World Bank Group, Pretoria, South Africa
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Duties and Accountabilities:
We are looking for a locally-recruited Economist, to be based in our office in Pretoria, South Africa. The selected candidate will be part of the team leading the Poverty and Equity work program of the Southern Africa Country Management Unit (CMU), which comprises South Africa, Eswatini Lesotho, Botswana, and Namibia. In particular, you will have the following duties:
- Lead and contribute to monitoring and analysis of poverty and inequality issues in the Southern Africa Poverty GP program;
- Lead and contribute to technical assistance, capacity building and policy dialogue activities;
- Engage on poverty and inequality issues with government officials and development partners, in support of an evidence-based approach to policymaking.
- Work closely with other global practices to enhance the poverty and shared prosperity focus of the Southern Africa program;
- Participate in team management and leadership of the country program.
- Mentor and guide junior members of the team;
- Contribute to the global knowledge base of the poverty practice by participating in and contributing to the work of at least one of the four thematic lines.
- We are looking for an imaginative and innovative micro-economist with a demonstrated track record of sound analytical work, excellent judgment, and experience in working closely with government clients in Southern Africa to tailor analytical and/or statistical advisory services.
- Candidates with strong client engagement skills, demonstrated effectiveness in working collaboratively with teams from multiple units and with prior experience of successful engagement in weak capacity contexts will be given special preferences.
- Prior exposure to and experience working with statistical agencies on the development and implementation of statistical strengthening plans is highly desired.
- Master’s degree (PhD preferred) in economics, public policy, statistics or other related field, with a strong quantitative background and at least five (5) years of relevant professional experience.