Burkina Faso is a low-income landlocked country in western Sub-Saharan Africa with a population of 17.5 million in 2012 and a per capita gross domestic product (GDP) of US$1,202. Until recently, Burkina Faso had been one of the best performers in Sub-Saharan Africa with a GDP growth rate exceeding 6 percent and benefiting from relative social and political stability. However, Burkina Faso remains today very poor, with approximately half of its adult population living under the national poverty line in 2014. It is also at the bottom of the human capital development ranking (183th out of 188 countries in 2015) reflecting low educational and health outcomes.
The country is exposed to severe climatic conditions. As an agrarian economy, it is particularly vulnerable to changes in rainfalls with recurrent droughts and flooding. Almost 80 percent of the labor force is dependent on agriculture as prime activity, while the urbanization rate remains around 25 percent, which is lower than the average of Sub-Saharan African countries. Apart from vast agricultural land and forests (equivalent to 2/3 of the country’s superficies), the country owns mineral reserves, especially gold, manganese, copper, phosphates, tine ore, and iron.
The World Bank Group’s Country Partnership Strategy FY13-16 (CPS) for Burkina Faso was endorsed by the Executive Board of Directors on September 19, 2013. It supports the government’s Strategy for Accelerated Growth and Sustainable Development (2011–2015), which was recently replaced by the National Plan for Economic and Social Development (2016-2020). The CPS consists of three strategic objectives: (a) accelerate inclusive and sustained economic growth; (b) enhance governance for more efficient social services delivery; and (c) reduce social, economic, and environmental vulnerabilities. The Bank’s current portfolio is composed of 17 IDA operations totaling $1,112.69 m; 7 regional operations totaling $126.8 m; and 5 Trust-Fund-funded operations totaling $37.95m. The indicative lending pipeline comprises seven operations under preparation amounting at $330 million. The Country Team is also currently working on a Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD), aiming to identify the main constraints to growth and opportunities in the country. The findings of the SCD will inform the WBG’s forthcoming Country Partnership Framework (FY17-FY20).
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.
• Compile and disseminates information on behalf of the CM to the country team as necessary, including keeping and distributing minutes of key meetings.
• Contribute to teamwork, workflow coordination and an operating culture focused on client service appropriate for fragile countries and Conflicted affected states, as envisaged under the Country Partnership Strategy.
• Coordinate management of the portfolio, including facilitating in-country missions, providing guidance and comments to task teams, and interacting with the client on a regular basis on portfolio management issues.
• Produce reports and analysis of the Burkina Faso portfolio, including ensuring the quality of portfolio performance management through project implementation, monitoring and assistance.
• Carry out regular corporate and country portfolio reviews; drafting briefing and speaking notes; providing key input in the preparation of briefs, including for senior management and for Spring/Annual Meeting briefs; helping coordinate CMU contributions into the review of regional and corporate products; and other operational tasks, as needed.
• Carry out results tracking of the IDA and trust fund portfolio, working in collaboration with TTLs as needed, liaising regularly with task teams and the rest of the CMU on both the framework and the progress towards project outcomes, raising issues to management as needed.
• In coordination with the CPC and the country team, provides support to the CM in the preparation of management of work program delivery.
• Provide substantive input to the overall country program development and implementation
• Respond to routine inquiries from clients, donors, NGOs, and other civil society representatives.
• Under the supervision of the CM, provide strategic advice to Government, Civil Society Organization, and Donor Agency counterparts working with the World Bank.
• Foster and maintain on-going working relationships with international agencies that can be leveraged for coordination purposes and collaborate closely with Donors and Cooperation Agencies in Guinea in the development and articulation of common actions
• Facilitate dialogue with a diversity of stakeholders and support the development of partnerships with them where relevant.
• Ability to function effectively in multi-disciplinary teams within a matrix environment.
• Previous experience in bilateral or multilateral institutions.
• Experience with multi-stakeholder governance, social accountability, leadership, and managing multi-stakeholder networks that engage non-traditional World Bank clients such as networks of youth, private sector and other specific CSOs.
• Operational Project Management – Demonstrates in depth knowledge and understanding of project management tools & methodologies, as well as of Bank instruments and processes related to project preparation & implementation, resource management, and stakeholder communications.
• Bank Instruments, Policies, Procedures, and Systems – Recognized by peers and/or managers for providing high quality, pragmatic advice to teams on the appropriate use of Bank policies, procedures and instruments and financing mechanisms.
• Portfolio Management (OS) – Leads the monitoring of country/sector strategy and work program; flags implementation issues for attention of clients and Bank management and takes a leading role in resolving these.
• Analytical and Technical Skills, Operational Strategy Development & Advice – Recognized by peers and/or managers for ability to identify and pro-actively solve operational issues and problems.
• Country Strategy – Recognized proficiency in playing a central role in and make substantive contributions to the strategy formulation process and related products.
• Country Program Management – Contributes to preparation, including the story line, of the CMU’s annual reporting, budgeting, and business planning, focusing in particular on the Region’s performance indicators.
• Country Operations Knowledge and Application – Ability to providing high quality advice to teams on the appropriate use of Bank policies, procedures and instruments.
• Stakeholder Engagement – Ability to advance and make substantive contributions to the country dialogue.
• Country Team Management – Ability to coordinate mechanisms to ensure CMU responsiveness to country team members, including an ability to respond substantively to challenging queries and efficient and effective procedures for routine workflow.
• Corporate Insight (Organizational Agility) – Ability to represent effectively the country program in interactions with the Board, donors, and shareholders in IDA and IBRD.
• Client Orientation – Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge.
• Drive for Results – Identifies the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables.
• Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Shows leadership in ensuring the team stays organized and focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches.
• Knowledge, Learning and Communication – Leads in the sharing of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons learned across units and with clients and partners, articulating ideas verbally and in writing in a clear and compelling way across audiences of varied levels.
• Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Gathers inputs, assesses risk, considers impact and articulates benefits of decisions for internal and external stakeholders over the long term..