Established 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 COMPETITIVENESS
Trade 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.
• Take a leadership role in advancing select in-country activities for CCI when required; e.g. designing of country programs; advising clients on strategic areas of focus; ensuring quality of deliverables. When required, lead all aspects of program management; including resources mobilization/approvals, reporting, budgeting, and other tasks.
• Serve as a technical specialist for CCI. Advise on technical areas of further growth and improvement of services to clients and donors.
• Ensure a sound monitoring and evaluation framework at project level; ensuring consistency and quality of analysis. Ensure collected data for project level monitoring and evaluation meets institutional (IFC and WB) standards for reporting for all projects in the portfolio.
• Engage in active dialogue with existing and potential partner institutions with a view to improve client deliverables and CCI global exposure.
• Ensure country staff are able to use the tools and resources available by CCI and other sources in order to improve client delivery.
• Develop programs for CCI in the area of technical assistance and WB/ IFC lending. Explore new areas of interventions in technical assistance/ lending with WBG partners.
• At least 5 years of relevant professional experience, of which a minimum of (a) three years in the field of industrial resource efficiency/ natural resource management and/or sustainability, and (b) three years in private sector (development).
• Experience in delivering CCI related projects in a developing country context
• Excellent verbal and written skills, and ability to present ideas and information both clearly and concisely
• Excellent organizational, team player, multi-tasking skills with strong sense of initiative and responsibility
• Entrepreneurial attitude with ability to identify and develop new opportunities outside of immediate scope of work
• Results oriented, and ability to monitor and report on a project cycle basis and work effectively in a team-oriented, multi-cultural environment
• Strong leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain effective relations within internal and external stakeholders
• Fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of French/ Spanish a plus.