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 architecture underpinning the strategy and instrumental to its success is the establishment of fourteen Global Practices and five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas that, in concert with the WBG Regions, will design solutions that address clients’ most pressing developmental challenges, and ultimately, enable the WBG to meet its twin goals of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.
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. The two pillars of the assistance strategy—joint across IFC, MIGA and the World Bank—are: state building for service delivery and private sector development for jobs. The Bank is active in water and sanitation, electricity, solid waste management, education, health, private sector development, municipal development and social protection sectors.
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 two large multi-donor Trust Funds that provide budget support to the authority and support for infrastructure investments, and manages several bilateral Trust Funds on behalf of its development partners.
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 help the CMU manage the Palestinian Recovery and Development Plan Multi-Donor Trust Fund (PRDP MDTF), which is linked to a series of Development Policy Grants (DPGs) and supports the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) policy reforms as stated in the Palestinian National Development Plan (2014-2016) and the coming National Policy Agenda. Furthermore, the responsibilities of the Operations Analyst encompass a number of substantial tasks including the monitoring of the Gaza Reconstruction Process and Assistance and providing general support to the Country Management Unit including on aid coordination.
The Operations Analyst will additionally support the Human Development program covering Health, Education, Social Protection and Labor Global Practices (GPs) as well as the Gender Cross Cutting Solutions Area. The program includes both project work and analytical and advisory tasks. More specifically, 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) Support to the Country Management Unit:
• Provide operational support to projects and analytical work, at all stages of preparation and implementation.
• Support visits of World Bank Group Senior Management and provide inputs to country briefs.
• Provide support to the Country Management Unit on various tasks including local aid coordination.
• Monitor the Gaza Reconstruction Process and Assistance through: a) collecting data, conducting analysis, and preparing regular semi-annual monitoring reports on the progress of the Gaza reconstruction efforts; b) following up with the officials of the Palestinian Authority, International and other relevant stakeholders that can provide relevant data and information on the reconstruction activities, institutional arrangements, and underlying processes; c) monitoring the ground progress of Gaza reconstruction through frequent visits to Gaza.
• Conduct regular analysis of the fiscal data of the PA and produce short notes that feed into the quarterly monitoring conducted by the Bank on the PA’s fiscal performance for disbursement from the PRDP MDTF.
(2) Operational Program Implementation Support for the Human Development Program
• Rely on relevant technical and country knowledge to provide technical support to task teams preparing or supervising activities pertaining to the above mentioned GPs. In particular, the candidate is expected to provide support to the Development Policy Grant team through following up on reforms conducted by the PA in the health and education sectors as well as pensions. This contribution will provide key inputs for disbursement from the PRDP MDTF.
• Contribute to the review of relevant GPs technical documents for investment operations and analytical work and participates in dialogue and just-in-time advisory work.
• 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.
• 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.
WBG CORE COMPETENCIES FOR ALL STAFF:
Lead and Innovate:
Effective WBG staff demonstrate personal leadership and commitment to the WBG’s values and mission. They take initiative, and are persistent in their drive for results. They seek opportunities to improve and find innovative solutions, where appropriate, to problems. They inspire and encourage others to have a positive attitude and impact, are able to adapt to changing circumstances, and are willing to be bold to increase the Bank’s Group’s effectiveness.
Deliver Results for Clients:
Effective WBG staff set high standards and challenging goals, and measure impact. They address the needs and challenges of internal and external clients, while also keeping the goal of “reducing poverty” and “increasing prosperity” as the ultimate objective. They hold themselves accountable and take personal ownership for identifying and managing risks and delivering evidence-based results that are financially, environmentally and socially sustainable and have development impact.
Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries:
Effective WBG staff collaborate and work with others across and outside of the World Bank Group in order to achieve the best results for clients. They cultivate and leverage their professional networks to this end. They are inclusive in gathering options and information, and align their behavior and priorities with the needs and goals of WBG. They maintain a WBG corporate mindset above an individual or team perspective and are proactive in mitigating and managing conflicts.
Create, Apply and Share Knowledge:
Effective WBG staff understand the value of creating, applying, and sharing knowledge. Staff, rapidly and readily share their expertise; create and contribute to the WBG’s body of knowledge and efficiently reflect and draw on lessons of past experience from colleagues, clients, partners and external sources to drive the WBG to achieve its goals. They expand their professional networks in their areas of expertise by forging linkages with others. They energize others to create, apply and share knowledge and learn from each other. They also seek opportunities to grow personal and institutional knowledge and invest in the growth of others through mentoring, as well as developing themselves and others through feedback and continuous learning.
Make Smart Decisions:
Effective WBG staff balance the need for risk management with a sense of urgency by making quick, timely, and relevant decisions. They display the confidence to take smart risks and make timely and effective decisions and show confidence in own judgment and actions. They are good problem solvers, collect evidence, lessons from past experience, and research to support their actions, and are willing to make decisions and take smart risks that advance the goals of WBG. They take ownership for decisions they make, and ensure issues are pushed to the right level for decision-making when needed. Senior leaders drive alignment, and ensure information is shared to make realistic, sound decisions and recommendations. Trust and support is given to decision makers, regardless of level, with the assumption that the right decisions will be made.
The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.