Purpose of Job
The Principal Inclusion and Gender Specialist (II) is a member of the Gender and Economic Inclusion Team within the Sector Economics and Policy (SE&P) pillar in EPG and plays an important role in implementing the Bank’s mandate to promote transition in the EBRD’s countries of operations (COOs). Under the overall guidance of the Director, Gender and Economic Inclusion, and working in close cooperation with G&EI colleagues across all three pillars, EPG the Banking department and other Bank groups (Credit, Environmental and Social Teams,, Legal, Communications etc) the post holder designs, assesses and monitors the inclusion and gender elements of projects that achieve high transition impact and/or gender additionality.
The post holder also design and leads on policy engagement for inclusive and gender equitable policy reforms. In addition, the Principal Inclusion and Gender Specialist (II) supports the regular assessment of “transition gaps” in relation to gender, youth and regions, which are used to identify operational priorities for project level investments, in sector and country strategies. They support the design and implementation of inclusion related policy dialogue with key stakeholders in the region – governments, regulators, the private sector and other relevant international institutions – to advise on economic inclusion reforms and help coordinate policy, technical and financial assistance.
Accountabilities and Responsibilities
- In line with the Bank’s Transition mandate, supports the design, appraisal and monitoring of investment projects and TCs for their impact on inclusion as part of transition and monitors the portfolio of projects with inclusion impact for transition performance, through engagement with Banking project teams and due diligence visits to the region;
- Supports the establishment of inclusion and gender baselines, the assessment of relevant international best practice models and identifies ways in which these could be applied in a project and policy dialogue context.
- Monitors and assesses reform challenges and progress in relation to inclusion and gender issues within the Bank’s countries of operation and leads on the design and delivery of inclusion policy dialogue, through analytical work, contributions towards strategy papers and direct liaison with key
- senior level stakeholders such as education authorities, private sector clients and strategic partners of the Bank (e.g. the European Training Foundation, UNDP).
- Leads on the development and delivery of inclusion and gender policy engagement programmes, including the identification of key partners, the establishment of policy platforms, the setting of specific policy goals and the delivery of policy priority objectives in partnership with internal and external senior level stakeholders (including banking teams).
- Manages the development of inclusion and gender Technical Cooperation (TC) projects (and larger Inclusion TC Frameworks) to support the inclusion elements of projects, specifically in relation to youth inclusion and gender through improved (vocational) education and training or access to finance, supports the selection and management of consultants and monitoring of impact and lessons learned;
- As part of the Bank’s Scorecard, advises on the inclusion element for transition ratings and monitoring of inclusion related transition impact benchmarks, covering projects for the Bank’s Operational Committees (OpsCom, SBIC, and TCCom);
- Contributes inclusion and gender analysis to country and sector strategies discussed by the EBRD’s Board of Directors and relevant sub-committees to deliver results in the form of evidence-based improvements;
- Supports the drafting and analytical work to provide input into management briefing for Board and other Committee meetings, including responses to questions by Board Advisors and, on occasion, bespoke papers, presentations or other inputs for such Committees. Provides input into briefing notes and presentations for EPG senior management contributions to the Bank’s management committees (ExCom, SP Com and RiskCom);
- Leads on inclusion and gender capacity building within the Bank, specifically in Banking teams and Regional / Resident Offices (Ankara, Istanbul and other Regional Offices where necessary), through presentations, inclusion and gender workshops and seminars. Exercise oversight responsibilities of gender and inclusion economist and specialists in the EBRD regions. Maintains a strong awareness of the international debate on gender, inclusion, skills and inequality issues;
- Represents the Bank at inclusion and gender related fora, including at increasingly senior levels, (conferences, dialogues with IFI counterparts, government officials, think tanks, etc.) to develop and spread best practices;
Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications
- A postgraduate degree in economics or related field from a leading university; a PhD is an advantage;
- Strong knowledge of economic inclusion and gender, inequality of opportunity, and some post-graduate professional/work experience, gained for example through employment in an international organisation, relevant development or governmental institution, consultancy/company, think tank or academia;
- Demonstrated ability to apply economic and policy analysis to operational strategy and economic policy making and to conduct policy dialogue with senior officials;
- Strong knowledge of inclusion and gender policy issues facing transition economies in Turkey and demonstrated ability to influence decision makers and build trust and credibility with clients and colleagues, including at increasingly senior levels.
- Proven experience in stakeholder engagement, including at increasingly senior level, as well as strong client facing skills;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, at the standard required for professional publication and official documents;
- Ability to operate in a multicultural environment and build effective working relationships with internal/external clients and colleagues;
- Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
- Knowledge of a local language from the EBRD region is an asset, especially if based in an RO
Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does. A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working.