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The quest for economic growth, poverty reduction and shared prosperity can no longer be separate, nor can policy options be viewed as a trade-off between economic growth and poverty reduction. At the same time, these priorities must be consistent with each country’s economic, social and institutional context and challenges—there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Ultimately, the twin goals demand a sharper, country-specific understanding of the constraints to growth and the trade-offs that available macro and sectoral policy choices entail, to promote substantial improvements in the welfare of the less well-off.
Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) (formerly known as Department for International Development (DFID)) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. FCDO Central Asia’s bilateral program contributes to delivering UK strategic objectives for Central Asia, including building more transparent, effective governance that will help develop more open, inclusive economies and integration into the rules-based international system.
The Effective Governance for Economic Development (EGED) program, funded by FCDO, seeks to improve the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of economic policy delivery on selected reform priorities in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The program contributes to the UK strategy in Central Asia, supporting Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to strengthen their democracy, prioritize economic growth and reduce poverty.
The program will improve economic policy performance in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan by embedding evidence-informed processes into government reform planning and implementation. The program will also support civil society in the three countries to hold governments to account on economic policy outcomes. Traditional good governance approaches have had limited success in Central Asia due to political economy constraints and limited capacity of government and civil society. EGED will deliver two pillars:
The World Bank Poverty and Equity GP will support the implementation of Pillar 1 (outputs 1 & 2) of the EGED programme. The programme will work across three outputs, aiming to improve effectiveness, accountability and transparency of economic policy delivery in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
The Poverty & Equity Global Practice
To help achieve the twin goals, the institution is organized around fourteen global practices (GP) and five cross-cutting solution areas (CCSA), one of which is the Poverty & Equity Global Practice (Poverty GP).
The Poverty GP plays three key –leading and supportive– roles: sectoral integrator at country level; generator of knowledge and dialogue; and operational solutions supporter. The country-level work of the Poverty and Equity global practice typically falls under one or more of the following three streams:
● Laying the foundations for evidence-based policy by strengthening data on household welfare: this is the foundational work, mostly delivered through TA and occasionally through statistical capacity-building investment operations, to support the design and implementation of household surveys, provide advice on best-practice methodologies for estimating household welfare, poverty, and shared prosperity, and build capacity and strengthen country systems for collecting data on and monitoring household welfare.
● Defining the agenda through integrative analysis and dialogue: this stream of work has focused on using the household-level data, wherever available, to undertake integrative analyses to inform the policy dialogue and advance the poverty reduction and shared prosperity agenda and priorities at the regional, national and occasionally sub-national levels.
● Delivering operational solutions: this stream of work focuses on collaborating with internal and external partners to translate the upstream analytics into concrete implementable measures and support the implementation of particular interventions aimed at reducing poverty. This includes supporting the preparation of Systematic Country Diagnostics and Country Partnership Frameworks, as well as the analysis of poverty and social impacts of Bank operations.
The development and flow of global knowledge within the practice is facilitated through four cross-cutting global solution areas, each of which is led by a thematic Lead Economist. These are: (i) Poverty monitoring and statistical capacity building, (ii) Markets and institutions for poverty reduction and shared prosperity, (iii) Fiscal and social policy for poverty reduction and shared prosperity, and (iv) Resilience to shocks and sustainability of poverty reduction and shared prosperity.
This job description describes the responsibilities of an Extended-term consultant to be hired by the Central Asia team in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice to support the delivery of the joint FCDO-WB EGED program in the Kyrgyz Republic.
The Poverty & Equity Global Practice team in Central Asia
Following widespread gains in household welfare over the past two decades, countries in Central Asia aspire to become middle class societies. This goal is prominent in the development plans of each of the countries of Central Asia, as they seek to sustain progress in poverty reduction and shared prosperity. Reaching these ambitions will require equipping people with the assets, access to basic services, and markets needed to contribute productively to economic growth, while generating economic security and stability sufficient to reduce people’s risk of falling back into poverty.
The Central Asia team in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice has a work program that is aligned with the aspirations of the region, and the challenges in each of the five countries. Due to client demand, collaboration on welfare monitoring, and policies regarding data sharing, the current core of the program concentrates on the two IDA countries of the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, as well as on a blend (IDA-IBRD) country of Uzbekistan. Nonetheless, the team uses a regional approach to achieve economies of scale in ongoing activities and seeks to deepen engagement in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. Broader engagement is important for ensuring the strong links of the World Bank’s portfolio to the Twin Goals. The development objective of the WB Poverty Program in Central Asia is to support policies for reducing poverty and improving equity in Central Asia.
Duties and Responsibilities
Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.