing and demanding environment on short deadlines.

Ability to analyze and identify cross-cutting portfolio issues; provide guidance to country/sector teams on quality of operations and portfolio performance.

Sound knowledge of Bank operational policies and business practices and proven expertise on project management tools & methodologies.

Highly developed spoken and written communications skills including the ability to draft concise reports, minutes, briefs, and correspondence skills in English, and French. French language proficiency is essential.

Solid understanding of the role of the Board, donors, and shareholders in International Development Association and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and their respective financial structure and development priorities.

Pragmatic approach to operational implementation.

COMPETENCIES

Project Management - Demonstrates in depth knowledge and understanding of the project management concepts, as they relate to the implementation of complex, multi-functional projects in varied geographical and economic conditions

Bank Instruments, Policies, Procedures, and Systems - Recognized by peers and/or managers for providing high quality, pragmatic advice to teams on the appropriate use of Bank policies, procedures and instruments and financing mechanisms.

Portfolio Management (OS) - Leads the monitoring of country/sector strategy and work program; flags implementation issues for attention of clients and Bank management and takes a leading role in resolving these.

Analytical and Technical Skills, Operational Strategy Development & Advice - Recognized by peers and/or managers for ability to identify and pro-actively solve operational issues and problems.

Country Strategy - Recognized proficiency in playing a central role in and make substantive contributions to the strategy formulation process and related products.

Country Program Management - Contributes to preparation, including the story line, of the CMU’s annual reporting, budgeting, and business planning, focusing in particular on the Region’s performance indicators.

Country Operations Knowledge and Application - Ability to providing high quality advice to teams on the appropriate use of Bank policies, procedures and instruments.

Stakeholder Engagement - Ability to advance and make substantive contributions to the country dialogue.

Country Team Management - Ability to coordinate mechanisms to ensure CMU responsiveness to country team members, including an ability to respond substantively to challenging queries and efficient and effective procedures for routine workflow.

Corporate Insight (Organizational Agility) - Ability to represent effectively the country program in interactions with the Board, donors, and shareholders in IDA and IBRD.

Operational Project Management - Demonstrates in depth knowledge and understanding of project management tools & methodologies, as well as of Bank instruments and processes related to project preparation & implementation, resource management, and stakeholder communications.

Client Orientation - Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge.

Drive for Results - Identifies the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables.

Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Shows leadership in ensuring the team stays organized and focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches.

Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Leads in the sharing of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons learned across units and with clients and partners, articulating ideas verbally and in writing in a clear and compelling way across audiences of varied levels.

Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Gathers inputs, assesses risk, considers impact, and articulates benefits of decisions for internal and external stakeholders over the long term.

FCS Behavioral Skills - Quickly adopts the mind-set needed for success in FCS settings: adaptability, resilience, determination, sound judgment, etc.

FCS Operational Skills - Implements a pragmatic approach to FCS operations. Avoids overly complex solutions in favor of approaches that are fit to FCS.

FCS Policies, Tools and Instruments - Has experience with the primary tools or instruments used in FCS, political economy analysis, etc.

Lead and Innovate - Brings new and different insights

World Bank Group Core Competencies

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