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Regional Context: MENA
The Middle East and North Africa Region (MNA) serves 21 client countries with a total population of about 335 million. Clients range from upper middle-income countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, which are more interested in the Bank’s Reimbursable Technical Assistance, analytical and advisory services; to IBRD middle income countries such as Egypt, Iraq, and Morocco, and two IDA countries, Yemen, and Djibouti where more traditional Bank services are required. Hence the range of needs for advice, support and cross-fertilization of experiences is wide and challenging.
In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, the MNA Region is undergoing radical transformations with impacts throughout the Region. Given the ongoing fragility and conflict in the region, the World Bank Group has prepared a new regional strategy for the Middle East and North Africa. Instead of taking conflict and violence as given and working around it, this new strategy, entitled – “Economic and Social Inclusion for Peace and Stability in the Middle East and North Africa: A New Strategy for the World Bank Group” – puts the goal of promoting peace and social stability in the MENA region at its center. The strategy is built around four pillars (“the 4 R’s”) that respond to both the underlying causes of conflict and violence as well as the urgent consequences though development interventions that foster inclusion and shared prosperity. The four pillars of the strategy are as follows:
The “enlarged” strategy further integrates 3 cross cutting areas: Human Capital Development, Digital Transformation, and Maximizing Finance for Development. In implementing this strategy, the WBG will rely heavily on both deepening and expanding partnerships with national, regional, and global actors. The Middle East and North Africa Region: https://www.worldbank.org/en/region/mena
The Sustainable Development Practice Group
The SD PG supports the WBG’s twin goals by focusing on sustainable and inclusive growth. It consists of give Global Practices and one Global Theme. The Global Practices (GPs) that belong to the SD PG are: Agriculture and Food; Environment, Natural Resources, and the Blue Economy; Urban, Resilience and Land; Social Development; and Water. The Climate Change Group forms SD PG’s single Global Theme. In addition, SD is the Bank-wide steward for the newly launched Environment and Social Framework (ESF). The ESF Operational Support Unit, established in FY20, works on policy, good practice formulation, roll-out for staff and clients, and monitoring and operational support.
As of July 1, 2019, as part of the Bank-wide realignment of Practice Group management responsibilities, SD’s leadership team includes Regional Directors (RDs) responsible for delivery of SD’s regional and country programs, and Global Directors (GDs) who have a primary role in setting GP strategy, global engagements, promoting the flow of global knowledge, talent management and strategic staffing. The SD PG has four objectives: (i) deliver basic needs; (ii) ensure sustainability; (iii) build social inclusion/cohesion; and (iv) lead on long term issues.
The MNA SD department has active programs in all of SD sectors covering agriculture, environment, water, urban and social development in MNA region. The span of work of SMNDR extends to all active clients in the region, and across a variety of financial and technical assistance support. This includes IBRD/IDA financial and technical assistance to client countries, as well as the provision of Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) from the Bank to the GCC countries.
The thematic work of the SMNDR unit cover an active portfolio of over $5.2 billion, a growing pipeline for lending, and a large RAS and TF program. The portfolio is growing to respond to the demands articulated by the MNA strategy and includes also support to the implementation of the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and a growing risk management and resilient recovery agenda, given the vulnerability of most of MNA countries to a wide range of risks, including disasters, climate change, and most prominently, conflict.
SMNDR through a core climate team is also responsible for coordinating climate change action across the region working closely with all sector and county teams. The SD front office has led the efforts to develop a WBG MNA Regional Climate Change Action Plan 2021-25, which serves as strategic driving force for climate action across the regional pipelines and portfolio. The SMNDR also provides guidance and support to region’s advisory and operational activities to align WB’s efforts with the principles of Green, Resilient and Inclusive Development (GRID) approach the implementation of the MNA CCAP in alignment with the GRID framework through sectoral and cross sectoral activities constitute key pillars of regions sustainable development agenda.
Duties and Responsibilities
The incumbent will work closely with MNA Regional Green Recovery and Climate Core team to:
Relevant World Bank Group Core Competencies
World Bank Group Core Competencies
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