Senior Economist

The World Bank, Washington DC, United States

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
11th May, 2019

Job Description

About the World Bank Group:

Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally.

Background / General description:

The Global Practice for Macro Trade & Investment (MTI) comprises about 450 staff working across more than 120 countries. Almost half of MTI professional staff are decentralized to the field working closely with the Country Management Units (CMUs) and in proximity to the clients. The Practice houses the Bank’s country economists, as well as professional staff with expertise in macroeconomics, fiscal policy, growth, statistics, trade, competition policy and investment climate. MTI professionals most often work across sectors helping carry out key integrative functions. In this context, MTI professionals are responsible for the preparation and delivery of the majority of the Bank’s Development Policy Operations using both IDA and IBRD resources. MTI professionals also lead or participate in a wide variety of ASA-Advisory Services and Analytics and client advisory work requiring integrative functions that add to the core Macroeconomic expertise. As such MTI staff often lead or participate in the preparation of Strategic Country Diagnostics, Country Economic Memorandums and cross sector Public Expenditure Reviews. An important additional element of engagement in macroeconomic and fiscal policies is carried through work on debt management supported by the Debt Management Facility.

Knowledge and learning is a central part of MTI’s work focused on 9 thematic areas:

  • macroeconomics;
  • fiscal policy;
  • growth;
  • economic management in resource rich environments;
  • macroeconomic modelling & statistics;
  • trade and regional integration;
  • competition policy;
  • investment policy and promotion; and
  • business regulation.

The unit covers work in 13 countries within the Africa Region, including the Senegal (AFCF1), Côte d’Ivoire (AFCF2), and Mali (AFCW3) Country Management Units (CMU). This position is for the Chad Senior Economist which is within the Mali CMU.

Duties and Accountabilities:

  • Lead the macroeconomic policy dialogue with Government authorities and development partners.
  • Lead the preparation of Development Policy Operations (DPOs) and Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA).
  • Lead IDA’s engagement with the country on its overall policy reform program.
  • Represent the Bank in its relationship with the IMF on the macroeconomic framework for the country as well as in the preparation of joint World Bank-IMF debt sustainability analyses.
  • Lead within the country team a variety of country economist tasks such as the annual Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA) exercise, preparation of the Macro Poverty Outlook (MPO), regular macroeconomic monitoring, and contribute to Country Partnership Strategies.
  • Work with the Program Leader, participate in the dialogue with development partners.

For this position you need deep technical skills, a capacity to operate successfully across sectors and with other development partners, and strong interpersonal skills. You must be able to interact effectively with senior members of the government, senior officials of donor governments, across Bank GPs, and with Bank senior management.

Selection Criteria

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in Economics with eight years of relevant professional experience (A completed PhD is equivalent to 3 years of relevant professional experience).
  • Strong technical skills on macro-fiscal and growth issues and a consistent record in delivering high quality and technically sophisticated analytical work.
  • Strong operational and policy dialogue skills, as evidenced by experience in delivering high quality Development Policy Operations.
  • Strong integrative skills in order to support the CMU in articulating its strategic thinking on economic growth and poverty reduction and to articulate a coherent policy dialogue with the authorities.
  • Sense of initiative, results orientation, team work and leadership qualities, and ability to work effectively across sectors/GPs.
  • Strong communication skills in both English & French, including the ability to speak persuasively and to present ideas clearly and concisely with senior authorities.


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