THE ROLE OF THE WBG IN TRADE AND COMPETITIVENESSEstablished in 1944, the World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. It has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: ending extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3%, and promoting shared prosperity by fostering income growth for the poorest 40% of people in every country. With more than 100 offices in client and partner countries, the World Bank Group consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). IBRD and IDA are commonly known as the World Bank, which is organized into regional vice presidencies, global practices, and cross-cutting solutions areas to help developing regions and countries fight poverty and improve living standards.THE ROLE OF THE WBG IN TRADE AND COMPETITIVENESSTrade and Competitiveness (T&C) is a joint World Bank and IFC Global Practice, built around a common vision: sustained economic growth, productivity gains, job creation, and rising incomes for developing countries to eradicate poverty and boost shared prosperity. T&C’s mission is to serve as a trusted partner for countries that seek to develop dynamic and resilient economies, expand market opportunities, and enable private initiative. To this end, T&C supports global and country efforts to boost the volume and value of trade, enhance the investment climate, improve competitiveness in sectors, and foster innovation and entrepreneurship.T&C boasts a global footprint of about 500 staff working in over 80 locations around the world. T&C’s current portfolio comprises about 100 World Bank active and pipeline lending operations, totaling $6.8 billion in commitments; and over 400 advisory and analytical activities and projects, totaling $376 million in over 100 countries.To ensure that the Bank Group is at the forefront of knowledge and development practice, T&C has enriched its offerings and organized them under four global themes: trade, investment climate, competitive sectors, and innovation and entrepreneurship. Under trade, the global practice supports trade policy and cooperation, trade facilitation and logistics, trade performance, and competition policy. T&C’s offering under investment climate covers business environment, indicator based reforms, as well as investment policy and promotion. Competitive sectors work focuses on sector or industry-specific policies and growth, as well as spatial growth and investment strategies. Under innovation and entrepreneurship, T&C helps strengthen innovation and technology policies, strategies, and financing, and it promotes entrepreneurship and SME development.T&C also focuses on five cross-cutting topics: global value chains, connecting to markets and opportunities, catalyzing firm productivity, private sector development in fragile and conflict states, and promoting green competitiveness.
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 3 year term appointment.Background / General description
The Private Sector Specialist will be a key member of Trade and Competitiveness (T&C) Southern Africa team, working with team leaders on various operational assignments, including lending activities, analytical reports and advisory services. He or she will be expected to lead important components of activities including being a task team leader for some. Duties will include, but are not be limited to, the following: The Private Sector Specialist will be based in Brazzaville and will be responsible for supporting the T&C portfolio in the Republic of Congo, as well as contributing to wider T&C work in Southern Africa. The role of the Private Sector Development Specialist will include the following focus areas:• As a team member, contributing to a range of client engagement including analytical and policy reports, lending and TA/advisory projects across all elements of the project cycle including project preparation, appraisal, implementation support, and monitoring and evaluation. Topics covered include all four pillars of the T&C practice (investment climate, competitive industries, trade, innovation and entrepreneurship).• As a team member, contribute to and support T&C’s business development activities in Southern Africa.• Contributing to policy dialogue with client governments at the highest level on T&C topics.• Supporting the overall strategy of T&C in Africa Region. • Identifying, contracting and managing experts and consultants and ensuring high quality of deliverables. • Supporting task team leaders in operational matters, contributing to the production of key deliverables, mission preparation and execution.• The selected candidate will be expected to produce independently important pieces of analytical and policy reports and take responsibility over important components of TA/advisory and lending projects.DRDuties and Accountabilities
The position requires a motivated and seasoned private sector specialist with strong analytical and interpersonal skills, a commitment to work in a multi-sectoral environment, strong experience in operational and/or analytic support to client governments in a developing country context.Requirements :• Master’s degree in economics, law, finance, business administration, international commerce and negotiations, entrepreneurship, marketing or other relevant fields;• At least five (05) years of experience with strong technical and operational skills as evidenced in a proven track record in delivery of Bank advisory and lending operations from preparation through to supervision of IDA operations and Trust Funds; • Prior experience working in the Republic of Congo and / or in the Central Africa region is a plus;• In-depth knowledge of trade and competitiveness issues, in a developing country context. Strong theoretical base in at least one core area of Trade and Competitiveness, combining a broad grasp of relevant theory and principles and of involved practices and precedent. Ability to translate theory into practical applications in context of World Bank Group work.• Knowledge and Experience – The candidate should have a proven track record in delivering components of analytical and policy work in T&C focus areas; • Policy Dialogue Skills Experience – The candidate is expected to contribute to policy dialogue at the higher level of government ; •Ability to work across sectors – The candidate is expected to work within multi-sector teams and should be able to understand, conceptualize, and operationalize linkage between different policies and/or programs; •Written and verbal Communication – Demonstrates a strong command of all forms of communication and delivers messages in a consistently effective, timely and engaging manner;•Client Orientation – The candidate should demonstrate strong client engagements skills; • Ability to communicate fluently in English and in French.SCSelection Criteria