Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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.
The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and thirteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.
The Social Protection and Jobs (SPJ) Global Practice (GP) delivers analytical and operational approaches and evidence-based solutions to help individuals and families manage risk, cope with chronic/transitional poverty, and access better livelihoods and jobs. These include:
Strategy, analysis, financing and design of programs delivering social safety nets/social assistance in the form of cash transfers, public works programs, and fee waivers.
Advisory and analytical services on design and delivery of contributory transfers (including old-age pensions, unemployment insurance, disability and survivor benefits), and their fiscal sustainability (including budget support for transitions).
Analysis, design and delivery of labor market and youth employment programs (with a focus on supply side interventions, as well as policy advice on labor market regulations and interventions.
Strategy, analysis, financing and design of integrated social protection delivery systems (e.g., payments, identification, registries, systems assessments) as underpinnings of effective social programs that can help cope with climatic shocks or underpin fiscal reforms.
World Bank’s Indonesia program is one of its largest in the world with activities that include an active program of engagement with central economic ministries, community driven development, education and infrastructure. Lending is currently around US$2 billion a year distributed over a broad mix of program, sector and investment loans. In addition, there are a large number of Trust Funds to support work in a range of sectors including education, investment, poverty and social protection.
The SPJ program in Indonesia one of the World Bank’s most significant social protection country-level engagements. Supported both by World Bank budget and a multi-year trust fund, the program aims to: (i) provide analytics and build analytical capacity to inform social protection policies, programs and strategies; (ii) support the government in the design, implementation and evaluation of key social protection programs; (iii) where there is client demand to provide financial support to the government and embed policy and technical advice into the design of lending operations; and (iv) improve the quality and accessibility of data required for SPJ analysis and policymaking.
In the area of social protection (SP), the World Bank advises on SP solutions, ranging from social assistance/safety nets to social insurance/social security, as well as skills development and jobs. In social assistance the focus is on developing, reforming, and strengthening key programs such as cash transfers, subsidies, activation and other safety net programs as well as strengthening of key associated elements of social assistance delivery systems such as targeting, identification and enrollment, payments, grievance redress, and family development programs. One major operation “Indonesia Social Assistance Reform Program” is currently under implementation and supports the conditional cash transfer program coverage expansion, strengthen its delivery system, and improve its coordination with other complementary social programs. Another important operation “Investing in Nutrition and Early Years” under implementation also includes support to the government’s non-cash food assistance program to improve nutrition status of the bottom 25% population and reduce stunting among the first 1,000 days children. The SPJ team is also engaged on how to strengthen the role of social transfers in disaster response. In social insurance the focus is on informing social security policies programs and strategies and supporting the design and implementation of key social security programs. In skills development and jobs, the priorities are to support the government in improving pertinence and quality of its training and labor market information systems. There is a strong focus in our SP engagement on empirically based analytics and policy advice, as well as program monitoring and evaluation and a focus on strengthening program governance, oversight and supervision to ensure sustainability.
Duties and Accountabilities
The successful candidate will be a member of the East Asia and Pacific cluster of the SPJ GP and report to the Practice Manager of SPJ GP for East Asia and Pacific Region. S/he works as a core member of the SPJ team in the World Bank’s Jakarta Office to support the SPJ engagement in Indonesia and is expected to work closely with SPJ GP Task Team Leaders. S/he shall contribute to the successful day-to-day delivery of the overall SPJ programming efforts, analytical/technical work, technical assistance, lending, and close coordination and capacity building with government counterparts. S/he may herself/himself lead specific tasks and may also contribute to other GP tasks as per business requirements. While Indonesia would be the major focus of the work, the candidate may at points be asked to advise or contribute to other SPJ country work programs in the region, work program in Indonesia permitting.
The position will involve frequent interaction with government counterparts, universities, research think-tanks, and other donor agencies in Indonesia. Within the World Bank, she/her shall work with other GPs and contribute to multi-sectoral tasks when needed.
Major responsibilities include:
This position requires an individual with maturity, good judgment and the ability to work well with teams within the Bank and with senior government officials. The successful candidate will meet the following qualifications:
Communication, Team Work, and Leadership
The candidate is required to have the following core competencies: