World Bank: Senior Public Sector Specialist
The World Bank
-Contacto para aplicar: Rob Taliercio, Lead Economist, EASPR
The East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank is seeking a Senior Public Sector Specialist for its work program on administrative and civil service reform. Applicants can apply through the the Bank's Job World site.
- Background/General Description
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 East Asia and Pacific Region presents a dramatic illustration of the principal global dynamics, opportunities, and risks of the 21st century. After making the fastest progress in growth and poverty
reduction of any region around the world in the last fifteen years, some countries in the region are poised to become middle-income, and some are preparing to join the small group of high-income countries.
Such rapid transformation is leading to the largest shift in rural-to-urban population in human history, generating rising inequality within and across countries, and leaving individuals and sub-national regions behind in the dash for prosperity. Meanwhile, the slowdown in global growth threatens these gains and countries across the region are being forced to address the consequences for macroeconomic stability, employment and poverty, while re-thinking their development strategies and adjusting to changed growth prospects.
In the East Asia and Pacific Region, the PREM side of EASPR/FP is responsible for the Bank’s work on economic policy, public sector reform, governance, and poverty analysis for this dynamic and rapidly evolving region. In close consultation with field-based Country Directors and in partnership with other network departments and the governance hub, EASPR/FP provides policy and implementation advice as well as financial support to our client countries through a range of instruments that includes analytical work, technical assistance, lending, and supervision. In addition, EASPR/FP conducts studies and analyses of issues that cut across countries and require regional cooperation, liaising closely with organizations such as ASEAN and APEC; monitors economic developments through periodic country economic updates; and partners with other departments within the region and across the Bank, as well as with relevant institutions in the region, to address key challenges facing our clients.
East Asia Pacific PREM is highly decentralized with well over 60 percent of staff (international and local, bank budgeted and trust funded) located in the country offices. On the PREM side, the Sector Director, supported by sector manager, provides overall leadership for carrying out the Department’s work program. Country Lead Economists (one per country management unit) are accountable for the timely delivery of country-based work programs and have responsibility for managing the budget, management of IRS and LRS field office staff working on their respective countries, and quality control. Thematic lead economists for public sector, poverty, and economic policy facilitate communities of practice and provide strategic leadership in their respective areas.
- Duties and Accountabilities
The Senior PSM Specialist will have substantial knowledge of public sector policy and operations in administrative and civil service reform in low and middle income countries, and some familiarity with recent developments in OECD countries. He/she will also have thorough knowledge of the public sector reform literature as well as of one other core PSM area. He/she will also have the ability to lead production of projects and/or major studies on administrative and civil service reform, and demonstrates significant experience working with governments on public sector reforms. He/she will have experience organizing learning and outreach events and programs, both global and regional. The PSM Specialist will be able to actively integrate political economy issues, organization and institutional analysis, and change management in his/her public sector reform work. The PSM Specialist will also have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with multilateral and bilateral donor institutions engaged in public sector reform.
The Senior PSM Specialist will have the following duties and accountabilities:
• Lead selected country operations and/or AAA tasks in the EAP region.
• Advise country teams on strategic and technical aspects of administrative and civil service reform, including on governance- and political economy-related aspects.
• Ensure high standards of quality for own managed tasks, and serve to enhance quality standards by mentoring junior staff.
• Promote cross fertilization and dissemination of lessons and good practices in administrative and civil service reform within the EAP region and across the Bank through proactive knowledge management.
- Selection Criteria
· Advanced degree (preferably PhD) in economics, political science, public policy, or public administration/management and at least 8 years of relevant professional experience, including
management and implement of substantive analytical tasks on public sector reform;
· Strong background in administrative and civil service reform with excellent technical/analytical skills
· Proven knowledge of good practices, trends, and emerging lessons in administrative and civil service reform, and experience adapting that knowledge to developing countries
· Ability to conceptualize and design analytical work on administrative and civil service reform
· An ability to work to lead and manage multi-sectoral teams, including consultants, researchers and related professionals
· Creativity, resourcefulness, excellent interpersonal skills, and a strong client orientation.
· Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; ability to communicate effectively in a cross-cultural environment and to present complex ideas clearly to non-specialist audiences
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.