World bank: Team Lead Economist

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1 Apr, 2010

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NGO Jobs in Nigeria

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year renewable term appointment.

The Africa Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Department (AFTP3) is seeking a GH level Lead Economist for the Nigeria country program to be posted in Abuja, Nigeria in January 2010. The Lead Economist will provide strategic advice to the country director and lead the economic dialogue with the Nigerian authorities and development partners. S/he would would also lead high-profile lending operations and Analytic and Advisory Activities (AAA) and provide intellectual leadership and quality assurance for the PREM team covering Nigeria, which currently consists of 4 additional economists, all located in Abuja.

The Africa Region of the World Bank covers 47 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. As reflected in the Africa Action Plan, Bank support aims at: strengthening the results framework for achieving impact at the country level; building capable states and improving governance; supporting the drivers of growth; ensuring that the benefits from growth are shared broadly; and leveraging IDA assistance by strengthening partnerships. To this end, the Region has an active and diverse work program encompassing significant IDA operations, HIPC debt relief, a diverse program of analytical work, and a large portfolio of almost 400 projects under supervision. The Region has been at the forefront of work on PRSPs and accompanying PRSCs; and post-conflict countries. Over 1,400 staff work in the Region; and more than 50 percent are based in the 37 country offices. The core values guiding our work are passion for our mission of sustainable poverty reduction, putting the needs of the client at the center of all our activities, trust and respect as a common currency, intellectual rigor and curiosity, honesty and integrity, teamwork, and openness to learning and the courage to admit we do not always have the answer.

The Africa Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Group (AFR PREM) plays a key role in implementing the Africa Action Plan. It has particularly significant responsibilities in strengthening efforts to: support shared growth; build sustainable and effective institutions; and deepen results orientation.

The AFTP3 unit comprises about 30 staff working on Nigeria and 10 Central African countries (Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe). The countries in the unit are Anglophone, Francophone or Lusophone and include countries with widely varying performance levels and capacities (including one IBRD country). The country economists’ work programs are tailored to the specifics of each country but involve in virtually all cases a high level of responsibility and visibility as country economists are expected to carry forward the macroeconomic dialogue in each country, interacting with both senior government officials (up to and including Ministers) as well as other development partners and the IMF.

The Bank’s actvities in Nigeria comprise a large and very active program of lending and analytic work. The Bank is engaged in twenty-five active projects with undisbursed commitments of about $3 billion, and a IDA lending pipeline exceeding $1 billion per year. Partnership with government is strong and growing, and the PREM team plays a critical role through its advisory services as well as supervision of a large technical assistance project. In June 2009, a federal level DPO for $500 million was negotiated to help the government with the mitgation of the financial crisis. The Bank is also increasingly active on the state level, where governors seek to avail themselves of policy advice and technical assistance, particularly on public financial management. The new CPS under preparation envisages state-level Development Policy Operations, starting with Lagos in 2010. The Nigeria PREM team has recently produced a series of ESW on growth, fiscal federalism, and state-level public expenditure that have made the Bank a close partner of the federal government and state governments in identifying options to accelerate growth and enhancing the effectiveness of spending.

The Lead Economist will work closely with the Country Director for Nigeria and the AFTP3 Sector Manager in the Bank’s matrix arrangement, and will be based in Abuja, Nigeria.

The Lead Economist will:
– Provide stategic advice on PREM matters to the country director and the country management unit;
– Execute and/or guide a broad range of lending and non-lending tasks, including a federal TA project, state-level DPOs, and analytic work on growth and poverty;
– Provide intellectual leadership for the Nigeria PREM team, including quality assurance and coaching and mentoring of junior staff, in consultation and under supervision of the Sector Manager ;
– Build close and cordial relationships with key federal level and state level government counterparts to ensure high impact of analytic work;
– Ensure the integration of key PREM thematic areas (growth, governance, poverty reduction and gender) in the country work program and multi-sector approaches;
– Engage with the broader country team to enhance the rigor of advice on cross- cutting and sectoral issues in support of the growth and poverty reduction agenda;
– Actively promote dialogue and close working relationships with the IMF and the donor community for these countries, as well as with civil society;
– Carry out the work program in a way that helps build capacity.

The position requires a motivated and seasoned economist with strong analytical and interpersonal skills, significant leadership experience in operational and analytic support to the client drawing on diverse teams, and a commitment to the agenda reflected in the Africa Action Plan.

*Post graduate degree in economics, preferably Ph.D., with at least 12 years of relevant experience or Master’s degree with a minimum of 15 years of relevant experience.
*Demonstrated effectiveness in conducting policy dialogue on economic issues with senior government officials, the private sector, donor representatives and civil society;
*Proven experience in Bank operations in one or more areas covered by PREM–economic management, public sector management, gender, and poverty.
*Ability to gain the trust and respect of country counterparts, while maintaining objectivity and clear focus on the Bank’s mission;
*Ability to enhance the quality of Bank products through early guidance, constructive feedback, encouraging innovation and risk taking, and establishing links with other networks and relevant partners;
*Excellent written and verbal communications skills to be an effective Bank spokesperson in a range of fora;
*Proven ability to lead, work in teams, mentor staff, inspire staff commitment to technical excellence and teamwork, and resolve conflicts constructively;
*Ability to juggle numerous competing demands and priorities, respond quickly to country and management requests, and set priorities for self and others.
*Good working knowledge of English is essential

The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

JOB # 100564