Senior Governance Specialist, Washington, United States

Organization: The World Bank

Country: United States

City: Washington

Office: World Bank in Washington, United States

Closing date: Monday, 16 January 2023

Senior Governance Specialist

Job #: req20474

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Governance

Grade: GG

Term Duration: 3 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: International Recruitment

Location: Washington, DC,United States

Required Language(s): English

Preferred Language(s): French, Spanish, Portuguese

Closing Date: 1/16/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


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The Governance Global Practice

The Governance Global Practice (GGP) brings together professionals in procurement, financial management, taxation, public management, regulatory policy, transparency, digital governance, law and development, anticorruption and social accountability to develop innovative, integrated solutions to pernicious institutional problems. The practice utilizes a problem-driven diagnostic approach, combining global comparative knowledge of reform successes and failures with keen understanding of the institutional challenges and opportunities of developing countries. The Governance Global Practice engages on core and cross cutting themes including Public Financial Management; Subnational governance/decentralization; State Owned Enterprises/Corporate Governance; Tax Administration; Fiduciary Assurance; Public Institutions; GOVTECH, Anticorruption, Open Government and Political Economy.

The Public Finance Unit (EGVPF) is a Global Unit in the GPP responsible for Public Financial and Investment Management, standards and codes around transparent financial management in public and private sectors, corporate governance, SOEs, corporate financial reporting, domestic resource mobilization and fiduciary assurance. Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) Program

PEFA is a partnership program, initiated and managed by nine international development partners: the European Commission, International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, The Slovak Republic and the Grand-Duchy of Luxemburg. The PEFA program provides a framework for assessing and reporting on the strengths and weaknesses of public financial management (PFM) using quantitative indicators to measure performance.

The PEFA Secretariat is housed in the EGVPF Global Unit of the World Bank and operates as a part of the Bank. It is fully funded from the resources of the PEFA Program. More information about PEFA Secretariat is available at PEFA Secretariat is looking for a high-performing, energetic team member who possesses adaptability and flexibility in providing support to the PEFA Secretariat and in taking on special assignments as the need arises. The Senior Governance Specialist is expected to report to the EGVPF Practice Manager and works under the technical leadership of Head of PEFA Secretariat.

Duties and Accountabilities:

The selected candidate for this position will contribute to the following core tasks of the Secretariat: (a) The technical work of the Secretariat, which includes:

Undertaking technical quality/peer reviews of concept notes/ terms of reference and reports pertaining to the application of the PFM Performance Measurement Framework (PEFA 2016 framework, PEFA subnational) and other supplementary frameworks (referred as "Frameworks"), on a demand basis.

Lead the quality assurance and related engagement on Public Financial Management and its interaction with Climate Change.

Perform Quality Assurance of PEFA reports and issue of PEFA Check.

Supporting users of the PEFA Frameworks in the assessment process, for reform formulation, peer learning, tracking progress, research.

Plan, design and conduct dissemination and training activities.

(b) Contribute and co-lead some work streams in the Secretariat, including:

Mainstreaming and expansion of use of Sub-national governments guidance for 2016 PEFA framework ( Supporting countries on the existing PEFA Service delivery module ( ).

Facilitate finalization of the above referred module based on pilot results and support expansion of use.

PEFA Research Competition for PFM knowledge

Development of ePEFA the technology solution for automation of PEFA processes bringing efficiencies.

(c) Communication of the Program’s corporate messages to stakeholders, including:

Lead and contribute to major learning events.

Identify and prepare briefs on PEFA success stories, good practices and useful lessons on practical issues associated with PEFA.

Undertake studies, collection, and analysis of information.

Contribute to review and revision of the structure and technical content of PEFA training materials.

(d) Other emerging technical tasks relating to PEFA Secretariat as may be assigned by the Head of PEFA Secretariat.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate must have a strong experience in the application of PEFA PFM Performance Measurement Framework at national level and if possible, at subnational level. S/he must be a knowledge expert in Public Financial Management, fiscal federalism, sub-national governance, and service delivery aspects of PFM. A sound understanding and experience on application of Gender and Climate PEFA supplementary frameworks, is added advantage.

The candidate should have:

A Master’s degree in accounting, business, finance, economics, or related subject.

At least 8 years of relevant experience, including experience working on PFM issues, assessment of PFM systems at the country and/or subnational level and support to PFM reforms.

Relevant knowledge and experience on climate change and it’s interface with governance issues and specifically, public financial management

Experience in working on IT automation projects is added advantage.

Ability to work effectively within a team and to manage complex activities with minimal supervision, while meeting deadlines.

Ability to prepare a variety of written products, training materials and communications.

Ability to communicate clearly on matters that can be perceived as technical.

Knowledge of different administrative systems, including public finance ones.

Fluency in spoken and written English.

Fluency in French, Spanish or Portugal are desirable.


Excellent knowledge and experience on Public Financial Management systems.

Good understanding of PEFA program and framework. Ability to conduct quality assurance and training on PEFA framework.

S/he must be a knowledge leader and expert in Public Financial Management and its interaction with Climate Change. A sound understanding of the PEFA Climate supplementary Framework, and their application is added advantage.

Project and task management - Able to organize, coordinate, monitor and implement tasks and projects. Demonstrates innovation and creativity in promoting effectiveness.

Institutional policies, processes, and procedures - Demonstrates in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of administrative and policy guidelines, practices, products and services in area of assigned functional responsibility; can guide others in complex situations.

Client Orientation - Able to establish partnership based working relationships with internal/external clients. Demonstrates independence, initiative, and autonomy in addressing clients‘ needs.

Drive for Results - Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed- upon results and has the personal organization to do so.

Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.

Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Able to research and draft written materials or review adherence of written materials prepared by others to administrative requirements. Able to mentor and guide and organize learning activities within area of assigned responsibilities.

Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Able to use analytical, problem-solving skills and resourcefulness to make informed and practical decisions to carry out own work. Able to advice on information usage and storage, and policies in the assigned responsibilities.

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