Operations Officer, Washington, United States At The World Bank

Closing date: Monday, 8 May 2023

Operations Officer

Job #: req22483

Organization: World Bank

Sector: Operations

Grade: GF

Term Duration: 2 years 0 months

Recruitment Type: International Recruitment

Location: Washington, DC,United States

Required Language(s): English (essential and Korean (essential)

Preferred Language(s): English (essential and Korean (essential)

Closing Date: 5/9/2023 (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 www.worldbank.org

The Sustainable Development Practice Group helps countries tackle their most complex challenges in the areas of Agriculture; Climate Change; Environment and Natural Resources; Social Development; Urban, Resilience and Land Development; and Water.

The Sustainable Development Practice Group hosts an Office of the Chief Economist (GSSCE). The major functions of this Office are to support knowledge intensive activities in the Sustainable Development Practice Group, undertake research, promote collaboration, and liaise with the academic community. It seeks to empower teams with knowledge and information to deliver the best global advice to client countries. The Office aims to serve as a small think-tank for the Practice Group to ensure that investment and advisory decisions are informed by the latest rigorous evidence. The work program contains three interrelated pillars: knowledge creation and dissemination, building and maintaining the capacity of staff within the Practice Group, and supporting the customized needs of the Practice. To deliver on its wide mandate, the Office is seeking to hire a Senior Economist with outstanding analytical and communication skills.

The Korea Green Growth Trust Fund (KGGTF) is a partnership between the WBG and the Republic of Korea, established in 2013 to support client countries as they shift to a green development path. The key objective of the KGGTF is to scale up and strengthen the WBG’s global green growth portfolio by leveraging knowledge and resources from Korea to support World Bank Group client countries. This includes assisting developing countries in achieving sustainable development through practical knowledge sharing on green growth efforts, developing an informed knowledge base, and building capacity to implement green growth investments. The KGGTF is under the Sustainable Development Chief Economist Office Unit.

The position of Operations Officer for the Korea Green Growth Trust Fund (KGGTF) is responsible for a wide array of activities related to KGGTF operations, with a focus on Sustainable Development and Infrastructure Practice Group activities: Agriculture & Food (AGF), Digital Development (DD), Energy (EEX), Environment, Natural Resources & Blue Economy (ENB), Transport (ITR), Urban, Resilience & Land (URL), and Water (WTR).

The selected candidate will be assigned responsibility for a range of support operations, including but not limited to the following:

  •  Carry out the administrative and operational functions of KGGTF programs, such as portfolio management and fiduciary responsibilities.
  •  Carry out regular program reviews to identify lessons learned and best practices, and promotion of best practices through the organization of knowledge dissemination events and knowledge exchanges (online & offline).
  •  Carry out implementation reviews of KGGTF grant projects, through the review of specific components. This will include field reviews, assessing progress with meeting key project outcomes and indicators and resolving outstanding issues. Contribute to implementation review documentation.
  •  Maintain strong relationships with the Donor.
  •  Carry out TF operations on the knowledge and learning component by working closely with partner ministries and public agencies in Korea relevant to KGGTF thematic areas.
  •  Carry out development and maintenance of technical partnerships with counterparts on the green growth agenda.
  •  Participate in missions, meetings, and discussions on green growth-related areas to provide technical input and guidance to counterparts on the appropriate scope, technology, costs, and more.

Selection Criteria

  •  A minimum of a Master’s degree in economics, finance, business administration, international relations, social sciences, or other development fields with at least 5 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  •  A good understanding of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure Practice Group work programs in the World Bank.
  •  Good knowledge and understanding of WBG operational processes and procedures in areas of project preparation, appraisal, implementation, and the ability to participate in all stages of the project cycle, would be an advantage.
  •  Proven experience in leading joint (knowledge) programs with multiple ministries and public agencies in Korea relevant to KGGTF thematic areas.
  •  Proficiency in English and Korean (both verbal and written) is required, including the ability to draft correspondence and edit materials professionally.
  •  Proven capacity to work independently and effectively on a variety of tasks, able to adjust to shifting priorities and achieve results within agreed objectives.
  •  Strong interpersonal communications skills.
  •  Ability to follow through on team priorities with minimum supervision.
  •  Proficiency in standard IT office applications (MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint).

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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.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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