Operations Analyst

World Bank, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th December, 2019

Job Description

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 World Bank (WB) country program for Bangladesh provides financial support and technical advisory services across a broad range of sectors, with a heavy concentration in infrastructure, human development, climate and disaster risk management, and governance and institutions. World Bank assistance is channeled through government agencies for agreed development priorities. The Country Partnership Framework covers FY16-20 has extended to FY21 and is well aligned with the priorities set in the Government's 7th Five Year Plan.

Bangladesh has a well performing portfolio and is the largest IDA only recipient with 46 projects under implementation and commitments of over $12 billion. The WB also manages a large trust fund portfolio for Bangladesh; currently there are 22 Trust Funds with commitments valued at $720 million.


The Bangladesh Country Team (CT) is composed of WB staff based in Dhaka and offices around the world. The Country Director (CD) is the head of the CT, and CT members have various professional affiliations within the WB organizational structure. The Country Management Unit (CMU) is responsible for the overall country relationship with the Government, decisions relating to the lending strategy; and portfolio management. Technical staff are mapped to the Global Practices (GPs) and are responsible for the technical dialogue related to advisory services, analytical studies, and individual projects (pipeline and under implementation).

We are looking for an Operations Analyst who will be part of the CMU operations and portfolio management team, which currently comprises the Country Director (CD), Operations Manager (OM), two Operations Officers, and administrative and support staff.

Please note that this is a Country Office position in Bangladesh subject to local recruitment under the Bangladesh Compensation Plan.

Duties and Accountabilities:

Working under the supervision of the Operations Manager (OM), the Operations Analyst will be responsible for providing program management and operational support to the country portfolio of projects and analytic work at all stages of preparation and implementation.

The Operations Analyst will perform the following functions:

Portfolio Monitoring:

  • Regular monitoring and reporting on the Bangladesh portfolio and pipeline projects, which includes knowledge management and internal coordination with global practice teams. Assist in monitoring Bangladesh’s analytical and advisory works, including coordination with task team on deliverables.
  • Maintain a disbursement profile of the portfolio and regularly monitor and prepare disbursement reports. Contribute to Country Portfolio Performance Reviews (CPPR). Ensure that the country team follows the government’s internal procedures and processes for World Bank programs;

Client and Partners relations:

Provide analytic support on donor contributions, commitments and cash flows related to selected major Trust Funds. Organize external reviews including the program reviews with the government and development partners. Review pipeline development and requests for new projects to ensure consistency with the Country Partnership Strategy. Maintain good relationships with government counterparts and development partners;

Ad hoc analytical tasks and meetings:

Compile information on portfolio, deliverables, country context using data from various units and databases for presentations, reports, or briefings required by the CMU, sometimes with tight timeline. Organize operational meetings, workshops, seminars and other events, both internal and external, and prepare follow-up/ proceeding reports.

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (Economics, Finance, Development Studies, Law, Business Administration) with 2 years of experience as mentioned in point 2 below; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant professional and operational experience with a reputable national or international development agency in: (i) Development operations, policy and processes with a demonstrated ability to enhance quality as a part of project preparation and supervision; and (ii) cross-sectoral operational issues, such as procurement, financial management, environment, social, and monitoring & evaluation aspects of projects. Or similar experience in an international organization.
  • Familiarity with the World Bank operations monitoring system, including Standard Report, Business Warehouse, Resource Management system, TF monitoring system, among others.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with government policies, processes and procedures related to World Bank assistance; good understanding of internal workings and government structures; and experience in working with the government agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to juggle numerous competing demands and priorities, respond quickly to country and management requests, and set priorities for self and others. Strong record of problem solving and innovation, and the ability to adapt to new challenges and to meet tight deadlines.
  • Excellent coordination and inter-personal skills, and a demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with clients, development partners and teams. Ability to balance flexibility, patience and good listening skills together with firmness and clarity of message, while operating in a sensitive environment.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communications skills in English and Bengali.
  • High degree of motivation, initiative, flexibility, reliability and responsiveness to changing demands; capacity to multitask with demonstrated ability of being an independent starter with minimal supervision, and a high capacity to persevere for results.


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