Operations Analyst

The World Bank, Kathmandu, Nepal

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th October, 2018


Job Description

This is a country office position in Nepal subject to local recruitment under the Nepal compensation plan. The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan share a joint Country Management Unit with a Country Director for these three countries based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Country Manager, located in Kathmandu, has a high degree of delegated responsibility for country program management in Nepal.

The new Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for Nepal for five years covering the period of FY2019 to FY2023 was recently approved by the Board of Directors on August 7, 2018. The overarching goal is to support Nepal’s new federal system that can deliver on higher sustained growth for poverty reduction, inclusive development, and shared prosperity. The new federal structure introduced by the 2015 Constitution presents unprecedented opportunities to reset Nepal’s development trajectory. There is a new-found optimism for greater political stability, inclusion, good governance and sustainable growth following the elections in 2017 and the placement of a new government in early 2018.

The CPF prioritizes the following areas:

  • Strengthening public institutions. The World Bank Group (WBG) will be explicit in its support to strengthening public institutions for effective economic management, service delivery, and public investment not only at national level, but also at sub-national levels.
  • Private sector led jobs and growth. The WBG will contribute to generating more and better jobs through private sector-driven growth, building on ongoing work to improve access to energy and infrastructure connectivity, regulatory environment and financial sector stability.
  • Inclusion and resilience. The WBG will work to achieve greater inclusion for the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized groups through human capital development, with greater resilience against climate change, natural disasters, and other exogenous shocks.

Across all its activities, the World Bank will aim to achieve greater gender equity and inclusion, to ensure citizen engagement, to incorporate climate co-benefits, and to maximize financing for
development.

To respond to the country needs and to implement the new CPF, the Nepal Country Team has recently formulated its mission statement and guiding principles as follows:

Guiding Principles:

  • We shall continue to be trusted and engaging partners through a focus on quality and timeliness.
  • We shall commit to change as needed to respond to a changing Nepal.
  • We shall remain professional, proactive and accountable to our partners in development, also recognizing that we are part of the Development Partner community.
  • We shall commit to act as “one Bank” not only in our messaging but our daily interactions.
  • We shall promote diversity and respect in and outside our institution.
  • We shall develop and share our Global Knowledge and use it for development results.
  • We shall value innovation in pursuit of our objectives.
  • We shall leverage the mutual strengths of the public and private sectors.

In Nepal, the World Bank Group (WBG) includes the International Development Association (IDA), the concessionary lending arm; the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm; and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the investment risk insurance arm.

The World Bank currently supports 22 active investment projects in Nepal with US$ 2.5 billion dollars in commitments from IDA. The indicative resources available under IDA18 (FY2018-2020) are about US$ 1.39 billion, including US$ 300 million from the IDA Risk Mitigation Regime. IFC aims to commit about US$ 800 million to US$ 1.2 billion over the five-year period (FY19 to FY23). MIGA is actively seeking opportunities to support foreign private investment into Nepal. IFC and MIGA may make use of the IDA IFC/MIGA Private Sector Window (PSW) and the MIGA Guarantee Facility to underwrite eligible projects.

The World Bank Group (WBG) fielded its first economic mission to Nepal in 1963 to assess the country’s development prospects and challenges. It approved its first credit in 1969 for a telecommunications project. Since then, the World Bank has provided Nepal US$ 4.75 billion in assistance (US$ 3.48 billion in credits and US$ 1.27 billion in grants).

Nepal has a large development partners’ presence with active in-country donor coordination mechanisms. The International Development Partners Group is co-chaired by the UNDP and the European Union.

Collaboration between a highly-committed and competent team of national staff and a strong team of HQ staff has effectively delivered impressive results despite the political instability of the last several years.

Country Office-based staff include the Country Manager (CM) and senior technical staff. In addition to the Country Director who operates from Bangladesh, the Washington-based country anchor unit includes a Country Program Coordinator, a Senior Country Officer, and a Senior Program Assistant; and the three Program Leaders based in Dhaka and Washington, working across three countries as one Country Management Unit (CMU).

The incumbent will be a member of Nepal CMU, based in Kathmandu, reporting to the Country Manager (CM) located in Nepal. The incumbent will work under the technical supervision of the Senior Operations Officer in Nepal CMU. Extensive liaison is required with other CMU members in Dhaka, Kathmandu and Washington and frequent interactions with Bank staff responsible for tasks in the Nepal work program and projects under implementation.

The position requires strong operational capabilities with emphasis on planning and monitoring of work program, budget and portfolio analysis, and provide operational support to the CMU.

The contract may be extendable, subject to business needs and performance of the candidate.

Duties and Accountabilities :

Liaising closely with the Senior Operations Officer, the Senior Economist (for Federalism Support) and the Country Anchor in HQ, the incumbent will be responsible for:

Analytical Operational Support

  • Monitoring the progress of the Nepal country work program;
  • analyzing operational performance, trends, and disbursements, highlighting problem areas and risks; and preparing, analyzing and disseminating regular portfolio monitoring reports.
  • Interacting, communicating and coordinating with the Global Practice teams on operational issues that could affect the Bank's program in Nepal.
  • Preparing documentation for portfolio reviews both internal and with the Government of Nepal.
  • Assisting in the review of operational documents, including aide memoires, Implementation Status and Results Reports, and project documents for quality and consistency with Bank policies and country strategy.
  • Responding to ad hoc information requests and correspondence, and preparing briefings, position papers and draft speeches for the Country Manager, often at short notice.
  • Liaising with External Affairs Team to maintain the accuracy and timeliness of program information posted on the World Bank's website for Nepal.
  • Carrying out ad hoc analysis of socio-economic data on Nepal using data from various units and databases for use in presentations during Regional Management Team Meetings and other purposes.

Support in Development Partners Coordination

  • Assisting in maintaining profile and database of all development partners.
  • Providing timely information on matters related to development assistance.
  • Providing support to the Aid Management Platform by liaising with the Ministry of Finance to update and maintain the veracity of the data made available on Aid Management Platform.
  • Undertaking any assignment that relates to development partner coordination as assigned by the CM or the Senior Operations Officer.

Analytical Support to Federalism

Under the technical supervision of the Senior Economist, provide analytical support to Federalism initiative which include preparing brief notes on federalism – functions, functionaries and funds; participate in the organization of federalism missions, meetings and events; manage federalism related information database; liaise with all three tiers of government officials, associations, development partners and other stakeholders on federalism related matters.

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Development Studies, Economics/a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of two years of relevant work experience.
  • Ability to work independently and follow through on tasks.
  • Excellent oral and written fluency in English and Nepali.
  • Strong organizational, research/analytical, and presentation skills.
  • Understanding of Bank operational policies, practices and procedures will be an added advantage.
  • Experience with international organization will be an advantage.
  • Strong computer skills, proven ability to use standard and customized technology packages (Internet, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel etc.)
  • Personal and professional integrity, self-motivation and proven ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks within tight deadlines.

Source:https://worldbankgroup.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=625&site=1


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