Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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Governance Global Practice Context
An effective and accountable governance framework, in the form of functioning institutions, is a necessary precondition for sustainable poverty reduction. Fragile, ineffective or inexistent institutions have long been put forward as explaining the relative underperformance of economies. Furthermore, poor governance and structural deficiencies in public and private institutions are often prevalent in fragile and conflict affected states. On the other hand, cross-country empirics have confirmed that higher institutional quality is correlated with higher levels of per capita income and greater economic growth. Thus, governance mechanisms and institutions are critical to sustained growth and poverty alleviation.
The Governance Global Practice 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 GGP interventions range from diagnostics, technical assistance and advisory services, knowledge management and sharing, creating peer learning platforms, lending and reform project implementation, and monitoring and reporting. An important part of its responsibilities is to deliver operational support to other Practices, including through inputs for policy-based operations, hands-on implementation advice and direct fiduciary due diligence of investment financing.
The South Asia Region (SAR) has the largest concentration of poor people of any WBG region. It is home to 1.5 billion people, with over 1 billion living under US$2 a day. It has had high growth of 6 percent a year on average for the last 20 years, despite its poverty, conflict, and instability. The WBG is and will continue to be a key development partner in South Asia, with a current portfolio of over 200 projects and total commitments of around US$38 billion. The South Asia Region (SAR) strategy is based on three pillars, which are: promoting growth, enhancing social inclusion, and strengthening climate/environment. Each of these pillars is directly relevant to Afghanistan.
Afghanistan is in a state of transition which involves the phased handover of security responsibilities from international forces to the Afghan government. This process is characterized by political and security uncertainty. The World Bank engagement in Afghanistan is significant: International Development Association (IDA) contributions amount to about US$ 150m IDA assistance annually. At the same time, the country team is managing the World Bank’s largest multi-donor trust fund, the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), which currently provides about US$ 1 billion annually. With the anticipated decline in international donor presence, the World Bank’s role within the international community will become even more pronounced. The World Bank currently has more than 33 active ATRF and IDA projects in Afghanistan.
Within the Bank program in Afghanistan, the ESAG1 carries a heavy load with a work program that includes both task management of stand-alone PFM operations and the Recurrent Costs window of the ARTF as well as several technical assistance engagements and analytical work. In addition, the Unit provides fiduciary oversight of all Bank and ARTF financed operations. Financial Management fiduciary work is carried out by a team of Financial Management Specialists (FMSs), and the FMSs are fully integrated members of project task teams in line with Bank-wide guidelines.
ESAG1 financial management work follows the FM risk assessment process and approach described in the Regional Quality Assurance Guidelines. Core FM activities include: i) FM fiduciary assessments for new investment operations (funded from loans, credits, grants, and Trust Funds); ii) FM fiduciary supervision of investment operations in the portfolio; iii) FM aspects of Development Policy Lending fiduciary issues and policy matrices, iv) FM-related ASA work, and iv) FM capacity building, technical assistance, advice, and oversight to clients and task teams at the project, entity, sub-national, and country level, including task management of stand-alone FM capacity building projects as well as FM components within other projects.
The Practice Manager (PM) assigns projects, analytical work, and capacity building activities to FM staff based upon several factors including: geography, risk, sector specialty, experience, staff interest, professional development goals, and workload balancing. These assignments are reviewed at least annually to ensure that unit and staff objectives are being met and that allocated resources are sufficient.
The Governance Global Practice in SAR is looking for a Financial Management Analyst (FMA) based in Kabul, Afghanistan who will be part of the SAR ESAG1 team, working closely with country teams under the guidance of the FM Coordinator, and reporting to the Practice Manager (PM). The FMA is expected to work on all FM aspects related to the World Bank operations in Afghanistan.
Duties and Accountabilities
The Financial Management Analyst (FMA) will be part of the Regional FM team and is expected to work on all FM aspects related to the World Bank operations in Afghanistan. This will include, but not limited to:
The FMA will work with country team, including Task Team Leaders, Procurement and other technical specialists, and Administrative and Client Service (ACS) staff. The FMA is expected to assume the following specific duties and responsibilities under direct mentorship of the senior financial management specialist:
Minimum Education and Professional Background
The candidate should have an equivalent of a Master’s degree in accounting, business, finance, economics or related subject and three years of relevant experience. A professional accountancy associate membership (CPA, CA or equivalent membership of an internationally recognized professional accounting institute) or progress in acquiring the professional qualification would be an added advantage. The position requires a motivated and seasoned financial management analyst with strong analytical and interpersonal skills and a commitment to work in challenging and low capacity environments.
Essential Specialized Skills/Experience