THE WORLD BANK GROUP’S VISION AND STRATEGY
The vision of the World Bank Group WBG is to eradicate extreme poverty by reducing the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day to 3 percent by 2030, and promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40 percent in every country. To achieve this vision, our strategy has three components: (1) maximizing development impact by engaging country clients in identifying and tackling the most difficult development challenges; (2) promoting scaled-up partnerships that are strategically aligned with the goals; and (3) crowding in public and private resources, expertise and ideas.
The Middle East and North Africa Region Vice-Presidency (MNA) serves a population of 355 million living in 20 countries. There are five Country Departments (CMUs) in the region of which West Bank Gaza is one. The mission of MNA is to foster sustainable growth with a focus on job creation and poverty reduction, economic and social inclusion, and good governance. The MNA Region attaches particular importance to creating a supportive work environment, based on the values of teamwork, transparency, trust, client service, and professional excellence.
COUNTRY AND POSITION CONTEXT
The Bank’s West Bank Gaza program is led by a Country Director based in the field. Key to the Bank’s program in the West Bank and Gaza are adaptability and responsiveness to the uncertain environment. The context is unique, with a very fragile political situation, the Bank’s leadership role in providing economic analyses and recommendations and a dynamic private sector although severely hampered by movement and access restrictions for goods and people. Flows from the Bank to the West Bank and Gaza are about $55 million each year from the Bank’s own income in the form of investment grants, development policy grant, technical assistance and emergency grants — not only to the Palestinian Authority but also to municipalities and NGOs. In addition, the Bank administers large multi-donor Trust Funds.
The Operations Analyst will be a core member of the Country Management Unit (CMU) team and will provide operational support to projects and analytical work, at all stages of preparation and implementation. The Operations Analyst will also support visits of World Bank Group Senior Management and provide inputs to country briefs. The Operations Analyst will additionally support the Human Development program including both project work and analytical and advisory tasks.
The Operations Analyst will provide support in a range of operational tasks related to all stages of the project cycle, including identification, preparation, appraisal, negotiations, board approval, and supervision. Main responsibilities include: (a) support the design and implementation of project components; (b) draft project documents, including timelines, operations manuals, implementation plans, budgets, etc.; (c) draft key operational documents, including Aide Memories, ISRs, TORs, etc.; and (d) participate in missions and, under the supervision of TTLs, engage in policy dialogue.
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 2 year term appointment.
(1) Operational Program Implementation Support
• Support the implementation of World Bank Operations in West Bank and Gaza, with a focus on timeliness, quality and results of country deliverables.
• Provide operational support to Task Team Leaders for the HD GPs, including coordination of operations and various activities and providing back-up support, when needed.
• Interact with client representatives and implementing agencies, including on project implementation issues.
• Contribute to specific operational activities at all stages of the project cycle, including participation in the design and development of specific project components, coordination with development partners, implementation support, and reporting.
• Participate as a member of Bank missions (preparation, appraisal, supervision), conducts independent discussions with client representatives on selected problems and issues identified by task managers, and participates in negotiations.
• Rely on relevant technical and country knowledge to provide technical support to task teams preparing or supervising activities.
• Provide guidance to task teams on operations procedures and help resolve operations issues.
(2) Support to the Country Management Unit
• Provides quality control and thorough revision/editing of Bank reports and other written products
• Provide support to the Country Management Unit on various tasks including providing inputs to country briefs.
• Liaise with the Country Teams and project teams to ensure adequate follow-up on management decisions.
• Participate in review meetings and operational events
• Interact and provides support to the CMU management team as requested.
(3) Coach and mentor the ACS team on operational and portfolio quality issues.
In addition to the Bank-wide core competencies listed below, this position requires the following technical and operational skills:
• Master’s degree in Management, Economics, Health, Education, Public Administration, or a related field with a minimum of three years of relevant professional experience;
• Sound knowledge of the local context, including development policy and aid structure, in particular in areas of health, education, social protection and labor;
• Strong spoken and written communication skills in English including the ability to speak and write persuasively and present ideas clearly and concisely;
• Familiarity with World Bank operational guidelines and procedures, project cycle, fiduciary and safeguards responsibilities is a plus;
• Demonstrated client orientation and track record of achieving of results;
• Outstanding interpersonal skills, collaborating and working across boundaries;
• High degree of innovation, initiative, flexibility, reliability and responsiveness.
• Fluency in English and Arabic.
In addition to the above, the successful candidate must demonstrate the following competencies:
▪ Project Management – Understands the basic concepts of project management, as they relate to the execution of tasks within a project;
▪ Data Collection and Management – Demonstrates use of this competency;
▪ Bank Instruments, Policies, Procedures, and Systems – Basic knowledge of Bank Instruments, Policies and Procedures, including Safeguards, FM and Procurement;
▪ Portfolio Management (OS) – Assists and/or organizes portfolio reviews; prepares portfolio monitoring reports, and follows-up on portfolio review recommendations;
▪ Analytical and Technical Skills, Operational Strategy Development & Advice – Solid theoretical base with relevance for specific Bank Network recognized Sector or Theme;
▪ Lead and Innovate – Brings new and different insights;
▪ Deliver Results for Clients – Contributes to delivery of results for clients on complex issues;
▪ Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries – Collaborates within team and across boundaries;
▪ Create, Apply and Share Knowledge – Actively contributes to and readily applies WBG’s body of knowledge for internal and/or external client solutions;
▪ Make Smart Decisions – Leverages available data and makes timely decisions.
The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.