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The Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region
The Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region comprises 30 extremely diverse countries, with a population of nearly 500 million people. Although 10 of our clients have joined the EU and 7 of these have graduated, most continue to remain active recipients of knowledge and/or lending services. Furthermore, in the midst of a crisis like the pandemic that we are experiencing now, some of the advanced countries re-engage with the Bank for additional support, including financial. ECA has a strong lending pipeline as well as a large and growing portfolio of Reimbursable Advisory Services. Knowledge is critical to the Bank’s value proposition to client countries in the ECA region in both lending and advisory services.
A predominantly middle- and high-income region, ECA continues to be at the forefront in confronting the numerous development challenges that countries face in the evolving global economy. The region is at the vanguard of building regional connectivity while having to manage the changing structure of the labor market. At the same time, digital technologies are changing the nature of work, populations are aging, and large migration flows have generated social tensions that have contributed to increased political polarization. These emerging trends threaten to reverse the region’s achievements in regional integration, poverty reduction and shared prosperity.
The ECA region is also one of the most vulnerable to climate change. It has a large potential to strengthen climate change resilience and improve energy efficiency, thereby reducing its contribution to climate change. Other important challenges affecting parts of the region include frozen conflicts and domestic political instability.
In February 2020, the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak interrupted the incipient recovery and the impact on growth remains highly uncertain and in a downside scenario of prolonged shutdowns, output in ECA could contract by nearly 8 percent in 2020. The pandemic also poses medium-term risks, particularly if global value chain linkages are lost or if extended school closures have a significant impact on learning, dropout rates, and human capital development.
The near- and medium-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis serve to re-emphasize the critical importance of ECA’s medium-term strategic agenda on raising productivity and boosting resilience. This focuses on three priority areas:
• Boosting human capital to raise productivity;
• Building solid foundations and resilience for growth; and
• Enabling markets to achieve high productivity in the private sector.
The Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region: https://www.worldbank.org/en/region/eca
The Sustainable Development Practice Group
The Sustainable Development (SD) Practice Group (PG) helps countries tackle their most complex challenges in the areas of Agriculture and Food, Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources & Blue Economy, Environmental and Social Framework, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience & Land, Social Sustainability and Inclusion, and Water.
Urban Disaster Risk Management, Resilience & Land Global Practice
The World Bank has emerged as a leading partner in efforts to help developing countries manage disasters and recover from extreme weather events. Increasingly frequent extreme weather events are among the greatest threats to poverty reduction and shared prosperity; they can roll back years of development gains and plunge millions of people into poverty. For more information: https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/urbandevelopment
Duties and Accountabilities
• Provides technical/operational leadership to sustainable and green urban agenda in Uzbekistan and Central Asia region.
• Support the Task Team leader in leading complex projects and integrates work of team members (often multi-disciplinary) and professional staff. May provide advice to functional management at tactical level of expertise in the area of urban and spatial development in Uzbekistan.
• Identifies and promotes reform and operational engagements and supports technical assistance (ASA)
• Supports the Implementation of sector strategies and policies; advises on technical matters; evaluates studies and sector-related project documentation.
• Generates ‘think pieces’ and ‘best practice’ papers; handles complex technical, institutional and program implementation issues; and leads development of proposals
• Carry-out missions and supervises activities as a technical expert; interacts with clients at the policy level, organizes and manages policy development and evaluation papers.
• Works with consultants and technical specialists in support of policy reviews and recommendations and supervises consultants’ reports and outputs.
• Supports the operational and analytical engagement of the units urban and DRM programs as needed.
• Advanced university degree (Masters) in a field relevant to urban and/or a related field, like economics, territorial/regional development, political science, public policy and others.
• At least eight years of relevant experience, including both operations and analytics. A basic understanding of sustainable urban development and resilience agenda, and a detailed knowledge of the country relevant institutions and policy making processes are critical.
• Proven ability to conceptualize, design and implement major projects and to produce major/complex reports or studies.
• Experience in Bank operations and/or project management in the urban and resilience areas.
• Strong motivation to work in sustainable urban development and ability to work flexibly and independently on a range of assignments, adjusting to and prioritizing a variety of complex evolving tasks.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated professional leadership and ability to lead a team of professionals in the execution of complex projects. Function effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and ability to coach/mentor more junior staff
• Proven track record of delivery of high-quality outputs while working under pressure and within tight deadlines.
• Language requirements: Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and Russian. Knowledge of Uzbek is a bonus.
World Bank Group Core Competencies
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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.