World Bank Job Opportunities – Senior Education Specialist / Economist

Organization: World
Bank Group (WBG)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Practice Manager for GED13
About World Bank:
The World Bank is a
vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries
around the world. The World Bank provides low-interest loans, zero to
low-interest credits, and grants to developing countries. These support a wide
array of investments in such areas as education, health, public administration,
infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture, and
environmental and natural resource management. Some of our projects are
co-financed with governments, other multilateral institutions, commercial
banks, export credit agencies, and private sector investors.
Job Summary:  The Senior Education Specialist / Economist will
lead (and support) policy dialogue with the client on key issues in education
and skills development, provide daily implementation support to the government
on the lending operations, as well as lead the preparation of new lending
programs. He/she will also be expected to lead or/co-lead analytical work to
inform policy discussions.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·       
Policy
Dialogue and Building Client Capacity. Lead and contribute to policy dialogue
with the government of Uganda on a range of sector issues at different levels
of education. Identify and nurture opportunities for participating in the
broader policy dialogue in the country, especially insofar as they impact on
education or where the education sector can make a contribution. Build client
capacity to use findings of policy research/analytical work for developing new
policies and undertaking sector reforms. Provide technical advice on key issues
and strategic directions for the country’s education sector development, by
bringing relevant international experience and research to assist in developing
local solutions.
·       
Operations.
Lead and/or contribute to the development of new lending operations, both in
education and multi-sectoral, tapping into the Bank’s full range of instruments
(including investment project financing, results-based financing, etc.);
mobilize global experience and evidence and tailor them to the local context;
review and prepare operational documents, coordinating across practices and
project components with other team members; and provide day to day operational
support and advise the government on technical and operational aspects of
project implementation for ongoing projects.
·       
Analytical
Work and Non-Lending Services. Lead and/or contribute to the design,
preparation, and dissemination of analytical products (e.g. sector assessment,
policy notes, impact evaluation, public expenditure reviews, country systems
diagnostics, case studies, etc.); provide input on a range of issues (e.g.,
education finance, management and governance, teacher policies, school performance
assessments, skills development, etc.) that respond to critical policy
questions identified by the client and have an impact on policy and operational
design. Work on cross-sectoral teams to contribute to products such as public
expenditure reviews, service delivery surveys, and impact
evaluations.Contribute to the country diagnostics and other core analytical
work.
·       
Leadership:
Work closely with the Practice Manager and education team and the CMU to
identify new business in the education sector, including innovative financing
approaches, technical advisory services, fee-based services and other services,
as required.
·       
Partnerships:
Lead and/or contribute to partnership activities on a regular basis, with
multilateral and bilateral development partners, UN agencies, non-profit
organizations, academia, and civil society. Contribute to alignment and
coordination around country-led priorities.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·       
The
applicant for the World Bank Group Senior Education Specialist / Economist job
placement should hold a Master’s Degree from a recognized university in
economics, education policy, or related discipline.
·       
At least
eight years of relevant work experience in education; and demonstrated
expert-level knowledge of and experience in leading education projects and
analytical work
·       
Analytical/technical
skills: Strong analytical and economics skills (e.g., education, labor
economics), and a solid understanding of public finance issues.
·       
Operational
skills. Strong operational skills and experience in the design and
implementation of World Bank-financed programs and projects (e.g., PfoRs, IPf
with DLIs) to address key education issues; knowledge of Bank operational
policies and procedures; and ability to find practical solutions to operational
issues.
·       
Strong
client orientation. Ability to conduct high-level policy dialogue with
sophisticated clients, including Ministry of Education and Sport, Ministry of
Finance, Planning and Economic Development, and other stakeholders.
·       
Excellent
teamwork and interpersonal skills. Proven ability to work effectively and
collaboratively across and within practice boundaries, inspire commitment to
excellence and teamwork, and to liaise tactfully as a member of a multicultural
team.
·       
High
levels of energy, initiative, and flexibility. Proactive attitude to challenges
and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements.
Ability to juggle numerous competing demands and priorities, respond quickly to
internal and external client requests, and set realistic priorities for self
and others.
·       
Language:
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. The candidate will
be expected to write concisely and expediently; present technical information
to clients; and represent the WBG education team among donors and the client.
Competencies
·       
Education
knowledge and experience:

Possesses strong analytical and technical skills, including an understanding of
key core education issues with regard to quality, relevance, and equity at all
levels. Has familiarity with analytical resources, data sets, indicators, tools
for data analysis, and the use of evidence for education policy.
·       
General
economic knowledge and analytical skills:
Possesses a demonstrated track record of working with economic and sectoral
data and analytical tools and models to conduct economic analyses and produce
user-friendly written outputs; understands underlying statistical concepts.
·       
Knowledge
and experience in development arena:
Understands policy making processes; distills operationally relevant
recommendations/lessons for clients; understanding of political economy issues
as well as a good grasp of governance issues .
·       
Policy
dialogue skills:
Identifies and
assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the
government and/or other stakeholders; possesses political judgment, diplomatic
acumen, and negotiating skills; applies cross-country development knowledge to
discussions with clients and development partners.
·       
Integrative
skills:
Demonstrates strong
integrative thinking and ability to support project teams in developing an
integrated point of view around development challenges.
·       
Analytical
Services and Advisory (ASA) policy, strategic and technical analysis for
country/sector Issues:
Provides
inputs to key ASA documents by analyzing relevant issues, soliciting input from
others, and using data and facts to support conclusions and/or position.
·       
Written
and verbal communication:
Delivers
information effectively.
·       
Client
orientation:
Takes personal
responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries,
requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or
overall success.
·       
Drive
for results:
Takes personal
ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results
and has the personal organization skills 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:
Actively
seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with
others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized
manner.
·       
Business
judgment and analytical decision making
: Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding
own and others’ work.
NB: 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.
How to Apply:  
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the World Bank in the
aforementioned capacity are encouraged to send their applications Online by
reviewing details at the web link below and clicking Apply Now on getting a
broader insight of vacancy.
Deadline: 16th August 2020
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