Senior Economist

World Bank, Nairobi, Kenya

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th April, 2021

Job Description


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank consists of two entities – the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). It is a global development cooperative owned by 189 member countries. As the largest development bank in the world, the World Bank provides loans, guarantees, risk management products, and advisory services to middle-income and creditworthy low-income countries, and coordinates responses to regional and global challenges.

Duties and Accountabilities:

We are looking for an exceptional individual to provide a leadership role in the Kenya program on poverty and inequality. The incumbent will be part of the in the East Africa Region poverty team but, like all members of the Poverty GP, you will also be encouraged to support the global knowledge base of the practice In particular, you will have the following duties:

  • Work closely with other global practices to enhance the poverty and shared prosperity focus of the Kenya country program;Contribute to strengthening our work on narrowing gender gaps;Lead the overall micro-monitoring effort and any poverty-related policy and programmatic interactions with internal and external clients (e.g., development partners);Play an active role in the engagement (including technical assistance, capacity building and policy dialogue) with senior government officials and development partners, encouraging them to adopt an evidence-based approach to policymaking.
  • Participate in team management and leadership of the country program.Mentor and guide junior members of the team;Contribute to the global knowledge base of the poverty practice by participating in and contributing to the work of at least one of the four thematic lines.

Selection Criteria

  • We are looking for an imaginative and innovative micro-economist with a demonstrated track record of sound analytical work, excellent judgment, and experience in working closely with clients to tailor analytical and/or statistical advisory services and operations.
  • Candidates with strong client engagement skills, demonstrated effectiveness in working collaboratively with teams from multiple practices and with prior experience of successful engagement in weak capacity contexts will be given special preferences.
  • Prior exposure to and experience with working to narrow gender gaps, working on jobs and economic participation, and working with statistical agencies on the development and implementation of statistical strengthening plans are highly desired.

Minimum Education/Experience

  • Master’s degree (PhD preferred) in economics, public policy, statistics or other related field, with a strong quantitative background and at least eight (8) years of relevant professional experience.

Other Selection Criteria

  • Program management skills and experience – someone with hands on delivery skills.Strong analytical skills and experience of policy influencing/engagement.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with government clients and development partners; track record in donor management and resource development.Strong track record of substantially contributing to reports in fields related to poverty, inequality, labor markets, economic mobility.
  • Desired experience includes acting as a practitioner in developing and/or transition countries, and experience with poverty, labor, and/or gender-related operational programs (including capacity building).


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