Senior Public Sector Specialist
Job #: req22936
Organization: World Bank
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Kinshasa,Congo Democratic Republic
Required Language(s): English, French
Preferred Language(s): Closing Date: 6/20/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC
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 and promoting shared prosperity. 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 .
Eastern and Southern Africa (E AFR) Region
We need the best and brightest talent focused on our region in order to harness the potential and innovation happening across the continent. Home to about 700 million of Africa’s people, Eastern and Southern Africa is a geographically, culturally and economically diverse region of 26 countries stretching from the Red Sea in the North to the Cape of Good Hope in the South.
The subregion harbors some of Africa’s protracted conflicts, rendering many of its countries fragile, while significant gaps in education, health, and skills development continues to keep people from reaching their full potential. This creates a huge development challenge, impacts heavily on the lives and livelihoods of people, and hinders regional integration and trade! But it also creates an opportunity to work closely with country leaders, civil society, development partners, and young people to chart a brighter course for the future.
Are you ready to make an impact? We are looking for dedicated professionals to join our innovative and diverse team to improve people’s lives and help countries build back better after COVID!
Eastern and Southern Africa (E AFR) Region: https://www.worldbank.org/en/region/afr/eastern-and-southern-africa
Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Practice Group
The Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI) Practice Group (PG) supports economic policies and legal, regulatory and institutional reforms to enable equitable and sustainable growth and to promote sustainable institutions that serve to reduce poverty. It comprises four Global Practices – Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation; Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment; Poverty & Equity; and Governance.
The Governance Global Practice
More than half of the global population expresses distrust in government institutions.The Governance GP helps developing countries build capable, efficient, open, inclusive and accountable institutions that can support economic growth, reduce poverty, deliver needed services and earn the confidence of citizens. Our work encompasses public financial management, public procurement, civil service reform, open government, anti-corruption, and using technology to improve quality and access to government services. For more information: https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/governance
Country Management Unit Context
The AECC2 country management unit (CMU) covers 4 countries (Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sao Tome and Principe) 3 of which are International Development Association (IDA) countries, with higher rates of poverty. AECC2 delivers a strong program of Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA) and lending services across all the countries with a focus on key structural reforms. The program in the Democratic Republic of Congo is by far the largest of the countries in this CMU. A new Country Partnership Framework FY22-26 has recently been finalized and expected to have a geographic focus on Kinshasa, Kongo Central and Kwilu in the West, the three Kasais and Lomami in the center, and the two Kivus and Ituri in the East. In addition to the main offices in Kinshasa, the World Bank has established a liaison office in the East (Goma) and a logistics base in the Kasai (Kananga). More information on Democratic Republic of Congo: https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/drc
Duties and Accountabilities
- Contribute, as a team member, to Governance GP led tasks and activities in the portfolio.
- Contribute to multi-sector lending and ASA tasks with other GPs or regional teams.
- Provide timely and just-in-time advice (briefs, memos, presentations) on political economy issues relevant to World Bank operations in DRC.
- Review and provide feedback on operational and strategy documents to shape their alignment with the local context.
- Master’s degree in relevant field (such as public finance, public administration, economics, accounting, public policy, political economy) and a minimum of eight years of relevant work experience.
- Extensive knowledge of DRC’s overall political economy, government structure and governance processes together with a strong network of local contacts and civil society thought leaders.
- Experience in two or more of the following areas of expertise – revenue collection; expenditure management; openness, transparency and demand side approaches; service delivery; fiscal decentralization.
- Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; ability to listen carefully and provide sound advice in a constructive manner; ability and readiness to stand firm on difficult and sensitive issues; ability to convey ideas and positions clearly and tactfully to staff and managers at all levels.
- Strong team player, willing to collaborate closely with colleagues and across boundaries; ability to operate effectively in a decentralized, matrix environment.
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize and adapt, and flexibility in responding to unexpected needs and demands.
- Fluency in French and English, verbal and written.
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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