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The World Bank’s Country Management Unit (CMU) for Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, Cap Verde, and Gambia (AWCF1) oversees portfolio implementation and strategic direction, monitors impact, evaluates results for the Bank’s portfolio in the five countries. The country unit includes offices in Dakar, Nouakchott, Bissau, Praia, and Banjul and an anchor unit in Washington D.C.
The Country Officer will be based in the country office in Praia, Cabo Verde, and will work within the CMU under the Operations Manager and the Country Director (CD) for Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, and Cap Verde. The Country Officer reports to the Resident Representative (RR) of Cabo Verde and works closely with the anchor unit in Washington, D.C. The Country Officer primarily works on the Cabo Verde program and coordinates with counterparts in other AWCF1 Offices.
The Cabo Verde national portfolio is composed of 11 active projects for a total commitment of US$263.99 million. The operations are in Infrastructure, Transportation, Health, Education, Social protection, Energy, Water/sanitation, Blue Economy and Tourism, Economic governance/financial management, Public and private sector development. It also includes 1 Regional operation and 6 Advisory Services and Analytics (ASA).
Duties and Accountabilities
In this context, the selected Country Officer will support a growing and highly visible country program. As a key member of the CMU, the Country Officer will have substantive responsibility in portfolio monitoring, briefing notes preparation and support of the relations with clients and partners. The Country Officer will undertake substantive operational and implementation support tasks with respect to the country work program in Cabo Verde. She/he will work on regular monitoring and reporting on the WB portfolio in Cabo Verde under the overall guidance of the Resident Representative and Senior Country Officer (based at Headquarters) on a range of activities, including:
• Country Strategy and Program implementation: Provide support in implementing the Cabo Verde country program. Work closely with the CMU staff, including the Resident Representative in Praia; the Senior Country Officer (SCO) based in Washington, D.C., and provide support to the Country Director (CD) in Dakar to support the dialogue with partners on the ground, including having consultations on the Bank’s program with the government agencies; collect and collate information for the Country Partnership Framework (CPF) monitoring system; track, and report on the delivery of the ASA program.
• Client and Development Partner Relations: In close coordination with country team members, develop and maintain regular country contacts with client counterparts (both within and outside Government), NGOs, opinion makers, civil society, private sector media, and stakeholders in general, including representing the Bank externally and backing up the Resident Representative. Support donor coordination and take the lead in organizing donor meetings in Cabo Verde or provide input for donor meetings organized by other agencies. Support activities designed to enhance working relationships and the functioning of the country teams and with IFC and MIGA; support Representation and Coordination with Donor Partners as requested.
• Portfolio Monitoring: In coordination with the Senior Country Officer (SCO) and the AWCF1 Core Portfolio team, monitor the projects portfolio and operational performance, quality, and trends, including ensuring compliance with Bank policies, reviewing Implementation Status and Results Reports (ISRs), ensuring that project rating are realistic, and working with teams to develop and implement action plans to improve implementation and resolve problems. Responsible for quality control functions and portfolio monitoring, including preparing monthly portfolio monitoring tables for the AWCF1 Portfolio monthly report. Make appropriate follow-up of upcoming and overdue milestones, Lending pipeline, ISRs, GRMs, ICRs, and closing dates.
• Operations and Analytical Work: Contribute to the CMU review of the Operations committee/Board package for new lending operations. Lead the preparation of the CPPR processes in close coordination with the client and draw lessons from portfolio management and adjustments to CPFs and future lending operations. Monitor and assist with cross-cutting dimensions of portfolio implementation in close coordination with country counterparts, sector staff. Review draft project documents and advise RR/CD/SCO prior to review meetings. Monitor the preparation and dissemination of activities ensuring strategic prioritization and coherence with overall program. Ensure smooth exchange of information flows with the country team on implementation, cross sectoral or systemic issues
• Reporting, Briefing: Prepare a range of reports and briefs to regional and senior management including Spring and Annual Meetings briefs, trip briefs and ad hoc briefs. Provide inputs to regional reports and respond to requests from regional front office for information on Senegal program. Maintain up-to-date information on portfolio performance and provide analysis on portfolio quality, implementation issues and areas needing attention.
• Country Team Management: Participate as a key team member of important strategic products/activities, such as the CPPR and budget work-program monitoring and facilitate the resolution of cross-cutting portfolio issues on an ongoing basis. Perform the secretariat function for the Cabo Verde country program (including organizing country team meetings and being the focal point for selected queries by country team members). Assist the Resident Representative as needed in day–to-day management and supervision of the Cabo Verde office, taking on some administrative responsibilities and working closely with the CMU administration and HR units. Support the management of visiting missions in the office while ensuring timeliness of Mission Announcement Letters (MAL) and Management Letters (ML) in line with agreed mission schedules. Assist the Resident Representative in regular internal communications and serve as first resource for information on Bank procedures, directives and guidelines for lending, supervision, and analytical work. Ensure country teams are updated on any change to existing policies/procedures.
• Additional responsibilities: Guide and mentor other operational staff and provide inputs into the design of professional and operational training and development activities.
Candidates must meet the generic criteria for a GF position and fulfill the following selection criteria:
• MA/MS, Graduate Degree in a relevant field/discipline (Economics, Business Studies, Political Science, Finance, International Relations, or similar field relevant to the Bank’s mission.)
• Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience – with the World Bank, or other comparable institution – in implementing and/or recipient of Bank or other development partner – financed projects or equivalent
• Proven ability to think strategically and demonstrated political sensitivity and mature judgment, with an ability to navigate a challenging environment.
• Outstanding inter-personal skills with proven ability to work cooperatively with in a multi-disciplinary environment with the country team, other groups throughout the Bank, development partners, and governmental institutions.
• Demonstrated initiative, leadership skills, and drive for results, including the ability to undertake a diversity of tasks within a rapidly changing and demanding environment on short deadlines.
• Highly developed spoken and written communications skills in English and Portuguese including the ability to draft concise reports, minutes, and briefs. French language proficiency is a plus.
• Knowledge of Bank operational policies and business practices is desirable.
• Bank Instruments, Policies, Procedures, and Systems – Familiar with Bank Instruments, Policies, Procedures and Systems (including safeguards, FM, and procurement);
• Portfolio Management (OS) – Analyzes and identifies portfolio cross-cutting issues; provides guidance to country/sector teams on quality of operations and portfolio performance.
• Analytical and Technical Skills, Operational Strategy Development & Advice – Expertise in particular Bank Network recognized Sector or Theme
• Operational Project Management – Demonstrates broad knowledge of project management tools & methodologies; identifies key risks and mitigation measures; interprets background analysis and proposed solutions.
• Client Orientation – Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success.
• Drive for Results – Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has the personal organization to do so.
• Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.
• Knowledge, Learning and Communication – Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner.
• Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work.
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