Senior Education Specialist / Economist

World Bank Group, Bamako, Mali

Skill Required:, Education AdvisingPolicy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st March, 2021

Job Description


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? 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 and promoting shared prosperity. 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

Western and Central Africa (AFW) Region

We need the best and brightest talent focused on Sub-Saharan African countries in order to harness the potential and innovation happening across the continent. Africa is a continent on the move, with a young population and a growing market of nearly 1.2bn people. We are committed to making the Africa regional teams into leading innovation hubs.
Yet these vast opportunities are tempered by persistent gaps in education, health, and skills, which have Africa only reaching forty percent of its estimated potential. Moreover, conflict, food insecurity, population growth, and the disruptive forces of climate change threaten to curtail or even reverse the progress that has been made over the past decades.

In West and Central Africa, the World Bank is a leading partner with a growing portfolio of 350 projects totaling more than $38 billion in areas such as education, agriculture, trade and transport, energy, health, water and sanitation- all to support job creation, gender equality, poverty reduction, and better lives. Across the continent, the World Bank’s program has nearly doubled over the last 10 years. By 2030, about 87% of the world’s extreme poor are projected to live in Sub-Saharan Africa, so this is where our mission to end extreme poverty and to promote shared prosperity will be achieved.
Are you ready to make an impact? We are looking for dedicated professionals to join our innovative and diverse team to improve people’s lives and help countries build back better after COVID.

The Human Development (HD) Practice Group (PG)

  • Human development is at the core of the World Bank’s strategy to improve people’s lives and support sustainable development. The Human Development research program spans education, health, social protection, and labor.

Education Global Practice

  • Education is a human right, a powerful driver of development and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and improving health, gender equality, peace, and stability. It delivers large, consistent returns in terms of income and is the most important factor to ensure equality of opportunities. For more information:

Hiring unit and country context

  • Do you want to work on the most challenging and the most rewarding development issues?  Join the West Africa Education team at the World Bank.  We cover 13 countries:  Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, The Gambia and Togo.
  • This job is for you if you bring top technical/analytical and operational skills, if you are energized by big challenges, if you see the value of listening and learning as much as speaking and informing, if you are able to be agile in adapting to new and evolving realities, and if you work well with diverse teams.
  • Despite a context that is facing continued and now growing security concerns, Mali’s new transitional government and ongoing peace negotiations offer renewed hope.  Like most countries around the world, Mali is experiencing significant economic and social impacts from the COVID-19 global pandemic, and the education system is deeply affected.  In addition to the thousands of children out of school due to the security situation, the pandemic has been devastating as schools closed nationwide.  The government acknowledges these schooling and learning crises and has made education a top priority.  There is a commitment to improving access and quality, to addressing equity and to building a system that performs better and is more resilient.

Duties and Accountabilities

The candidate will be the World Bank’s education focal point in-country and will take over the team leadership of the portfolio. S/he will also work with colleagues in other sectors on the ground to ensure a multi-sectoral collaborative approach to the World Bank’s development work.  In addition, the candidate will:

  •  Lead key tasks including cross-sectoral and country-level efforts, and potentially work outside the AFR Region;
  •  Advise client and colleagues on technical matters in education; curate and adapt global knowledge on both education and skills development, with a focus both on public and private partnerships; interact with government counterparts, local education group, and other partner organizations (civil society organizations, academia, etc.);
  •  Identify and capitalize on opportunities for bringing well-adapted innovations to the service of our clients, and beyond;
  •  Provide strong strategic advice and implementation support in fragile and/or conflict-affected environment;
  •  Model the behaviors that are key for the success of this role as underscored by the Bank’s stated values:  impact, integrity, respect, teamwork, innovation.

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s or Ph.D. in Education (economics of education, evaluation, etc.) or other related fields (e.g. economics, public policy, other human development or social sector-related areas, etc.);
  • Minimum of 10-12 years of experience in education sector dialogue, leading projects, conducting analytics; demonstrated ability to transform technical skills into a strategic vision;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with private sector actors and to deliver multisectoral tasks;
  • Excellent written and oral communication in French and in English is essential; ability to represent the Bank at high-level discussions with client governments and development partner meetings is key;
  • Experience with leading education tasks, including preparation and supervision of projects and delivering analytical tasks, is essential. Knowledge of Bank and Global Partnership for Education (GPE) policies and procedures would be desirable.


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