Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2014, the WBG committed $65.6 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $22.2 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188 member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally.
The WBG 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 six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and – as of July 1, 2014 – has introduced fourteen Global Practices (GPs) as well as five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs) to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.
The Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice (MFM GP) comprises about 304 staff working across more than 100 countries. The Practice houses the Bank’s country economists as well as professional staff with expertise in macroeconomics, fiscal policy, growth, and statistics. About fifty percent of MFM professional staff is decentralized to the field working very closely with the Country Management Units (CMUs) and in proximity to clients. MFM is responsible for delivering timely policy advice to support the following lines of work: (i) designing macro-fiscal frameworks that are aligned with the goals of reducing extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity and grounded in economic, social and environmental sustainability; (ii) fiscal and debt policy sustainability; (iii) growth analytics, and policies to start, sustain and boost growth; and (iv) analyzing the impact of external shocks on growth and the government fiscal position. MFM professionals most often work across sectors helping carry out key integrative functions. In this context they are responsible for the preparation and delivery of Development Policy Operations using both IDA and IBRD resources and lead or participate in the preparation of ASA, Technical Assistance and integrative outputs such as Strategic Country Diagnostics, Country Economic Memorandums and cross sector Public Expenditure Reviews. An important additional element of engagement in macroeconomic and fiscal policies is carried through work on debt management supported by the Debt Management Facility. Knowledge and learning is a central part of MFM with work focused on 5 thematic areas: (a) macroeconomics; (b) fiscal policy; (c) growth; (d) economic management in resource rich environments; and (e) statistics.
Background & General Description:
The MFM Mozambique work program is dynamic and multifaceted, comprising a bi-annual Mozambique economic update, analytical work, a large technical assistance programme with the government of Mozambique and development policy lending. The team also works closely with the sector teams and the country management units.
The Macroeconomic & Fiscal Management Global Practice (MFM GP) is seeking a Research Analyst based in Maputo. The selected candidate will be an integral part of the Mozambique country team and the global MFM GP, and will report to the MFM Practice Manager covering Mozambique.
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.
The candidate will be expected to perform the following tasks:
• Independently research and analyze a wide variety of specific economic, financial, country or sector topics and issues for lending, research, and/or policy related tasks.
• Prepare country economic, sector, strategy or research reports involving the analysis, evaluation and, preparation of data, as well as the formulation of conclusions and recommendations.
• Lead in the writing of routine reports and participate in drafting technical working papers for wider circulation.
• Program and modify economic/financial models using existing software packages and develop software needed to implement and upgrade models, using a variety of complex languages.
• Co-manage projects, trust funds, and grants and support data needs of sectoral staff.
• Work independently, seeking guidance and instruction on new, unusual or complex assignments.
• Under this position, the economist will interact and at times lead discussion with a wide variety of groups including counterparts in government and in a variety of international and other partner organizations, academia; Bank counterparts within and across sectors, networks; and managers across the Bank Group.
• Technical Proficiency: Skills and experience in working on economic policy issues and data analysis. Proven strong conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills in these areas.
• Communication and Team Skills: High level of personal and professional integrity. Self-starter. Strong ability to function well in a multi-cultural environment, and working in teams.
• Results-oriented personality with proven problem-solving skills, and strong communication skills.
• Computer Skills: Familiarity with econometric software such as E-Views, STATA or other statistical packages and MS Office programs, including Excel, is essential.
• Tasks and Workflow Management::
Has ability to design and implement tasks, set priorities, coordinate and monitor assignments, tasks and workflow to maximize efficiency
• Data Interpretation and Analysis:
Possesses conceptual, technical, analytical and problem solving skills necessary to support the analysis and dissemination of statistical data in own focus area and in related areas. Is able to extrapolate the main messages from data, identify critical supporting information, formulate options and make sounds conclusions and recommendations. Is able to identify issues, such as data irregularities and discrepancies. Effectively uses software to analyze data, and to develop analysis tools. Interprets and communicates statistical information in a clear and analytically rigorous manner in oral and written forms.
• Written and Verbal Communication:
Delivers information effectively in support of team or workgroup. Is able to synthesize, analyze, and effectively present material from a wide range of sources. Articulates ideas, verbally, and in writing, using the most effective means of delivery and appropriate verbal and graphical content. Can quickly draft and prepare articles and analytical and technical reports for the review of more senior colleagues. Uses charts, graphs and other data presentation techniques appropriately to communicate data, technical information, or complex concepts to non-specialists. Demonstrates respect and consideration when communicating with all cultures
• Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena:
Understands policy making process and the role of own sector of expertise in that process. Able to find relevant information/data and examine similar policy questions in multiple regions and to distill operationally relevant recommendations/lessons from this analysis for clients.
• Policy Dialogue Skills:
Identifies and assesses policy issues and communicates findings/points of view verbally and through reports and papers. Plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders as part of Bank teams.
• Integrative Skills:
Is working to develop a broader view across all facets of current sector. Understands core issues and knows where to get additional expertise when needed. Task team member in integrative products and provides analytical written inputs.
• Written and Verbal Communication:
Delivers information effectively in support of team or workgroup. Is able to synthesize, analyze, and effectively present material from a wide range of sources. Articulates ideas, verbally, and in writing, using the most effective means of delivery and appropriate verbal and graphical content. Can quickly draft and prepare articles and analytical and technical reports for the review of more senior colleagues. Uses charts, graphs and other data presentation techniques appropriately to communicate data, technical information, or complex concepts to non-specialists. Demonstrates respect and consideration when communicating with all cultures.
• Lead and Innovate:
Brings new and different insights. Applies critical thinking to current approaches, identifies areas for improvement, and tries new solutions that drive results. Considers own behavior in context of WBG’s values and mission and recognizes impact one has on others. Operates in ambiguity and changing needs and supports others to do the same.
• Deliver Results for Clients:
Contributes to delivery of results for clients on complex issues. Sets challenging goals that align with the WBG mission and is always looking to improve. Understands clients’ most pressing challenges and contributes to solutions. Takes personal responsibility for producing high quality work, identifying and informing of risks, and delivering results for clients.
• Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries:
Keeps others fully informed to ensure integration and work consistency and displays a sense of mutuality and respect. Approaches conflicts as common problems to be solved. Seeks and listens to input from others to inform own decision making and openly shares information. Frames thinking/actions with a WBG corporate perspective in mind.
• Create, Apply and Share Knowledge:
Actively contributes to and readily applies WBG’s body of knowledge for internal and/or external client solutions. Contributes to the department and WBG’s body of knowledge by applying lessons learned and expertise. Actively invests in own knowledge and seeks feedback. Builds personal and professional networks within and beyond the work group.
• Make Smart Decisions:
Leverages available data and makes timely decisions. Seeks and analyzes facts, data and lessons of past experience to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work. Applies cost/benefit analysis to meet work program objectives. Contributes to decision making by providing relevant risk-analysis. Shows initiative when necessary, and makes decisions in a timely manner within own area of responsibility.