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 more than 16,000 staff located globally.
THE “SOCIAL, URBAN, RURAL AND RESILIENCE” (SURR) GLOBAL PRACTICE
The SURR GP covers a wide gamut: (i) developing green, inclusive and resilient cities; (ii) addressing the social inclusion of the poor, vulnerable and excluded groups through accountable institutions, and ensuring compliance
with social safeguards; (iii) enhancing urban and rural development through supporting and managing the urban-rural transition, assisting local development through developing land tenure, management and information
systems; and (iv) assisting in disaster risk management through issues of risk assessment, risk reduction (including flood management, urban drainage, coastal management, and retrofitting of infrastructure), disaster
preparedness (including hydromet services, early warning systems, and civil defense), risk financing (including CAT-DDO), and resilient reconstruction (including post-disaster damage and loss assessment). A key responsibility of the GP is to provide professional expertise and operational support to other GPs to implement the WBG social policies (including the WB's social safeguards policies) to deliver sustainable development results that ensure that any adverse impacts of WBG interventions are limited and mitigated.
Over the past decade, Indonesia has seen strong growth and job creation, supporting poverty reduction, but the end of the commodity boom has exposed structural weaknesses. Following the recovery from the Asian financial
crisis, annual growth averaged 5.6 percent over 2001-12, but over the last few years growth has slowed and in 2015 poverty reduction was stagnate. About 30 million Indonesians live below the national poverty line, and an
additional 65 million live just above the line and are vulnerable. Inequality, as measured by the Gini coefficient, increased from 30 points in 2000 to 41 points by 2014, by far the fastest widening in East Asia.
A major focus of the Bank’s engagement in Indonesia is improving the quality of service delivery. One third of income inequality can be traced to inequality of opportunity in access to health and education services such as sanitation. Half of Government spending is at the local level where capacity and accountability are weakest. Against this backdrop the Social Development unit is working closely with other Global Practices, and building on more than 18 years of experience through the flagship PNPM (National Program for Community Empowerment) to support the implementation of the Village Law which supersedes PNPM and significantly increases the level of fiscal transfer to villages to improve service delivery among other things.
The Social Development EAP2 Unit (GSU21) in SURR GP is recruiting a Social Development Specialist (Local Hire) based in Jakarta to support Task Teams leading a large operational portfolio. The portfolio currently includes large-scale operations on Village Law, Generasi (a community-driven development project to improve delivery of health and education services), INEY (a P4R and IPF program to increase simultaneous utilization of nutrition interventions by target households in priority districts to accelerate stunting prevention), Generasi ECED (a pilot to improve access to better early childhood education services), and KIAT Guru (a pilot to improve education service delivery by empowering communities and teacher pay for performance). Government counterparts have also expressed interest in leveraging disruptive technologies to enhance service delivery, citizen engagement, and inclusion across the portfolio. The selected candidate will report directly to the EAP2 Social Development Program Manager, and will be expected to work closely with the country unit and Task Teams as well as across the East Asia and Pacific Region as relevant.
Duties and Accountabilities
The candidate will have the following responsibilities:
In addition, the successful candidate is expected to exhibit the following core competencies: