The MENA GOV GP is recruiting a Governance Specialist – Public Sector.
The Specialist will help support the Bank’s rapidly growing governance practice program within the GCC, with particular emphasis upon public sector reform. He or she will be called upon to support work in areas such as center of government reforms, including policy coordination and performance monitoring and management. He / she will also need to support an expanding portfolio of civil service reform work, including issues of pay and employment, machinery of government, and human resource management. The Governance Specialist will be asked to support ongoing RAS operations in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Oman, as well as business development in other GCC countries. In addition, he/she will contribute to the unit’s broader analytical, advisory and lending agenda across the MNA region.
The Governance Specialist will participate in a broad cross-section of the operational, analytical and advisory activities of the unit. The successful candidate will have a strong technical and analytic background and solid administrative skills. He or she should be capable of working hard against tight deadlines to produce high-quality inputs and products for Bank clients. The candidate should possess a strong general knowledge of both economic and public sector governance issues, as well as business development acumen. The Specialist should be able to actively integrate political economy considerations, organization and institutional analysis, and change management into his/her work. He/she will also have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with government counterparts as well be a solid team player and capable of working across sectors.
Specific Duties and Requirements
The candidate will report to the Practice Manager of the integrated PS and FM unit in the MENA region for all technical and human resource-related matters. He/she will work closely with the Lead Public Sector Specialists and other staff working on the GCC. The selected candidate will undertake the following tasks:
• Help to develop an innovative and strategic work program on issues of public sector reform within the GCC that responds to emerging client needs and positions the World Bank as an intellectual leader and recognized source of solutions in the CMU. Assist clients in addressing issues of fiscal sustainability and enhanced productivity within their public sectors, including comparative analytic work on the size and composition of the wage bill, modeling various reform scenarios and understanding the fiscal implications of various reform scenarios, and understanding local labor market dynamics.
• Support work on center of government reforms, including improved policy coordination and whole of government performance monitoring and evaluation, in the context of helping GCC governments to achieve their long-term development objectives. Support improvements in performance management and enhanced service delivery, as well as in improving the transparency of government performance for its citizens.
• Facilitate engagement with the CMU on public sector issues, working in close collaboration with the GGP, CMU staff and Program Leaders, and with other GP teams. In this role, he/she will identify client needs, negotiate a program of support drawing on the full range of instruments available, and prepare and supervise specific technical assistance, analytical and knowledge products.
• Provide technical advice on public sector and economic governance reforms to teams and client governments with a particular focus on institutional reforms, on strengthening the delivery of public services.
• Preparation of (and participation to) regular supervision missions, day-to-day supervision of technical consultants, reporting and monitoring and evaluation, often acting as the Bank ‘focal point’ for daily interactions with the clients.
• Provide technical inputs to analytic work and advisory services, including conducting and/or supervising the preparation of analytical products (ASA) and other relevant technical reports to clients (e.g. analysis, findings, and policy recommendations), in close collaboration with the CMU and the Lead Public Sector specialist, Governance, relevant TTLs and sector experts within and outside the Bank.
• Contribute to knowledge management and dissemination in economic and public sector governance, in close collaboration with colleagues and experts across the Global Practices, the CMU and other developmental partners, through the publication of high quality analytical pieces. Help tailor good international practice to specific legal, institutional, behavioral context of the GCC, and to the political constraints and realities, so it can become “best fit”.