Purpose of Job
Working under the supervision of the Director, Governance and Political Affairs, Principal, Counsellor is responsible for contributing to the design and implementation of country or regional investment climate and governance programmes, in the context of the Investment Climate and Good Governance Initiative launched (ICGI) in 2013. The Principal Counsellor will cover a group of countries (Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia) and work in coordination with other GPA colleagues as well as various departments (Banking, Chief Economist, Chief Compliance Officer, Legal Transition, Procurement) and design country-tailored ICGGI programmes.
Accountabilities and Responsibilities
The role will cover Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. The job holder should be fluent in the local language of where the role will be based.
- Advise on countries that they covers and fit the criteria for an ICGI programme of activities and, drawing on existing diagnostic tools and with inputs from various teams within the Bank, draft and propose country-specific programme.
- Develop and direct, in cooperation with relevant departments and under the supervision of the Director/regional Director/RO head, policy advisory projects by which the Bank could assist the selected country to improve its investment climate.
- Contribute to recommending, preparing and negotiating Memoranda of Understanding with governmental and non-governmental partners, specifying the types of policy advisory projects envisioned, working closely with country management ( regional Director and RO head) and other relevant teams.
- Mobilise donor funds to support the ICGI-related policy advisory projects (where applicable), working with the Donor Co-Financing team,
- Monitor ICGGI country programmes under implementation, providing semi-annual updates, and report on results annually.
- Join the Director/regional Director/RO Head in policy dialogue on investment climate issues in recipient countries and international fora; represent the Bank in ICGI-relevant conferences and other events as agreed with the Director.
- Establish and maintain close cooperation with other IFIs, international organisations, civil society and donors working on investment climate and good governance issues in the Bank’s region of operations.
Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications
- Advanced degree in a relevant field, such as economics, politics, law, public policy or political economy.
- Hands-on experience in one or more EBRD recipient countries; private sector experience a plus.
- Experience in managing policy advisory projects in a multi-cultural environment and delivering results.
- An understanding of investment climate and political economy issues in the transition region and good knowledge of economics/finance.
- Ability to operate independently in political, diplomatic and business environments; diplomatic skills required for regular contact with senior national and international officials.
- Excellent communication and report writing skills in English at the standard required for official documents.
- Strong partnership skills.
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